Title: Good Boy
Author: Anne Tenino
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Characters: Brad Fuller, Sebastian DeWitt
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, BDSM Light, Erotic Romance
Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.
Other than that, everything’s awesome.
All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.
Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.
I loved Frat Boy and Toppy, the first book in the TAG series. Good Boy is excellent quality but the shortness takes something away from the best kind of immersion I’ve come to expect from someone as skilled as Ms. Tenino.
Sebastian is jealous because he didn’t get all of Brad’s firsts, and Collin—the frat guy who got Brad’s first blowjob—is staying at their house due to a fire in the TAG frat house (to find out about Collin’s story, read Sweet Young Thang). As a result of his jealousies running amok, Sebastian has a fight with Brad. The end of their relationship looms a step or two closer. But Brad has almost indefinite patience, and Sebastian has a couple of epiphanies himself along the way.
The plot here consists of a relationship in trouble. There’s a fight, a discussion, makeup sex, and resolution to the state of their continuing affair. The characterization was wonderful in FBaT, and this continues here too, though on a smaller scale. Brad wears his heart on his sleeve, always giving, so full of love. Sebastian is more reserved, expecting too much, seemingly selfish (his thesis takes up all of his time), and he has difficulties understanding love, trying and because of that failing to feel sometimes. The dialogue is great, as usual, though somewhat lacking in depth, again due to the length of the story. The sex is filled with BDSM scenes, but the emotional level is always present, which I appreciated.
In short, a good addition to the TAG series, but not as good as the others. Nonetheless, even at this level Ms. TeninoRip’s work stands apart because the woman can write! I for one am looking forward to more stories in the series—and more crazy TAG frat meetings.
Reviewed By: Susan