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Posted January 15, 2013
Having read and enjoyed Anne Tenino's Frat Boy and Toppy, I felt let down by her sequal. Love, Hypothetically suffers from a predictable plot, bland sex scenes, and two demensionial characters. Part of what made Frat Boy and Toppy such an enthralling read was the evolution experienced by Brad, and seeing things from his own unique veiwpoint. He had an optimism, sensitivity and strenth to his character that made him sympathetic to the reader. Paul, who is Tenino's protagonist and narrator in Love Hypothetically, seems to be entirely devoid of any such redeemable qualities. After persevering through 65 pages of Paul being a grumpy primadonna, the protagonist finally feels shame, and realizes that he is "a prickly, bitter volatile prick." Why would anyone enjoy reading about someone like that? And this might be somewhat okay if Paul was sexy the way Brad is, but unfortunately, Tenino neglects to describe the physical appearence of Paul at all, making it difficult to get into the sex scenes. Complaints aside, however, Tenino is a good writer, and she adeptly incorporates humor and emotion into her story. And it was nice getting to visit Brad and Sebastian again.
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Posted October 6, 2013
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
After reading Frat Boy and Toppy, I had hopes of the next book being Collin’s story. I feel that there is something big there, something just waiting to burst from the author’s mind and onto the pages of a book (or screen of an e-reader…). When I heard that it was actually Paul’s story that came next, I thought, “What kind of story can that ass have?” and realized that, of course, the worst of the bunch will have the most interesting story! After all, there had to be a reason Paul was so obnoxious, why he hated athletes and frat brothers so very, very much.
In FB&T, I didn’t like Paul. He is rude and arrogant and he seems to hate everyone. And, worst of all, he disses Brad’s pancakes. In fact, at the end of FB&T, Sebastian lets it be known that Paul is on his way out as a roommate. At the beginning of Love, Hypothetically, Paul has, indeed, been given the boot and is now living in dormitory housing. Temporarily, until he can save up enough for his own place. But he is still the loveable ass we knew from the previous book.
Trevor, at first, comes off a bit too cocky – as if Paul will forget their past and fall at his feet in supplication. Even as he realizes Paul still holds a grudge, Trevor maintains a “but-you-should-forgive-me-cause-I-said-sorry-and-gave-you-a-blow-job” attitude. It takes a bit for me to warm up to Trevor, but I have to admit he is worth warming up to. How many men will sit in a room by themselves, with a party going on around them, just in the hopes that “he” will show up? So, yes, Trevor becomes worth it. Even for rude and obnoxious Paul.
I adore Anne Tenino’s writing. She has snark down like no other author. (And I should know, I speak it fluently. Just ask my boyfriend.) I love how she brings out the romance of her characters without sacrificing their flaws. That’s right – she lets them remain human and keep their failing careers, rude comebacks, and quirky idiosyncrasies. At the same time, she allows someone to fall in love with them just the way they are, no changes required. For honest-to-goodness romance, you can’t go wrong with a Tenino book.
Posted August 2, 2013
Posted December 17, 2012
A good follow-up book in the series.
Paul was Sebastian's not-so-nice roommate in Frat Boy and Toppy. He has been hurt in love and to say that he doesn't do relationships or doesn't like jocks in an understatement. His experience with both has left much to be desired, so he avoids them like the plague. Then in comes Trevor, the new softball coach. Trevor happens to be Paul's high school boyfriend and the guy who broke his heart. He has come back to try a relationship with Paul again, but his apologies and amends are useless. Or are they?
I liked Trevor, I really did. It takes a great man to admit that he was wrong and to do it repeatedly and in an honest way is something to be admired. On the one hand, I was cheering him on and on the other I wanted him to grovel a little more. By the time they went sailing I was a goner. I understood where each man was coming from, but I could have smacked Paul for his stubbornness regardless.
The writing was very good even if the story felt rushed to me, which is the only reason why I stopped at 3.5 stars. The story was filled with all kinds of emotions along with a lot of chemistry and Paul's neurosis. Although I did find Paul to be somewhat funny, at times he came across as just hurtful, which I attributed as a defense mechanism learned from his horrible high school experience. I was glad to see that after all was said and done, he recognized that he did wrong by Trevor and that he tried to better himself in that regard. I enjoyed their chemistry, especially Trevor's reactions to Paul's touch. He was such a big guy and he really let go with Paul when they were together and I enjoyed it throughly.
In this installment we don't get a lot of secondary characters, but the ones that did make an appearance were great and added to the story. Once again, I enjoyed visiting Sebastian and Brad as well as Toby, the other roommate. He really did catch my attention this time and I would love to read his story.
Posted August 31, 2012
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.
Posted February 4, 2013
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Posted October 23, 2012
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