• Love and History

  • The Script Club, Book 6
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Love and History

By: Lane Hayes
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Love and History

The sporty roommate, the professor, and a history lesson....

Holden

Ezra might be the most annoying roommate ever. He’s loud, obnoxious, and full of himself. So what if he’s a tall, muscular, tattooed jock? His tendency to strip to his boxers in the kitchen while helping himself to my food isn’t endearing in the slightest. Nope. Ezra has to go.

However, I have to admit, he’s the perfect fit to play the king for my historic reenactment event. Ezra in a royal robe…oh, this could be quite tantalizing indeed.

He won’t do it, though.

Unless I trick him into a history lesson.

Ezra

Holden is the kind of dude who wears top hats and great coats while teaching astrophysics to brainiacs. Weird, right? But I gotta respect that level of commitment. And I respect him.

Sadly, Holden doesn’t feel the same way about me.

I guess I can’t blame him. Cranking his gears has been a highlight of my stint in geek land. I’ve never seen anyone get riled about yogurt like him. He makes me laugh. And think. And he makes me want things I’d never thought possible.

So yeah, I’ll take that history lesson. If it leads to something more, I’m in.

Love and History is a Bi-awakening geek/jock romance featuring a messy law student, a picky professor, and a lesson neither will forget!

©2022 Lane Hayes (P)2022 Lane Hayes

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A Nice Addition to the Series!

This audiobook was fun! Alexander Cendese's narration did a great job of bringing this story to life. The main characters, Holden and Ezra, were cute together once they started getting along. I loved the slow progression of Holden and Ezra's relationship. Their relationship began physically, but it soon turned into something more. The dynamic between the two was so endearing. I loved how witty and sarcastic Ezra and Holden were with each other. Ezra and Holden dealt with their battles in their ways, but in the end, their communication made them a strong couple. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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sciencey shakespeare meets jock lawyer

Based on the previous book I wasn’t sure I was going to like Ezra. He pulled an adult version of pulling pigtails and was often completely ridiculous, but he grew on me. Holden’s habit of falling into Shakespeare-speak when he got rattled was very entertaining. Holden actually had more reservations about a relationship than Ezra did, but #reasons. While the work drama seemed a bit silly, kudos to Ezra for handling the boss well. They were a fun couple and there were several LOL moments throughout. This has been a great series featuring slightly older MCs. I enjoyed Alexander Cendese’s narration. His performance was well done.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy provided by GayRomanceReviews.

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  • 11-26-22

Fun

I loved listening Alexander Cendese fun and sexy narration of Love and History.

Lane Hayes has a knack for writing light hearted, sweet, hilarious and steamy tales with relatable heroes that still one's heart. And Love and History is all that and more.

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The last of the science nerds finds his match

For a fair way in, the pranks and snark flew between Ezra and Holden, because of course the way to show interest in someone is to be annoying. Seriously though, the two of them were on entirely different wavelengths until Ezra started helping out with Shakespeare in the Park, then the sexy times commenced. This couple, as well as the series, managed to wrap up in a fairly tidy bow by the end. Alexander Cendese does a good job narrating and his performance made the story a pleasure to listen to.

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Super sweet enemies-to-lovers roommate romance!

This was the perfect sweet listen for me! I loved the characters and how unique they each were. Ezra was exactly what I would expect a frat boy jock to be like a few years after college (minus being a giant jerk) and Holden was your typical science nerd except for his love of history. Seeing both of these men fall in love with each other was so sweet and I loved how they were able to build a life together despite their differences. The narration was excellent but with Alexander Cendese, I expect nothing else. He is absolutely one of my favorite narrators!

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Fun story

Love and History is book 6 in the Script Club series by Lane Hayes. You don’t need to read the series in order, at least I didn’t need to. It helps when knowing the side characters, but not necessary.

Ezra is a law student/jock and Holden is a professor. They have a few awkward moments, but they are fun together even from the beginning. Their chemistry is off the charts from the beginning even through the awkward. Holden makes the first move, then back tracks which sends them both out of orbits with one another and their roommates. They slowly come together while working on a Shakespeare in the Park festival. Fun chemistry throughout the entire book.

I love Alexander Cendese as the narrator, he’s got a strong voice that I just love. It’s easy to tell the characters apart and his voice adds to the overall story.


*Listener Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook through Gay Romance Reviews (GRR) and this is my honest review.

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Love this series!

Wow…did Ezra come out of nowhere for everyone or was that just me? It was clear in the last book these two had some major chemistry with all their bickering, but they were so good together!

Ezra is a bit more complicated than anyone gave him credit for and not only is he sweet, but he’s also smart. It was hard to see him being a lawyer with the quick glimpse we got in the last book but as we learn more, it fits. He’s just an all-around good guy.

Holden is a science genius who appreciates art and history and understands their intersection. I wish he was my teacher when I was in college! He has been hurt in the past so he’s guarding his heart. He doesn’t trust that Ezra can be something permanent. It helps they were friends first and then lovers.

They have great snark and banter as well as emotional and sexual chemistry. I love them together!

It looks like this is the end of the series – at least according to what I’m seeing in other reviews. That makes me a little sad, but I’ll see what Ms. Hayes has in store for us next!

Alexander Cendese does a great job as always!

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Enjoyed It a Lot

Even though this was my first book in the Script Club series, I liked it a lot. It did take me a bit to understand the dynamic and get into the story, but this book was so good that I now want to listen to all the others in this series. Both Ezra and Holden were fun characters and I enjoyed following their relationship change from snarky word fights to hot and steamy and finally romance. I loved how this story was driven by character development and sparks fly dialogue rather than conflict between characters, the tiny conflict was resolved fast and beautiful. Narrator did a very good job, his performance made this story a very good listening experience.

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All good things must come to an end 😢

I have loved this series, with these super intelligent geeky boys, I'm truly going to miss them.

This was the first book in the series that I listened to instead of read. Alexander Cendese did a fantastic job as usual, his narration was spot on. Now I think I'm going to have to add the first 5 books in this series, to my Audible library. It's all Lane's and Alexander's fault!!!

I'm glad that Holden got his happily ever after.

The Script Club boys, that cool house they shared, all such fond memories. I loved the ending and how everything got tied up in a nice neat package with a bow on top.



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Great story. Great narration.

Although it could work as a standalone, this book is built on the foundation of the earlier books in the series, and both Ezra and Holden have been around since the beginning. This book is probably my favorite because of Ezra. Despite the fact that I am one of those "science nerd" types, Ezra is the character I could relate to the best. He doesn't apologize for being himself, and he accepts people for who they are, not who he wants them to be. Holden and Ezra make an interesting team, and their growing relationship is filled with a host of entertaining moments ranging from amusing missteps to steamy interactions. Definitely worth a read and a reread.

I started reading this series because the idea of a jock/science nerd relationship appealed to my inner jock/science nerd. I was a college athlete at an engineering college, and I can say that I have met many variations of the personalities portrayed in this series. Lane Hayes does a good job of creating realistic characters, and Alexander Cendese does a wonderful job of narrating the series. I look forward to more audiobooks by this team.

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  • Anne M
  • 11-26-22

Didn't wow me

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The story was ok. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I usually really enjoy books where opposites attract and enjoy enemies to lovers or when there is snarky banter. This didn't do it for me. They came across really immature. So while I didn't hate the characters I didn't love them either. I didn't feel any connection between these 2 and thought the physical chemistry felt forced like they were just going through the motions and not naturally flowing. This was a slow burn and I would have like to see more of their relationship as the last couple chapters were the best.

This can be read as a standalone. I personally haven't read this series nor this author but I'm not sure if this has convinced me to give the others chance so I wouldn't necessarily say the world building was strong.

Even though I thought the narrator was age appropriate and he didn't have a bad reading voice, there was just something about it that prevented me from getting settled into the story but that could be just me. I did really enjoy his jock Ezra voice but his stereotypical nasal nerd voice for Holden really annoyed me. As well as some of the other side characters (Tommy, Jerry, Merlin). Though I give him credit for giving the 2 main characters their distinct voices to tell them apart. As well as giving all the other side characters distinct voices and he expressed the emotions well. I just would have rather read it.

Note: I have enjoyed this narrator before so not liking this performance has no merit on his other performances.

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  • Edga
  • 11-25-22

so funny 😁

l adore a Lane Hayes story, she delivers great swoon-worthy, witty, sizzling, page-turning must-read romances. Cute banter, personal development, vulnerability, and some teary moments made this one a page turner. Holden and Ezra's story had me hooked from the beginning. I adored Ezra, loved how this larger than life, tactless scallywag, settled himself nicely in the middle of Holden and his friend's lives, and totally rocked Holden's world. Well done to Ms Hayes for truly getting inside Ezra's head, how Holden thought he was going to be able to keep away from the loveable scoundrel was beyond me.

I love stories where the central relationship, starts out with the MCs being antagonists, then builds up with increasing romantic tension towards their inevitable 'get together.' Ezra's romancing of Holden through his love of Shakespeare was a great idea, it led to some wonderful one liners. As a Brit, this was definitely one of my favourites:

“Pip, pip, cheerio, you bloody bell end,” he singsonged."

The relationship that eventually developed was quite sweet too, with both guys bringing out the best side of the other. It's a pet hate of mine in romance stories where the relationship seems to be destructive to either or both of the characters involved, but there was none of that here. Ezra and Holden were so sweet together, all the while being utterly hilarious, and while the story dealt with some family issues, it stayed away from any thing really angsty. A perfect ending to the series, I also adored once again meeting Asher, Blake, Tommy, Noah et al. The perfect icing on a wonderfully tasty cake. Alexander Cendese is wonderful in his narration, I adored his rendition of Ezra especially, absolutely loved it.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 11-25-22

The Geek and the Jock

I’ve enjoyed this series tremendously and was happy to grab this title. I love the contrasts between the two men – Holden the strait-laced by-the-book brainiac and Ezra the easy-going guy – except when it comes to his future as a lawyer. In that, he’s all seriousness. Ezra also had a great emotional wound – which provided an explanation for some of his behavior.

But the premise was cute – they’re roommates who are secretly attracted. Ezra shelves that because he’s happy with his housing situation and doesn’t want to rock the boat. Holden pushes those feelings aside because Ezra’s straight and, for the moment, Holden needs his help.

See, Holden needs a King Henry the VIII for the fair. He’s playing Shakespeare, but the needs a king. Ezra, in his glory, is the perfect Henry. Well, before Henry went all corpulent with gluttony, anyway. Ezra agrees and this means the two have to spend a lot of time in each other’s company. One thing leads to another and…well, yeah. Now the dark moment felt vaguely contrived, but that was a minor blip. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

Alexander Cendese is a competent narrator and he’s handled this series really well. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with these nerds and jocks.

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  • L.D.
  • 11-24-22

Love It!

The sixth book in the Script Club series, Love and History, can be read as a standalone, but it is so much better if read in order of the series. Characters from previous books make an appearance and we get to see how their happy ever afters are progressing.

Ezra and Holden’s relationship starts off with sparks - both men at odds with each other. But below the surface, what looks like annoyance is actually attraction. Cue a series of hijinks which leads to passion and romance and changes the course of both men’s lives. I adored the quirky Holden and hilarious Ezra.

The audiobook was narrated by Alexander Cendese who did a great job narrating this entire series. Alexander performed this book wonderfully. The audiobook production was well done.

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  • Meph666
  • 11-23-22

Narration makes everything even better!

Alexander's narration has really brought these characters to life! I really enjoyed the book when I read it but with the voice's that Alexander lends to the characters, they make me smile and bring out the personalities and emotions so well! I can't believe this is the first in the series I've listened to! Need to go back and binge the series from the start.
I have loved this series from the start and it just personifies what the author gives readers throughout - entertainment, opposites attract, quirky characters and an enjoyable romance.
Holland is the epitome of quirky with his PhD is astrophysics and microbiology whilst also taking part in the local Historical Reenactment Society and casually wearing cloaks and ruffles for the everyday. His opposite is his annoying housemate, Ezra. Soon to be lawyer, lacrosse player and generally positive guy who just happens to enjoy annoying Holland, a tiny bit. Their banter back and forth to start with is funny, clearly irking Holland whilst Ezra enjoys himself. It's not until Holland needs help with his HRS and Ezra is the perfect candidate that they spend more time together and Ezra's attraction comes to light.
It's such a sweet and equally heated development between the two, even with the agreement that it won't be anything more. From the start you can tell they share something special and it's heartwarming as they share painful moments from their past, wants for the future etc. We have a little interaction with everyone from the series and it's so good to catch up with them and see how far and we'll everyone has done. Even with them all moving on with other people, the Script Club still come back together.
So sad to see the end of this wonderful series but Lane has done it justice with another great romance with brilliant MCs.

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  • choccygrl
  • 11-23-22

May be my favourite book of the series

OMG this might be my favourite of the series. I loved Holden and all his nerdy ways. A science geek and a history buff all rolled into one. I loved how he used words long forgotten. But as much as a loved Holden, it was Ezra who stole my heart. He's a real Jock but he's also loyal, passionate, and enthusiastic. And so terribly conflicted about his feelings surrounding his Dad. I just wanted to give him a big hug.
Thankfully the 'big misunderstanding' I was predicting didn't materialise in the easy I expected, although when the conflict came I was sobbing.
The narrator wasn't someone I'm familiar with but I thought he did an excellent job. So much so I'm going to check out the other audio books in the series.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 11-23-22

Love and History

A great book by Lane Hayes, Love and History is the 6th and final book in the series but the first I have listened to. However, I didn’t feel I had missed out by jumping in at the end.
Ezra and Holden are great together with their story of opposites attract, jock/nerd bi-awakening, oh and a little bit of Shakespeare in the park to mix it up a bit.
With Alexander Candese narrating I may just go back and listen to books 1-5 ☺️

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  • mmreads430
  • 11-22-22

Holden and Ezra for the win in series closer

This roommates-to-lovers romp was perhaps my favorite of the series, featuring tattooed massive jock Ezra and sweet, fastidious history nerd Holden. In real life they play a law student and a science professor, but at home they bicker and prank to push each other’s buttons like a couple of adolescents. Characters who profess a distaste for emotional connection and commitment are just asking to get hit with Cupid’s bow, and boy does Cupid come through. I also love a Gay for You trope, and the execution here was perfection. Holden and Ezra start out like oil and water but end up like gasoline and matches. The heat level gets turned up to high, and the feels follow close behind. There are appearances from the other couples in the series, and I enjoyed these check-ins immensely. The narration by Alexander Cendese was sublime – perfectly suited to the characters and the material.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 11-21-22

Loved it!

5 Stars!

Ezra and Holden couldn't have been more different from each other, a cocky law student and a science and history geek and astrophysics professor, who happen to be roommates. Ezra usually gets on Holden's nerves, but now Ezra might be the only one who could help Holden with his historic reenactment event, and maybe Holden could've been wrong about Ezra.

Both Ezra and Holden were so likable and I loved listening to Holden start seeing Ezra in a different light as they get to know each other better and explore the scorching chemistry between them. The renaissance fair setting was too much fun. Just thinking of Ezra parading as King Edward had me in stitches, LOL. 

Alexander Cendese did a great job with the narration, bringing Ezra, Holden, and the rest of the secondary characters to life with his fantastic performance.

Overall, this was an amazing addition to the series! A fun, hot, low-angst story with a swoon-worthy epilogue that you don't want to miss! Highly recommendable!

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  • Magnus
  • 11-20-22

Loving the series

Anorther perfect story in the series by Lane Hayes. Ezra and Holden are super characters to get to know and follow. Alexander Cendese did a fantastic job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Ebony Rose
  • 11-23-22

Fantastic

I enjoyed the book very much, especially the narration and comedy aspects.
Thank you Lane Hayes