It’s all fun and games until someone puts his heart out.
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
Review: Poster Boy is the fifth in the TAG (Theta Alpha Gamma) series – if you include the short freebie Good Boy. I love that Toby, former roommate to Sebastian, got his own romance. In the first book (Frat Boy and Toppy), Toby came off as one of those people that just blends into their surroundings – not much to him other than being Sebastian’s roommate. By Poster Boy, he’s come into his own and has developed into quite the Lothario. In fact, Jock is warned that Toby is a player and doesn’t get serious about anyone.
Jock is new at being gay, having his closet blown wide open when he was just poking his toe out to test the waters, so to speak. He’s had to leave his old college and his hockey life (trust me, Oregon is not that big on hockey) and move to his big brother’s fraternity – which he resents. Jock is likeable but he has a lot of issues he has to deal with including anger and his new-found discovery that it’s easier than he thought to pick up strange gay men in bars for one-night stands. Then there’s his attraction to Toby…
The TAG boys were especially amusing in this book, announcing the formation of a Beer Terrorist Response Team and conducting their training while on spring studies in Provence. I laughed so hard as I pictured them running maneuvers around old castles and hiding in bushes to spy on Jock and Toby.
I always look forward to Anne Tenino’s writing and the men at Calapooya College. Having lived in Oregon for many years, I like to imagine the college as being near to where I was. I can picture the scenery, the TAG House, and the local dive bar where they like to drown their sorrows.
I can’t say this is my favorite TAG book (that still belongs to FBAT) but it is definitely a good story. There were a few missing elements, like who started the TAG House fire and why, which I’m hoping will be cleared up in the next book. But the main reasons I like Tenino’s books is all here – lots of mushy romance and hot sex – and beermageddon.