Title: Frat Boy and Toppy
Author: Anne Tenino
Publisher: Riptide Books
Genre: M/M Romance
Publication Status: Available
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
From the publisher: A hilarious and heartwarming story of a college jock’s coming-out. 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. (Publisher’s note: This title contains explicit sexual content.)
Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino has actually been on my “To Be Read” list for quite some time, so I jumped at the chance to review it. I had heard it was humorous and a fun read. I must agree wholeheartedly. It is written in third person limited, with point-of-view shifts between Brad and Sebastian on the chapter breaks. The chapters themselves are pretty short, so it keeps the story moving forward at a quick pace.
“I could tap that”. The only problem for 21 year old Brad is the “that” in question is if frat brother Collin’s butt. Brad is a senior in College and the star running back for his school’s football team. He is also gay. Of course that last bit is a new revelation for him. One morning in the shower that one little, fleeting thought causes a paradigm shift for him. After some interesting inner monologue, he is finally accepting of his long repressed orientation and is ready to live his life anew. He takes some time to experiment on his own until one night during a party at his frat he sees the object of his desire and gets up the courage to give in to his crush and approach his delectable history TA. That meeting leads to his first time and more.
Sebastian doesn’t usually notice non-history majors in the classes he TA’s for, but for some reason the jock Brad has wheedled his way into Sebastian’s mind and dreams. After Brad approaches him after a party, he is ready to mentor Brad in the ways of gay sex, but it can’t be anything more than that, can it?
Minor characters include Kyle, Brad’s roommate and best friend, Collin, Brad’s roommate and frat brother, and Paul and Toby, Sebastian’s roommates. Paul and Toby nickname Brad “Frat Boy”, but Paul means it as an insult and won’t give Brad a break. We revise Paul in the sequel Love Hypothetically.
This is definitely not an angsty book. Brad is accepting of himself and it turns out those closest to him are pretty accepting as well. This is more of a “oh we already figured that”. After an ex-girlfriend and his 2 roommates “accidentally” find out, most of the conflict is in Brad deciding when (not if) to come out to his frat brothers. The coming out scenes were probably some of the funniest scenes I have read recently. They literally had me laughing out loud.
The action isn’t always smooth, but I thought it was realistic to someone trying to figure out life. both main characters screw up, but they figure out just how to move on. Really this is a coming of age story with humor and sensitivity. This book doesn’t take itself too serious, and I like that. The back story is thin at times, but the main story is funny and light-hearted enough to over look the shortcomings
I would like to thank Riptide and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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