Book Review: Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino

Posted: July 6, 2013 by sidlove in 4 Star Reviews, Book Reviews, Shelley's Reviews
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Reviewed by Shelley

TITLE: Frat Boy and Toppy (Book #1)
SERIES: Theta, Alpha, Gamma
AUTHOR: Anne Tenino
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 170 pages
BLURB: 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.


Shameless! Absolutely shameless!

I know that’s what you think of me when you look at that cover and title. And yes, I totally ran out of shame when I became a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey so there’s no saving me. But YOU can hold onto yours because Anne Tenino likes to tease and take the mickey a bit; so don’t take it too seriously. Frat Boy and Toppy is not just a cheesy sex fest that the cover promises – it’s got heart and mostly it’s just great fun.

Poor Brad – he’s so gay and I don’t know what’s funnier: his denial or exploration of the fact. As much as he tries, there is no refuting his new revelation. It’s a fact now: hairy bums are turning him on, compact muscly men are hot, Sebastian the sexy gay TA is sex-on-legs and straight porn is a yawn. His mental soundtrack keeps playing the bow-chicka-bow-wow tune whenever the sexy Sebastian walks into the classroom. Yup – totally gay. But he can’t be gay – he’s a hot college macho jock and jocks aren’t supposed to be gay.

Brad’s inner monologue is a riot as he discovers and embraces his new found sexuality. His self-exploration of anal sex is one of the funniest things I have ever read. His confidence as a gay man vs. hot-jock takes a hit and Brad’s not sure how to tackle his crush on the experienced and very out Sebastian. Everything about Sebastian turns him on and when he inadvertently hears that Sebastian’s a Top, he can’t stop fantasizing about him. But Sebastian doesn’t see him, doesn’t even notice Brad the straight jock – why would he? So it’s up to Brad to out himself to Sebastian. And what about his parents and his fraternity brothers? What will they say? Yikes!

This book had me giggling and smiling all night long. I’m not one who normally favours the college boy rom-coms at all, but I like this author. She delivers witty dialogue, sharp writing and a delightful voice. The sex is incredible and there is lots of it, some say too much. I say not, these are college boys after all and Ms Tenino spices it up nicely with a little D/s sugar kink too – so yum!

Sure it’s a little over-the-top sometimes and there are words like ‘spooge’ and endearments like ‘sweetie’ to contend with but it goes with the territory I guess. There is a blushing vulnerability to Brad that allows him to get under your skin a little bit and it’s easy to form a kinship here. He’s not what everybody thinks he is and he also learns to embrace his own dreams and goals and not be what people expect of him. Sebastian brings intelligence and a wealth experience to the relationship – he’s the sexy dominant love-em-and-leave-em type, and totally worth indulging in … believe me.

Frat Boy and Toppy is a sweet, funny read; even the side characters are likable and thoroughly entertaining. This is feel good fiction, take it all with a pinch of salt and enjoy it.

Shelley’s Rating: four-stars_0

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  1. Ilhem says:

    I like your wit, too. You captured very well why this story is entertaining.
    One last word : hairbrush!

  2. shelleylovesbooks says:

    Bwahaha! Don’t! You’ll crack me up again. I will never look at my hairbrush the same way again! I laughed so hard at that Ilhem, too funny!

  3. Heather C says:

    Loved this book. Awesome review

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