Audio Review: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney

Title: The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1)
Author: @SaraNey
Narrators: Muffy Newtown and Josh Goodman
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult
Length: 8 hours and 48 mins, 307 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


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…


Grace Review

Story: 4 stars
The ultimate battle of wills.
One eager to get in the other’s pants.
One eager to maintain their self-respect.
So, who won?
You’ll have to 1-click to find out.

What I can tell you is that this is a fun NA read, that captures the college scene fairly accurately.
You have the jock – Sebastian “Oz” Osborne.
Talented wrestler.
Ladies man.
Always up to a challenge (aka bet).

Then you have the studious/conservative female – Jameson Clarke (yes, that’s really her name).
Always with her cardigan and pearls.
Commonly found in the library.
Doesn’t throw herself at Sebastian like every other girl on campus.
Doesn’t want a one-night stand.

A part of me wondered while reading this is whether these two would have actually become a couple if Jameson didn’t put up such a challenge. I fear she would have been just another notch. But since we’ll never know for sure, it is worth enjoying just how hard she makes Sebastian work to gain her affection.

Initially, I was put off about Sebastian’s sexual escapades. I know he’s a player, but as a reader, I’m not usually a fan of reading about the male character with other women, other than the heroine (this is just my preference, some might not have an issue with this). BUT, I will say, once Sebastian begins the long process of winning over Jameson, he quits all side activity with others, which was good.

The relationship between Jameson and Sebastian may have gotten off to an odd start, but eventually they build a real friendship and the two can only fight off their attraction for so long.  And neither of them could have expected what would happen once they gave it.  Sexy and sweet, all at once.

Performance: 4 stars
I was pleasantly surprised by this audio performance.

First, both narrators seemed appropriately cast – sounding the age of the characters they represented. Second, both narrators were able to speak the female and male voices without any cringe worthy moments (often a masculine voice speaking a woman’s voice sounds like nails on a chalk board).

This was a fun audio and matched the theme of the story.

Overall: 4 stars
Going into this book, I thought this would be a rehashing of the popular teen movie, where the jock gets the nerd based on a bet. I was so wrong, on many levels. What started off as a simple bet becomes so much more. And the journey from acquaintances to friends to more, is a sweet one all New Adult lovers will enjoy.

– Grace

Book 1, The Studying Hours: Amazon USAudibleAmazon UK
Book 2, The Failing Hours: Amazon USAudibleAmazon UK
Book 3, The Learning Hours: Amazon USAudibleAmazon UK

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