- Riptide Publishing
- Release Date
- April 2014
- Book 5 of Theta Alpha Gamma
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
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.
Aug 23, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
281 people found the following review helpful
Wow. Where to begin with this book? Can I just say I loved it and leave it at that? No, you want to hear more. Okay, then here goes...
The boys from TAG. The couple of books I've read have been such brilliantly drawn stories with loads of intensity, beautiful relationship moments and descriptions of men in love that make me wish I'd written them. One of my 2014 challenges for this series is to start at the beginning and make sure I've read each book and re-read the ones I haven't. It's a pity that POSTER BOY is the last in the series, but at least I know have the past ones to look forward to.
This story of Toby and Jack is a complete whirlwind of great romantic moments, hot sexy scenes, emotional man angst, two people coming together to change each other and in the process, make them better men. If you want to read a great review that literally encompasses everything I myself felt about this book, you can do no better than reading the one Melanie Mitchell wrote for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. She sums it up so perfectly, so succinctly that there is very little to add.
Toby is a wonderfully detailed character, a man who is at the time of his life when he sees all his buddies settling into relationships with people they love and deep down, he wants this for himself. He's been rather a player in the game but he's now realising that it's time to commit. He's also frustrated because his thesis isn't quite progressing at the rate he and his professor need it to meet his commitments. Academically, Toby is in a state of flux and he's not sure where he's going.
Jock is just that. Real name quite a mouthful--Gavin Jacques Gervaise--Jock is a talented hockey player who made one mistake at a party and now his life has changed forever. Although to be honest, deep down inside, Jock knew exactly what he was doing to get the focus he gets as a result of that little peccadillo. So he transfers to another college in the hope that he can figure out what being a gay man on campus is all about. His older brother Tank is very protective of him and this leads to a couple of pretty angry scenes. Jock sees something in Toby Moore that makes him want Toby to be his first and as first nights go, it's a pretty memorable one.
Then the trouble starts as Jock decides he needs to look further afield, Toby decides he really wants Jock and before you know it these two men are in more trouble emotionally that you can poke a stick at. So whay hey! It makes a lot of sense to them both to take an extended study trip to sunny and provincial Provence in France where Toby is put in charge of the frat boys. And things heat up between them more than the lovely warm French sunshine.
I really enjoyed reading this, loving the scenes set in Europe, enjoying the witty banter and the humour and yes, the comedy. It's no surprise that I love humour in a book. Toby and Jock are such believable and wonderful characters, both with their own strengths and weaknesses, and so adorable together that you want to hug them. The other characters in the series bring their own treasures into the story and I love all the touch points of the previous books, and seeing some of these guys get their own HEA.
Overall, it's a tremendous read, a definite 5 star book, and like me, I think I'd recommend that you start at Book 1 and carry on so you can get the best out of Anne Tenino's writing and the fact that you'll fall in love with some beautifully developed characters and grow to love them like I did.
Bring on the rest of the TAG series!
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