Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino

Frat Boy & Toppy by Anne Tenino
Riptide Publishing
Novel: 170pgs
Rating: 4.5/5

Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice.

Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely—hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more—dare he admit the “L” word?—Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does. After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

Man I love college
and I love drinking
I love women  men
                          I love college
- Asher Roth 'I Love College'
I loved reading this book, because it brought the funny in epic proportions. I think this is my first laugh out loud read of 2012, and that makes it a winner because I love to laugh. Frat Boy and Toppy is going on the list of one of my faves.

Brad is confused, or maybe he isn’t confused just in serious denial about what he is feeling. Brad is interested in women, and he’s pretty much a ladies man but why is a naked hairy MALE ass getting his juices flowing. He cannot be gay. He is a jock that guzzles beer and parties like a rock star with his frat brothers. So explain his anal curiosity, or the fact that he just stuck a hairbrush up his ass when he doesn’t even own a hairbrush. Also the sexy TA Sebastian from his class is giving him awesome feeling in his pants. Brad is starting to see that he is gay, and rearing to go.

Its not just all college fun and parties. Brad struggles with the fact that he might have used a lot of women along the way to avoid the way he was truly feeling. He was trying to fit in the box that those around him had put him in. Accepting his feeling is making the weight lighter, but Brad still has some coming out to do. How does he tell a house full of jocks, his friends, and family that he’s gay?

Seriously, this book is freaking awesome. Like “I found the masterpiece in you” awesome. I laughed, got a little teary eyed (only because I was laughing so hard). However, within all the humour and light tone, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes people can be stereotypical asses! I don’t know if that idea was meant to be subtle or maybe it wasn’t even the author’s intention, but as you read, you start to see it. No way, the guy with abs you can do laundry on, who likes to work out, and play sports be gay. It is just impossible! I think this book captures that, and shows it’s not about physicality and how tough you are, it’s about how you feel and Who. You. Are. Then you just go ahead and embrace it.

The sex will melt your eyes, the device you’re reading it on, and your pants will just up and leave you. I haven’t seen mine in days; it will come back when it’s ready. Since I read Whitetail Rock, Anne Tenino has been on my radar and she is freaking awesome. Her characters are unique, flawed, and fecking hilarious. I am reading everything she puts out, no lie. Frat Boy and Toppy is humorous, sexy as hell, and has me saying “I Love College”.

4 1/2 Pants Off


  1. I just finished this one a couple of days ago and I loved it. There are so many funny scenes with Brad. Can't wait to read more from Anne Tenino.

  2. You crack me up. Hope you find your pants soon, otherwise you may have some trouble leaving the house (but who needs to with all those great books you have?)

    1. I know, pants suck! It really is hard to keep them on, the books this year are jus Fab!


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