Poster Boy by Anne Tenino ~ Review by Paisley

Having read all of the other books in the “Theta Alpha Gamma” series I was very excited when I heard that Poster Boy was being released.  I couldn’t wait to read about what those TAG boys would get into next.

PosterBoy_500x750Title: Poster Boy (A Theta Alpha Gamma Novel)

Author: Anne Tenino

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

It’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.

My View

Having been a sorority girl I know a bit about Greek life. In college I spent a lot of time with fraternity boys. At my school they never wanted to be call frat boys – they hated the word frat. The first time I said “frat” to a guy he said to me, “It’s fraternity! Would you call your country a cunt?” Seriously, that was my second day of college.  A year later I met my husband at a fraternity party, and I spent the next three years surrounded by some serious asshatery.  Maybe you could say I have a soft spot for all those Theta Alpha Gamma boys because I do.

I think that readers need to have read some of the other books in this series to fully appreciate all of the characters and their hijinks. There are some established couples as well as some crazy story-lines that really need explaining in order to get them. Otherwise, I think the circumstances behind our heroes meeting and their coming together would feel a bit forced.

When I found out the boys were traveling to France to study abroad I was a bit surprised. I believe that the author took a risk by moving the setting for the story mid-stream, but as I read on I also found that it added some new and unusual layers to the whole crazy plot. There is some funny shit going on in this book! I think that is one of the reasons I really loved it. That and the fact there is also some very sweet romance.  This is not a short story – she fills 360 pages full of drama, humor, culture, angst, beer terrorism and lots of love. I really enjoyed seeing Toby get his comeuppance at the hands of Jock. And I really, really enjoyed seeing Jock find someone to whom he could entrust his heart.

Fans of this series will need to understand that it is a bit different from the other TAG books but it is very enjoyable. I think that Anne Tenino is an amazing author. She can write sweet romance, kick ass science fiction, sizzling hot sex scenes, as well as create characters with loving and endearing hearts. But most of all I enjoy her sense of humor, because I love to read with a smile on my face.

Buy Links:

Riptide Publishing
Amazon
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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