Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rex Gunderson had it coming, right? A long suffering fool, Rex, needed his own romance. He is the one character in Sara Ney’s How to Date A Douchebag series who seemed irredeemable. Until he was. In The Coaching Hours, we found a changed and apologetic Rex, and his commitment to Annabelle offered a Rex we hadn’t seen before. It made us realize that douchebag guys can actually become heroes.
In The Teaching Hours (which first appeared in the Team Player 2 Anthology), Rex meets Hannah, the best friend of Skylar from Ney’s The Lying Hours. Hannah struggles with meeting and talking with guys. She would like to find a fella who rivals her friend Skylar’s Abe, but her weirdo behavior has a tendency to deter men. Enter Rex. Hannah and Rex meet each other on the LoveU app, and Rex decides to “teach” Hannah how to meet guys. Are Hannah and Rex a love match, or are they destined for quick hookups and loneliness?
I read this story in the Team Player 2 Anthology, and I appreciated Rex’s chance at love. I have to admit that I was underwhelmed by it because (1) it needed a bit more editing and (2) I wanted more story for Rex. I’ve read posts in Ney’s Facebook group where people indicated “no” to a happy ending for Rex. However, Ney did such a great job of redeeming him in The Coaching Hours that I think “why not Rex?” As such, I wanted more story for him. When Ney indicated that she would be releasing The Teaching Hours, I had hoped that the story had been developed further and the editable errors corrected. Alas, this isn’t the case. There are still some errors, and I’m still pining for more of Hannah and Rex together.
Should you read The Teaching Hours? If you’re a devoted Ney fan, yes. Do I wish there was more? Yes.
In love and romance,