How to Date a Douchebag: The Learning Hours

Sara Ney
How to Date a Douchebag: The Learning Hours
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Publisher
Self-Published
Release Date
September 2017
Series
Book 3 of How to Date a Douchebag
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult

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

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.
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 pulse. He will reciprikate 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.

THIS ISN'T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

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.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 29, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
18 people found the following review helpful
5 spandex clad stars for THE LEARNING HOURS!

Rhett Rabideaux is at the top of his game. As a champion college wrestler, he should be having the time of his life, so what possessed him to uproot his life in Louisiana for the University of Iowa? Especially since the wrestling team has taken hazing to a whole new level. Rhett isn't stupid, he knows he's less than attractive, but dammit, he's a nice guy with a great body and a kick-ass athlete! When his asshat roommates hang a poster with a FANTASTIC "Rhett needs laid!" message, he's livid…until Laurel texts him.

It started as a joke. Laurel didn't expect to actually like him, or to fall pretty hard for his sweet demeanor and unassuming personality. If only he wasn't TOTALLY clueless about how to treat girls. That's OK, it just means he's moldable!

Alright alright, I'll admit that for a NA book, this one is pretty kick ass. My heart breaks for Rhett in the beginning of the novel. He was hazed pretty hard for being the new guy, but he stuck to his guns and stayed true to himself. He was clueless when it came to women, which made his reactions to Laurel so much more endearing and sweet. It took the two FOR-EVER to finally get together, there was so much back and forth, will they or won't they, that it was a little disappointing that there was no major conflict between the two! But. When the sex started? WOOWEE it was delish! I loved the overall feel of the book and what a different sort of MC Rhett was. I've gotta say, never thought of wrestling as sexy, but the third book in the How To Date A Douchebag series, THE LEARNING HOURS, may have converted me!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; some condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Oct 15, 2017
14 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes opposites do attract...

Rhett isn't into the party scene. He has to keep himself in shape for wrestling so drinking every week is out of the question. Plus, he doesn't consider himself to be the kind of guy that girls flock to for weekend flings. He's never even had a steady girlfriend. He knows his looks aren't winning him any prizes and he's come to terms with being alone. His cruel friends, on the other hand, see his hermit status as a problem.

Enter the flyers. You can see from the blurb that Rhett's phone number is essentially pimped out to the entire campus, making for some rather interesting text and photo responses from women willing to take on his case, for charity purposes of course. However, one girl does it with no real intention of following through with the random hook-up. Yeah, it's a pretty crappy thing to toy with someone like that.

Laurel had already dismissed Rhett as an ugly guy, who is way out of her league, before the flyers have even gone up. Yet, she has no problem joining in to text him when dared to. What starts off as a joke becomes a challenge as she tries to win his attention. Along the way, she finds that there may be more to the man than she initially thought and he might be just the kind of guy she's been looking for.

To be honest, I really disliked Laurel for the first half of the book. She was narcissistic and selfish. Her inner dialogue made me roll my eyes so many times. And the relationship she has with her cousin was equally ridiculous. Alex got my nerves throughout the entire book. I did grow to like Laurel but it wasn't necessarily easy to do so.

I think the opposite happened for Rhett. I liked him at the beginning and sympathized with him when his so-called friends started misbehaving. I wanted him to get the girl and overcome the hazing. Somewhere along the way though, his naivete began to annoy me. How clueless could one person be? In his case, to the point where it wasn't even realistic. Being inexperienced is one thing, but not being able to see painfully obvious things?

Despite the main characters having some really annoying traits, I did begin to root for them early on. The texting scenes were cute and made me chuckle a few times. The sex scenes, once they began, were steamy and highly entertaining. I found the pair to balance each other out in a way that felt natural. Only Rhett's naive moments felt forced. Even the way Laurel gradually started to see Rhett in a new light was believable to me. In the end, I enjoyed the book but it wasn't an easy road to get there.

In closing...
I haven't read the first two books in the series and I may not. I think this one book stands out because of Rhett being a nicer guy than the others. Four stars!
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