How to Date A Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney: 5/5 stars!
Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an a**hole.
A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most a**holes don’t.
Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.
He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.
So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.
And that pisses him off, too.
I absolutely loved this book! Thank you, Sara Ney, for starting this series, especially for writing this book. I read How To Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours a few months ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw this book came out, I figured why not? Well, let me say, this book was even better than The Studying Hours and it may be the best Romance I’ve read in a while!
Zeke and Violet are complete opposites. Zeke is the douchiest of douchebags and I thought it was going to be hard to see the good in him. It was, at first. Violet on the other hand is incredibly kind, to the point where I couldn’t understand where all the kindness came from. These two characters sound unbelievable but Ms. Ney does an incredible job of painting both their pictures and making both their lives and stories credible.
I like how Jameson and Oz from the first book stick around in this one, not just as passing ships in the night, but in a real way that’s important to the story. I also like how Ms. Ney doesn’t tiptoe around Zeke’s awfulness- she created a douchebag and saw it through. But even better, I like the formation and progression of Zeke and Violet’s relationship; it certainly isn’t insta-love/lust and there are real setbacks throughout the progression due to Zeke’s douchey-ness. But obviously, love wins out over everything and Ms. Ney wraps up the book in a way that left a big smile on my face.
I can’t wait for the next book to come out and for more of Ms. Ney’s writing in the future!