Title: Sweet Young Thang
Author: Anne Tenino
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Characters: Collin Montes, Eric Dixon
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
When Plan A fails, turn to Man A.
Thanks to Collin Montes, Theta Alpha Gamma now welcomes gay and bisexual students. Persuading his Uncle Monty, president of the TAG Alumni Association, that the open approach won’t adversely affect TAG’s reputation is Collin’s own first step toward coming out. As long as there are no repercussions, he’ll escape the closet by graduation.
Enter repercussions, stage left: someone rigs the TAG House water heater to launch through the ceiling, then plants a bomb—thankfully unsuccessful—in the fraternity’s basement. Now Collin has his hands full not only trying to convince his uncle that this might not be the work of homophobes, but also dealing with a fratful of brothers worried about their kegger fridge.
Paramedic Eric Dixon can’t stop thinking about the kid he met during a call at his former college fraternity house. The age gap between them is trumped by sexy eyes, so when Eric sees Collin again at the bomb scene, he pursues him. Soon, Eric is dreaming of being a househusband, fighting to keep Collin safe from whoever’s trying to destroy the fraternity, and helping his sweet young thang realize that repercussions sometimes have silver linings.
The TAG series by Ms. Tenino just keeps on improving. I’ve been waiting for Collin’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The blurb pretty much covers the main plot. The TAG house has introduced a new GLBT-accepting policy, and it’s rubbing people the wrong way. It seems like everyone is just waiting for an epic fail. But a house fire and a bombing? These are the events that bring Collin the frat boy and Eric the paramedic into direct contact, and the attraction is strong. But troubles lay ahead, and someone is clearly targeting TAG—and maybe Collin too.
Now while I love the subtlety of all the romances born between Ms. Tenino’s heroes—in this story too—I do confess that I read the TAG series because of the TAG frat meetings. Every. Single. Time. Hilarity! I laugh out loud when these boys come together to discuss things. Be it Brad’s coming out (in Frat Boy and Toppy, TAG #1—best scene ever!) or the frat’s new housing situation (no more keggers?! Logic of frat brothers!), I simply adore these scenes. They flow so naturally, they’re funny and realistic and super-uplifting. When you read them, you’ll see. The best parts of the series!
In this story the romance is May-December. Collin is young and Eric is older. Collin has had meaningless sex and Eric has had a relationship with a cheater. Together, Collin and Eric form a wonderful couple. Do not mistake Collin’s youth for lack of experience, smarts or strength of will. Though we get to know a lot about Eric too, I felt that Collin was the more developed character. I liked him a lot, the loneliness he feels, the fears and doubts, and then growing to become his own man. Collin’s a hero, an idol in many ways, but he’s also such a down-to-earth kind of guy one can’t help but love him.
The plot offers a few twists, though some are easier to figure out than others. Pretty much my only complaint about this book is that some parts could have been condensed a bit because there are a few parts that read somewhat unnecessary and they slow the story down. Still, Ms. Tenino’s engaging manner of writing makes it impossible to skip even a word, so this is a minor issue.
So, overall, another great addition to the TAG series, well worth the read. Though these are standalones, I recommend people start with the first TAG book, a classic, just to get the feel of this series and the funny, smart, compelling writing.
TAG series in order:
Frat Boy and Toppy
Sweet Young Thang
Reviewed By: Susan