I have two quickie reviews for you today! I listened to How to Date a Douchebag – The Studying Hours by Sara Ney and Power Play by Maria Luis. I love the Audible Romance Package – if you consider enrolling don’t hesitate. It was one of my best choices this year. Finally I can clean up my TBR list!
How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney
Also by this author: Team Player, The Coaching Hours
Also in this series: The Coaching Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #1
Published by Audible Studios on September 13th 2016
Genres: New Adult, sports romance
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Narrator: Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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.
I’m such a sucker for a good NA/Sports Romance. I can’t figure out what it is about them but I enjoy them immensely. I read one other book in this series an since I liked it
I gave in to my girl Christie’s pressure I knew I’d listen to the audiobook at some point.
I loved these characters so much. Oz is a hoot – he has nothing but sex on his mind and is even a little bawdy. In every other book I’d probably hate him. But, man! Sara Ney made this douchebag so lovable and in some parts sweet that I just couldn’t help but fall hard for him. No-nonsense, highly intelligent and all around good girl Jameson gives him a run for his money an makes him work to win her over. Their sexy times are exceedingly…well…sexy. Steamy. HOT!
THE STUDYING HOURS was refreshingly free of drama, gut-busting hilarious, sexy and an absolute delight to listen to. I loved Josh Goodman’s performance, who I had the pleasure to listen to for the first time. He is brilliant at making Oz’s cocky, a little self-absorbed personality come to life. Muffy Newtown is a pro and the more I listen to her, the more I enjoy her. She’s fantastic reading both male and female parts and she definitely hit the mark with James’s character.
Power Play by Maria Luis
Series: Blades Hockey #0.5
Published by Tantor Audio on April 13th 2017
Genres: sports romance, Contemporary Romance
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Narrator: Elizabeth Hart, Joe Hempel
Length: 5 hrs and 13 min
He (was) the hottest player on the ice.
She's a (struggling) sports journalist looking for her big break.
Charlie Denton has been handed the most impossible assignment from her stick-in-the-mud boss: get an exclusive interview with the NHL's golden boy, Duke Harrison.
The catch? She's got eight days or she’ll be demoted. Fired. Kicked to the curb - No way is she letting her future rest on the broad shoulders of a goalie who is at least three seasons past his prime.
She has eight days to convince Duke that the loyal fans of The Cambridge Tribune (annual circulation: 1,000) are dying to know about his life, on and off the ice. Eight days to stand toe to toe with a man who is pure sex on a stick. Eight days to remember that every mind-blowing kiss is nothing but a power play.
What could go wrong?
First things first: I listened to the audiobook of Power Play and don’t have any complaints. Elizabeth Hart is doing a decent job narrating Charlie. We get an epilogue read by Joe Hempel, which I wouldn’t have minded hearing more of during the book.
Charlie is a former hockey player who turned to sports journalism because she never was an exceptional talent. She is ambitious as they come and that is one of her strengths but also her weakness. Charlie was cute, a bit sassy and definitely likable.
When she meets Blades goalie Duke Harrison she insults him. Although Duke is actually more of a brooder he is a good sport sport about it and they hit it off pretty fast.
Since this is a (long-ish) novella you can’t expect much in terms of character development. The chemistry between Duke and Charlie needs to be pretty much instantaneous for that reason. Admittedly, the story is predictable and you can see the conflict coming from miles away but that didn’t negatively influence my enjoyment.
Power Play is a bite-sized sexy little number that is perfect after finishing a heavy, angst-filled book. It does lack the depth of a full length novel but I don’t think the author intended it to be super deep. Maria Luis’s funny writing style in this sweet rom-com will put a smile on your face.