With each new installment in this series, I just enjoy it more. I didn’t even need to read the blurb and it was practically a given that I was going to read this one no matter where the story was going. For newbies, the TAG series should definitely be read in order for optimum enjoyment because of the recurring characters and minor ongoing plot threads, but I suppose in a pinch it could be read out of order.
This installment focuses on worry wort Collin who is an unofficial leader in his fraternity. He is still in the closet about his sexual orientation even though TAG has recently voted to change their membership policy which is a matter of concern for his influential uncle who needs to control things including Collin.
A mysterious explosion caused by the hot water heater exploding in the frat house leaves the guys homeless and the alumni not willing to back their radical open admission policy thinking the explosion was a retaliatory crime. No one is entirely certain about that conclusion, but one thing is certain. Collin and the EMT, Eric Dixon, who responded to the scene have an instant attraction that they both eagerly explore. Soon the attraction leads to something more, but Eric’s past associations with Collin’s uncle, their age difference and Collin’s fears might be too much for their fledgling relationship not to mention there might be a dangerous bomber on the loose.
In the spirit of this series, some of the plot is just over the top frat boy highjinks that had me laughing hard to read their responses to each new thing and some of the story was tender and cute. There was also the strong dose of the physical spice that the TAG guys are known for. I laughed so hard over Ricky’s motivational speech to get the guys on board with standing on their principles even if it meant going without their usual source for beer and that involved and erotic photo session between Eric and Collin knocked my socks off.
Speaking of Eric and Collin, I liked them together and found their relationship believable- eventually. Much of the time, I found Collin a bit angsty and immature, but I was willing to be patient because I could see that he was growing and maturing before my very eyes which is generally the case for people in their early twenties. Eric was a big loveable bear of a man who knew what he wanted and needed, but he was also older and in a different place in his life.
I enjoyed revisiting characters from previous stories and I found that thing between Sebastian and Brad that goes on off scene in the story intriguing since I still find them the most captivating couple of the series.
The series is great fun and would appeal to those who enjoy m/m contemporary romances that cover serious issues with lighter tones against a college fraternity for a backdrop.
My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide for the opportunity to read and review this book.