Monday, April 21, 2014

Poster Boy by Anne Tenino

Title: Poster Boy
Author: Anne Tenino
My Rating: B 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #5
Main CharactersToby and Jock
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 Review:
Oh, these boys in have to love them. *shaking head in wonder how most of them actually got accepted into college* LOL. 

Okay, this is book #5 in this series. Toby is NOT one of the frat boys. He's a grad student who's been friends (ahem...regular one-night-stand guy) with several of the main characters from the other books. He's gay and feeling a bit lonely since all his friends are slowly pairing up as couples. He's one of the last of his group to still be single. 

Jock is the new kid on campus after a scandal at his last college meant that he needed a new place to call home. His older brother is Tank, one of the members of TAG, who's been in most of the books although Tank is straight. Jock has very limited experience. His focus has always been hockey and he knew that being gay would endanger that so he just ignored his needs. But now that's all blown out of the water and he's ready to experiment. Toby seems like the perfect solution and they have amazing chemistry. 

For Jock, that works. For Toby, not so much. Toby is ready for something more and even though Jock is young, he sees it happening with him. This was an interesting twist because throughout the series, Toby has been the player, but now he sees other possibilities when he meets Jock. It's a complete 180 for his character and made even more ironic by the fact that Jock isn't completely on-board with this idea. Jock wants to experiment, but realizes that his limitations on those experiments won't work for a relationship. He had some interesting ideas about the whole gay sex experience which seemed a little off to me. But I liked how Toby dealt with him and the issue. I thought Toby's reactions were spot-on and I liked that dichotomy between them. 

Midway through the book, Toby and several of the TAG members relocate to France. That change made this book feel VERY different from the others in the series. Having them in another country...Provence region of France, which I loved the visuals from in the book, just gorgeous...made this book so different from the ones at the college campus. Of course, Toby and Jock are there along with several of the other, more clueless, TAG members. Seriously, the word airhead comes to mind when it comes to most of these guys. How is that even possible for them to be so naive?? does make for some fun scenes, but a few times it just felt a bit over the top. 

But overall it was another fun installment to this series that I've loved. I liked that it was set in France and I loved Toby and Jock. It was fun to see Toby finally find his forever love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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