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Posted December 19, 2013
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Short and sweet.
I’m happy to say he redeems himself, but I just needed to get that off my chest.
Don’t you worry though; I still love that toppy bastard.
So, Good Boy takes place nine months after Frat Boy and Toppy (during the events of Sweet Young Thang). After acting like a neglectful prick for a while, Sebastion finally realizes that he has not been treating Brad properly. Clearly, that needs to be fixed. I really like Sebastian’s POV, I pretty much love how clueless he is. And after his big “a-ha!” moment he does all the self-reflection and character growing my little heart could desire.
I was really sad at the start of this book. I loved Brad and Sebastion in Frat Boy, so it was heartbreaking to see them in a bad place due to a lack of communication and other things (see Sebastion is an jerk). I just want them to be happy and frolicking through a field of daisies. I didn’t quite get my wish, but the story does end up being really sweet.
I don’t have too much else to say because this was a short read, and I don’t want to give anything away either. I will say that I loved watching Sebastion grow, and both of them flourishing in their relationship. I think things naturally progress from how they were in Frat Boy, and it is lovely to see them stronger for their troubles months down the road. I was a bit surprised, but very happy with how it all turned out. I even went all melty and smiley at the end.
Also, Anne Tenino can write the heck out of a smex scene. That is all.
Posted October 18, 2013
I had read Frat Boy and Toppy a while ago and I did enjoy reading that story. So imagine my surprise when I found out that this book was coming out! I couldn’t believe my luck when I was given an ARC of the story and was able to find out what was going on with Brad and Sebastian since we left them at the end of their pervious story.
I do enjoy follow up stories when it comes to some great characters, and this couple is one that I was hoping we would find out more about. I have to say that I was excited with how this book went along. I usually don’t like shorter stories, but I think that this one was just the right length.
I thought it was great how Brad and Sebastian were having problems, I know I’m one of those gluttons for punishment people but I like it when characters have real life issues. I felt so bad for Brad during the story because Sebastian was acting like a complete jerk. But I do have to say that I was completely excited for the ending of the story and I didn’t see that all happening!
Overall, I think this is a great continuation of Frat Boy and Toppy and it’s a must read if you have read that book!
Reviewed by Crystal's Many Reviewers
Posted October 8, 2013
Good Boy Anne Tenino.
Arc received via Netgalley.
I'd read and enjoyed Anne's “Sweet Young Thang” (though I hate that expression!!) so thought I’d like this one, set with other characters mentioned in the book. Sadly I really couldn't get properly into this one, there didn't seem to be a story line other than focussing on Brad and Sebastian’s relationship. One of the things I enjoy about M/M romance books is the tenderness, and the dichotomy of often tough, masculine characters finding a gentleness to their nature. Here though both Brad and Sebastian seemed to me to be too closely to the stereotypical gay character so often portrayed in fiction. I was almost expecting Brad to want chocolates and flowers as an apology at some points :)
So – what was it about these two that didn't gel? Well, Brad, nice kid, works hard and just seemed so desperate to please Sebastian, and that happens in gay and hetero romances, but somehow Brad's nice nature came off at times as more whiny and niggling. He was torn between Sebastian and Collin, when Collin had need of some friendship and practical help, with his building having been on fire and made him homeless and posessionless. Brad was trying to help, but Sebastian was being a pratt – jealous of Brad and Collins friendship because of an incident before he was even with him. I felt for Brad, loving Sebastian, and yet getting so little back for all the things he was doing. Yes, he enjoyed doing them but I wanted to shout “tell him he's being stupid, don't let him walk all over you the way he does”. The shirt thrown on the floor instead of the laundry hamper was a typical example. Sebastian treated Brad as a servant at times, no thank-you, no gratitude – just moan about how someone else is taking up Brad's time. I know he was jealous, but there seemed no reason for it other than his own paranoia. Sebastian was such a cold person I wondered how Brad ever got together with him, Brad seemed the sort who needed friends while Sebastian seemed to be a loner. There must have been some live sparks there though, as once Sebastian was clued in to his behaviour, and they actually talked about what was wrong he did make a good effort to be more for Brad. I think that’s the key message I got from this book – as with so many others – its the need for open communication. So often problems arise because each person misunderstand the others actions or thoughts, so the need to actually talk it out is paramount. That worked well for me once they did talk – and I felt a bit more understanding of Sebastian's “coldness” and Brad's need for reassurance.
Stars: – well, its OK, but I'm not into books that don't have a decent back story so its just a three from me.
Posted October 13, 2013
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