How To Date A Douchebag : Review

I discovered recently that one of my favourite New Adult authors had published the first book in her new Jock Hard series – Jock Row: Book 1. I was so ticked that I had missed the notification; in my defence I was up to m eyes in deadlines.  So I bought a copy and am loving it. It reminded me of Sara’s ‘How To Date A Douchebag’ quartet. I loved those so much I decided to tell you about them, before I finish and review Jock Row. You will find the cover and synopsis for each of the four books below this review.

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All four books are sexy, witty, funny, and every single one is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Each book is worthy of reading on its own merit, and while each story is different, they all have a similar foundation – characters who have their egos pricked and deflated when they meet someone who won’t fall at their feet as they expect. They don’t realise the true worth of the person in front of them and behave in unacceptable ways.

The males in each book range from the cocky star athlete of the wrestling team, full of himself or miserable as sin, to their friends who are generally nice guys but capable of douchey behavior. The women are sassy, smart, and witty. Between overtly sexual and shyly timid, they put up with no-nonsense from these guys. They are refreshing, real, and likeable.

Regardless of how you meet the characters in the books, you soon come to realise that there is more to them than the superficial image they present to the world, and often to each other. Equally, the reader starts by believing that they know which way the story will go, and when the plot takes a sharp turn in a very different direction, its fantastic. None of the characters are crass stereotypes, and that is also one of the points that makes this series so very enjoyable.

The relationships may be slow-burn friendships that develop into romances, and the books may be classed as light reads, but there is justice and redemption, downfall and liberation.  Do not doubt that they are clever, incisive, multi-layered and multi-faceted.

They are also flirty, hot, and sexy. Buy yourself a fan!

Enjoy!


Author

Sara NeySara 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.

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How To Date A Douchebag series

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Book 1 : The Studying Hours

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Studying CoverCRUDE. 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.

He wants… Her.


Book 2: The Failing Hours

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Failing Hours CoverZeke 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.


Book 3: The Learning Hours

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Learning Hours CoverHe’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

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.

THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

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.


Book $: The Coaching Hours

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Coaching Hours CoverTHERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.

This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.


 

Haircuts, Hens, and Homicide : Blog Tour

Haircuts, Hens, and Homicide by Stephanie Dagg

HaircutsHensHomicideBig2Megan finds mayhem when she arrives in France to bury her Gran and sort out her affairs. She expected difficult encounters with civil servants and red tape but not with wandering chickens, an imperious policeman and a dead body. Together with her unlikely new friend, the elderly and grumpy Alphonse and his canine equivalent, Monsieur Moustache, Megan becomes involved in investigating the fowl-related foul play that’s at work in this sleepy part of rural France.
She’s helped but mainly hindered by the people she comes across. These include the local mayor, who wants Megan to stay and set up a hair salon in his village to help keep it alive. There are the cousins Romain, the gendarme, and Nico, the clumsy but hunky farmer. They have always clashed, but do so constantly now that Megan is on the scene. Michelle, Romain’s terrifying ex who wants him back, appears along the way, as does Claudette, a wheelchair-bound old lady, and Kayla, Megan’s best friend, who is hugely pregnant but not above taking on the forces of French law and order when Megan finds herself the prime suspect after Alphonse is stabbed. 

There’s excitement, humour and lots of ruffled feathers in this rom-com slash cosy mystery, the first in a projected series.


This is not an ordinary straight-forward romance; it is a mix of genres (and we all know I like that), filled with a brilliant cast of characters, human and otherwise. I believed in these people, they were as real to me as my friends, and I’m convinced that if I rolled up in a village these people would be in residence and recognisable. The author has created a wholly realistic and believable world inhabited by characters that have all the strengths, weaknesses, and failings of human beings everywhere.

Megan’s life is vastly different from the one her grandmother has been living in France in recent years; she’s a hairdresser in Maidenhead, living an average life, but with aspirations for her career. Although Megan has visited France many times, and feels relatively ‘at home’ there, she encounters much that she doesn’t quite understand. The constant invasion of her kitchen for a start. In an area populated mostly by old and older people, cousins Romain, an unsmiling, serious gendarme, and Nico, a seriously hot looking farmer with a severe ‘bull in a china shop’ problem, are constantly locking horns around Megan. Some of their encounters are comical as are some of her reactions.

Stephanie Dagg’s depiction of the main characters is absolute delight, and she reveals them to us in different ways. Cleverly writing in the first person, we see everything from Megan’s point of view, so immediately we know her thoughts and feelings, her opinions and reactions. With Romain, she peels back the layers slowly and steadily, so like Megan, we are kept wondering just what is going on inside his head. Megan and Romain are constantly thrown in each other’s company, partly by accident and partly by design on Romain’s side. While their backgrounds and experiences are very different, through the narrative the author subtly highlights the underlying similarities. These two devices are a masterclass for anyone with writing ambitions.

Megan was abandoned by her mother, has no clue as to who her father is, and was raised by her prickly, no-nonsense, but loving grandmother. Not only dumped by her fiancée but now newly redundant, apart from her best friend Kayla, Megan is alone in the world. Romain has recently returned home but we don’t know why, he has family, friends, and a community that he belongs to, and though his parents are wealthy and he had a somewhat privileged background, it wasn’t a fun childhood.

Frivolity was frowned on

So whilst one set of parents were there, and the other parent disappeared and declared dead, they have each marked their children. Megan and perhaps Romain too, learn that family is more than blood relatives. Megan’s friend Kayla, and the little community they belong to show more real and genuine care and concern.

Both characters have escaped potentially disastrous relationships. Megan started the new year being dumped by her fiancée in January, two months before their wedding. Romain has escaped from a relationship with Michelle, a rather domineering woman with a demanding career. She is high maintenance, very much a city-dweller, and a force to be reckoned with. Her return causes a frisson of dread to both Romain and Nico, and the reaction of the men to her entrance in the café was hilarious. Megan is not in the least put out or perturbed by Michelle, she deals with snooty domineering women often in her business, and while she has some similar traits to Michelle, they are more subtle and less selfish.

Megan is a feisty, warm-hearted and loving young woman yet simmering quietly beneath the surface is a discontent. She is bright and intelligent, and the walking talking epitome of the phrase, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Torn between returning to England and remaining in France, she weighs up what each has to offer. As the trail of criminal activity expands, shocking secrets revealed, and homicide is on the doorstep, Megan is undaunted. Her open and unsophisticated nature is in sharp relief to Romain who seems to be somewhat aloof. He keeps his behaviour, thinking and emotions, under strict control, and Megan enjoys confronting and provoking him, as much as Romain enjoys doing the same to her. Gradually however he is revealed to be a caring and compassionate man, with a warm and passionate nature.

With a cast of ‘villagers’ that includes Erik the vet and his mother, Alphonse and Monsieur Moustache,  Megan’s girls, the Mayor, and many more, we are presented with a plethora of characters who entertain and endear themselves to the reader. Who hasn’t experienced the rural French lunch hour, where almost everyone and everything stops work, as Megan says:

No-one messes with lunchtime in France

Stephanie has given us a novel that is humorous and romantic, lively and cheerful. The tone and language are light and amusing, and it’s an all-round bloody good read. The burgeoning romance and the murder detection are woven together with subtly and ease. We are flipped from yes they will to no they won’t with no regard for the readers sensibilities – and its brilliant! To find out who killed who and who ends up with who, you’ll have to read the book. Be prepared for face-achingly hilarious situations, cringe-worthy moments, and plenty of wonderful animals, but for me Monsieur Moustache ultimately steals the show.

ShockerAnd the extra bit at the end?

Shocker!

Give me Perms, Pigeons, and Poisons NOW!!

 

What to more can I say?

Buy it. Read it.

Enjoy it. Love it.

I did.

Haircuts, Hens, and Homocides has been added to my books of the year list. Yes. Its THAT fantastic.


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Author

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. I now consider myself a European rather than ‘belonging’ to any particular country. The last ten years have been interesting, to put it mildly. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals includes alpacas, llamas, huarizos (alpaca-llama crossbreds, unintended in our case and all of them thanks to one very determined alpaca male), sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, zebra finches, budgies , canaries, lovebirds and Chinese quail. Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve. I recount these experiences in my book Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France and the sequel to that, Total Immersion: Ten Years in France. I also blog regularly at http://www.bloginfrance.com.

I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.

I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. I have worked part-time as a freelance editor for thirty years after starting out as a desk editor for Hodder & Stoughton. Find me at http://www.editing.zone. The rest of the time I’m running carp fishing lakes with Chris and inevitably cleaning up some or other animal’s poop.

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Take My Camel, Dear : Favourite 1st Lines

Over the years I’ve fallen about laughing, been heart-broken, smiled, been intrigued, and rolled my eyes at the opening lines of books I’ve read.   Some are memorable like Jane Austen and a man ‘must be in want of a wife’, others are breath-taking like Dickens’ ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’  And some who shall remain nameless were just plain bloody awful!

The following are just four of my many favourites; two quite recent and two from my past. The books are each very different from the other, cover very different genres, and I have loved each and every one of them.

Spread your reading wings and give them a try, and remember:

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I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs

Tamsyn Afterlife

Hilarious opener, and I can’t imagine many would want to miss this Teen novel by a great author.

My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray

Lucy Shaw is 15 years old and trapped in the men’s toilets in Carnaby Street in London – for eternity – no-one can see or hear her. Trying to come to terms with her own death, she also suffers from dreadful loneliness – until Jeremy enters the loo.

I laughed, my heart ached, but this book was unputdownable. I’ve read it twice and each time it was in one sitting.

Fabulous – read it now.

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“Take my camel, dear,” said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.

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Go on admit it – you’re intrigued. A camel?

Yes, a camel.

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay

This high comedy and partly autobiographical novel, is about the experiences of an amusing group of people travelling from Istanbul to Trebizond. Dorothea ffoulkes-Corbett (Aunt Dot), a high church Anglican, is determined to emancipate the women of Turkey via conversion to Anglicanism and popularising the bathing hat. Her niece Laurie, our narrator, is far more interested in pursuing pleasure.

Read this many moons ago but the line just stuck with me and of course the book. I will admit it’s not everyone cup of tea, but I highly recommend it, so why not give it a go? Some cheap offers on Amazon, so it won’t break the bank.

And you can always donate the book to charity…..

Just read it, why don’t you..

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I celebrated my fifteenth birthday by burying my headmaster and emptying my bladder on the freshly turned earth. Best birthday present a boy could have.

Schools

I never knew how much I loved post-apocalyptic books until I met the author Scott Andrew at an event I organised. As he talked, I flipped this one open, and was instantly hooked. I have now read all the St Mark’s books in the Afterblight series.

School’s Out  (The Afterblight Chronicles) by Scott K. Andrews 

Some sort of virus or disease has wiped out most of the world’s population, or at least all those who are not Blood Type O Neg.  As you can imagine, mobs run rampant, and those left collect into a variety groups, imposing their own law and order. Lee Keegan has no choice but to stay at St Mark’s, his boarding school, where he and Jane Crowther one of the school’s Matrons, do what they can to protect the children inside with them. Others in the school start to behave like the bullies they are.  It’s a post-apocalyptic nightmare, where the worst excesses of mankind run riot.

I have also read quite a few of the other book. The series , which is written by several different authors, and I can see at least two sitting waiting for my return. If you liked the Hunger Games, Maze-Runner, Divergent series’, then its worth giving the Scott K Andrew Afterblight books a read.

Read read read

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There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

Dawn Treader

Do I really need to say anything about CS Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia? Though I will make the point that the first book in the series ISN’T The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. That’s a very common misconception.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world’s end is only the beginning.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in the series, and is as magical, fantastical, wonderous, and unforgettable as all the others. What I can tell you is that it can be read as a stand-alone, so there is no reason for you not to read it, is there? And if you like it then you should carry on the magical journey in the sixth book!

Go On. Read it.

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