The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #1) by Sara Ney REVIEW

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The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #1) by Sara Ney REVIEW

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…



College romance, what is it about these books that I love so much? Well let me tell you, this book was THE perfect example of what one should be. It had tension in spades, a gorgeous as all get out hero, who let’s face it, is a douche with a capital D, and a heroine who had the absolute best snarky banter. No lie, she was amazing, and I was crushing on her big time.

Jameson AKA James, favours cardigans and pearl necklaces, loves to study a lot, and is a bit of a plain Jane.. on the outside. On the inside, however, she is funny, sassy, and has a bit of a naughty streak.

“Under the plain cardigan sweaters, the prim pearl necklace, the refined black patent leather shoes, Jameson Clark is sporting some prime, Grade A hairless pussycat inside her pants.”

Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osbourne is the douche in our story, he’s on the wrestling team and his favourite subject is sex, talking about it, doing it, he’s up for anything involving it, and he makes no apologies.

“This guy is an energy-filled livewire of testosterone; he’s the opposite of what I’m looking for despite not really knowing what that is.”

Opposites attract so they say, and when they end up becoming study buddies, sparks fly and chemistry ensues, and these two characters had me laughing out loud, and chomping at the bit for them to get it on.

I guess I’d describe this as friends-to-lovers, James was not up for being a one night stand and makes this adamantly clear from the beginning. Sebastian really has to work hard to get his rewards, and that was the best bit about the book.

I urge my fellow college romance lovers to pick this one up, you won’t regret it. Looking forward to the next character in the series, he was an even bigger douche than Seb, so that will be an interesting ride I’m sure.

Top marks for Sara Ney, I completely adored everything about it.

The Studying Hours is a standalone New Adult romance, told in dual POV (but predominantly from Sebastian.)

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author


Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte’s, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm.

I live in the midwest, but “Will Write for Travel,” and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch – and am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.

One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.

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