Wednesday, November 1, 2017

InkSlinger PR Audio Review + Excerpt : The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

How to Date a Douchebag, 3 
By Sara Ney
September 26, 2017

He's not a douchebag; but that doesn't stop his friends from turning him into one.


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.


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.

My Thoughts:
Anyway, I enjoyed The Learning Hours. So much so that I plan to go back and read the previous books. So, if you haven't listen/read the previous books you don't need to worry, total standalone. Yes, they are on a wrestling team, but their lives overlap too much. We get to focus on Rhett and Laurel. So, we have Josh Goodman doing the Rhett sections, and Muffy Newton doing the the Laurel parts. Having dual narrator is all right, not my preference, because you start to get use to one narrator doing the voices and you kind of enjoy their reading more than the others. I personally thought Muffy did a better job of reading. However, Josh didn't do a bad job. I preferred Muffy's narration of the story over Josh. Eventually, Josh's voice did start warm to me. He's not a bad narrator, but I preferred Muffy's take of Laurel. Even though I preferred Muffy's take on the story, there were a couple mispronounce names, and honestly no one would notice that unless they lived in the area that Rhett was from. Since I lived in the area, I'm probably going to be the only that notice that it was mispronounce. Overall, they both did a pretty good job of reading Rhett and Laurel's part, because Rhett spoke a little french to Laurel which I would have butchered, but they both did fantastic job. I would listen to these two again. Josh and Muffy made Rhett and Laurel come alive in the story. So, if are looking to listen to a new adult read, The Learning Hours is pretty good, and Josh and Muffy do a pretty good job. Took a little time to get use to the switching back and forth, but not bad. Pretty good.

A few quick thoughts the story itself. Yes, I enjoyed The Learning Hours. I totally love Rhett. He's so lovable. Poor guy. Throughout the story he's feels like he's a butterface. Which is understandable, he's not going to have a gorgeous face, he's a wrestler. However, love Rhett, because he's a southern guy and who doesn't like a southern guy. Then we have Laurel, and I wasn't sure I was going to like the girl. Yes, she's pretty with an ugly personality. I like how she realize she has a major personality flaw and tries to fix it, because she doesn't feel that she's good enough for Rhett. There were a couple of issues I had with the story, but they were mainly about where Rhett grew up. I think the author probably should have picked a different town that Rhett grew up in, because it would have worked better. Hey, it's what it is. Overall, I liked the story so much that I plan to go back and checkout the rest of the stories.

Audio copy provided by InkSlinger via Audible.

He’s seated at a table in the far corner when I spot him from the door. He’s not hard to miss—not with his purple t-shirt in a sea of black and yellow, and wavy mussed hair.

He’s slouching, hunched over his table.

Defeated. Tired.

My stomach rolls with nerves, nerves that have me rooted to the spot in the doorway, watching him.

Just watching.

For the entire four minutes I stand here, he sits immobile, studying his laptop, eyes moving along the screen, completely transfixed by whatever he’s reading.


“Just go over there,” I whisper to myself, blowing out a puff of pent-up air.

I put one foot in front of the other and begin toward him, spine ramrod straight, steeling myself, prepared for another argument.

Twenty feet.





No reply.

“Do you mind if I sit here?” I lay my hand on the back of the wooden chair across from him, intending to pull it out.

He stiffens but doesn’t lift his head. “Yes I mind.”

“Would you mind if I sat at the table next to you?” I’m pushing his buttons, looking for a reaction, but he only spares me a brief glance.

Shrugs. “Free country.”

I bite my lip to hide a smile, glad he didn’t tell me to take a hike...

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Author Info:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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