I'm really not sure what I was expecting going into this book. I liked Paul from the previous book but yes, he was a jerk to his friend and his new boyfriend. Obviously I was expecting him to have hangups about something and that there was a story behind why he acted like an ass at the mere thought that Brad was a jock.
But what I wasn't prepared for was this story. LOVE, HYPOTHETICALLY was really a beautiful love story of reunited lovers, high school sweethearts that hit a bump in the road that veered them off track for a while but they're getting their second chance at love. While it was sad that Paul and Trevor couldn't stay together then, and what Trevor did was awful, it is also understandable. There were reasons, there was pressure. It was about love or his future and as a teenager who is still figuring out that he's gay and has to deal with that, everything else was too much.
Paul surprised me as well. Where I was expecting to find out he was a flirt and slept around, turns out that he's not the slut I thought he was. He does put value into giving his body to someone and in his heart, there truly only has been Trevor. Even after the heartache, the betrayal and the hurt.
When Trevor comes back, I thought he did everything perfect. He did some groveling, he tried some wooing. And what I found most endearing is that he's not coming back as a perfect guy, all gorgeous looking. He's not at the top anymore, he started loosing his hair. But the same love is still there.
And last but not least, the friendships. After everything Paul did, it was great to see him make amends and have his friends understand why he did the things he did.
If anything, I was expecting this book to be sexier or funnier, and although there was still plenty of sexual tension and a few very hot encounters as well as some funny moments and quotes, it was also a lot more emotional than the first book. There was a connection between them that went beyond the physical and beyond the jokes and I kept holding my breath for the right moment when Paul would finally give in and forgive Trevor.