Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/28/2016
Length: 10 hours 09 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Thanks to Collin Montes, Theta Alpha Gamma now welcomes gay and bisexual students. Persuading his Uncle Monty, president of the TAG Alumni Association, that the open approach won’t adversely affect TAG’s reputation is Collin’s own first step toward coming out. As long as there are no repercussions, he’ll escape the closet by graduation.
Enter repercussions, stage left: someone rigs the TAG House water heater to launch through the ceiling, then plants a bomb – thankfully unsuccessful – in the fraternity’s basement. Now Collin has his hands full not only trying to convince his uncle that this might not be the work of homophobes, but also dealing with a frat full of brothers worried about their kegger fridge.
Paramedic Eric Dixon can’t stop thinking about the kid he met during a call at his former college fraternity house. The age gap between them is trumped by sexy eyes, so when Eric sees Collin again at the bomb scene, he pursues him. Soon, Eric is dreaming of being a househusband, fighting to keep Collin safe from whoever’s trying to destroy the fraternity, and helping his sweet young thang realize that repercussions sometimes have silver linings.
This is not my first time to read Sweet Young Thang by Anne Tenino. As a matter of fact I had JUST listened to the first two in this series because I needed some comfort listens. All the books in the TAG series are light hearted enough to qualify has comfort reads for me, but still with enough meat to keep my attention — a problem I have had of late with many contemporaries.
Sweet Young Thang is at it’s core an age gap romance between a college kid and a thirty something paramedic. Of course that college kid just happens to be a member of the frat of which the paramedic is an alum. They meet over a tragedy — well for the members of Theta Alpha Gamma — when the frat house is set on fire. They are immediately attracted, but it takes a few more pages for them to get together. They end up bonding over the mystery of who set the frat house on fire.
Of course that is an oversimplification of their relationship. You will have to read the book for the rest of the plot. What I will tell you is that I spent much of the book not sure if this couple was “for real”. Tenino does a good job assuring us they are, but there is a tiny bit of the skeevy factor still niggling in my brain. I wish I could pinpoint why.
The mystery plays out in the background. They don’t actually play detective or anything, just assist as witnesses here and there. What does play out in their lives is Collin’s journey from the closet to the open — with friends, family, and frat brothers. There are some signature TAG brothers are idiots scenes and some tense family moments. I love how everything wasn’t roses with everyone immediately, but Tenino let things play out as it might in real life.
There are moments of comic relief, moments of hot sex, moments of angst, and moments of unequivocal love. If you have been following the boys of Theta Alpha Gamma thus far, you will want to see Collin get his happy. This that happy, made all that much happier when read to me by Nick J Russo.
I will admit it, I was sceptical about having the same narrator for all 4 stories in the TAG series by Anne Tenino. Sometimes it is nice having the same voice throughout, but he allayed my fears well. Each story is told in the third person, but since they are so tightly linked, he was able to be consistent with the voices. Speaking of voices, he brought each and every character to life and gave them their own unique voice. He became each character. I will certainly be ready when Poster Boy comes out on audio (hopefully soon!).
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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