Frat Boy and Toppy

Frat Boy and Toppy

by Anne Tenino
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Frat Boy and Toppy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
It takes a very talented writer to perfectly balance humor, sexiness, and sweetness all in one story but Anne Tenino does so nicely in her latest release Frat Boy and Toppy. As a reader who doesn't normally enjoy rom-com stories, Ms. Tenino totally won me over and I found myself complete drawn into the lives of these collegians and their teachers. Brad has always tried to live up to the image of a playboy athlete since he doesn't want to disappointment those around him, but as he gets older he can't keep fighting his true desires any longer. Enter sexy and self-confident TA Sebastian who Brad can't keep his eyes off of and who becomes the catalyst for a major revelation and a new chapter in his life. Brad's extremely sweet with a nice bit of snarky thrown in to bring some wonderful humor to the story. He's struggled and been miserable for so long keeping up his facade and you could see how it weighed on him. He hated himself for using women and alcohol to ignore his real inclinations. As he started accepting the truth of himself and slowly let others know you could sense that weight lifting off him. He became even more light-hearted and more self-confident. Brad seemed so much younger at the start of his relationship with Sebastian but things felt more equal between them later on after he came out. He became a man at that point, not so obsessed over other's opinions. Sebastian was a complicated character that had been hurt by love before and shied away from it now. He was sexy and caring and was the perfect person to be Brad's first since he understood the seriousness of what their being together would mean for Brad's life. But whereas I could see the evolution of Brad emotionally, I can't quite say the same for Sebastian. I never felt like we learned as much about Sebastian's life to fully become as connected to him. This story was definitely about Brad which left Sebastian on the back burner a bit. To help Brad get through this most important time in his life, he was lucky to have a wonderful group of people around him. From his extremely supportive family (who frustrated him by their complete and easy acceptance of him) to his best friend Kyle (who had many humorous reactions to Brad's coming out) to his new roommate Collin (who's struggling with his own coming out), Brad couldn't have been luckier and it's a shame that in real life this large of a support group isn't always the case. These secondary characters were wonderful and lit up the page and I would especially love to see more of Collin as he deserves a happy ending of his own. This was an engaging read with a deep depth of emotion liberally sprinkled with humor. From the witty dialogue to the smoldering sex scenes I was completely drawn in and hated to see it come to an end. This was my first time reading a book of Ms. Tenino's but it definitely won't be the last.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ NetGalley Brad Feller is a jock at college on an athletic scholarship. Ever since high school he’s been fooling himself and everyone else. He’s lived up to everyone’s expectations of a ladies man and even though he always felt something was different or lacking he never really thought he was gay. Until one day he has an epiphany in the guys locker room shower. From there it’s only a matter of time before he pursues the hot guy that he’s been daydreaming about and eventually comes out of the closet. But it’s quite a journey from Point A to Point Gay. This is a bit different than I thought it would be. I was expecting a bit of a raunchy M/M college tale and got a sweet M/m romance instead. There’s nothing wrong with that. The story is well-written and the characters are very life-like, but even though it is told from Brad and Sebastian’s POV, it’s Brad that takes center stage. He’s just so freakin’ adorable! I love being in Brad’s head as he tries to figure things out. Like I said, adorable. If you want a sweet M/m romance then this is the one to read.
Minnie_Medina More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. I liked the fact that their family supported them and some of Brad's friends. It's really heart braking seeing how Brad struggle with his sexuality and how this happens to a lot of guys, being afraid of rejection from other people. What I found annoying was the fact that Brad was kind of girly in his responses to Sebastian for being a Jock. But I understand that not all people can be tough in a relationship. But it was a good book with a good story about how things might go down on fraternities. Although we all know that many people are closed minded and that the reactions in this book are just that-and imagination of the author..
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Where to start, where to start… As always, Tenino has a way of writing that is both amusing and endearing. She has the talent to bring her characters off of the page and into the room with you, so much so that I sometimes feel as if I am witnessing personal moments in a friend’s life. I want to reach out and hug them when they are at the cross-roads in their lives and relationships. Of course, I know how the story will end but I also know that they, the characters, have no idea where their lives are heading and it is sometimes heartbreaking to listen to them as they come to terms with their feelings. Then there is the flip-side to Tenino’s writing – the humor. In every book there is a secondary character that makes you laugh out loud with his tongue-in-cheek comments or his view of love. In Whitetail Rock, it was Sam; in Frat Boy, it’s Kyle. True, Kyle is straight, but he takes to the supportive friend role fervently (once he gets over his shock). I know that Paul’s story (Love, Hypothetically) is next, but I do hope we get Collin’s story soon just so that we can see how over-the-top Kyle has gotten in his PFLAG and gay rights activism. One of the things I love about Tenino’s writing is the lack of angst and turmoil throughout the story. Her characters meet, they are attracted to each other, they begin having sex, they realize they are falling in love which then causes some angst, and then they come back together stronger than ever. I think this is more true to life which makes it even more romantic than, say, two characters trying to avoid their attraction to each other before finally succumbing but still fighting it right up until the end of the book. In Frat Boy, Tenino gives us two strong yet diverse characters – Brad, the fraternity brother/athlete/home ec student who is just coming to terms with the fact that he prefers boys and Sebastian, who wears pink Chuck’s and reading glasses and is known for his love-‘em-and-leave-‘em ways. My favorite section of the book had to be when Brad comes out to his frat brothers. I won’t tell you what happens but it is definitely one of those laugh-out-loud moments. And one of those misty-eyed moments. And one of those hand-over-the-heart-awwww moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Anne Tenino's stories are always funny and sweet. I loved the chemistry between Brad and Sebastian and would love to read more about these wonderful characters!
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Really 169 pages , the book might be good not sure haven't read it but for $7.00, you would think it's more than 169 pages.
DameMargo More than 1 year ago
Brad is very funny as the frat boy who just realizes out the blue one day that he's gay. His attempts to adjust to this new reality are amusing especially as he tries to figure out how to date men. His fraternity brothers are by turns clueless and amazingly understanding which was a bit of a stretch for my imagination. Brad's love interest, Sebastian, is also a fun character whose pink Chucks you will covet. Overall it was good, dirty fun.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I thought it would be a funny, light read, which it was. However, I was not expecting it to have that many emotions thrown into the mix. I loved it! I liked how Brad grew throughout the story and how as the time passed he accepted himself a lot more and was more comfortable about everything. He was adorably confused and hesitant, but his passion for Sebastian was undeniable and in the end so was his love for him. Sebastian was clueless. He had me shaking my head in exasperation because I couldn't believe the things he came up to to justify his feelings for Brad. Finally when he saw the light, I was laughing at the way when went about it and got even a little misty eyed when it finally hit him that he loved Brad. I loved their chemistry. Phew! When they got together it was AMAZINGLY HOT! There was this one time when...er, nevermind. I enjoyed their tender moments too. Especially when they had 'the talk'. I liked that there were hesitations on both sides, which made their connection more real to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sex is great. The plot is acceptable, the characters are endearing and the writing is deliciously vivid. If you're looking for a good read, go elsewhere. But if you're simply looking for a way to get off, then you've arrived at the right place.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I made the mistake of starting this book at 10:30 at night. I could not put it down and stayed up half the night reading it. I loved this book! Brad is 21 years old and the book starts with the self-realization that he's gay. Of course, he's always had inklings, but has always lived in denial about the fact. He's a jock. He sleeps with women...a lot. He's a guy's guy, but he can no longer deny it to himself. He's sexually drawn to guys. I loved Brad. At 14 yo, he had something happen which skewed his vision of himself and has just never even considered the possibility about being gay again, except in his dreams. Suddenly, he's realized those dreams have become daydreams and he can't deny it any more...and it honestly is a shock to him. Yes, his denial has been that strong. As he slowly starts to come out to others, it was really sweet. No one reacts the way that he expects and this poor guy is not only dealing with his own confusion, but also his confusion about how others see him. The reactions range from denial to full-out acceptance and they all keep his head spinning. You can't help but love this guy and what he's going through. Then there's Sebastian...sexy, gorgeous, man-whore Sebastian who is drawn to Brad even though he thinks he's straight. Sebastian has no idea what Brad is going through until Brad comes right out and asks to have sex with him. I love Brad's honesty through all this and the fact that suddenly he feels like a needy girl. These two together are magical...so much chemistry and so incredibly sexy together. It shocks them both at just how good they are and quickly feelings become heavily involved to the confusion of everyone. The story description of this book is really good and so is the book. It's definitely going to make one of my Top Reads of 2012. I loved it! Just really a fantastic book with a great balance of emotion and really hot sexiness! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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