How to Date a Douchebag: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

Hello, fellow readers and writers!

My book suggestion for this week is going to be a newish release from Sara Ney. She used to write YA literature with some steamy make-out scenes before moving onto New Adult literature with her How to Date a Douchebag series, which is absolutely amazing. I’ve read all four novels and have enjoyed all of them, especially this one!

I found Sara Ney about a year or so ago when I was looking through Kindle Unlimited suggestions. I thought the synopsis sounded funny so I decided to give it a try with her second novel in the series and absolutely loved it. After that, she became one of my favorites, especially as the third installment came out and then now the fourth!

How to Date a Douchebag: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney


Annabelle just moved clear across the country to be closer to her dad. She moved in with him and started going to the same college where he coaches the wrestling team. At first, moving in was fun until she began to realize he was more likely to treat her like a twelve-year-old than a twenty-one-year-old. She needs to find a place and a roommate fast. That task proves to be easier than she thought when nice guy Elliot saves her from herself one drunken night. He’s sweet and smart and exactly what she needs in her life.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • There’s a reveal about Elliot halfway through the book that I felt he should have shared much earlier. He sort of blindsides her with this information after things between them have heated up and become kinda serious.
  • Annabelle’s hubris is literally just how sweet she is. Sara Ney writes sweet characters well as the other heroines in the novel have been sweet girls, but this character seems to put herself into situations where she knows better. She trusts almost too much, but it does make her lovable at many parts of the novel as well.

What I Liked:

  • Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes so I definitely loved that about this novel. Annabelle and Elliot meet a few times when she’s going through emotional challenges and he’s there each time to listen with advice. Her dependence on him and his need to protect her is very cute throughout, especially because he’s not possessive or overpowering at all.
  • There’s a big surprise in this novel more than halfway through and I loved the reactions from the characters. This change in their lives was huge and I enjoyed how realistic they were about it. They talked things through and it truly felt like a New Adult novel in those of insecurity.


I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a silly, sweet romance. I always enjoy the characters in Sara Ney’s novels, especially the main ones. I think this is the last installment of the series (sad face), but I’m very excited to see what she’ll be releasing next!

Interested in following more Sara Ney? Join her Facebook Group! I’m also in there, soaking up all the information I can get for future releases.

Want to see more reviews? I have a suggestions page or you could check out my Goodreads reviews in the side panel. They’re much shorter and written the moment I finish the novel, rather than these more detailed reviews. You can get an idea of what’s coming next and maybe read along and have some comments ready for me 🙂

Until next time!

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