Review: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

Posted November 26, 2020 by Kate

Review: The Failing Hours by Sara NeyCheck out on Goodreads | Buy on Amazon
Genres: New Adult, College Romance, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #1), , The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #3)
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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. 
Dating?  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.

I really enjoyed the first How to Date a Douchebag book, The Studying HoursIt was very similar to The Deal by Elle Kennedy, one of my favorite new adult books! But this second installment, The Failing Hours, was a bit different. The main character of this one was no pervy douchebag, but instead a straight-up angry, mean guy. He’s not nice to anyone, except for the small things he does, like pretend to lose a bet with his friends when they need money. But he only does that because they never know he did it out of kindness.

Zeke has a bad-boy rep. He’s angry, he’s lonely, and has some serious abandonment issues (despite his utterly kind heart). His coach, seeing the breakdown on the horizon, forces him to volunteer for Big Brother, a program that assigns low-income kids with a mentor for a few hours a week. So Zeke is forced to babysit this kid and… it’s not going too well. He doesn’t have any clue what to do with this child.


Act casual, I remind myself, he’s is just a guy… An insensitive guy. Intimidating. Cold. Callous. Complicated. The moodiest, broodiest, douchebaggiest guy I have ever met. 


That’s where his new tutor, Violet, comes in. She babysits a kid the same age as the kid Zeke babysits, so he gets Violet to help him. Violet is kind of a badass, herself. Like, not at all, but she has a fierce heart. When Zeke showed up looking for a Violet for their first tutoring session, and he was an ass, she told him that Violet was unavailable, to try again later. Oops? 😂🙌🏼

But Violet is also pretty shy, and stutters when she is distinctly uncomfortable. It was kind of awesome to see Violet peel back Zeke’s layers a bit, subtly encourage him to open up and lose his attitude. I love an angry bad-boy brought low by a sweetie. Grump v. Sunshine?? You know who wins that battle, and it’s never the grump 😁 Plus, Violet loves new adult romance??? Me, too, girl!! But really, I was super in love with this one. Zeke really kept me off-kilter, swinging from intense, to even a bit gentle and sweet. He was someone to be counted on, and luckily, Violet knew a good thing once she realized it herself. But she didn’t let him get away with shit, either. <3

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2 responses to “Review: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

  1. I think I actually preferred this to book one? I can’t remember I’ve read so many books in between haha. But anyway Violet was precious and I loved the hilarious interactions with the kids

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