Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J Russo
Publisher: Riptide publishing
Rating: 4.5 stars story, 4 stars narration
Received from Author
Blurb: 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.
Review: This book is a favorite that deserved a reread. Or three. When it became available in audio form I knew this was an excellent reason to revisit Brad and Sebastian. Who I remember adoring and thinking were smoking hot in this book. Listening to it a second time was just as good as the first time reading it. Maybe more because of my fondness for the characters. One of the things I really like about this series is the embracing and breaking down of stereotypes.
Brad seems like the typical frat boy. Football player. Parties. A reputation of hooking up with the ladies. This book begins with him realizing he prefers guys. One specific guy. His TA Sebastian. Brad has no idea how to hit on a guy since girls usually throw themselves at him. He also thinks Sebastian is out of his league. Sebastian notices him but thinks he’s straight. Until they run into each other one night. Sebastian flirts a little and Brad responds. They start with hooking up but quickly fall for each other. Even if Sebastian doesn’t realize that’s what he’s feeling.
This book is super sexy. There’s a lot of dirty talk as Sebastian plays tour guide to Brad’s sexual awakening. He’s been with girls but being with Sebastian is so much more intense. Yes most of that is all the feelings and intimacy between them but it’s also more pleasurable in the physical sense than he’s ever experienced. Sebastian is known for hooking up frequently. So Brad initially assumes it’s just sex. Which he’s fine with as long as he gets to be near Sebastian. They’re so good together and connect in an amazing way. A lot of books are loaded with sex scenes but this book manages to deliver really emotional sex scenes that show the connection forming between Sebastian and Brad. And lots of it! It’s all super steamy but meaningful.
The other thing I LOVE about this book is how funny it is. Sebastian’s very open conversations with his little sister Sophia are hilarious. The scene where Brad talks to Kyle and Colin about being gay had me laughing out loud. All the frat boys made me smile and the narrator did a great job with them. I forgot just how witty the dialogue is. The narrator gave an excellent interpretation of Brad. He really nailed his attitude and desire for Sebastian. Sebastian wasn’t quite as toppy as the voice in my head but it was kind of nice how he managed to express the affection he feels for Brad without even knowing he’s falling in love with him. He also delivered on how playful they were together in the bedroom or wherever they ended up. And he always had Sebastian in control which is key! I love this book. It’s one of my long time favorites and it was excellent the third time around. Super sexy and funny with a wonderfully intense romance. I highly recommend any version of this book. Warning! It does have graphic sex and hilarity that may not work for listening in public.