Book Review – The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney



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.

 Oh my gosh, I loved this story so much!!

If you like a great story about an ass-hole. A brutally honest, rude and on occasion crude douchebag – you MUST read this book.

I loved the shit out of The Failing Hours. 

Zeke Daniels, wrestling star and all around douchebag, had the tendency to speak his mind in any and every situation. Was it with his teammates, hookups, his coach, in front of kids – ANYONE felt the sting of his displeasure and honest opinion. He had NO filter at all. And he could have cared less who he hurt, because he just didn’t care.

Zeke was cold, heartless and callous at times. He was best described as a douchbag, asshole, and a dick. And he still didn’t care one way or the other. For him, the cold exterior was a mechanism to protect himself from being abandoned, and hurt. Throughout his entire life he had been left behind., not wanted and shuttled from one family member to another. All because his parents were too busy traveling and didn’t have the time nor the interest in raising him. So, he built walls, and with his rude demeanor he found a way to keep people at a distance.

But when he met Violet, his tutor, he slowly started caring about another person.

She was feisty in her own way. Quiet, but strong. Smart and sweet. Violet figured out pretty early on, that Zeke was more bluster than bite. That beneath the hard shell he was a big softie and that he was seeking something, a deeper connection with another person – maybe even a relationship.

Violet was the very opposite of Zeke – kindhearted, compassionate and kind. But like Zeke she also struggled with abandonment issues. Her parents died when she was very young, and her relatives didn’t have the money to raise another child – so she ended up in foster care. But compared to Zeke, she was not against believing and trusting in another human being. She believed in the best of people. And she saw in Zeke something that called to her.

Ultimately she was exactly what Zeke needed. She brought out in him the necessary desire to be better. To change. And to open up and trust another person.

Those two were a wonderful example for opposites attract.

I might repeat myself but I absolutely adored Zeke.

I loved how Zeke was willing to go the extra mile for Violet. She was his conscience, she brought out his softer side, even if he grumbled all the way. He was such an adorable grouch. Vulnerable and deeply afraid of being hurt again.

He was so lovable. But OMG how badly he screwed up – twice!! And he was lucky that Violet took him and his black heart back – of course, only after a good amount of groveling.

So, when I read The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) I honestly didn’t think book 2 could be anywhere as good as the first one. Ha, was I mistaken.

I  ABSOLUTELY adored it.


4.5 stars

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review – The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

    1. So true!! I don’t like all of them either. I think for me it’s all about the author. If I like the authors writing and how she depicts the hero, that’s what draws me in. In this case I really liked how Sara Ney wrote her jerks. I also like L.J. Shen’s heroes. Both do an excellent job.

    1. I never read anything by the author until someone recommended it on FB as one of her favorite books. I was very happy finding it.

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