Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Good Boy by Anne Tenino

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

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #4
Main Characters: Brad and Sebastion
Release Date:  October 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.

Other than that, everything’s awesome.

All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.

Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.

My Review:
Frat Boy and Toppy was absolutely one of my favorite reads from last year so I was really excited about the continuation of Brad and Sebastian's story. Then it began and Sebastian was a thorough and utter prick. *Ugh* I hated his character at the beginning of this book and it was hard to recover from that.

At the beginning of the book, Sebastian is totally caught up in himself...completely selfish...PRICK! He doesn't realize how this is affecting his partner Brad until he finds Brad in the kitchen making cookies in the nude. Brad cooks when he's stressed or unhappy, and until that moment, Sebastian didn't realize just how much he was hurting his partner. The rest of the novella is the two guys working to fix their relationship in a way that works for both of them. Sebastian is a Dom, although they aren't in a 24/7 D/s relationship. It still can put Brad in a bad place to be taken advantage of because he's naturally a giver. That only works if his Dom is aware of Brad's needs too. When Sebastian is self-involved, then the balance in the relationship is gone.

The book/relationship got better as it went along, but honestly as a reader and lover of the first story, it still just didn't quite sit right for me, even at the end. Sebastian saw the error of his ways, but I think I needed an epilogue of a paragraph or two of ten years down the road showing him reflecting back on how he could have blown it all. Personally, I needed that just so I could believe it was true because they were happy at the end of their first book, too. If we're going to have a continuation like this, I just need a *bit* more. But that's just me. 

Brad & Sebastian were still very hot and there were some truly sweet moments in the novella, too. I loved the phone scenes for Sebastian with his family. And I did love Sebastian's overall solution...very symbolic which I felt like Brad needed emotionally.

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

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