Title : Love, Hypothetically
Series : Theta Alpha Gamma Universe, Book #2
Author : Anne Tenino
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 120 pages (e-book)
Published : August 27, 2012
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.
When we first met Paul in Frat Boy and Toppy he was a jerk. No beating around the bush on this one the man was a dick, or like Paul likes to refer to himself a prick. He hated jocks and gave his roommate a lot of grief for dating one. Now we’ve come to Paul’s story and we finally learn the reason for his prickliness.
Nine years ago Paul was dating (in secret of course) a jock and one night while Paul was trying to fulfill his boyfriends fantasy they were caught and he was basically thrown to the wolves by the guy he thought he’d be with.
Man, just reading what happened to him all those years ago made me hurt for Paul. I could completely sympathize with him and why he hated jocks so much. To be betrayed like that and then outed and humiliated by everyone. Well, I would be a prick too.
But now the ex is back and wants another chance, a chance to prove how sorry he is and how much he regretted what he did, but our Paul doesn’t make it easy, he’s having a hard time forgiving and forgetting what was done to him.
But sometimes you have to learn to forgive.
For being such a short story everything flowed just right. We were also given the right amount of humor to make us smile during a very emotional topic.
Though we only get Paul’s point of view I never wondered what Trevor was thinking. The author wrote him to be open and honest so we weren’t left wondering. I really loved that because there’s nothing more frustrating than constantly wishing we knew what the other person was thinking.
Anne Tenino did a wonderful job giving us Paul’s story, but now that Paul has his happy-for-now can we be expecting something for Toby?
Rated 4.5 stars by Jen