REVIEWED by ALEXANDER
SERIES: Theta Alpha Gamma (book 4)
AUTHOR: Anne Tenino
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 1 hour, 55 minutes
NARRATOR: Nick J Russo
Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.
Other than that, everything’s awesome.
All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.
Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.
Good Boy is a continuation of Frat Boy and Toppy, and one of the things that I enjoyed most about Good Boy was how it took a HEA ending and showed that a year later, that things were not perfect, that relationships need work on a continuing basis, and that to disregard your partner’s feelings and needs, for whatever reason is a recipe for disaster.
Addressing trust issues, added workload, jealousy, as well as Sebastian and Brad’s D/S relationship, this short read is a great snapshot of their lives after the first book ended and adds a nice dose of reality to the storybook ending in Frat Boy and Toppy.
Russo reprised his role as Brad and Sebastian from Frat Boy and Toppy as if not time at all had passed. He still had the occasional odd bit of pronunciation, but the overall quality and consistency of the various characters definitely overshadowed those minor issues. Russo’ comfort with both characters allowed him to add some great emotions and nuances to his performance, and I always like it when I can immediately identify the characters without having to be told who is speaking.
In either print or audio, the Theta Alpha Gamma books are worth a try, but my personal preference is definitely the audio format for all the added depth that it provides, and honestly, Russo is Sebastian and Brad, and no one else could have done their voices better.