Review: Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne Tenino

October 8, 2013 Review 0

Review: Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne Tenino

Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.

Other than that, everything’s awesome.

All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.

Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.

Title: Good Boy
Author: Anne Tenino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sweet Young Thang, 18% Gray, Poster Boy, My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair and Other Twisted Tales
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sweet Young Thang, Poster Boy
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: October 7, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 67
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Stars: five-stars

Anne Tenino

I loved this continuation of Brad and Sebastian’s story. Frat Boy and Toppy was the first book I ever read by Anne Tenino. She hooked me. I absolutely LOVE her Theta Alpha Gamma books. Good Boy was a complete treat for me. I got to visit a series I love, I got to revisit a couple I miss, and I got more of the awesomeness that is Anne’s storytelling.

At this point Brad and Sebastian have been together for around nine months. They are living together and obviously have grown too comfortable with each other. Things have become lax and they both have noticed something missing. Knowing that what they have is too good to let go they fix it in their own way. Brad and Sebastian come to some pretty sexy conclusions about what makes their relationship work so well.

I do recommend at least reading Frat Boy and Toppy before venturing into this one. Good Boy picks up timeline wise at the same point as Sweet Young Thang.

Riptide Publishing

Riptide Publishing

Hello there! Welcome to the Good Boy blog tour. Good Boy is a short story, and the fourth volume in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, which began with the novel Frat Boy and Toppy. The happy couple in FB&T was made up of Brad and Sebastian, and in Good Boy I revisit them, giving them a more complete ending.

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Anne TeninoThe title of this post is “About Cheating,” (at least that’s what I named the file on my laptop) but I’ll begin by saying there’s no cheating in Good Boy. But in Frat Boy and Toppy? Well, that’s a different story. Maybe. It depends on your perspective.

From my perspective, there’s no cheating in Frat Boy and Toppy, although (mild spoiler here) there is a situation that some people might see as cheating. For the most part, based on the review comments I’ve read, people don’t. The potential-cheating happens after Brad and Sebastian hook up, but before they’re exclusive. As a matter of fact, it’s what pushes them to become exclusive. And yet, someone else’s mouth was on Brad’s dick, so . . . yeah.

It’s all right, though! Sebastian didn’t freak out about it at the time. He was a little bothered, but he knew the rules of hooking up too well (some might claim he helped author those rules) to make a big issue of it. Instead of explaining it further, I’m going to excerpt some of that scene—where Brad tells Sebastian about his little locker room incident—from Frat Boy and Toppy. Brad is the first speaker.

 

“Collin sucked me off in the shower.” It just tumbled out of his mouth.

Sebastian blinked, his head jerking back slightly. His thumb stopped that soothing stroke, but he didn’t move his hand. “Okaaaay,” Sebastian finally said. “And you’re telling me this because . . .?”

Oh God. Brad was just another piece of ass for Sebastian. “I almost stopped him.”

“Why?” Sebastian’s short laugh sounded just a little weird. Weird enough that Brad kept talking.

“Because of you.”

Sebastian dropped his head and blew out a breath. His hand tightened a little on Brad’s neck. He looked back up into Brad’s eyes. “Okay.”

They looked at each other.

“Okay?”

“Okay, as in ‘Okay, tell me why because of me.’”

“Because if someone other than me sucked you off I’d break his jaw.”

Sebastian looked at him, his eyes dancing across Brad’s face. “We never said this was anything exclusive,” he said slowly. “We never said this was anything.”

Oh, God. Sebastian had been with someone else. Not that Brad had any room to complain, because they’d only been together twice, and the first time was supposed to be a one-off. Not to mention the whole Collin-in-the-shower scene. “I know.”

Sebastian’s eyebrows drew together. “Do you want it to be exclusive?”

Brad swallowed the glue in his mouth. “Yeah.”

“You just let some guy suck you off in the shower.” Sebastian’s hand slid down from Brad’s neck to rest on his shoulder.

“I know,” Brad whispered. He closed his eyes and hung his head. “He’s one of my roommates.”

Sebastian dropped his hand from Brad’s shoulder. Fuck. “Brad, look at me.” His voice was so strong Brad’s head snapped up before he realized what he was doing. Sebastian had a funny look on his face. “Have you ever had any guy suck you?”

Sebastian had to know the answer to that one. Brad shook his head.

A little smile flirted with the corners of Sebastian’s mouth. “And you didn’t ask him for it, right?”

Brad’s heart started to knock lightly on his ribs. He swallowed. “No, he just . . . I was thinking of being in the shower with you and I got, you know.” Deep breath. “I got hard and he was there and the next thing I knew he was on his knees. I mean, I was going to step away, but he licked me.”

How sick was it that telling Sebastian about it, looking into his eyes, was getting Brad excited again? Now Sebastian had that slightly teasing smile on his face. It was really wrong what that smile did to his insides. Shouldn’t he feel mocked instead of turned on?

Sebastian stepped forward and got in Brad’s space, eyes just below his, slipping one hand around the back of his neck and gripping Brad’s hip with the other, wide-legged stance bracketing him. “And if I give you what you want, tell you I’ll make this exclusive—for now—you won’t do it again, will you, Bradley? It’ll just be me.”

 

Now why am I sharing this excerpt with you? Because this scene has a lot to do with what happens in Good Boy. Earlier, when I said that Sebastian didn’t freak out about the Collin-in-the-shower scene, the important words in that sentence were at the time. Nine months later, Sebastian has a rather belated attack of jealousy, which ultimately was what set this story in motion.

Here’s the thing—while I’ve always been one of those readers who abhors cheating (and I’m fairly certain I would have considered what happened in FB&T a form of cheating), I’m apparently not one of those writers who abhors it. No, I’m one of those writers who uses it as a plot device.

So, how do I reconcile my reader self with my writer self? Well, I believe I did it through writing Good Boy. You see, at one point Sebastian says he isn’t (ultimately) sorry that Collin and Brad had an encounter, because in the end it forced Sebastian to face the true depth of his feelings for Brad. And so it is with me: I’m not sorry about writing that scene because it forced Brad and Sebastian to take their relationship farther than they would have without it. That was worth the price, even for my reader self.

As for your reader self, if you want to know how far Brad and Sebastian take things, well, you’ll have to get the story.

Happy reading!

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Theta Alpha Gamma

Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

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