Review: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

The Coaching Hours
How to Date a Douchebag #4
Sara Ney
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance


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.


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.



I have really enjoyed this series and was looking forward to reading a book about Coach Donnely’s daughter. It started off really good and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen, but quickly fizzled for me. I felt like the story as a whole was all over the place and I never quite felt the chemistry between the main characters. When things would pop up or happen, I didn’t feel for them as if I were connected to their story.

One thing that I can say is that I liked Anabelle’s character. She’s strong-willed and doesn’t back down from tough decisions. When she finds out about people making bets about her, she handles it in a very unique way. One of which is inviting one of the guys responsible to her house, which just so happens to be her father’s house…. and the guy showing up is one of her wrestlers. That scene was pretty amusing to read.

With all that being said, it wasn’t enough to hold my interest for long. I just never quite understood the H/h “connection” and when things weren’t going well, I didn’t feel sad or have any reaction. Then when the author brought in a previous character out of the blue, I felt confused and lost. We never got to really see this character in that light before and now we’re being told that they are amazing, without really seeing those actions play out. It honestly just kind of felt like the author was trying to tie everything up before ending the series and felt that the one character needed a moment in the spotlight.


Previous reviews from How to Date a Douchebag
The Studying Hours
The Failing Hours
The Learning Hours



2 Thoughts on “Review: The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney

  1. Hmm, it sounds like it could have been a bit better. Thanks for the great review.

  2. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. Tough when you don’t have an emotional connection to anyone.

    The title is hilarious though.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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