Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

FBT_500x750Title: Frat Boy and Toppy

Author: Anne Tenino

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/07/2016

Length: 05 hours 03 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, New Adult

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

Can I just say that Ben is one of my all time favorite virgins. His story was great and he had so much more depth than I would have expected based on the premise. For all of his frat boy jock-ness, he had a softer soul that manifested himself in a desire to please and fit in. But then as he discovered himself, that desire to please others shifted into a desire to be happy. I loved listening to how Brad found himself and interacted with those around him. When I read this in ebook, his many coming outs were the highlight of the story. Brad’s family and friends brought humor and a lightness to what could have been a serious story.

Sebastian was also a great character. He was so different from Brad while at the same time struggling all the same. Sebastian may have been older and wiser, but in the end, it took Brad’s confidence to force Sebastian to grow even more and take a risk on love.

Together, Sebastian and Brad were great. They were good for each other and pushed all the right buttons to make their relationship work. I have never made it past reading Frat boy and Toppy, but I think it is time to remedy that. I really loved the supporting characters in this one and am excited to read their stories.

Narration Review:

Nick J. Russo is normally one of the narrators I look for and enjoy, but this time I felt maybe he wasn’t the right choice. I think most of that is because his is very established as the narrator of so many other books I have enjoyed, that I am losing the ability to distinguish his characters. His voice was easy to listen to, but this narration did not highlight the things I loved when I read this in ebook. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t match what I had envisioned when I read this. Maybe I was overly distracted or something but the humor and fun did not come through.

Links

Frat Boy and Toppy on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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