The Failing Hours – Sara Ney – TJ & Co BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW
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Meet the Author:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.
How to Date a Douchebag Series
BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW
The Failing Hours
by Sara Ney
Genre: New Adult
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.
They say, “the bigger they are the harder they fall.”
That’s certainly the case in How To Date a Douchebag – The Failing Hours. Zeke was such a major douche-nozzle in book that I had no intentions of even reading his story. I kinda hated him with a passion. Well here’s another anecdote for you, “There’s a thin line between love and hate.” Ha! Because I totally fell head over heels for the biggest asshole of the series!
Here’s the breakdown:
Zeke is an ass. Violet is super sweet and unassuming. The meet after learning she’s was supposed to tutor him, but decided to blow him off instead he’s an ass. LOL. They end up bonding over mutual events and commitments. Slowly, but surely she gets under his skin and vice versa. It’s a perfect story of love, redemption, and a bit of New Adult drama.
Here’s what I loved:
This book took me straight back to college. I love it when my ancient ass can reminiscence over my past collegiate exploits. Yes. I said exploits! Don’t act like you didn’t live it up in college too. Anywhoo….I’ve digressed. LOL
This is the very reason I love YA and NA. Those genres speak to a simpler time, but also a more confusing time in life when we are free to explore and find ourselves.
I absolutely adored Violet! She’s shy, a little insecure, and completely oblivious to her impact on Zeke. Her simple life and past trauma really endeared her to me. She becomes stronger and more assertive as the story progresses, but never lose her true character.
Zeke was fucking awesome! He’s one of the biggest jerks I’ve read and I ended up loving him like pancakes. I love it when big, strapping, men get as good as they give. That’s exactly what happened and it turns him and his life completely upside down. But hands down, the winner of the character contest is Kyle! That kid cracked me up!!
Sara Ney knocked this out of the park. It’s laugh out loud funny, shocking, sweet, and phenomenal. I want so many more stories like that from her! Highly recommended!
Not only is the audiobook a steal at $1.99, it’s one of the best ever. I loved the narration. Its dual narration by Muffy Newtown and Josh Goodman. Both narrators are bloody brilliant. I highly recommend this format!
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.
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