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Sweet Young Thang

– tekijä: Anne Tenino

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Sarjat: Theta Alpha Gamma (book 3)

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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.… (lisätietoja)
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The third installment in the wonderful Theta Alpha Gamma series, this book features Collin, a current TAG senior and liaison to the Alumni Association, and Eric, a fireman, part-time photographer of male nudes, and alumnus of TAG who is fifteen years older than Collin. The focus of the story is their developing relationship, which has its own challenges due to Collin being in the closet and Eric being so much older and wanting to settle down. Not only that, but the arsenist/bomb maker who targets the TAG frat house and makes them all homeless, Collin's overbearing uncle, and the increasing pressure for Collin to come out and stand up for himself make this a gripping read that took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I was happy to see the writing to be as filled with humor, in places, as in previous books, despite all the serious events, and it provided the occasional, and very welcome, comic relief.

Collin may be a privileged kid, but he hasn’t lead an easy life. His father dies when he was very young, and his uncle, Monty, took over his life. The man is very controlling, all in the interest of the family business, of course, and Collin never really minded – until now. He is planning to come out, and his way of preparing the road, so to speak, was to get Monty to agree to change the fraternity's policy toward gay and bisexual students was his first step. Only things don't go as planned, and Collin finds out a few truths about his uncle that make him reconsider his opinion of the man. He soon finds out that he'll have to grow up a lot faster than he expected. Luckily, he has the support of his new boyfriend. And even though the budding relationship is sometimes rocky and not exactly easy either, the moral and emotional support he gets from Eric is far more helpful than even Collin understands in the beginning. It takes another crisis for him to wake up to reality and see what's really important.

Eric is a firefighter paramedic, but he sort of ended up there by mistake. He wanted to be a photographer, but a few classes in physiology led him to an interest in first aid, and the rest is history. His "wild days" are behind him and he's ready to settle down. Once he meets Collin, he knows he could love the "sweet young thang" but is hesitant because he's not sure Collin is ready for the domesticated idyll he's hoping for. In the end, his desire wins out, but he still questions the wisdom of what he's doing on occasion. Most of those inner monologues are hilarious to read because the contrast between how active and passionate Eric is and how he sees himself as this "old guy" is huge and clearly more in his mind than real. Makes for some fun comments though.

The two of them are smoking hot together, but what I liked even more was the gradual building of intimacy between them. The supporting characters (among whom are Sebastian and Brad from book one) were also great, some of them hilarious as the straight members of the frat try to come to terms with their "gay brothers". The various discussions about the sensitivity training and it's usefulness, or lack thereof, were totally hilarious.

If you are looking for a passionate yet tender romance with significant internal and external obstacles, if you enjoy stories with a villain who is shrouded in mystery, and if you're looking for a read that is as hot as it is funny, then you will probably like this novel.


NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
"Sweet" is the operative word in this third installment of the Theta Alpha Gamma (TAG) fraternity series, and not in a good way. In fact, the love interest of the protagonist calls him about every possible variation of "sweet" there is, proving why at age thirty-something he's unattached until he meets a sweet, young college boy.

After fraternity brother Brad came out at the end of Frat Boy and Toppy, TAG is the only fraternity to accept gay and bisexual members. As alumni liaison, Collin Montes is having trouble persuading his alum Uncle Monty that this is a step in the right direction, especially after an explosion and fire that levels the frat house.

Since Collin hasn't told his family he's gay yet, he's sure Uncle Monty will be even less pleased to find out his sexual orientation and that his boyfriend paramedic Eric Dixon was a frat brother of Monty's way back when. A bear-in-the-making, Eric's only non-working pursuits are having sex with Collin and taking photographs of nude males for his online site, two other things Uncle Monty would abhor.

As the police and fire inspector try to find out who torched the TAG house and why, Collin runs interference as the alums, headed by Uncle Monty, and the frat brothers try to balance the house's finances and to find place to live on campus. Oh, yes, and constant sex with someone who calls him "Sweetness" and every other nickname using the word "sweet" seems to be a bonus Collin loves.

Read the rest of my review at AAR / All About Romance: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=9743 ( )
  phenshaw | Nov 3, 2013 |
3.75 stars ( )
  mearias | Sep 23, 2013 |
Let me preface this review with saying I usually love any books with paramedics, firefighters, etc. and I love frat boys or just even college men stories. Those elements combined SHOULD have hooked me enough to rate this at least middle of the road. Unfortunately, I couldn’t focus on the book at all for more than ten minutes due to very specific factors.

This is the story of Collin Montes, a Theta Alpha Gamma fraternity member, who has pushed for his fraternity to openly allow gay members. Collin is still in the closet himself due to a contentious, homophobic uncle, Marty, who is the president of Theta Alpha Gamma’s Alumni Association, but he wants to come out as soon as possible. Late in the night one evening there is an explosion at the frat due to a rigged water heater, and a frat member is injured. Enter Paramedic Eric Dixon, an older man and a former Theta Alpha Gamma member, who coincidently enough, used to have a crush on Collin’s uncle, Monty. What follows is a whirlwind romance between Collin and Eric (and I mean that and will get to that later), and a weak mystery plot concerning a vendetta against the fraternity and its members, perhaps particularly Collin.

So first things first, this plot was just ALL over the map and the book was too much of EVERYTHING. Too many characters, too many storyline threads, too much sex, too many pet names, too much creepiness, too much repetition, too much insta-love, too many clichés…the only thing this book didn’t have too much of was a plot that was interesting.

The fraternity brothers would often have meetings or discussions, and I gather many of these moments were to produce laughter in the reader. I just found it all tedious and unrealistic. It didn’t read at all like any college man I’ve really ever encountered, especially not ones in a group frat setting. I’m not saying the author didn’t know what she was talking about or do her research, but it felt all very flat and contrived to me.

The main couple of Collin and Eric drove me BONKERS. If I heard one.more. freakin. time. “Sweetness,”“Pretty Thang,” “Sweet Thang,” “ Pretty Thing,” or “Sweet Boy,” I felt like I was going to slam my head on a counter. And I get that Eric was older, but my God, it was brought up over and over. And seriously, I’ve read insta-love before (and never liked it), but this was overboard, even for me. I think it was the second time they hang out (and maybe even just 2 days) and Eric is already talking love. The next dozens of chapters kept being all “Are you changing your mind?” “No” “Are you OK if I’m not there yet?” “Yep” “Let’s go bareback” “Yes” “No, wait…maybe wait” (next sex scene) “I’m ready to go bareback”. So freaking frustrating!!!! Also the author put way too much sex in this, and it felt at times like page filler. I didn’t feel each time advanced the couple’s standing or the plot. Also, I can’t place my fingertip on it, but for some reason Eric’s photography hobby and taking pictures of Collin creeped me out mildly. Perhaps if he hadn’t come across so clingy, googly-eyed, and insecure IMMEDIATELY after sleeping with Collin, I would have felt better. I couldn’t understand how this man was discussing love so soon with someone he didn’t know at all, and combine that with his neediness and picture-taking, it felt almost like Eric viewed Collin as some younger man object and could freeze him in time with photos. Or I’m rambling and this is all a load of conjecturing crap. Either way, the couple didn’t do it for me at all.

I didn’t care for the mystery, both in the perpetrators or the crimes themselves. It felt distracting and at the same, never felt focused enough to warrant being there. I just wish the characters could have met some other way.

So this is kind of sugar fluff with loads of pet names and endearments, an older man falling in love with his closeted younger man, and a mystery of who is potentially after the fraternity for allowing homosexual members to pledge and become members. Just not for me.
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  Peepers82 | Sep 22, 2013 |
So, the sweet baby etc. endearments in this book nearly drove me crazy. Sometimes it seemed like there were two on each page... Or more. It was just annoying and took away from my enjoyment of the story. As for the rest of the book, the beginning felt kinda jumbled and not clear and I found myself often re reading parts and I felt like it didn't flow well.

At times I also wondered if the rest of the story needed a more tightly written focus, it meandered and I got a little bored.
I think I loved [b:Too Stupid to Live|16149703|Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia #1)|Anne Tenino|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1352909561s/16149703.jpg|21985084] because it was character driven. It was a straightforward and tightly written story that focused on the characters journey and it was a gorgeous love story. Sweet Young Thang just had too much going on. ( )
  sharrow | Sep 21, 2013 |
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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.

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