The Learning Hours by Sara Ney | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: September 26th, 2017

Pages: 345

Genre: new adult, romance, sports romance, contemporary

Goodreads blurb:

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 reciprakate 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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 R E V I E W 

In The Learning Hours by Sara Ney, the roles of ‘innocent’ and ‘douchebag’ characters are switched. Our female is what could be described as a ‘douchebag’ – though the author quickly changes her mind here and despite the previous asshole tendencies of the female lead she suddenly changes. The ‘innocent’ character is the male lead, which was honestly a welcome change. I love soft heroes and Rhett was honestly a soft hero.

What is The Learning Hours about? Well, Rhett is ugly. I know, it’s harsh but for some reason, it is super important. He’s big and his face is a little beat up from fighting. He’s also on the wrestling team – if you saw my last review you know wrestling is big in these books. However, his team is hazing him in. They’re treating him like utter shit in order to ‘make him part of the team.’ What it’s ultimately doing is making Rhett pissed. So, the members of the team decide to plaster a flyer around campus with Rhett’s face and phone number on it trying to get him laid. It’s quite horrid. That’s where Laurel comes in. Her cousin shows her the flyer and dares her to text him, and Laurel being so easily manipulated does. Rhett isn’t having it and the pair exchange a back and forth which ultimately leads to the beginning of the story. One in which Rhett struggles to believe that someone as gorgeous as Laurel would want him – my little (big) problem was that Laurel was a bit (majorly) of an asshole.

The story closely follows Rhett and Laurel’s courting, her basically falling for him because he has a southern accent. There isn’t too much drama, apart from the stuff at the beginning of the book, and it honestly got a bit boring. The biggest drama was Rhett just not being able to believe Laurel was into him. It was frustrating as all hell and it was the major focus for all their arguments.

Let’s jump into my likes and dislikes for the third book in the How To Date A Douchebag series. I want to get this review over with, personally.

L I K E S

✗ CONFIDENT FEMALE LEAD

I like a confident female lead, don’t get me wrong. I will be jumping into my major complaints about Laurel later in this review but for the most part, the confidence was enjoyable. With the previous two female leads being quiet and soft-spoken it was nice to see a character who was ready to say what she wanted.

A complaint (I know this is in my likes, but oh well, it’s my review) is that she lost this confidence pretty quickly. It seemed like Sara Ney was unsure of how to write these roles reversed and kept almost falling back into her previous female MC’s personality. It made Laurel’s character very easy to dislike.

✗ SUPPORTIVE FAMILY OF MALE LEAD

I love a supportive family. I know not everyone does because of their own backgrounds but my mum and sister are my two biggest cheerleaders so seeing this translated into books make me so excited. I didn’t care for how they were introduced (another complaint lmao, I’m full of them) but I did enjoy their overall presence in the book. Honestly, I wish there had been more.

✗ BIG SOFTIE LEAD

I just loved Rhett. He was a big softie, nervous, and just overall pretty confused. I enjoyed his backstory and the way he was self-conscious. It was different to see in the main lead and I felt he was written very well. He was humble as well, which is a big change from the other male leads in the series.

D I S L I K E S

✗ SLUT SHAMING

It’s 2018 stop using slut-shaming. It’s not as if the slut shaming is a massive thing but for some reason, Laurel loved to do it. She even used the word skank? She is also majorly jealous of anyone who goes near Rhett and it’s never actually dealt with on the page. It just really irked me, it felt that this book was just mushed together at a rapid pace and the issues weren’t dealt with.

✗ NO FEMALE MC BACKSTORY

I really hate when we don’t get backstories of characters. I think I complain about this often in books, but I just really want to know more to make me care for the characters. I hate when characters just appear on the page. Like, how did you get here? Why are you here? Why am I meant to like you? Give me a reason to like your main characters and let me get to know them through their background, rather than just splatting them on the page and believing it will be successful. It was honestly something that made me dislike Laurel, even more than I did.

✗ THE WHOLE RELATIONSHIP WAS BASED ON SEXUAL TENSION

There was no spark between the characters at all. None. It was honestly, frustrating. The characters did nothing apart from text back and forth, have sex, and talk about wrestling. It was just strange. It seemed like there were no extracurricular activities they did or even have conversations that wouldn’t lead to fights. It was strange because relationships like this 100% don’t work in real life, especially long time, so I’m not sure what the whole point of this book was.

The sexual tension also wasn’t even really there, was all such a waste.

✗ EPILOGUE WAS NO NEEDED

The epilogue was trash, honestly. I am not someone who enjoys couples who move in with each other after six months. I don’t even care if that’s a spoiler. It honestly seemed silly. The decision itself made my lip curl and put down my kindle because I was not dealing with that…at all. I was not a fan and the book actually lost a star because of it. I feel no regrets.

Overall, I feel this is definitely not my favourite if the series. I typically put here how I am going to read the final book anyway but I have already tried to. I read around 20% and then did a quick word search for some of my ‘no go’s in books and found one. So, this was my final book in the How To Date A Douchebag series and I’m a bit disappointed it ended on such a negative note.

 


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Happy reading everyone!

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