Book Review – Coaching the Nerd by Eli Easton & Tara Lain

Nerds vs Jocks #2
Publisher: Easton Lain Publishing
Pages: 281
Characters: Sean/Bubba
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Series

Super-bod meets super-brain

What happens when marshmallow-bodied supernerd Sean volunteers to be on the jocks’ flag-football team? It screws Bubba’s fraternity’s chances at the coveted flag football title, that’s what.

Bubba is drafted to be Sean’s personal trainer. He has to whip Sean into shape and make sure he doesn’t F up their team.

Sean may be a supernerd, but to Bubba he’s funny, and wise, and kinda cute. He’s also the one person on campus who doesn’t see Bubba as a big, stupid jock.

One BIG problem. Sean’s motivation for getting into shape is to lose his virginity — and Bubba isn’t happy when guys start sniffing around.

But Bubba’s straight. Isn’t he?

Can a big, dumb jock from Nowhere, Wisconsin change his whole life for a genius who just wants to get laid?

COACHING THE NERD is a total makeover, opposites attract, My Fair Lady trope, bi awakening, campus romance – that grabs your flag.

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I loved the first book in this co-written series, and this was a fabulous follow up. Sean and Bubba are perfect together, even before they figure out they are. I thought this was a fun, romantic, opposites attract read, although it has a more serious side about being true to yourself and all you can be. I’m already hanging out for the next book in the series.

Sean is wonderfully nerdy, especially when he speaks, yet there’s far more to him than that. I loved how both he and Bubba defied the nerd/jock stereotypes and found the courage together to make their own future, rather than let their parents dictate who they should be. Sean’s makeover is fun, and not just because of his and Bubba’s reaction to it, but the banter with the guys who make it happen. I loved how caring, gentle, and unselfish Bubba is, and how Sean encourages him to do what he wants with his life. I thought that step showed a lot of courage on Bubba’s behalf. It takes these guys a while to figure out the person they want is each other, and I loved reading about their journey to romance.

This is very much a story about family, and expectations. I liked the way their relationships with their families played out, especially towards the end of the story. The scene with the game and Sean in the middle of it all had me on the edge of my seat. Very nicely done!

I enjoy revisiting MCs in previous books in a series, and I particularly liked seeing Jesse and Dobbs from other perspectives especially as I knew them, and what they’d gone through already. I like how the guys from the two frat houses are coming together slowly, and how they’re each realising that their preconceptions of the other isn’t quite as accurate as they’d always thought.

The epilogue was the perfect HEA for these guys, and I’m looking forward to seeing glimpses of them in Jax and Rand’s book.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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