The Amazing Alpha Tau Self-Improvement Project (Alpha Tau, #2) 1/10


The Amazing Alpha Tau Self-Improvement Project is another hilarious book in the Alpha Tau series and will have you laughing at Marty's antics, while simultaneously swooning at how sweet these two can be!

From the blurb: 

Dalton Beauregard has a plan, and it involves acing all his exams, making the Dean's List every year he's at Lassiter College, and going to med school and becoming a doctor.  

Marty O'Brien has a plan too. His is to improve his life by emulating those around him. He's going to need a study plan, a tutor, and... a boyfriend?

Dalton can't believe he's even considering this. It's utterly ridiculous. Marty is an idiot, and there is no way he's going to help him learn how to be gay.

Or is there?

The Amazing Alpha Tau Self-Improvement Project is a lighthearted contemporary m/m romance containing banter, snark, and a dumb frat boy who may have accidentally had the smartest idea ever. Or something.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝗛𝗲'𝘀 𝗮 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸. 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸𝘆, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗺 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝘀𝗼 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗻 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱."

How these authors made a story about Dalton and Marty not only totally believable, but romantic AF is some witchcraft right there. On paper, these two couldn't be more opposite. Dalton is careful. He doesn't party, and he doesn't cause trouble. He works hard on his grades and is known as a genuinely lovely person. Then there's Marty. If you've read book one, then I don't even need to explain the craziness that this man encompasses. Marty isn't careful. He's easygoing and impulsive. Hell, the man is on a first name basis with campus security FFS. How these two fell in love is a mystery to many of their friends, but together, they just worked.

"𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥. 𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧'𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝."

I loved how Marty forced Dalton to have fun once in a while. He helped him with his work/life balance and Dalton did the same for Marty. Marty may think it was his "big gay experiment" that was the reason for his grades improving, but it really was because he put the work in. Marty isn't stupid. The man definitely had layers, and it was amazing seeing Dalton discover all of them. I also really enjoyed their trip to meet Marty's Grandpa. Those two are two peas in a pod and it was hilarious seeing them together and how Marty's Grandpa's relationship with his husband sort of mirrored Dalton's and Marty's own.

"𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆'𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝘆𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗽, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀."

This book was also very sweet. All the blushes had my heart swooning right along with the MCs. Who knew Marty could be such a caring boyfriend? I loved how much he made sure Dalton knew his feelings. After Dalton's breakup with his jerk of an ex, the man was having some self-doubts. Marty obliterated those like a wrecking ball, as is his style, and I think that helped a lot with their blossoming relationship. The epilogue of this one was from Marty's POV and it was actually really beautiful if you can believe it, especially the last bit. It certainly had me finishing this book with a big smile on my face, which is actually how I was reading most of this book come to think of it. Great read!

Sheena's Review: 

This was such fun to read. I wasn't sure what to expect from Marty's story, and I loved the whole thing. While this is the second in a series, it can be read standalone. I didn't expect this to be as sweet as it was. Marty is a force of nature, and after meeting him in the first book, he seems to be a typical bro, cruising along easily. That's far from true. He is fiercely intelligent, loyal, sweet and just goes for what he wants. He has zero filter, and that's really what Dalton needs. Honestly, these two together just work so well.

Dalton needs to loosen up a little, Marty needs a little structure in his life and they're utterly perfect for each other. I laughed more than once at Marty's antics, but actually he knows what he wants and just goes for it without any second thought. Sure, that's got him into trouble more than once but it makes for a great character and story.

I loved this and can't wait for more.

Jacquie's Review:

Oh, my goodness, this was so cute! Marty nearly made me cry in the end with the way he was talking about Dalton. I really felt his love for him in the special way he talked about laugh lines. Who would have thought such a simple sentence could evoke so much emotion? It really stood out to me as a simple but beautiful way of expressing how deeply he loved Dalton.

Those two just worked, y'know? They were opposites that found common ground. Dalton helped Marty sort his grades out and more. He made Marty feel better about himself. While Marty helped Dalton find his fun side and heal after being brutely dumped.

There were so many actual laugh out loud moments for me, and none were at Marty's expense. I loved how his brain worked and really; he was just as smart as Dalton thought.

Honestly, I think this might have been better than the first book, which I loved.

Sweet, low to no angst, plenty of steam, and just lovely characters.

Angel's review:

Oh, Marty, sweet, sweet, Marty. I was enamored with Marty's character In the first book, and I've been so excited waiting for his! I'm so glad his book is finally here, and oh what a book it is!! I love his character, the way he carries himself and interacts with those around him is just inspiring in a way. He is who he is, and he is the way he is cause that's part of what makes him so special and endearing. Yes, he has insecurities like the rest of us, but he also tries to live his life unabashedly.

I love the way Marty interacts with Dalton. He might've steamrolled him a bit at first in the beginning, but I really liked how these two interacted with each other. They were like two magnets attracting the other, and they couldn't stop the connection even if they wanted to. This book was written with such humor involved, along with it mentioning getting diagnosed with ADHD, which I honestly thought was done very well, so you get the seriousness aspect, as well as having humor and lightness. I really enjoyed all the tender moments that occurred between Marty and Dalton, and how Marty may present himself as this cheery guy that can't be hurt, but Dalton sees right through that facade. Which I really enjoyed!

All the shenanigans that occurred between the frat houses were so silly, and quite funny even though I know the MCs could've faced real consequences... I liked how Marty helped show Dalton that breaking the rules sometimes is okay, and how Dalton helped teach Marty to make a schedule and prioritize studying.

I'm really excited for the next book in this series as I have absolutely loved book one and two!

Heather's Review:

Marty is a take charge kinda guy, unless of course Dalton takes charge... this was a fun and quirky read with such a fun premise - Marty just deciding he wants to do gay stuff and be tutored by Dalton.  I love the way the authors balance out their personalities and make Dalton more fun and Marty more focused as the story goes on.  I also truly love meeting Marty's quirky grandfather and his husband!  

This book is a great continuation of the Alpha Tau series and I can't wait to see what happens next!  I'm truly hoping to see more of Squirrel in the future!

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