Audiobook Review: The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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. 




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.

The Failing Hours

Grumpy Wrestler!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🥵🥵🥵🥵
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 👱🏻‍♀️🧔🏻‍👩🏼‍🦰👱🏼‍♂️

The heroine: Violet – lost her parents at a young age, violet was moved from home to home after her relatives couldn’t afford to keep her. After her parent died she began to stutter and still does to this day when she isn’t comfortable with a person or in a situation.

The Hero(es): Zeke – he is the most winning wrestler at a school known for wrestling, having won a bunch of national championships. He is pictured in a large billboard outside the stadium. He gets his share of girls due to his sports prowess and looks but is a hit it and quit it type of guy. He doesn’t do relationships.

The Story: Violet and Zeke meet when he comes to the library for tutoring help. Violet is afraid of Zeke and when he asks for Violet, she says Violet isn’t there. So the next day when he returns he is even more grumpy than the day before. When Zeke’s coach forces him to be a mentor in the big brother program he comes across Violet who is babysitting a little girl. They start hanging out together and Zeke shows what a jerk he is in many ways, but also starts to grow on Violet.

The narration was great. Josh Goodman is terrific as the cantankerous college wrestler who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, including the kid he is mentoring. Muffy Newtown’s voice works fine for the intelligent co-ed. Though the stutter didn’t sound realistic.

After looking for gifs and images of college wrestlers I can see why wrestlers aren’t the romantic Hero’s very often. I apologize if I offend any wrestling lovers here, but not only does the act of wrestling look so gay (not that there is anything wrong with that) with two nearly naked guys rolling around on the floor together but the singlets they wear leave nothing to the imagination and are not flattering at all.

Though Sara Ney does the New Adult Sports Romance very well and I actually really liked these characters. She also addresses the wrestling singlet issue in that the women and wrestling groupies love to come to the matches for the very reason that the singlets reveal all.


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