Book Reviews

Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma 3) by Anne Tenino at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / New Adult / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-October-2013

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

The third installment in the wonderful Theta Alpha Gamma series, this book features Collin, a current TAG senior and liaison to the Alumni Association, and Eric, a fireman, part-time photographer of male nudes, and alumnus of TAG who is fifteen years older than Collin. The focus of the story is their developing relationship, which has its own challenges due to Collin being in the closet and Eric being so much older and wanting to settle down. Not only that, but the arsenist/bomb maker who targets the TAG frat house and makes them all homeless, Collin's overbearing uncle, and the increasing pressure for Collin to come out and stand up for himself make this a gripping read that took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I was happy to see the writing to be as filled with humor, in places, as in previous books, despite all the serious events, and it provided the occasional, and very welcome, comic relief.

Collin may be a privileged kid, but he hasn’t lead an easy life. His father dies when he was very young, and his uncle, Monty, took over his life. The man is very controlling, all in the interest of the family business, of course, and Collin never really minded – until now. He is planning to come out, and his way of preparing the road, so to speak, was to get Monty to agree to change the fraternity's policy toward gay and bisexual students was his first step. Only things don't go as planned, and Collin finds out a few truths about his uncle that make him reconsider his opinion of the man. He soon finds out that he'll have to grow up a lot faster than he expected. Luckily, he has the support of his new boyfriend. And even though the budding relationship is sometimes rocky and not exactly easy either, the moral and emotional support he gets from Eric is far more helpful than even Collin understands in the beginning. It takes another crisis for him to wake up to reality and see what's really important.

Eric is a firefighter paramedic, but he sort of ended up there by mistake. He wanted to be a photographer, but a few classes in physiology led him to an interest in first aid, and the rest is history. His "wild days" are behind him and he's ready to settle down. Once he meets Collin, he knows he could love the "sweet young thang" but is hesitant because he's not sure Collin is ready for the domesticated idyll he's hoping for.  In the end, his desire wins out, but he still questions the wisdom of what he's doing on occasion. Most of those inner monologues are hilarious to read because the contrast between how active and passionate Eric is and how he sees himself as this "old guy" is huge and clearly more in his mind than real. Makes for some fun comments though.

The two of them are smoking hot together, but what I liked even more was the gradual building of intimacy between them. The supporting characters (among whom are Sebastian and Brad from book one) were also great, some of them hilarious as the straight members of the frat try to come to terms with their "gay brothers". The various discussions about the sensitivity training and it's usefulness, or lack thereof, were totally hilarious.

If you are looking for a passionate yet tender romance with significant internal and external obstacles, if you enjoy stories with a villain who is shrouded in mystery, and if you're looking for a read that is as hot as it is funny, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 419 pages/108400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-July-2013
Price $7.99 ebook, $13.59 paperback, $18.19 bundle of bo
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