by Anne Tenino
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Published by: Riptide Publishing on April 21, 2014
Genres: LGBT Romance, College, Frat Boys
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
This book was my first foray into LGBT fiction and I really liked it. Toby and Jock are well-defined characters with personalities that mesh well with one another. I could definitely see why they liked one another. There was just enough conflict between them due to Jock's nervousness about fully accepting the gay lifestyle and the physical aspects that come with it to propel the story forward. I would have liked a bit more conflict in the book other than the little between Jock & Toby. The only other conflict was an almost laughable French terrorism plot involving Frat boys on a Beer hunt being mistaken as terrorists by the French police. Sounds laughable right? It was. I was also a bit confused at times as to the setting of certain scenes. It wasn't always very clear, especially at the beginning of the book, where Jock and Toby were during their "scenes." I'm an actor, so I often think of book chapters in terms of scenes.
All in all, I liked Jock and Toby and was rooting for them to get together by the end. I'd definitely recommend this one! After reading it, I picked up my second LGBT novel to read!