This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Riptide
Released on October 5, 2013
I really enjoyed meeting Brad and Sebastian in their book Frat Boy and Toppy and their brief appearances through the other books in the series. The hint that there was trouble in paradise and things were unfinished for these two was a niggle for me so I was thrilled when Anne Tenino decided their story needed more. Because this story is more of a continuation than a separate contained story, it should definitely be read in the sequential order of the series. In fact, I doubt it would do much for someone who hadn’t read at the very least the first book, but for those who have read FB&T and the other books, it was a satisfying end/beginning for these two great characters.
It’s a short story so I won’t go very detailed in my summary. Suffice to say, sensitive Brad recognizes his relationship with Sebastian is in trouble. He doesn’t know what went wrong, but he can put his finger on the when. After Sebastian came back from visiting his family for Christmas sans Brad for that trip though he wanted to go, Sebastian disconnected on their relationship mostly and poured all his focus into his thesis prep. Brad understood how this needed to be, but he also felt the withdrawal emotionally from him and the relationship. But then Sebastian gets a wake up call when he finds the one other guy that Brad has been with is now in their home and leaning on Brad for help- the one guy who stole one of Brad’s ‘firsts’ from him when he stupidly let Brad go. Sebastian sees that if things don’t change he may be set to lose Brad for good.
As I said this one is a continuation and it is on the short side. It is told from both characters’ points of view which I liked. They think so differently about things yet they both want their relationship. Their very differences are what meets the needs of the other. This one gets into the importance of frank communication no matter how much trust this requires. But don’t get the idea that these two aren’t typical red-blooded males. They still get up to some hot sexy times, but this time there is the added dynamic to it because they’ve gotten things out in the open and are giving each other what they really want and need.
So in the end, I was well pleased with how each dangling thread from before was tied off and this felt like a good conclusion. I strongly recommend that it be read in sequence. Those who enjoy the TAG series particularly Seb and Brad’s story should read this one and those who enjoy fun m/m New Adult Contemporary Romance in a college frat setting should give these a try.
My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Review by Sophia Rose
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