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Book Review: Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) by Anne Tenino



Author: Anne Tenino
Title: Sweet Young Thang
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma
Book #: 3
Genre(s): Contemporary romance, LGBT
Release date: July 22, 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Length: 374 pages
Heat level: High
Review copy provided by: Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review. No additional compensation was received.
Reviewer recap: As Alumni Liason for his fraternity, Collin is feeling pressure to rescind Theta Alpha Gamma's new open sexuality membership policy and when a fire and bomb scare drive the brothers out of TAG House, he meets a man he just can't keep his mind (or hands) off of. Eric is a firefighter paramedic and alumnus of TAG and when he responds to the fire call at the House, he meets a boy he knows he's too old for but can't help chasing after the Sweet Thing haunting his every waking thought. As Eric and Collin work out what they mean to each other, and how to integrate into each others' lives, they have a bigger mystery to solve. Was someone trying to single out Collin with that bomb and is the new membership policy putting everyone in the frat at risk?
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Total Score
8.9/ 10

User Rating
254 total ratings



The connection between Eric and Collin made me tingly all over and they are absolutely adorable together!


Drags a little toward the end before the big conclusion.

Bottom Line

There are several things about this story that make it memorable for me, but the fact that it touches on so many challenges and charmingly handles them all is one of my favorite things about it. Repressed sexuality, bullying, insensitive “sensitivity training”, social pressure, vast age differences, etc make this story stand out. What really makes it shine, though, is the chemistry between Collin and Eric and the depth written into their personalities. Once you delve down deeper, neither is what you expect and they make an adorable couple. Sweet Young Thang is a “must read”!

Posted August 27, 2013 by

Full Review

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Don’t let the candy-pop cover fool you; Sweet Young Thang is a thoughtfully well-written and skillfully executed romance that happens to be a story about two men. What I mean by that is this isn’t one of those stories where the entire cast is gay and everyone just sort of blithely accepts everything; this story delves into the challenges and heartbreak that growing up gay in today’s society often leads to. With so many romance stories out there, finding quality ones can be exhausting and frustrating, so one of the things that really struck me about this story is its sparkly love-at-first sight, no-holds-barred and take-no-prisoners emotional intensity. It brought back memories of college hookups and feeling that first rush of attraction so strong you couldn’t wait to get your hands all over each other. It’s sweet and adorable and sexy as hell, and some of the scenes literally made me feel tingly to my toes.

Actually, that sorta sums up Collin too. In Frat Boy and Toppy (I love these book names, by the way, and how Ms. Tenino doesn’t take them too seriously), Collin was confused and awkward. In Sweet Young Thang, he’s definitely on his stride and has a fun, intimate relationship with Eric, who is 15 years older. It’s like finding the man he fits together so well with literally makes him a better, more complete person and that comes across strongly in the evolution of his persona throughout the book.

Sweet Young Thang has a lot of sex. Seriously, a lot. It’s hot and explicit and oddly endearing. These guys obviously love each other and the story takes us through the start of their relationship, from lust-at-first-sight tingles all over to you’re-the-center-of-my-world headiness. While there is a thread of mystery throughout the book, the main focuses are on the characters, particularly Collin, and their evolving relationships with each other and prominent players in their lives.

Memorable Quotes

Priorities, Collin, priorities…

Ohthankgod. Collin’s mind had been close to gibbering in fear when it had hit him that not only was he homeless, but he was the go-to guy for the president of the homeless. He’d begun to imagine he and Kyle would have to deal with all of it—finding guys places to live, figuring out how to get people in thongs clothed, buying out the local drugstore’s stock of toothbrushes. Oh God, and the electronics. All those ruined laptops and smartphones—how would they watch porn?

Throw the phone at the wall harder next time…

“I thought you wanted to kill that thing. Ignore it.”
Collin looked down at his cell, steps slowing. “I sort of feel . . . I don’t know, guilty. I mean, I like my phone.”
“Sweetness, your phone is an inanimate object. It has no feelings of fondness for you.”
Collin frowned at him. “But it must like me. It’s trying to communicate with me, see? There’s the little bubble with a number in it, telling me I have messages.”

You may also like…

If you enjoyed Sweet Young Thang but haven’t read the other Theta Alpha Gamma stories by Anne Tenino, spend some time with Brad and Sebastian in Frat Boy and Toppy.  If you want more quality male/male romance and don’t mind a little religious twist, check out Covet Thy Neighbor, also from Riptide Publishing, about a Christian minister and an athiest tattoo artist who have to work through their own personal prejedices to get to the heart of a relationship that could give them everything they’ve been looking for.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


    Sophia Rose

    I love this series and laughed my way through half of this book. Thanks for sharing!


      TAG series is AWESOME! I think Anne is wrapping it up in another couple stories and I’m gonna be sad to see it go. This story in particular is a standout and I love the longer length (no, ah, pun intended?).

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