Afternoon Delight: Good Boy by Anne Tenino

Posted November 25, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 2 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight: Good Boy by Anne Tenino
Good Boy

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on October 5, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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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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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.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Aw glad you enjoyed it! I really love the ones where the two characters are really different from one another and put the effort into making it work.

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

These guys really are different and though I enjoyed the first book with them in it, I was glad that she came back and addressed some underlying issues that cropped up once the newness of the relationship turned long term. I love finding out what happens after the HEA or HFN.