Friday, August 31, 2012

Love Hypothetically by Anne Tenino

Title:   Love Hypothetically
Author: Anne Tenino
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #2
Main Characters: Paul and Trevor
Release Date:  August 2012

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
We met Paul in the first book in this series, Frat Boy and Toppy. While I ADORED that book, I did NOT like Paul and wasn't so sure that Anne Tenino could ever convince me that he was someone deserving an HEA. I was wrong....she completely and totally convinced me. His story makes me ache and I definitely understand the chip on his shoulder when it comes to jocks now.

Flat out...Paul is a jerk. We saw it in book #1, Frat Boy & Toppy, and we see a lot of it in this book too, but what we also see is that he's that way because his heart was completely broken and tromped on by Trevor, the first guy he ever loved. It's been 9 years since that happened (it was his senior year in high school) and now all of a sudden, Trevor is back in his life. He's now out of the closet and realizes what he gave up when he did what he did to Paul and is searching for forgiveness and reconciliation. 

What I really liked about this book was Paul's transformation as he realized exactly why he does the things he does. He's never allowed himself to truly get close to another person since Trevor. He doesn't trust, with good reason. I also liked his realization about his friends. He burned some serious bridges with his friends in book #1 and in this book he comes to terms with that. The best part of the book though was where the title comes from when he's in the bar discussing this "hypothetical" situation with Toby. So classically Paul and the fact that he doesn't want to put anything out there that could be used against him to hurt him. Seriously, it made my heart ache for him. 

If I could change one thing about this book though, I wish that we could have seen some of the story from Trevor's point of view. Personally, I think that would have made the story and the heartbreak even more poignant than it already was. But as the book stands, it's a great read and another great addition to this series. 

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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