Title: The Failing Hours
Authors: Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #2
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
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.
I read the first book in this series, The Studying Hours right when it was published in 2016. I remember I enjoyed it a lot, and I was excited for the next book. However, when it came out, I one clicked it on Amazon, and it’s been collecting dust on my Kindle ever since. Then when my November Romance Reveal box came with a signed paperback copy, I knew it was the sign I was looking for to push me into reading it!
While I enjoyed book one, I FLOVED book two. Zeke Daniels is probably one of the best male characters ever written in the NA genre. Sure, he was an absolute asshole, but he was a completely lovable asshole! And Violet was absolutely perfect in the most imperfect ways. Together they were spectacular.
Zeke is Oz’s roommate, the main character in The Studying Hours. He’s rude, never smiles, and walks around with a huge chip on his shoulder. His teammates don’t like him, his friends barely tolerate him, and Violet is terrified of him the first time they meet. Zeke came from a rich, but unpleasant family and it has left him with trust and abandonment issues that have affected every relationship he has. He resents anyone that pulls his friends away from him, and swears he will never have a girlfriend. Little does he know, one small but fierce tutor will rock his entire world!
Violet works at the University library and she’s assigned to be Zeke Daniels biology tutor. She’s completely intimidated by him at first, but slowly peels back his layers and finds the most loving individual underneath.
“But you’re not jaded—not like me. I’m a beautiful mess.” Rough thumbs tenderly stroke my cheeks. “You’re just beautiful.”
Violet is an amazingly well written character. She’s lead a difficult life, but continually gets back up and keeps pushing forward. She’s happy, and sweet and though she suffers from a stutter, she’s never let it hold her down. She was so incredibly real, that I couldn’t help falling completely in love with her. She was the perfect match for someone like Zeke.
I read this book in almost entirely one setting. I fell asleep with the book flopped across my lap with 30 pages left, and when I awoke I immediately started reading again. Ney’s writing is wonderful! Shes’s funny, sweet, and wrote some of the most quotable dialogue I’ve read in a very long time. I certainly won’t be waiting to read the next two books in the series. This has become one of my new favorites, and I can’t wait to see what gem Sara Ney delivers next!