Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Frat Boy and Toppy
Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 3 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Brad 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.
Review – Book: This was one highly entertaining story. Brad was such a great personality…his inner thoughts were so relate-able; you understood exactly what he meant and how he felt. He put it all out there and the best way I can describe him is real, authentic, what you see is what you get. But then you have the problem of friends and roommates not believing what they see. That’s not Brads fault. Nope, nope, nope.
Sebastian was great and toppy, but still a little dry. I loved how he took care of Brad, tutored him in history and gay love. However, being 28 to Brads 21, he was a bit slow on the “love” uptake. It took Brad leaving for him to see what was right in front of him. A small part of me wanted Brad to get with Collin; I really liked him and felt bad for him. But I am also glad that Sebastian pulled up his big boy pants and put it all on the line for Brad. Can’t wait to read more about these two, AND about Paul and Collin….preferably not together. Collin deserves better.
Review – Audio: I read this book years ago but never wrote a review. Besides remembering that I’d liked it, I didn’t remember much, so going into this audio was like listening to a new book.
Nick J. Russo does an amazing job with Brad’s performance, and I especially loved his inner monologues. He was just so cute and innocent for a frat boy jock. His Sebastian character, though, was just okay for me. His voice was a little pretentious and it made him seem a bit older than he really was. It wasn’t what I would prefer for Sebastian but it didn’t ruin the story for me, either, just more an observation.
I really did not like the Ashley character. I didn’t like her in the book, and I definitely didn’t like her in the audio. She was just not a likable person.
I forgot so much about this story, but it all came back to me the more I listened. I am not usually a fan of college students, but this is a fun and cute story. And again, I am not much of a fan of cute stories, so what a pleasant surprise. I think that pleasantness comes from the performance by Nick. J. Russo.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*