Review: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

Posted March 15, 2021 by Kate

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

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 a pulse. He will reciprakate 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.

I think “Learning Hours” is my favorite How to Date a Douchebag book yet!! Although I keep saying that…. In this one, we follow Rhett, a junior transfer student new to the wrestling team. He may be the best wrestler, but he’s very much on the outside and getting hazed pretty consistently (and he’s not liking it).

In one (horrible) prank, his two idiot roommates pasted posters with his face, name, and phone number all over campus, saying “Are you the lucky lady who is going to break our roommate’s cherry? Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for a willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral sex. Text him at {number}.” And yes… that was not a typo. I would have flipped my shit and dropped out for sure if this poster was made about me.


God, I like him so much. Drown in his goodness. His kind spirit and pure heart. The romance of his second language. Sweet brown eyes and a beautiful smile.


Rhett is the nice guy in this series, but problem is, he’s not cute. In fact, his face is referred to as “ugly” by several of his teammates, and merely “not attractive” by others. He pretty much stays away from girls, because none of the ones he likes even remotely likes him back. But after the poster, he’s getting hundreds of texts a day from girls willing to put a bag on his head or “do him” anyway. But with one particular girl, he ends up conversing with a lot.

Enter Laurel, the girl who’s texting him. (EPISTOLARY ROMANCE START HELLOOOOO 🙌🏼) She did it on a dare after one of her asshole friends saw the poster… but quickly changes her tune when she learns that he’s actually sweet and funny, and totally unlike the other assholes she’s dated. In this book, the girl is the player and the one out of his league, and the boy is the shy inexperienced one. I have to say, this is one dynamic that I INCREDIBLY enjoyed!! I don’t get enough of it, honestly. Her trying to get him comfortable around her… hilarious, honestly.


Rhett Rabideaux may not be prince charming but he’s something else entirely: he’s real. He is who he is, and makes no apologies. He’s polite and sincere.”


But gender stereotypes need not apply. It’s still incredibly annoying when half the couple – whichever gender! – doesn’t believe the other character is into them after *numerous* instances where it should have been painfully obvious. Normally, this doesn’t bother me too much, but like… seriously. It took way too long for Rhett to get with the program. She wasn’t kissing you and hinting at dates because she thinks you’re ugly and wants to be your friend. We should not be having these thoughts 80% into the book. That said… I really love a friends-to-lovers dynamic. So still really good, just could have used some refinements on the balancing act here.

Another point… the other wrestlers were ASSHOLES. Like beyond dickheads. I know this series called “How to Date a Douchebag,” but yeesh they pulled some ugly moves. That poster prank LITERALLY makes me want to barf, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. 😨 Even the heroes of the previous books weren’t nice to him, although I suppose they’re just douchebags staying on brand. Romance doesn’t completely reform you I suppose 😬

I’m absolutely having so much fun with this series. Sara Ney has absolutely become a go-to KU New Adult author for me 💞👏🏻

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