Sweet Young Thang

Sweet Young Thang

by Anne Tenino
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Sweet Young Thang 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheMorningAfterRomance More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: So much sugar, and more than a little bit of spice! Sweet Young Thang is definitely a sugar overload, and I loved every minute of it! Anne Tenino just does it for me, always. This book is hilarious, HOT, and it made my heart go all melty. Collin (who we met in Frat Boy and Toppy) is working on finishing his college degree. There is a fire at the Theta Alpha Gamma house, and at the scene he meets Eric, an older (and much hairier) paramedic. Adorableness ensues, lots of sexy sex is had, and endearments are horribly abused. The endearments, they were excessive. I don't even think I have an endearment pet peeve (I may be wrong). Usually, all the endearment abuse wouldn't bother me too much. Although, I do think that they need to consider becoming unionized, because they are seriously overworked. The thing is, here it was made worse by the endearment itself. I cringed every time Eric called Collin some version of "Sweet Young Thang." Just, no. Not my thing I guess. Moving on. Sweet Young Thang had me in stitches. TAG is filled with some crazies, and all the interactions that included them were pure comedy. The guys at TAG are beyond hilarious. This book has some of the best dialogue, seriously, the funniest conversations EVER. If I wasn't laughing while reading this, then I was busy Awww-ing, or sighing. I know, I know! Mushiness is gross, but I couldn't help it. Eric and Collin have the cutest fluffy-bunny relationship. And I did, I awww-ed out loud. Repeatedly. I probably should have felt ashamed. Instead, I kept getting distracted by all the sex, of which there was plenty. It's good and steamy. I mean, this is Anne Tenino. Never doubt her sex scene writing skills y'all! I need to mention that Collin and Eric's relationship is insta-luv in hyper-drive. The events in the book take place in a week. A WEEK! That is so freaking quick. BUT, here's the thing though. It didn't feel like insta-luv while I was reading. I'm not even sure if I would have noticed how fast everything was moving if the MC's didn't continuously mention how much time had passed. Each day they spent together just felt like a really long time. Only, I'm not sure if it actually did. Or, if I just think that because Collin kept thinking that. It's very possible that I was Jedi mind tricked by Anne Tenino. I could have done without the whole mystery plot. It was predictable. It didn't do anything for me. I suppose one could argue that it was needed to bring the characters together initially, and serve as a source of conflict later in the novel. But I'm not capable of being that reasonable. So I'm going to pout over the existence of those mystery/crime elements, because Anne Tenino writes these great character driven stories that don't need anything extra. At least, not according to me. I would be utterly content reading only about Collin and Eric working out their relationship, growing, and being adorable. Sweet Young Thang is a feel good story with minimal angst. I definitely overdosed on warm fuzzy feelz. I could not put this book down. It was charming, hilarious, and the characters were wonderful. 4 Stars
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
A GraveTells Review: Sweet, charming, & romantic with a side of mystery! Don't let the candy-pop cover fool you; Sweet Young Thang is a thoughtfully well-written and skillfully executed romance that happens to be a story about two men. What I mean by that is this isn't one of those stories where the entire cast is gay and everyone just sort of blithely accepts everything; this story delves into the challenges and heartbreak that growing up gay in today's society often leads to. With so many romance stories out there, finding quality ones can be exhausting and frustrating, so one of the things that really struck me about this story is its sparkly love-at-first sight, no-holds-barred and take-no-prisoners emotional intensity. It brought back memories of college hookups and feeling that first rush of attraction so strong you couldn't wait to get your hands all over each other. It's sweet and adorable and sexy as hell, and some of the scenes literally made me feel tingly to my toes. Actually, that sorta sums up Collin too. In Frat Boy and Toppy (I love these book names, by the way, and how Ms. Tenino doesn't take them too seriously), Collin was confused and awkward. In Sweet Young Thang, he's definitely on his stride and has a fun, intimate relationship with Eric, who is 15 years older. It's like finding the man he fits together so well with literally makes him a better, more complete person and that comes across strongly in the evolution of his persona throughout the book. Sweet Young Thang has a lot of sex. Seriously, a lot. It's hot and explicit and oddly endearing. These guys obviously love each other and the story takes us through the start of their relationship, from lust-at-first-sight tingles all over to you're-the-center-of-my-world headiness. While there is a thread of mystery throughout the book, the main focuses are on the characters, particularly Collin, and their evolving relationships with each other and prominent players in their lives.There are several things about this story that make it memorable for me, but the fact that it touches on so many challenges and charmingly handles them all is one of my favorite things about it.  Repressed sexuality, bullying, insensitive "sensitivity training", social pressure, vast age differences, etc make this story stand out. What really makes it shine, though, is the chemistry between Collin and Eric and the depth written into their personalities. Once you delve down deeper, neither is what you expect and they make an adorable couple.  Sweet Young Thang is a "must read"!
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Sweet Young Thang Anne Tenino. ARC supplied by Riptide. I've recently discovered M/M romance, I love all good romance and find that the M/M genre can be very sensual and erotic, and the romantic side can be very moving. However as with any romance I don't want pages and pages of just sex, but a decent, interesting storyline and Riptide excels at this type of book. Its the first time I've read any of Anne's work, and I enjoyed the way she wove together a sensual romance, along with a mystery plot involving the two main characters, and yet included lots of other people to keep the story fresh and interesting. I'm a UK reader so sometimes the intricacies of the US higher education system and the ages of the students take some working out. Add in the Fraternities and Sororities and it takes me some time to work out how everyone fits in some stories. Thankfully however Anne manages to give that information as part of the story, so it was easy to follow and work out how it fitted to the plot. This isn't just a simple romance, but included a fire and potential bomb threat, the mystery of who and what's behind it, homophobic stances and bigotry, kidnapping and the subtlety of mental bullying by way of expectation of older family members, and of course the ever present dangers and risks of “coming out” as Gay, and what affect it has on the life of that person. I always feel how difficult a decision that must be, people want to just be what they feel they are, but the weight of others expectations and the influence upon schooling, employment, friends and family must make that a very hard choice, and one that needs strength. Anne shows us here just what can happen when that decision is made. The characters are excellent too, from Collin, the gay but not Out young man who seems to be one of the respected and responsible students, the typical frat brothers, Monty, Collins uncle and a typical homophobic bully, to paramedic Eric and his supportive friends. Eric is older than Collin and worries about that, he's a lovely man though and the attraction between them just can't be denied. He quickly falls in love with Collin but though Collin cares deeply for him he's not sure if its actually love he feels. Eric takes care of him, supports him when he needs it and in general is the perfect boyfriend. The other students quickly accept him, and when of necessity Collin has to reveal his sexuality to his friends and family Eric is very supportive. The fallout however is what Collin expected from his uncle, though his friends were very accepting, but a number of them were gay anyway so had guessed about him. The fire and bomb threat was thought to be homophobic and related to the House's (TAG) recent change in policy in openly welcoming gay members, many of the alumni were convinced it would lead to trouble and quick to blame the fire on it. The way Anne describes the way the students gathered to see the fire and disasters it produced was typical of what happens, chairs are set out, drinks brought and people set in for the show as if its their entertainment right. Some people just want to watch the drama of anything played out regardless of how the people involved feel. I think that shows people at their worst, sadly it happens in reality and added a touch of real life to what is a fictional story. Little elements like that added to the reality of the novel. There were some pretty sensual sex scenes too, but they fitted well within the story arc and were well written, not the stomach cringing scenes we sometimes see. Still, one moan, a personal prejudice here, I hate “twee” expressions and every time Eric called Collin sweet thang or baby (another of my triggers...) it felt wrong to me. I think its a US/UK thing – here we rarely use the term Baby as one of affection other than for kids; Honey, Darling, Sweetheart – all of those I can deal but Baby – and now Sweet Thang – no thanks :) just spoils the moment for me. At £5.45 for 329 pages its not a cheap book, but as with all Riptide publications it has a good story line which makes it well worth reading and re reading. To me that makes it good value. I'd rather pay more for a book I'll enjoy and re read, than have a cheap one that is really a waste of my time reading it as far as enjoyment goes, and will be dumped soon as finished. Stars; good solid sexy read and four stars from me.