Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Love, Hypothetically
Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 Hours, 2 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Paul’s been called many things—graduate student, humanities tutor, jock-hater, even broke—but “forgiving” isn’t one of them. When the new women’s softball coach at Calapooya college specifically requests Paul to tutor his athletes, Paul’s forced to put aside his strict “no athletes” policy for the sake of his paycheck.
Enter Trevor Gardiner, former Major League Baseball player and Paul’s high school boyfriend. Yeah, that one—the guy who sacrificed Paul for the safety of his closet and his future career. But Trevor’s come out and retired from baseball, and now he’s looking for forgiveness and a second chance.
There’s no earthly reason Paul should give him one, but he keeps letting the man state his case. And touch him. And take him sailing. The waters are far from smooth, though, and Paul says awful things to Trevor he isn’t sure he means. Now Paul has to decide: apologize and forgive Trevor for everything, or chalk it up as revenge and move on.
Review: We met Paul in book one, he’s the snarky roommate who really hates jocks and gives Brad a very tough time – so tough that Sebastian kicks him out. Now he’s living in the dorms and trying to keep money coming in.
When an offer comes for him specifically to tutor the girls softball team over the summer, Paul wants to refuse, but can’t due to finances. He’s absolutely thrown for a loop when he finds out his high-school boyfriend – the jock that cured him of liking/loving jocks forever – is the new coach.
Trevor was in the closet in high school and for most of his early twenties as a professional baseball player. He threw Paul under the bus and outed him when the two were caught together in the locker room and he’s regretted it ever since.
Trevor wants Paul back but Paul has to decide if he can forgive and forget.
First, let me say this is not great as a standalone. It can be – but it’s much better read in order.
Second – OMG! I don’t know how this book slipped under my radar, I read and loved books 1, 3, and 4 but somehow missed this one? I’m not sure. But when I saw Nick Russo was narrating this, I had to have it!
Well I was totally enthralled! Normally I don’t like “second chances” love stories. There’s usually so much water under the bridge and I love that “first kiss” energy etcetera from a newly met person. But in this case, Paul’s snark and Trevor’s utter adoration really worked for me.
I literally laughed out loud in several places – especially when Paul is telling his friend Toby about his “hypothetical jock situation” – riotous!
Nick did another amazing job with this giving Paul the right voice and not too effeminate but very smarmy at times. Trevor is nicely deep and growly. I really like how Nick portrayed Sebastian and we get to see him and Brad again in this story as well.
All in all this was fun, funny, sweet and sexy!
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*