Friday 23 September 2016

Review ~ How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours (HtDaD #1) by Sara Ney

Book Description:


No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks. 


Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three. 

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected. 


He wants to be friends. 
He wants to spend time with her. 
He wants to drive her crazy. 

He wants… 


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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“Never judge a girl by her cardigan…”

I love a college romance, some authors nail it and others are wide of the mark and I have to say that this one was a hit. The jock and the conscientious student has been done to death and yet it is a trope that I love but it is up to the author to sell it to me as something different and Sara Ney did just that. This is the first book I have read where the sport involved has been wrestling and our pearl and cardigan wearing student is in fact a fantastic snow boarder. This is a book about perceptions and first appearances, where we are all guilty of making those first instinctual misconceptions, how what is underneath is what really matters, taking people at face value, making those decisions for yourself and not the general consensus. Where hormones are rife and where friendships are treasured and where a woman makes you work for it.

“She had one of those clap-on, clap-off lamps. I fucked her so hard, every time I rammed the headboard into the wall, the lights turned on and off. It was awesome.” ~ chapter heading

Sebastian “Oz” Osbourne was your typical college student, finally let off the leash and desperate to sow his wild oats…and sow he did. He was cocky, arrogant, hot and athletic and he knew it. He used it. He abused it. He was a douchebag, but I have to admit I have read about a lot worse. Even with that wicked smile and glint in his eye, he was as charismatic as they come and despite his douchebag dialogue he was actually a really nice guy. But to see that side of him he couldn’t be in the company of his fellow douches. Oz was all about appearances until he meets his little pearl and cardigan wearing librarian.

“Oz…if you said ‘Oz, get in your car and come climb through my bedroom window’, I would do it without hesitating.
Jameson: My bedroom is on the second story…
Oz: Exactly.
Jameson: LOL what else would you do?
Oz: The better question is, what wouldn’t I do?”

Jameson Clark was a conscientious student, she had to work for her grades and she studied hard. Her cardigan and pearls are a defence mechanism to keep douchebags like Oz away. She lives and breathes her school work. She wants to do well, she has to do well and she doesn’t want any distractions. James lived in the library, thrived on the peace and quiet, anything to get away from the shenanigans her housemates were getting up to. Although James had that no nonsense façade, underneath was a girl that wanted to be loved and wanted to love, she wanted her happy ever after and she knew she wasn’t going to get that at the hands of Oz…or would she?

“Wonderful and awful,” she whispers. “Beautiful and forgettable. That’s how you make me feel, all at the same time.”

It is in the library where James and Oz’s paths cross, a bet among jocks to get the stuck up librarian to give him a kiss, a bet he takes on willingly believing his charm and good looks are all he needs. Surely a plain jane like her would be grateful for the attention? Oz has never had to work for anything but he certainly had to work for James. Yes, she gave him his kiss, but not before she swindled him out of half his winnings. Our James had sass, she stood up for herself and she was no walkover, but here begins a beautiful friendship, one Oz never knew he wanted, but what happens when Oz wants more? Our James makes him work and work extremely hard.

“I’m not sure where to start with a guy like you. You’re like a set of Legos with a million tiny pieces and terrible instructions, and I’m not sure where to stick what. And then I end up stepping on the pointy edges in the middle of the night, which hurts like a bitch.”

The dialogue and banter between these characters was spot on, these two had me in stitches as did the clever and witty quotes that started each chapter. James and Oz together just worked. They say that opposites attract and these two were as opposite as they get, but they complemented each other. James calmed Oz, levelled him and gave him that inner strength to believe he was more. She knew the real Oz. Oz brought James out of her shell, he gave her the confidence to live a little, she blossomed with Oz and her growth throughout was beautiful to read about.

“Hey Mr. Impatient, how about you go down a water slide while it isn’t wet. Maybe then you will understand why foreplay is so important.” ~ chapter heading

I adored everything about this book, I laughed, I cried and cried with laughter. This was just the book the doctor ordered, uplifting, hilarious, swoony a perfect remedy to lift even the saddest of spirits. This was just a fantastic all round read and I can highly recommend it.

“I slapped her ass after we had sex and left a hand print on her butt cheek. I told her it was like leaving a five star review.” ~ chapter heading

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