Bethany reviews ‘Sweet Young Thing’ by Anne Tenino, published by Riptide on July 20, 2013, 419 pgs. Released in audio on October 28th, 2016, narrated by Nick J. Russo, 10 hours 9mins.
Why I listened to this book: This week was rainbow week, were we all read or listened to a book who’s cover depicted a color of the rainbow. I’m going to tell yall right now it is NOT easy finding all of them. But a dear friend gifted me an audio of this book and I thought “wow this could count as purple” so there ya go.
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 frat full 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.
I have previously read ‘Frat Boy and Toppy’ by Anne Tenino and really enjoyed it. But I had yet to read the rest in the series, mostly because when I read the first one it was fairly new and I didn’t think it would become a series. I am not one to read YA, mainly because I like my main characters to be older, but you get a bit of YA and older generation in this book.
Let me first start off by saying that while I have read book one and listened to two and three, I can tell you that they can be read or listened to as standalones. Though I do recommend reading or listening to in order just because they are all really good.
Collin is a member of the TAG fraternity and briefly makes an appearance in book one, with Brad. But you see Collin is a BIG reason that TAG now allows and is accepting of gay and bi-sexual members. I loved seeing this because it gives me hope that one day being LGBTQ won’t be an issue anymore. Anyway, back to the book. Collin and Eric meet when Eric is called out to the fraternity house after an accident. Sparks fly from the very start. Once they finally meet they realize there is quite a bit of age difference. Fifteen years might not seem like a lot but when you are talking about a 21 year old and a 36 year old, there can be issues that come up. Like Eric who is established in a career and knows what he wants from his love life. Then take Collin a college student who is just legal to drink, not sure if hes ready to fall in love.
I really enjoyed watching these two men navigate the ups and downs of their new relationship. There are a few things that threaten to tear them apart, so watching them work on them, and try to find a way to deal with them, was pretty amazing. The sex scenes in this one were through the roof hot. But while I enjoyed the relationship part of the story, there is a lot that goes on. Its not just one thing that gets in the way, its quite a bit and sometimes that was distracting, to the point were I needed to go back a few chapters to remember what was going on.
That said I really did enjoy this audio and the narration was very nice, he didn’t seem to try to hard on some of the voices and I appreciate that. This one was very funny as well, some of the things that come out of the TAG members had me laughing out loud on many occasions. All in all this is one that I recommend you get if you want something a bit different with minimal angst and some very steamy sex.
Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering (in that order) to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.
Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy, and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi, and paranormal tales. Her works have won many awards; her novel, Frat Boy and Toppy, is frequently referred to as a gay romance classic; she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews magazine; she holds the position of VP of Programming at her local RWA chapter; and she’s achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.
Born and raised in Oregon, Anne now lives in Portland with her family, who have all taken a sacred oath never to read her books. When not crocheting genitalia, growing tomatoes, driving teenagers around, or cooking something obscure, she can be found at her computer, procrastinating. Possibly while also lying on the couch, eating bon-bons.
You can reach her by emailing her at anne AT annetenino DOT com.