Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2
Published by Self-Published on January 31 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance
Zeke Daniels isn't just a douchebag; he's an asshole.
A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most assholes 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.
The Failing Hours is the second book in the How to Date a Douchebag series. While it’s not necessary to have read book one, I think you’ll have a better understanding of the characters and, therefore, enjoy it more if you do. Plus, The Studying Hours is a really great book.
I hated Zeke in the first book. We’re talking an if he was on fire I’d have to think twice before even spitting on him level of hatred. I thought he was awful before, but he raises douchiness to a whole new level in this book. He’s incredibly angry, insulting, and degrading all the time, towards everyone. Even his friends don’t like him.
Now, this is just my personal peeve. I’m almost immune to foul language in books, but I’ve got to say I was bothered by the amount of cursing. At least every other sentence out of Zeke’s mouth contains a curse word or two. It’s definitely in keeping with his character, but it still seemed excessive and jarring to me. Moving on…
Violet radiates every good trait imaginable. She’s shy, sweet, selfless, and insightful—all qualities that piss off Zeke. She’s a prime target of his contempt, and the thing that both frustrated me and endeared me to her is her willingness to repeatedly forgive him. Some of Zeke’s rudeness is just plain cruel. However, we see the generosity hidden beneath his angry façade. I loved the way Violet subtly brings out the softer side of him, and his efforts to fight his instinctive douchey tendencies are comical.
We learn about his past and how it affects his personality. Many readers may feel sympathy for him, but I was of the suck-it-up-and-deal mentality. Life can be crappy, but that doesn’t give you license to make life completely miserable for others.
I grew more fond of Zeke as the book progressed; however, he never completely won me over. That’s okay because he’s a work in progress, which is far more authentic and interesting than a guy being a complete douche and then suddenly turning into a total gentleman.
This story is engaging and highly entertaining. I’m quickly becoming a fan of this series, and I’m looking forward to the next book.
Recommended for fans of:
Tutors and librarians
True alpha jerks