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How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours

By: Sara Ney
Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown
Series: How to Date a Douchebag, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,213 ratings)
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Crude. Arrogant. A--hole.

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.

Smart. Classy. Conservative.

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....

Every douchebag has his weakness.

He wants to be friends. He wants to spend time with her. He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants...her.

©2016 Sara Ney (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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So unexpected!!!

A beautiful, funny, romantic story for the young and the old! The author made it so engaging for the readers. The narrators are amazing!

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Profanely funny!!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this audiobook, but I was often startled into laughing aloud. This irreverent, hilarious, yet somehow sweet college romance was a real delight to listen to. The hero has a potty mouth, but in a funny way. The heroine is a prim, scholarly and inexperienced girl who is at times wickedly funny too. He takes a dare from his buddies and she falls in with it, which sets his interest on her. He's kind of a womanizer, but something about her keeps drawing him to her. I loved the story, the characters and narration was well done.

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Fun, sexy, and laughs for days

This was a fun, sexy book. Told with dual narration, that of Oz and Jameson, this book focuses on two college students who are inexplicably drawn to each other with more chemistry than double session O-Chem lab day.

Oz is a star athlete, on scholarship, struggling to keep up his grades. He has no shortage of promiscuous co-eds at his disposal. Jameson is more cerebral, but also struggling to keep up her grades.

Meet cute: the library. Of course!

I liked a lot about this book, but here were the misses:
1) Oz's backstory with his sister - mentioned only once and not thereafter, and it doesn't really inform the remainder of his life's decisions. It's surprising that a human resources manager so casually uses and mistreats woman.
2) The characters admit they like each other, do nothing about it, and then have the same talk again and act surprised about. Maybe a little more editing would have served this book well.
3) Jameson's motiviation to bang a random college guy. Well, why not bang Oz, then? I wasn't sure about that weird plot.

I write this review taking into account the spirit in which the book was written: this is a rom-com, not meant to be serious, intended to provide lighthearted fluff and giggles to the readers. This book succeeds in that endeavor. This book is a light, quick romp into the world of chicklit. Similar to Sophie's goals of a Mr. Right for Now, this book is simply a "right for now" read. It's not literature; it's a fun ladies read.

There was a lot to giggle at with this book: the vetting process yielded some laughs; Sophie's relationship her roommate, Jason, was hysterical; the dates were both cringe- and laugh-worthy; and Sophie's father was a cute gem.

There were some misses with this book, though. For example, the whole premise of the No More Bad Dates pact. If the ladies simply wanted a Mr. Right for Now, why even bother vetting? Who gives a crap if a guy has weird habits if he's just a present-day distraction. I didn't understand that at all. Also, the weird habits that were disclosed during the vetting process were entirely unrealistic. I understand that this is part of the book's charm: it's not meant to be taken seriously or literally. It still annoyed me the teensiest bit, though.

My favorite theme of this book is the "career" theme. I relate to Sophie in so many ways. I'm doing a job well below my training and skill set, and for far less money than I've ever made in my life. But I prefer it. It keeps me sane, happy, comfortable, and stress-free. I appreciated this aspect of the book.

Overall, I give this book a 3 star review. It succeeds at its goal, and it provided me a nice, mindless couple of hours. It's an average chick lit read, and I would recommend it to anyone who'd like to cleanse their palate in between more serious reads.

From a scale of 1 to 10 (this is a rating of how present these components were, NOT how good or bad they were):
Romance - 6 (the book didn't set up a lot of big, sweeping romantic gestures, but Oz was sweet to Jameson now and then)
Smut - 7 (Could have used more, but it's there)
Humor - 6 (the little jokes, anecdotes before each chapter gave me a chuckler)
Cat and Mouse - 10 (it's the whole point of the book)
Rich man / Poor woman theme - 0 (not a plot point)
Sexy setting - 10 (what's sexier than college-age students with perfect bodies, and of course, the library)

I both read and listened to the audiobook version of this book.

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Fantastic Audio!! Definitely a Page Turner!!

A MUST READ!!!
My favorite type of story is a college romance with a combination of opposites attract, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, and sexy steaminess!!!
Sara Ney NAILED it!!!!
She gave it all in this book!
So funny and flirty.
So Sexy and Addictive!!!
An amazing story of the journey two people take when falling in love.
Sebastian and Jamison are the cutest couple. They banter endlessly and their connection is explosive.
Their chemistry was a slow build that literally vibrated until it combusted!!
I loved that slow agonizing burn. It was beautiful.
Absolutely Beautiful.
The writing is flawless. The author sucks you into this story and has you falling head over heels for the characters.
I could put it down.
I laughed and swooned!
And when they finally came together after their agonizing build up, it was TOTALLY worth the wait. Sara blew me away with the intensity of it!!


I listened to this on audio!
So so good!!!!!!
Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown were FANTASTIC!!
They were so passionate and on point with the characters and everything just came together so perfectly.
I'm on a high right now from this amazing read.

I'm telling you, you need this book in your life!!


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Fantastic!

Great story with witty banter, fun characters, humor and some good steamy scenes - I loved this book! Perfect narration that really did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. Highly recommend!

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Oz come to life.

I have been waiting for this audible for what feels like forever, okay it’s probably only been a month. But I am thrilled that I can listen to these dbags any time I want now. The story is fantastic and the narrators really brought these characters to life. I will be listening to this one over and over.

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3.5 The Studying Hours Stars

I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it.
Oz was the douchebag I figured him to be, but in a different way. When a “bet” was put into place I thought oh no not like other books. But this wasn’t like that and it was refreshing.

I will say even though sex was implied and talked about the actually act doesn’t happen for a LONG time. And it worked for this book.

I like Jameson too she had to grow on me, I don’t know if it was her character or what but I wasn’t a fan at the beginning but I grew to like her by the end of the book.

I am a banter girl and I loved the banter in this book. I think that is what saved it for me. And their chemistry was off the hook.

I loved the narration, its Muffy Newtown so that’s a giving I am going to love it. And Josh Goodman was a perfect Oz.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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Great book

I loved this book but the female narrator is horrible. She has ruined every book I’ve listened to with her. I loved the male narrator. He was awesome.

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great listen

I wasnt so sure about this one. I've seen it around but I havent really heard anything about it.

I'm so glad I took a chance on it because it was everything. the story and narration was perfection.

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Surprisingly good!

I went into this with my finger poised over the “stop” button thinking it was going to be cringe-worthy. As my college days are a few decades behind me I was prepared to dislike the story. However I started to become intrigued by the storyline. I find myself laughing and smiling throughout the book. There were so many parallels between the couples romance and my own college romance that I was charmed. The college scenes were relatable regardless of the decade For that part of your life. The author does an amazing job of luring you into the love.
I don’t “hate” this female narrator. She has a little bit of an Erin Mallon feel, but at times her breathiness quality is over the top and becomes a bit grating. All in all, a very good story and I’m intrigued for the next in the series. I’m also glad to have found a new author! (Chapter titles were absolutely hilarious almost enough to go back and just re-listen to each chapter title.)

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Joyful and fun

I believe that for pure escapist fun this audiobook really hits the spot.
The narrators were excellent. The storyline classic college romance.
Just joyful and fun

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  • 01-24-20

Satisfyingly entertaining.

Light hearted but enough emotion that its not bland. Not OTT with angst or absurd situations. Narration is seamless.

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  • 01-25-18

Falling in love with the Douchebags all over again!

I really enjoyed listening to Sara Ney’s first book from her How to Date a Douchebag series. Oz and James’ story was a great read and this time around it was definitely an enjoyable listen!

This was my first dual narration audiobook (as opposed to duet narration) and it took a little getting used to. I actually preferred Josh Goodman’s take on James in comparison to the “manly voice” that Muffy Newton puts on for Oz. And it was that which detracted from the story a bit for me.

In saying that, the storyline itself was a strong as ever in audio!! And I did thoroughly enjoy listening to the book. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the series.