For a Good Time, Call… (Bluewater Bay #17) by Anne Tenino & E.J. Russell

Thirty-seven-year-old Nate Albano’s second relationship ever ended three years ago, and since he’s grace—gray asexual—he doesn’t anticipate beating the odds to find a third. Still, he’s got his dog, his hobbies, and his job as a special effects technician on Wolf’s Landing, so he can’t complain—much.
Seth Larson, umpteenth generation Bluewater Bay, is the quintessential good-time guy, content with tending bar and being his grandmother’s handyman. The night they meet, Seth’s looking for some recreational sex to escape family drama. But for Nate, romantic attraction comes before sexual attraction, so while Seth thinks they’re hooking up, Nate just wants to talk . . . genealogy?
Dude. Seriously?
So they declare a “just friends” truce. Then Seth asks for Nate’s help investigating a sinister Larson family secret, and their feelings start edging way beyond platonic. But Nate may want more than Seth can give him, and Seth may not be able to leave his good-time image behind. Unless they can find a way to merge carefree with commitment, they could miss out on true love—the best time of all.

For a Good Time, Call… was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series, but I wanted more. *sigh* I know, that’s a somewhat frequent complaint I have of books that I really like. This time though, it’s more because so much was happening, so many little story lines were thrown into the mix and not all of them were fleshed out. It just seemed like there either needed to be more, or there needed to be a sequel.

That’s just my opinion though and despite that one minor flaw, I really enjoyed For a Good Time, Call… I liked the slow burn between the two characters and the vast difference in their approach to attraction. For Seth, it was a loose concept. He was up for ‘a Good Time’ pretty much 24/7. For Nate, it was a little more complicated. Their attraction to each other was a surprise for both of them. Nate’s past made him keep his distance regardless of what his heart and body were telling him. Seth just tried to keep himself in check because he didn’t want to risk the bond that was growing between them. 

Aside from the romance, the history and ancestral angle was really interesting. I loved the bond between Seth and his grandmother (who, by the way, was one of my favorite characters.) I liked the fact that this story pulled readers into the Bluewater Bay community and history – its roots, but there was still a strong story line within the Wolf’s Landing cast and crew. There was also an interesting twist that I’m really hoping gets explored more because that story line is just too intriguing to be left hanging. There were also a couple of other loose ends that I want to know more about, but we’ve already discussed this, right?

So yes, For a Good Time, Call… had a few bumps and wrinkles, but I still liked it and I’d still recommend reading this along with all the stories in the series. They’re written by different authors, some I’ve enjoyed more than others and they can pretty much all be read as stand alones. However, there’s enough of a common thread, regardless of how thin, that I think readers would get more out of any of them if they experienced most of the Wolf’s Landing/Bluewater Bay world.

Wedding Favors (Bluewater Bay #7) by Anne Tenino

WeddingFavors_400x600Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her Man of Honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the Best Man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Readers were first introduced to Lucas and Gabe in the Valentine’s Bluewater Bay anthology, Lights, Camera, Cupid. Their story, Helping Hand, was the beginning of their story and they both thought it was the end. Some creative hoops were jumped through to get them together in Wedding Favors, with all the wit and humor that I’ve come to expect from Anne Tenino.

I wasn’t sure how to feel about Gabe at the end of Helping Hand, but I knew how Lucas felt about him. He was not only hurt, embarrassed and confused, but he felt used. His best friend knew that because he did a lot of crying on her shoulder after that night. He left Bluewater Bay and never looked back. Only a call from her could bring him back for an extended visit. The fact that the timing was perfect because of a bad break-up was another plus. I totally understood how he felt under the circumstances, but then readers got Gabe’s side of the story. After that, I wasn’t sure which of these guys I fell in love with more.

There was a lot to love about Wedding Favors. Both families were amazing and Lucas’ father was adorably hilarious, which was totally unexpected. Audrey was the perfect best friend. She loved him and his artistic quarkiness and ignored his unintentional self centered moments. The fact that she was marrying Lucas’ brother and Gabe’s best friend brought the whole family aspect full circle. Their match-making wasn’t subtle, but their hearts were definitely in the right place. Sometimes your friends and family actually do know you better than you know yourself.

I also loved Tenino’s description of Lucas’ art and his creative process. He had a beautiful, talented mind and a definite love for what he did. Gabe’s appreciation and awe of that art his process made me love and respect him even more.

Each book in the Bluewater Bay series gets better and better. The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane and When to Hold Them by G.B. Gordon are next and I can’t wait to read them. Even though the only real connection between each book is Bluewater Bay and Wolf’s Landing, it’s fun to see the small cameos of previous characters. DragonFlyGreen4-5

Lights, Camera, Cupid (Bluewater Bay #6) Multi-author Anthology

LightsCameraCupid_400x600Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1What a fantastic Valentine’s Day treat ❤ All written by authors I know and adore. Some familiar characters and some new characters. Some laughs and even a few unexpected tears. If you’ve been following the Bluewater Bay series, you need to add this one to your TBR list.

Just Another Day by L.A. Witt

Levi and Carter were introduced in Starstruck, the first book in the Bluewater Bay series, so it was very fitting that they were included in Lights, Camera, Cupid. It was fun spending time with these two again. Being in a relationship hasn’t gotten rid of all of Levi’s little quirks, but he’s working on it. He proves in Just Another Day that Carter’s the most important part of his life and he’d do anything to show him how much he means to him.

Nascha by Amy Lane

Out of all the stories in Lights, Camera, Cupid, this one seemed the most out of place… but it really wasn’t. Nascha’s story wasn’t a happy one, but it turns out that it serves a purpose. I liked the story regardless, but I knew there was more to it than just a old man’s sorrow over what he lost. Turns out that Nascha gives readers some background for the next book in the Bluewater Bay series, The Deep of the Sound, also by Amy Lane.

No Easy Way by S.E. Jakes

This is the first time readers of the Bluewater Bay series are introduced to Cary and Dylan and I’m really hoping that we get to see more of them. Cary was the guy who had everything growing up… and then lost it all. That didn’t stop him from making something of himself. He even got over Dylan when he broke his heart by leaving him. Dylan never thought he was good enough for Cary and knew he would be better off if he wasn’t a part of his life. Nothing is ever as it seems, especially in a world that S.E. Jakes creates. (Oh, and she gets bonus points for mentioning two of my favorite characters from Burnt Toast B&B 🙂 )

Helping Hand by Anne Tenino

I liked Lucas from the time he hit the page in Helping Hand. He was bright, witty and talented and totally at odds with who he was and what he wanted. I really liked the story, but I’m not sure about the ending. I’m really hoping that there’s more to the story between Lucas and Gabe. *sigh*

I’ll Be There by Z.A. Maxfield

Oh Spencer and Nash… I love these guys. In I’ll Be There, readers are even treated to some quality time with Nash’s brother Healey and his geeky friends and boyfriend. Nash goes on a wild trip so he can be there to support Spencer. Meanwhile, Spencer comes to terms with a part of his past that he’s not exactly proud of. I loved spending time with these two again. Hell on Wheels was the third book in the series and another  one of my favorites.

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Billionaire with Benefits (Romancelandia #2) by Anne Tenino

BillionaireWithBenefits_400x600It’s just a friend thing

Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.

Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .

Uh oh.

But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1You probably noticed that I was one of the stops on the Billionaire with Benefits Virtual Book Tour. Anne Tenino explained in that post that this installment of Romancelandia took a lot longer to write than expected which, in turn, made the time span between Too Stupid to Live and Billionaire with Benefits a little longer. To be honest, I hadn’t noticed. (Don’t judge, I read a lot…) That is, until I started reading this book and realized that I didn’t really remember the characters from the first book. That’s okay though, because there was a fair amount of overlap in the beginning of Billionaire with Benefits. It didn’t take me long to get up to speed. (Plus, it gave me an excellent excuse to re-read the first book – you know, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. 😉 )

There are a couple of things that draw me into Anne Tenino’s books. The first is humor. Her characters are witty and real. They had dimension and were all well rounded, but none of them took themselves too seriously – for the most part. Which brings me to the second thing that draws me in… there were some pretty tough issues in this book. Bashing, prejudice, abuse (mental, physical and substance.) The humor took the edge off, but it didn’t diminish any of it.

Tierney was broken. Dalton had pulled himself out of a past that he had no intention of repeating. Together they were perfect, whether they knew it at first or not. Having Ian and Sam in the middle of it all kept things interesting. A lot of ground was covered in Billionaire with Benefits. Past and present was woven together perfectly. The dynamic between friends, family, lovers and even enemies kept things interesting and I loved every minute of it.

Just a side note. The title doesn’t really do this book justice. Yes, Tierney comes from money and Dalton doesn’t, but this isn’t your stereotypical ‘have – have not’ romance. It very easily could have been, given Dalton’s history, but it never went there – which is a good thing.

Hopefully there won’t be as much of a time lapse between Billionaire with Benefits and the next and final book in the Romancelandia series. Regardless, I’ll be waiting patiently for the next installment. 😉

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Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) by Anne Tenino

PosterBoyIt’s all fun and games until someone puts his heart out.

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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I 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.

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Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) by Anne Tenino

SweetYoungThangThanks to Collin Montes, Theta Alpha Gamma now welcomes gay and bisexual students. Persuading his Uncle Monty, president of the TAG Alumni Association, that the open approach won’t adversely affect TAG’s reputation is Collin’s own first step toward coming out. As long as there are no repercussions, he’ll escape the closet by graduation.

Enter repercussions, stage left: someone rigs the TAG House water heater to launch through the ceiling, then plants a bomb—thankfully unsuccessful—in the fraternity’s basement. Now Collin has his hands full not only trying to convince his uncle that this might not be the work of homophobes, but also dealing with a fratful of brothers worried about their kegger fridge.

Paramedic Eric Dixon can’t stop thinking about the kid he met during a call at his former college fraternity house. The age gap between them is trumped by sexy eyes, so when Eric sees Collin again at the bomb scene, he pursues him. Soon, Eric is dreaming of being a househusband, fighting to keep Collin safe from whoever’s trying to destroy the fraternity, and helping his sweet young thang realize that repercussions sometimes have silver linings.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I’m not sure what I like most about the books in the Theta Alpha Gamma series (or honestly, Anne Tenino’s books in general.) The smart, witty characters. The relationships between the characters, the way that they make me feel in general or just the simple fact that I know when I pick up one of these books I am guaranteed at least one, if not several ‘laugh out loud’ moments. Sweet Young Thang managed to deliver all those things and more.

I’ve said more than once that I love it when an author can make a character that wasn’t exactly liked in previous books and turn them into a character that you end up rooting for. I never exactly disliked Collin. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he was a character that was ‘in the way’ of the relationship between Brad and Sebastian in Frat Boy and Toppy. I can honestly say that Collin is now one of my favorites. Getting to know him better in Sweet Young Thang was fun.

Eric was a great character too. The biggest obstacle with their relationship was the age difference, and honestly, after the initial uneasiness of it passed, it wasn’t an issue at all. Eric seemed to have more of  problem with it than anyone. He was also a character that I respected. The opening scene in Sweet Young Thang was a hard one, but it gave readers a perfect glimpse into Eric’s personality and character. He also had an artistic side and his passion about his photography was another thing that really gave him an added dimension.

Collin and Eric as a couple just made sense. Collin needed someone older and more emotionally stable than his frat brothers. It was great that he found in Eric something that he didn’t even know he was looking for. It scared the crap out of him, but it was good for him too.

The frat brothers have come a long way since Frat Boy and Toppy and Brad’s revelation. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much while reading a book in a long time. These boys mean well, honestly and they spend so much time trying to be sensitive that they stumble all over themselves in the process. It’s sweet in a crazy sort of way and for these books it works so well. The tough issues are handled with finesse and laced with humor at no one’s expense (at least not on purpose within the frat) but the reactions are priceless.

Sweet Young Thang was a little different from the other books so far because the relationship between the main couple wasn’t the only source of conflict. Not that there weren’t some tense moments and a few hurdles to overcome, but the main conflict through most of the book was trying to figure out who was trying to destroy the frat house. It wasn’t hard to figure out who was behind it, but the ‘why’ was really surprising and there was more than one person in this one to really despise.

The supporting characters were strong. A few new characters were introduced and some previous characters shared the spotlight with Collin and Eric. Halfway through Sweet Young Thang I realized that this series has almost reached its end and that kind of makes me sad. I’m going to miss the Theta Alpha Gamma crew when the next two books close the series. I have no doubt that Anne Tenino has more in store for her eager readers though, and I can hardly wait to see what comes next.

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Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia #1) by Anne Tenino

TooStupidToLive

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I had been eyeing Anne Tenino’s books for a while before I finally picked up Frat Boy and Toppy. I’m so glad that I finally picked it up. Her characters are smart, witty, fun and caring – Too Stupid to Live was no exception.

Sam and Ian are not the perfect couple. In fact, they are pretty much the opposite of perfect. Ian is an ex-firefighter and a jock who was really good at hiding who he is. Sam is a gangly, uncoordinated geek who loves to read romance novels and is very comfortable with who he is, even if he doesn’t have a lot of self esteem. You can’t choose who you fall in love with though, right?

Like I said, the characters are the draw in all of Tenino’s books. Not only the main characters either. The supporting characters are just as important. They all play off each other. They don’t pull any punches and they give each other honesty and support when they need it most – even if the person receiving it doesn’t want it. The book also switches POV between Ian and Sam, which is a good thing. I think without a glimpse of what was going on inside Ian’s head I wouldn’t have liked him at all. Not that I didn’t want to smack him more than once regardless. He came off as a jerk, but he also had a lot of baggage and most of it he was still dealing with. Sam, on the other hand, was someone I would love to have as a friend. He was sweet, lovable, honest and quirky. His inner dialogue was perfect and gave readers an idea of exactly who he was.

Too Stupid to Live was more than a light and funny romance. It dealt with a lot of serious issues too. Family, tolerance, prejudice to the extreme and a lot more were covered. It wasn’t just glossed over either. The things that happened touched all of them and the love, support and respect that they showed each other made me love these characters even more.

If you want a taste of this series, there are two prequel novellas available. They make up the Whitetail Rock series and there are links to both of them on Anne Teninos blog. Whitetail Rock and The Fix feature Nik and Jurgen and give you a little bit of background into Sam and Ian’s history, but mainly just introduce them. They are so worth reading though. Getting to know Nik and Jurgen was great and made me want to get to know them even more. Enjoy!

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Love, Hypothetically (Theta Alpha Gamma #2) by Anne Tenino

Case7.0x10TemplateKey.inddPaul’s been called many things-graduate student, humanities tutor, jock-hater, even broke-but “forgiving” isn’t one of them. When the new women’s softball coach at Calapooya College specifically requests Paul to tutor his athletes, Paul’s forced to put aside his strict “no athletes” policy for the sake of his paycheck. Enter Trevor Gardiner, former Major League Baseball player and Paul’s high school boyfriend. Yeah, that one-the guy who sacrificed Paul for the safety of his closet and his future career. But Trevor’s come out and retired from baseball, and now he’s looking for forgiveness and a second chance. There’s no earthly reason Paul should give him one, but he keeps letting the man state his case. And touch him. And take him sailing. The waters are far from smooth, though, and Paul says awful things to Trevor he isn’t sure he means. Now Paul has to decide: apologize and forgive Trevor for everything, or chalk it up as revenge and move on. This title is part of the Theta Alpha Gamma universe.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Oh these Theta Alpha Gamma boys. I loved Sebastian and Brad’s story in Frat Boy and Toppy. Their book was funny and both boys were charming on their own. As a couple, they were adorable. Readers were also introduced to Paul in the first book. When I found out that Love, Hypothetically was Paul’s story I was wondering exactly how Anne Tenino was going to pull it off. If you haven’t read Frat Boy and Toppy, let me explain. Paul was one of those characters that you despised from the first time he opened his mouth. He was mean to the point of being down right cruel and he made no apologies for any of his actions. I had no idea how this character could be turned around enough for me to sympathize with him at all. I love it when an author can totally change my attitude – and amazingly, it happened within the first few pages of Love, Hypothetically.

I should have known that there was a reason behind Paul’s attitude. In his own strange way, he was trying to protect Sebastian from heart break by being so mean to Brad in Frat Boy and Toppy. He knew first hand about jocks, how cruel they could be and how impossible it was to trust them, especially with a fragile thing like a heart. It was still no excuse for how he acted, but his experience explained so much and made me really like him. I never saw that one coming. Even though Trevor was supposed to be the bad guy in this one, I liked him from the start. He had a lot to make up for, but he had his reasons for his actions too.

This was more of a novella than a book – it was almost half as long as Frat Boy and Toppy, but it packed a lot within those 100 or so pages. I think what is really making me enjoy this series is the supporting characters. Some of my favorite scenes in this book were Paul’s interactions with his friends. His ‘Hypothetical’ conversation with Toby was hilarious. It made me really want to get to know Toby better. Paul’s phone conversation with Josie and his breakfast with her and Callie (the Parasite) were priceless and so adorable. I also really loved the talk he had with Brad and Sebastian (these two were still adorable together by the way.) Watching him work through his feelings and explain things out loud to his friends were a huge part in turning him into a character that I could really like.

The Theta Alpha Gamma series is one that I am so glad I picked up. I haven’t read any of Anne Tenino’s other books, but this series has definitely made me want to see what else she has to offer.

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Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1) by Anne Tenino

Case7.0x10TemplateKey.inddBrad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice.

Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely-hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more-dare he admit the “L” word?-Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does. After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I’m not sure where to start with this one. It totally took me by surprise from the very first chapter. I literally started reading it late one night and couldn’t stop until I was finished. It’s a good thing it wasn’t a very long book, regardless the story grabbed me and didn’t let go. I love it when that happens! Who needs sleep, right?

Frat Boy and Toppy opens with Brad coming to the realization that he is most definitely gay. It’s something that he has been in denial of since he was a teen, but once he comes to terms with it, he doesn’t hold back. “Let the gay life commence,” indeed.

Sebastian was perfectly comfortable with the fact that he was gay. He just wasn’t comfortable with falling for a straight guy and then he felt guilty for being his first and then he didn’t think he was capable of falling for anyone… I loved Sebastian. *sigh*

Aside from the romance and witty dialogue, the characters are what made this book shine for me. Of course I loved Sebastian and Brad, that’s a given, but some of my favorite moments were supplied by the supporting characters. I absolutely loved Brad’s parents and sisters. Who wouldn’t want to have a family as supportive as that? Sebastian’s heart to heart conversations with his sister were also priceless.

Frat Boy and Toppy was the first book in the Theta Alpha Gamma series and now that I’ve started, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop. Love, Hypothetically is next and it should prove to be interesting. Especially since it centers around one of the characters that I liked least in Frat Boy and Toppy. I’m sure that Anne Tenino will help me change my attitude toward him. And for the record. I love it when that happens too 😉

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