Good Boy by Anne Tenino, Narrated by Nick J. Russo #AfternoonDelight

Good Boy by Anne Tenino, Narrated by Nick J. Russo #AfternoonDelightGood Boy by Anne Tenino

Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: #4 Theta Alpha Gamma
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Riptide on November 1, 2016
Length: 1 hour 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Good Boy is a follow-up story to the fantastic and humorous, Frat Boy and Toppy.  FB&T was the meeting and early days of romance for this pair of opposites and, then as the series progressed through books about other characters, there are hints that all is not well in ‘happily ever after land’ for Brad and Sebastian.  Good Boy gets to the heart of those troubles and it is a slight deviation from the usual fair in this light-hearted series which works best read or listened to in order.

Sebastian is immersed in his thesis work and only peripherally notices what is going on with life around him.  He lets Brad handle the day to day stuff and relies on Brad’s sweet and understanding nature that Sebastian is under the gun and can’t be bothered.  Only something finally penetrates the fog he has been in for weeks.  Jealousy.  Acute jealousy.  The one guy who Brad was with other than Sebastian is now staying with them for a short while.  Sebastian starts to take note of just how much he has checked out and especially with his relationship with Brad.

Brad knows he’s a different kind of guy.  He looks like a jock, but his loves are farming, gardening, cooking, and Sebastian.  The longer Sebastian stays aloof and preoccupied; the more Brad wonders if he is enough for the brilliant and witty man he is with.  Brad needs to feel wanted, but it’s hard after Sebastian didn’t take him home to introduce Brad to his family during the holidays and has held him at a distance since he returned.  Brad take’s Sebastian’s jealousy over Collin as a sign that he can talk to Sebastian about his growing need to be looked after and needed- controlled, especially in the bedroom.

This is a shorter piece and really focuses on the relationship and sexual dynamics in this relationship.  In the beginning, Sebastian comes off as a jerk and that is because he can be one.  Brad is the one who humanizes him and keeps the Sebastian grounded.  Just as Sebastian’s forceful and controlling nature is what Brad needs to feel secure and part of something.  It was interesting to observe the pair work through a relationship that morphs into a D/s relationship which suits them.  Good Boy is different from its counterparts in the series, but I was glad to get it.

Nick J Russo did a splendid job with Sebastian and Brad’s voices and their story.  I was able to picture both men and their story in my mind quite easily.  I think he suits this story and the whole series with tone, timing, and the cast of characters.

In summary, this was a great installment in the series and neat getting a bit of what comes after the happily ever after.  Those who enjoy M/M NA Contemporary Romance with lots of heat, humor, and engaging characters, should try out the TAG series.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #358 LGBT
Audio #44

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • That sounds like a good one.

  • It is nice to see characters in follow up pieces. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    • I agree. The first story was light and fun whereas this one solidified their relationship.

  • Aww, I love farming too. 😀 This looks good! I don’t just mean the cover.

    • Yes, it was neat to have him being a farmer along with his football prowess. I like how it shows people can surprise one. It was a steamy one, but still quite good storytelling, too.

  • The D/s thing wouldn’t be something for me to read to be totally honest. However, this couple sounds interesting to me. I think I read your other review for book one? Glad it was a good one for you! Hopefully Sebastian and Brad worked it all out!

    • It’s not full on D/s, but yeah, it wouldn’t be a read for everyone. It took me by surprise after reading the other stories in the series, but it was neat to see them working things out.

  • I love that there is humor 🙂

    • Oh yes! The books in this series have some laugh out loud moments, but also some tender and spicy ones, too.

  • It sounds nice that this one is so focused on their relationship and figuring out a new sexual dynamic. So this is like a direct sequel to an earlier book in this series?

    • Yes, this one follows up book one’s couple after a few other couple’s got their story. I wouldn’t say it’s a direct sequel in that their story runs along in the background of the others and works best after those, but close enough. 🙂