Review: Good Boy by Anne Tenino

Posted November 13, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

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.

Brad is not a happy guy. He loves Sebastian more than anything but since he came back from Christmas break with his family Sebastian’s been distant, cranky , inattentive and not a very nice guy. When there’s a fire at the frat house and Brad’s friend Collin needs a place to stay for the night Brad invites him over. Sebastian doesn’t react well to Collin. He knows that Collin is Brad’s friend and that they’re frat brothers but he also knows that Collin is the only other guy that ever had anything to do with Brad sexually (he once gave Brad a blow job in the shower). When they sit down to dinner with Collin Sebastian doesn’t hold back the snark, is rude to Collin and ends up leaving the table.
Brad goes after him and finally tells him how he feels about the way that Sebastian has been acting and how that makes him feel. Brad is much more verbal, in general, about his feelings and Sebastian sees how his actions have been hurting the man he loves. Sebastian then sets out to prove to Brad that he is wanted and to show him that he couldn’t live his life without him.

This was a great follow up to Frat Boy and Toppy. I loved seeing Brad and Sebastian again – even though they were having issues. We all know that in real life people have those problems from time to time and the slice of life that we were shown from these two just made their relationship that much more real.

I loved the way that Brad came out and told Sebastian how he was feeling. Yes, he didn’t come out and tell him when it first started happening but in his defense he thought that it would change and they would go back to the way they were. His insecurities were real and his thoughts about Sebastian not needing him or questioning what Sebastian got out of the relationship were justified and I was happy that he felt comfortable enough to tell him exactly what he thought. 

Sebastian had been living in his own little world and hadn’t realized that he was acting like such an ass. On the other hand he had never been the share-your-feelings type of guy. He was crushed when Brad talked to him and made him realize how much he truly did love Brad and didn’t ever want to lose him. I admired him for admitting to being an ass but just wish that he hadn’t done it in the first place as Brad was such a wonderful guy. He did come through in the end for me, though, and I loved the ending.

Overall this novella was another great story in the Theta Alpha Gamma series and a wonderful revisit into Brad and Sebastian’s lives. If you haven’t read Frat Boy and Toppy yet you should.  That book and this whole series is definitely recommended.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Anne Tenino

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