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**New audiobook rating: 4.5 stars**
I'm a HUGE fan of the Theta Alpha Gamma series by Anne Tenino, and I had nothing but good memories of this book, which I read originally over three years ago.
Love, Hypothetically features one of my FAVORITE tropes in romance EVER, which is the enemies-to-lovers theme, but more specifically, the former-betrayer-to-lover theme. This is a cousin to the former-bully-to-lover trope, which... gah, gets me every time! I love when someone has to truly grovel after formally wronging a love interest. It sparks deep emotions inside of me, and it usually leads to me really loving a book.
It is always interesting how my opinions change about a certain book over the years and as my reading tastes change with time. On re-read, I found myself wanting MORE from the plot. This book is novella length, and I realized that I really needed about 100 more pages to feel fully satisfied. I wasn't really ready to fully forgive Trevor, the jock who strung along, outed, and then ditched Paul. I could have used pages upon pages of Paul crying and torturing Trevor. (I'm really sick, huh??)
I still loved how light this book was and how unexpectedly SEXY it was. I love Anne Tenino for that. I even really enjoyed Paul of the prickly personality, whose snarky attitude I found to be really enticing. This book is truly happy, comfort reading for me, as is this whole series.
If I had to rate this book on content alone, I would probably give it 4 stars, which means that I really liked it. However, the audiobook narration by Nick J. Russo EASILY bumped it up 1/2 a star. Nick J. Russo is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators, and he KILLED it again with another amazing performance. His voices for both MCs were perfection.
I hope and pray that Anne Tenino continues on with this series because it holds a special place in my heart. There are few books that I'll re-read, and Love, Hypothetically is one of them, especially now that Nick J. Russo is part of the picture.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would, it's always a nice read when an Author can redeem a character previously disliked.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Love, Hypothetically?
When Paul pulls his head out of his ass.
Which scene was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Everyone deserves a second chance
Any additional comments?
I was first introduced to Paul in book 1, Frat Boy and Toppy, and I hated him almost instantly. Arrogant, rude, brash and generally pissed off all the time about everything! So when I saw he was one of the main characters in this book, I was hesitant. But, I do love when an Author can take a disliked or hated character and give them depth, make them likeable. And that is exactly what Anne Tenino did with Paul.
Paul's attitude and persona are somewhat of a front, a barrier he has erected around himself so as not to be hurt ever again. In high school his then boyfriend not only dumped him by denying their relationship, he outed Paul to everyone at the same time. This is why Paul hates all jocks, since said ex was a jock, and it explains why he was so mean to Brad and Sebastian. Almost a decade later, the guy that outed Paul is no longer in the major leagues, he's the new Ladies Softball Coach at the college. Trevor Gardiner has regretted what he did to Paul all those years ago every day of his life since. Trevor sets out to win Paul back but it won't be an easy task. Especially when Paul finally has the chance to say what he wanted to say to Trevor all those years ago. Problem is, the satisfaction he thought he'd get by telling Trevor off isn't there. Instead, Paul realizes he really does still love the guy. But his outburst may have driven Trevor away for an entirely different reason this time.
Narrated by Nick J Russo and just like with the first book in this series, he nailed the right tones and nuances for Paul and Trevor. And he carried all the different tones for the characters in the first book over into this one flawlessly. I listened to the two stories back to back and it flowed so well, I thought I was listening to one longer story, not two different ones. Definitely worth grabbing a copy to take a listen, but you must start with Frat Boy and Toppy first or you won't be able to fully appreciate the story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Well read by Nick J Russo, this funny short story by Anne Tenino is well worth a listen. We get to see a little of Brad and Sebastian from Frat Boy and Toppy, and more properly meet Toby who shows up later in the series, but this book concentrates on snarky, vicious Paul and his high school lover, Trevor, when they meet 9 years after Trevor outed Paul in order to remain closeted. The tale moves between then and now, there is a little angst but the real draw to Anne Tenino's TAG books has got to be the humour. Very enjoyable.