How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney | Review

How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney | ReviewHow to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #1
on September 13th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 307
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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…


This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

As far as new adult sports romances go,  How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours doesn’t have the most unique plot out there. In fact, it’s pretty cliché. The douchebag athlete, the surprisingly non-nerd nerd, a dare, sparks. But Sara Ney wrote it in a way that made it refreshing and a delight to read. She made her characters likable, the banter witty and hilarious, and the sexual tension sizzling and well-written.

Meet douchebag #1: Sebastian “Oz” Osbourne, the team captain of the university wrestling team. He’s arrogant, self-assured, and can make panties fall with a wink or a smirk. He knows how good-looking and famous he is, and hasn’t been shy about using it to get laid. He’s pretty confident he can get anyone to sleep with him.

Meet girl who won’t sleep with him #1: Jameson Clarke, one of the most diligent and prim and proper-looking students at school. She wears cardigans, her pearl necklace, and has no tolerance for, wait for it… douchebags. And so when Oz approaches her in the library, she isn’t even fazed. In fact, she barely even looks at him. A first for Oz Osbourne.

Oz and his friends first dismiss Jameson as a prude, but she proves them otherwise a bet and $500 later. Oz wants to jump her, but she wants nothing to do with him. Serendipity and a very persistent Oz leads to more library and school campus encounters, and soon, the two are study buddies. Not exactly the type of buddy Oz wants, but he’ll take it. Jameson is surprisingly funny and relatable.

The chemistry between the main characters is amazing! And not just in bed. Their friendship and library sessions (get your mind out of the gutter haha it isn’t like that at first) made me smile. Oz, like most NA heroes, is pretty much a horndog who has sex on the brain almost 24/7. He never loses his sexual attraction for Jameson, but I loved watching him become friends with her. Almost as much as I loved when they were finally together.

I would have wanted to see more about Jameson’s life. She’s a snarky and sassy woman who effortlessly dismisses Oz’s advances, she’s ace at snowboarding, and her grades are above average. I would have loved to know more about her life before college the way Oz’s was shown. I thought we’d see more about what her life’s like before Oz, especially since the author put much intrigue regarding her pearls and outfit (which have been addressed, if a little abrupt and anticlimactic). Other than that, I loved the book!

How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours is a standalone NA Sports Romance told in dual POVs. It was fun, angst-free, and satisfied the slow burn fan in me. If you’re looking for a light and funny friends-to-lovers romance with a lovable a-hole and a sassy heroine, you might enjoy this one!

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