Title : Poster Boy
Series : TAG Universe, Book #5
Author : Anne Tenino
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 360 pages (e-book)
Published : April 21, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
It’s all fun and games until someone puts his heart out.
After being outed to his hockey team and then changing schools, Jock figures he’s due for something good—like the sex he missed out on in the closet. Toby, the hot grad student he meets at a frat party, seems like a great place to start, and their night together is an awesome introduction to the fine art of hooking up.
Toby’s heart takes a bruising after the near-perfect experience with Jock leads to . . . nothing. He’s been left on the outside as his friends pair up into blissful coupledom, and he’s in danger of never completing (or starting) his thesis. Can’t something go right?
Then Toby’s coerced into chaperoning a Theta Alpha Gamma trip to France. Not that he’s complaining. What better place to finish his thesis and get over that frat boy? Except Jock’s outing is leaked to the press, turning him into an unwilling gay rights martyr, and he decides France would be a great escape, too. It’s a break from reality for both guys, but they soon find their connection is as real as it gets.
There are a few things I’ve come to expect when picking up a book by this author. Humor, hot sex, and lots of likable characters. Poster boy had all those things so I was pretty happy with it. A few of the guys show up in all the books so it’s nice to see them again.
In this book the frat boys of TAG take their training against the beer terrorists to a whole other level. They go to France! Toby is having trouble finishing his thesis and the only way to get an extension is to chaperone the trip. Jock, Tanks little brother, is caught up in a scandal and sneaks onto the over seas trip unbeknown to Toby. Wouldn’t be a big deal if they hadn’t met at a party and had sparks fly. Then proceed to hook up the next time they met. Jock is newly out. More interested in finally hooking up. Toby is no stranger to the pleasures of the flesh. He’s thinking he’d like to explore the chemistry and connection that’s obviously sparking between him and Jock but realizes Jock has some things to work out without first.
One of Jock’s issues is with bottoming. I’m sure this is a real issue for gay men. I liked how the author handled it. His struggle with assigning a role to the bottom in the relationship was insulting but honest and I’m sure it happens frequently. Then there’s the worry that he won’t be able to give Toby what he wants since Toby is versatile as a top or bottom. Jock’s career in hockey is basically over and he’ll have to face the mess he left behind at some point. Although it all became frustrating at times it all felt like a very real struggle for Jock. The guy had a lot going on.
Toby! Love him. He’s so serious but sweet, funny and surprisingly suave. He liked to make fun of the frat boys, who lets be honest, are a little OTT in this series, but was always there for them when they needed it. Toby also lent so much to the witty back and forth between the characters. I really enjoyed his POVs in this book. Toby spends a lot of the book sitting back and letting Jock decide their fate while sitting on his own feelings. So much that he’s worried what will happen when they have to go back to the states and face reality outside of the little bubble they’ve created for themselves.
Now those frat boys. I do think they are very stereotypical or a maybe a punchline version of frat boys. They do add some humor to the story but it was a bit much at times. I think their page time ratio vs Jock and Toby’s time wasn’t ideal for me personally. I wanted more couple time and less shenanigans. The frat boys were cock blocking at every turn! But then they were also setting them up? I guess it did make for some good anticipation.
I liked this book. Was it my favorite of the series? No. However, it was fun and funny with meaningful sex. I’m a little sad to see this series end. I am hoping however that means I’ll get to read the next book in the Romancelandia series soon? 😀
Rated 4 stars by Whit