REVIEW: How To Date A Douchebag The Learning Hours

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By Sara Ney

Audio Book Narrated by Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown

This is the third book in a series of stand alone stories with interconnected characters.



He's not a douchebag; but that doesn't stop his friends from turning him into one.


My friends want me to get laid.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who's going to break our roommate's cherry?

Him: Socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: Must have a pulse. He will reciprocate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551.

The morons can't even spell. And the texts I've been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I'm not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

This isn't the kind of attention I want.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can't bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she's not the girl for me. But my friends won't let up - they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: Girls don't want me.

Especially her.

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It’s not easy being the new guy. Rhett Rabideaux has moved a long way from home, transferring to the University of Iowa on a wrestling scholarship. Even though he’s doing well in school and on the mat his teammates are hazing him. They want to turn him into a douchebag just like them and bring Rhett a lot of unwanted attention from girls.  

Laurel Bishop is unapologetically beautiful with her perfect porcelain skin and fire-red hair. She has unfulfilling dated her fair share of the male model types, the athletes with the perfect face and body. But when her cousin dares her to text a guy whose not all that hot, she starts to see the possibilities of what a deeper look can offer her.

Rhett’s roommates want to help get him laid, against his will. Their first attempt is a poster with Rhett’s picture and phone number hung up around campus. The amount of text messages with pictures and offers that flood in is overwhelming. But, there’s one texter that’s not like the rest. What starts out as texting turns into something Rhett never expected, and may not be ready for in this role reversal rom-com.


April’s Review:


There is a lot to love when you are learning how to date a douchebag. I love Laurel. She is a beautiful and confident woman who takes control and ask for what she wants, even when it makes her uncomfortable. It’s always so refreshing to read a female lead character that’s not a shrinking violet. I love Rhett because he is so inexperienced, so unassuming and earnest. I love that Rhett isn’t the stereotypical adonis, model, beautiful type that you find in most romance. He’s a wrestler so his nose has been broken. He’s had cuts through his forehead. Just because he’s not model beautiful on the outside doesn’t mean he’s not beautiful on the inside. I flove the hot and steamy sex scenes. Mostly I just love Ney’s wit. I think it has to do with her appreciation for the art of sarcasm.

There were a few things that gave me pause and tilted my rating from a five-star read to a four star. For example, there were a few technical issues with details in the story. There very small and don’t change the story, so that helped. Also, the last sexy scene was different from the rest. The word choice doesn’t seem to flow as naturally as the others. Maybe it’s because this is the only sex scene where Rhett feels in control. I also found the chapter titles to be a little odd. They didn’t seem to match up to storyline very closely. That might have something to do with not reading the other books in the series.

How to Date a Douchebag is a fun and sexy ride, with characters you can fall in love with...and some you can love to hate.


April’s Audio Book Review:


I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was well cast, and at times took me by surprise.

The narration for this audiobook was casted perfectly. I love Newton’s voice, it’s sultry and confident, perfect for the beautiful Laurel. Goodman is just the right amount of awkward in his portrayal of Rhett, and the hint of a southern drawl is perfect. I do wish he would have leaned into the French accent a little more. That had the potential to be really swoon worth.

There were a few things in the story that took me by surprise. I even found myself stopping and rewinding a little because...what did that just say. That’s pretty hard to do when you read as much as I do, so...bravo.

There were a few places where I struggled with the flow of the audiobook. The first few chapters from Rhett’s point of view felt a little slow and somewhat disjointed. An example would be a scene where Rhett and Laurel are sexting. The scene felt choppy even though there is a lot of texting and sex throughout the story that didn’t feel that way at all.

This is a great audiobook. Perfect company for the rom-com fan that finds themselves say...stuck in a car for an extended period of time.


Why did we choose this book:


I hadn’t read Ney before, but I’ve been hearing a lot about the How to Date a Douchebag Series lately. When I saw the title was offered as an audiobook I jumped on it. One way to help with the TBR list is to supplement reading with audiobooks. This leaves my hands and eyes free to do things like drive, or fold laundry.


Who should read this book:


If you like new adult rom-com with seriously steamy sex scenes that are just a little unexpected you should definitely check out this book. You might not want to listen to this one in public though. It’ll have you blushing fire engine read or laughing out loud.

Sarah Ney

About the Author:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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