ARC Review: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

Series: How To Date a Douchebag #3
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Rating: 4 / 5
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.

He’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one.


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.


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.


Amazon UK::

Sara Ney took college romance into a whole new level with this could be final story from the How To Date A Douchebag series. It was refreshing and oozed with a rare dynamic. Let me tell you, I have lost count how many times I have face palmed, laughed, swooned and fanned my already flushed face!

Let’s face it, Romance has been infiltrated by too much typecasts mostly with the male characters. The devastatingly handsome athletes, rock stars in bed and know it alls. Don’t get me wrong I love those but sometimes you want someone different and explore something more appealing to your untapped zones.

Sara Ney created one H that’s flawed but oh so charming in a totally fresh way. True, his cluelessness messed with my brain but he’s a gentleman and dependable, with this southern twang and second language I couldn’t get enough! I.LOVED.HIM! Once he “learned” all the tricks, he was sexy and used his guns to romance the h, still a little unsure, but that’s his allure I would love to see a thousand times over.

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t immediately adore the h. And until the end I had reservations about her characterization. Not because she can be full of herself and easy to chase, which I think is just apt to solidify her unique chemistry with the H, but more because I needed more side details about her to get a good grasp of her personality. Nonetheless, one striking thing I eventually loved and discovered about her was her unrelenting fascination and patience towards someone she is not and not used to. And just like her I saw H’s more than skin deep beauty. He was this gorgeous human being in my eyes! How was it possible that I saw H in a totally different angle was something I still couldn’t understand but would like to praise the author’s writing because that was a distinct kick I will never forget.

I’ve been a reader of Sara’s new adults since way back, and if there’s something I look forward to in her stories, it would be those annoying, business butting, yet “aauuww” inducing secondary characters. She had those elements back in this book and I definitely had a good laugh and a little emotional too with the friends and family debacles.

The Learning Hours is a little bit lighter in story line compared to The Failing Hours with plot revolving around the H, but very entertaining with all its quirks. Kudos to Sara Ney for building up the role reversal and the out of his or her league trope. I’m betting we’ll be seeing more of these in NA soon.

Incredibly paced sexual tension and suitable steam for the genre? Check! Relatable? Check! Romantic and hilarious on the side? Double check! True to its title, and right along with the characters, this story became a learning experience for me too. Your sometimes judgy and obtuse heart will melt with this one, I promise!

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