Binging the Backlist: How to Date a Douchebag by Sara Ney

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Today on the blog I’m introducing a new meme of the sort. The idea came to me when I was cleaning out my Goodreads shelf and I saw how many unread series I had sitting on my TBR. Some of these series are going all the way back to 2002 and honestly it stressed me out! I’m a late bloomer when it comes to reading romance books so I haven’t read a lot of the popular romance series I’ve seen people rave about on social media. So I decided that every month I would binge-read one series so I could cross it off my TBR. But I didn’t just want to cross these series off my TBR and be done with it. I wanted to be able to put in my two cents but I also didn’t want to spend time writing up full-length reviews. So I came up with the brilliant idea to write down all the thoughts that popped into my head while reading these series and then make a post out of them and thus Binging the Backlist was born! To be honest, some of my thoughts are just gonna be very blunt and unfiltered and I hope entertaining. If not and this whole idea ends up being a mess, then hopefully y’all will be entertained by that, lol.

The first series up on Binging the Backlist is Sara Ney’s new adult series, How to Date a Douchebag! I have been wanting to read this series since last year but review books just kept getting in the way and I just kept putting it off and the next thing you know, it’s almost the end of the year and I still haven’t read this series. So I made room in my reading schedule and literally spent four days reading one book after the other until I was done and y’all do I have a lot to say about these fellow douchebags! Let’s get this show review started, shall we?

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Sara Ney was not playing when she decided to write a series where most of the heroes are douchebags. Let me tell y’all, these guys are just straight up assholes and they tested my patience numerous times while reading this series. They’re incredibly rude, think they’re God’s gift to women everywhere and that anyone who gets the chance to sleep with them should count themselves as lucky. But—and it’s a big but at that—assholeness aside, Sara Ney does manage to make these heroes redeemable and they grow and take responsibility for the shit they do and are actually likeable by the end. 

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I remember reading an awkward scene in The Studying Hours between our two main characters and the second-hand embarrassment was so real that I ended up choking on my water and almost spilled my bottle all over my bed. My dog was also in a deep sleep while this happened and ended up jumping awake because of my choking and then got mad at me for waking her up, lol. But seriously, don’t consume liquids while reading because there are just too many laugh out loud scenes that you will end up making a mess.

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I really like that the fact that these books are such fast reads and I feel like they’re the perfect books to pick up if you’re in a reading slump. The writing, the humor, the awkward scenes and the relateable characters make for a recipe for success and you get so sucked in that you become obsessed. Honestly, those are the best types of books and I love feeling like this when starting a new series.

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At the beginning of every chapter, there are a few lines that are either snippets from a conversation or some type of advice and at first they seem so random, but they actually have a purpose because they end up setting the tone for what to expect in that chapter. I could not stop laughing at some of these chapter headings because they were so snarky and I’m literally gonna use some of these lines in my real life because they make for such witty comebacks.

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Zeke is the fan favorite douchebag among many readers but he’s also the worst one among all the douchebags in this series so I was confused as to why so many people liked him. I actually didn’t think he was deserving of an HEA because he says some straight-up nasty things in the first book and I was like there’s no way Sara is gonna make this dude redeemable—but she proved me wrong! Zeke has a lot of issues, like a lot a lot of issues, but we eventually see that Zeke’s anger is basically just a defense mechanism so people don’t get to close to him. I’m not gonna give anything else away about Zeke but just know that what you see is not what you get when it comes to this douchebag.

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In The Learning Hours, the roles are reversed and it’s actually the heroine who is the douchebag. I wasn’t expecting this switch-up at all and I really loved that Sara decided to shake things up by doing this reversal. It definitely made for an interesting story line.

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Rhett Rabideaux is a Southern gentleman who knows how to speak French and is just everything that is good in the world! He may be slow when it comes to love and relationships but damn does this man know just what to say to charm a girl’s pants off!

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The campus library played a huge role in this series because this is actually where most of our couple first meet and let me tell y’all these bookshelves have seen it all! The arguments, the making up, the breaking up, the heating up in the studying rooms and so many more scandalous things but I won’t give them away. The library is where most of the action goes down and if I attended this school I would’ve definitely been up in there with some popcorn watching this drama go down.

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I really love how perfectly matched these leading ladies were for our heroes. Like, they don’t put up with bullshit and they make our heroes grovel when they fuck up. Also, they have some pretty thick skin because they dealt with a lot of snide remarks from secondary characters and I don’t know if I would’ve been able to put up with that nonsense.

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I was really hoping that The Coaching Hours would end things off with a bang and while I liked majority of the book, I was not a fan of the ending. I did not like the plot twist used in this book because I personally just don’t like this trope in general. I felt like it was a cop-out way to get our couple to stay together and it didn’t sit well with me.

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All in all, I’m happy I read this series and I now get why people rave about these douchebags so much! They may have annoyed me at times and there may have been a few moments where I wanted to throw my eReader, but I eventually fell hard for these douchebags and I can’t wait to re-read these books again!

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THE STUDYING HOURS: ★★★
THE FAILING HOURS: ★★★★
THE LEARNING HOURS: ★★★★

THE COACHING HOURS: ★★★½


Have you met the douchebags yet? If not, are you planning on reading this series in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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