How to Date a Douchebag #1
Author: Sara Ney
Published: September 13, 2016
Genre: New Adult, College, Romance, Sports
CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.
SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.
She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.
…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.
He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.
OK....I was intrigued by the title if nothing else. I was so incredibly surprised by this book and author, I can't say enough about them. The writing style is light and fun, the characters are a hoot, and while I initially thought the storyline was going to be predictable, I was proved wrong.
Jameson is a serious student who spends most of her free time studying in the library. She dresses conservatively and is not like most of the college girls Sebastian Osborn, Oz, usually deals with. He's the star wrestler on the Iowa team and has women falling all over themselves to get up close and personal with him. Jameson appears to care very little about him or his status. In fact, she has no idea who he is and that throws him off his game. He's never had to work to get a woman's attention and is actually perplexed by the challenge James presents.
What begins as a bet, turns into something more, but what I liked the best about this book was the buildup. These characters don't fall into bed as soon as they meet. They don't even fall into bed until nearly... well, I don't want to give it away. Suffice it to say the slow buildup was much like foreplay. Ney kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for them to finally fall together. The initial tension between them was a prelude to them getting to know each other which happened via playful banter and honest conversations.
Oz, surprising on so many levels, is my new favorite book boyfriend. He pursues Jameson and proves he's more than a jock and player. For her part, Jameson allows him to see her vulnerable, unbuttoned side. Behind the cardigans and pearls, James is a confident, sexy woman who has Oz wrapped around her finger. They are great together and I hope to see more of them in the second book, The Failing Hours.