After being outed to his hockey team and then changing schools, Jock figures he’s due for something good—like the sex he missed out on in the closet. Toby, the hot grad student he meets at a frat party, seems like a great place to start, and their night together is an awesome introduction to the fine art of hooking up.
Toby’s heart takes a bruising after the near-perfect experience with Jock leads to . . . nothing. He’s been left on the outside as his friends pair up into blissful coupledom, and he’s in danger of never completing (or starting) his thesis. Can’t something go right?
Then Toby’s coerced into chaperoning a Theta Alpha Gamma trip to France. Not that he’s complaining. What better place to finish his thesis and get over that frat boy? Except Jock’s outing is leaked to the press, turning him into an unwilling gay rights martyr, and he decides France would be a great escape, too. It’s a break from reality for both guys, but they soon find their connection is as real as it gets.
I have to admit that I’m kind of sad about finishing this book. I’ve kind of enjoyed my time with these Theta Alpha Gamma boys since they were first introduced in Frat Boy & Toppy. Anne Tenino’s characters are smart, funny and so much more than I expected. It’s bittersweet saying goodbye to them in the last book in the series, but I have to admit, she couldn’t have ended on a better note than Poster Boy.
Toby has been around since the series began, but Jock just showed up at the end of the last full length book, Sweet Young Thang. He’s the little brother of one of the boys in the frat house and Toby’s attracted to him as soon as they meet. Turns out the feeling is mutual, but nothing’s ever that easy. Jock has a lot to come to terms with and Toby gives him the time and space he needs… to an extent.
I’m really glad that Toby got his HEA in Poster Boy. I ended up liking him a lot more than I expected when the series began and it was kind of fitting that the series came full circle with his story. There were some pretty serious aspects to this one, but it was all laced with the fun and wit that readers of Anne Tenino have come to expect. Toby turned into an unexpected ‘den father’ to the overly sensitive crew of frat boys. These guys stumbled over themselves trying to be as ‘politicly correct’ and sensitive as possible, but most of the time they were totally clueless. Their attempts and Toby’s reaction were as heart warming as they were comical….
Noah’s face fell. “Isn’t that a little harsh? I mean, the internet told me most straight guys will actually…”
“Porn is not reality!”
Noah scrunched up his forehead. “But I read it on Facebook.”
Toby grabbed Noah’s biceps, making the dude pay close attention. “Facebook is not reality, either. Anything that glows, chimes, chips, pings, or rings to get your attention? Not a reliable source of information.”
… it just made me love them even more. *sigh*
So yes, Poster Boy marks the end of a fun ride. I suppose I can’t complain too much because Theta Alpha Gamma started out as a trilogy and ended up being a five book series. I guess we have the frat boys to thank for begging to have their story continue. 😉 It’s sad to see their story end, but I can’t wait to see what Anne Tenino has in store for readers next.