What a short and playful little treat for fans of Sara Ney’s Douchebag series! Anyone who has followed the series from the start is familiar with Rex, wrestling manager and douchebag in his own right. Throughout the series, we saw him change and evolve, becoming a better person and worthy of his own love story. This quick, fun novella shows Rex moving forward and finding the potential for love with his own heroine.
I’ll be honest – if you’re not already a fan of the series, this novella isn’t a great starting point. It’s a light and fun BONUS to the series, not a full-fledged love story. There are definitely some funny moments, and I loved that Rex got his redemption, but a true romance it is not. We see Rex and his leading lady meet (loved the use of texting to tie it into the rest of the series) and go on a non-date, but we don’t see them fall in love. I do think they’re a great match – Rex is adorkable and strangely charming, and his heroine is outspoken and abrasive, so they’re an interesting mix. Honestly, I would’ve enjoyed a full-length story, but I was just happy to see Rex growing.
It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s quick. Don’t go into this expecting a full-length novel and you’ll be happy with the story. I just loved revisiting a beloved series and getting to know a character a little better. It makes a nice addition to the series and I devoured it in about an hour, so it’s undeniably successful in that way. Would I change some of the plot if it was a full novel? Definitely. But for what it is, it was great. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this rom com novella.