Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1)


Title: Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1)
Author: Anne Tenino
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Link Frat Boy and Toppy
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Comedy
Length: 50,000 words
Raiting: 4.5 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: A funny, sexy and warm hearted college story with an individual take on self discovery and coming out.

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.

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Review:

With a title like Frat Boy and Toppy, this book was always going to catch the eye. I was also really pleased to try another by Anne Tenino, as 18% Gray – in a very different genre, is a stand out reread for me. I love it when a writer displays real versatility and this romantic comedy is a great example of that skill.

Brad is a very appealing character as all his outward display of muscles and careful disinterest is revealed as protective camouflage and he comes clean- some significant moments in the shower in this book- about his real nature. The story starts with the brash and funny shock tactic of Collin’s ass triggering Brad’s moment of self awareness. However I really liked the way, almost immediately, his past denial and the thoughtless use of previous girlfriends upset him. His matter of fact, but self doubting voice is quite special………….but Brad had used up his emotional subtext allotment for the day. So he sighed and walked out. This is a sweet man with an active conscience and sense of honesty as he shows after his plagiarism incident and the wet scene with Collin. Brad develops very nicely throughout the book and grows into a very open, relaxed and more thoughtful person who is really fun to read about. Much to his often bewildered exasperation the timing of his attempts to come out are often spoilt by other people. One of the book’s high comedy points is actually when he tries to tell his fraternity he is gay…………

The college setting for this book was a concentrated symbol of the social pressure Brad felt. His jock persona had become his outward face for his friends and family. Not having more than a basic idea of what a fraternity means- in Buffy, the formative source of all my knowledge of US Y/A culture, it is always a bad demon worship thing- this book expanded my limited understanding. However I also enjoyed the glimpses we got of both main character’s families, which extended the closed circle of college society and made the characters that touch more interesting.

The relationship between Brad and Sebastian is developed from exploratory new world white heat sex, with some hot masterly control being shown by Sebastian, through to unexpected emotional truths. The difference in their personalities, their sexual knowledge and relative positions in college – Sebastian as a grad student TA – all somehow added to the real sexual energy. However Brad’s struggles with coming out are almost nothing when it comes to previously self assured Sebastian and his feelings. Any dramatic tension here comes from the interactions of this closely focused relationship and is subsequently quite low key which for me was a good deal.

This was a warm hearted, funny read with well developed characters displaying a nice feeling of real individuality outside their roles of Frat Boy and Toppy.

Recommended

21 comments

  • I really miss them- my son has the whole series on dvd, but there is a limit to how many times you can rewatch them without falling into having a strange alternate life that somehow is a sign of bad mental health. Apparently.

    Hey Naaju I do that too-I reward myself with a new book when I finish a review……I started reading Bomber’s Moon by Alex Beecroft this afternoon.

    Hope you get to reward yourself lots! 😀

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  • Raine, I forgot to say I’m a fan too. Angel and Spike, just perfect. Before I discovered m/m books, I spent my time reading fan fic.

    I’m getting this book for sure, as a reward for being discipline with my own writing.

    Thanks again.

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  • Enjoyed your review Raine. I loved this book. Smiled right through it. Loved that we knew they were in love before they did, before Seb anyway.

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  • Sounds like the kind of book I love, thanks for the review. BTW I laughed at your comment of, Buffy, the formative source of all my knowledge of US Y/A culture. We’re not that evil, you know. However, I advise you to come visit right after the exorcisms are performed. Just in case.

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    • The thing is I really hope Sunnydale does or did exist……I mean Angel and Spike please…… :bravo:

      Sorry…. back to rom com not fantasy…..yes this is a really good read, I hope it does give you some fun. 🙂

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  • Raine
    Thanks for this lovely review. Frat Boy & Toppy would be a great read for me this coming weekend after the past week. Light and frothy – just the thing for me. 🙂

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  • I really liked this one too. I liked Brad as a character from the beginning and that isn’t all that common for me. It also wasn’t pointlessly ansty. An interesting look into college and the frat world. Took me back a bit to my younger days 😀

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    • I though Brad’s voice was nicely original, tentative but down to earth and funny all at once.

      I believed the descriptions of college life so I’m pleased it was accurate. Hope you had as much fun as Brad………. 😮

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  • Well Raine,

    This sounds like an enterteining read. I’ll bookmark it for the next time I’m yearning for a fun, light hearted read.

    I haven’t read 18% Gray yet. :crouch:

    I’ll have to go get it! :escape:

    Thanks Again for another great rec!

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    • Hello Reggie

      You know both books really fit different moods- 18% is a great adventure set in an almost dystopian US, but the romance is really strong too. I loved it.

      This one has a nice touch of it’s very own style for a sexy rom com……happy days. 😀

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  • I am half way through it and loving it. 18% Gray was one of my favorite books from last year, so this author is on my auto-buy list from now on.

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    • There was some nice humour in 18%, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by this one. 😀 I agree Lasha- both books are a class act.

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  • Remember how much I needed the light hearted read one day? This one was perfect for my mood :). So glad you enjoyed it as well.

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    • Oh yes this would be perfect for a happy read……. I also really like the way it has such a clear individual voice, I have read a few college stories recently and they have all been distinctive. 🙂

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      • Take five. I hate you word press. I guess I had been using the word SEX too often in my comment? Otherwise why would my comment “seem a bit spammy”??

        How about this? I loved *lovemaking* scenes in this story – truly and not awkwardly revealing something new about characters (Bred’s vulnerability, Sebastian’s reevaluating things) and still being beatiful and hot.

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