by Anne Tenino
Published July 22nd 2013 by Riptide Publishing
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
When Plan A fails, turn to Man A.
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 fratful 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.
***Before I start the review, please take note that I have not read the first two books of the Theta Alpha Gamma Series. This means I went into this blind but came out laughing and tearing. And yes, you can read this as a stand alone as there are no problems with the backstories. That said, I will go back and get a hold of the first two. Now on for the review.
This is a classic older man-slash-younger man romance, complete with the usual angsts an older gentleman may feel thinking of a future with their much younger partner. This does not seem to bother Collin, though. He sets eyes on Eric Dixon and he just FALLS!
Eric is a silver fox (or rather "silver bear" as he is neither sleek nor smooth and is rather hairy) and this is just my type of man (hint: description is much too close to personal hubby!) and of course, that is the first star to count. Collin is a typical frat boy who comes from a priveleged family and with the usual angsts of those types where their elders get to dictate their dreams and eventually their lives. So yes, Eric and Collin should not work, but they did. This is all thanks to the frat brothers who stole the show from these two sexy men. They were not only very supportive, but they went out of their way to get their support out. Result was a comedy of errors, but who cares?
I must mention Chapter 26: this was the most hilarious and brilliant part of the book. I especially loved the speech Ricky made. It had the tone and cadence of that great Bill Pullman speech - you know? of Independence Day?! The theme Ricky's speech was this: Independence-Day-from-the-mean-keg-stealing-beer-terrorists! How dare they hold hostage their kegerator?! (Get it? "kegerator?" Think Phineas & Ferb!)
Hell hath no fury like frat boys' when faced with a beer hostage situation!
Back on track: Collin and Eric face some tense moments but they easily overcome all this. Their personal angsts are nothing compared to the present situation they have to both get over: someone is out to harm, if not kill, Collin. The fraternity is caught in the middle of it especially when their frat house gets burned or bombed along the way. Who or what or why this is all happening is something the fire department arson investigators have to find out. Of course, eventually the mystery is solved and the romance of the two men, still in the VERY EARLY stages, is right on track and their eventual HEA is a given.
This was a hilarious book and I could not help thanking I got a hold of this. It made me laugh when I thought I would be dealing with older-slash-younger man angsts. The developing romance was very natural, very sweet and flawless despite all else. The way Eric is described was a bonus! As for the writing style? The development of the plot and characters was very well done indeed. There were brilliant moments, too, that I cannot help but laud this writer for her wit and effortless humor.
Note: My thanks to Reviews By Jessewave and Stephanie Grober, Marketing Coordinator Riptide Publishing, for the chance to win this free ebook copy.