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review 2018-03-18 18:00
Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) by Anne Tenino Review
Poster Boy - Anne Tenino

t'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.




 have enjoyed this series and Toby's and Jock's romance makes an intersting addition.

Toby in previous books has been kind of hard to read. We get in this book that he feels kind of plain and not that valuable. His fetish of more "virginal" guys isn't well explored but we do get a lot more insight into who he is. He grows a great deal in this book and I end up liking him a great deal. 

Jock is a bit of a mess. Young and self centered. Jock hooks up briefly with Toby and is pretty rude really about the whole thing. It means more to Toby or at least Jock isn't ready to have it mean anything. 

They end up in France together. Jock is terrified on emotionial intimacy and has all sorts of internalized homophobia to deal with. Toby takes all kinds of emotionial risks that I am not always sure the Jock deserves. But it ends up a sweet love story in the end and Jock really sorts his stuff out in a very satisfying way and Toby learns his true calling. Good stuff. 

I love the surprise secondary romance, the madcap frat boys, setting, and the history.

I hope Noah gets his own book.

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text 2018-03-18 16:52
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 480 pages.
The Summerhouse - Jude Deveraux

So three women who have not seen each other for decades reunite in Maine. I have to say though I do like this book, I remember thinking the get together was a stretch to me. Three women who only met and had a moment at a DMV decades ago get together when they are about to turn 40? Eh only in Hollywood. 


One of the reasons why this one is such a favorite of mine is cause of the time travel aspect. What is it about romance novels that involve time travel? They are seriously one of my favorite things. Too bad not a lot of authors play with that in their books these days. 


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review 2018-03-18 16:38
Funny and Heartwarming Book by Spalding
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

Please note that I got this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating of this book.


So I have pretty much loved about every Nick Spalding book I have read. There have been two misses for me, but for the most part he is always enjoyable. In his latest we follow 33 year old Nathan James who though he has about everything to live for (has a fat bank account and a hot girlfriend) is told that he is an inoperable brain tumor.


Spalding has Nick going through some of the stages that you would see someone go through if someone died (hello Mr. Anger) as well as him trying to find meaning in his life by trying to find those left fortunate than him (the donkey sanctuary scene had me in hysterics). Ultimately though, Nick realizes that no matter what he does, he eventually is going to die, he just needs to determine how he plans on living until that occurs. 


I adored Nick. Usually Spalding's book has a double POV. For this one we stay firmly in Nick's head the whole time. What works though is though you may realize that Nick is a little bit superficial (okay a lot) there is no maliciousness in him. So when he gets his diagnosis you do feel as much grief as the character does. When Nick goes around breaking the news to his family and girlfriend, Spalding still manages to mix the absurd with the tragic so you will find yourself torn between tears of sympathy and laughter while reading. 


The secondary characters were really good. Nick's mother and her sculptures sounds like the stuff of nightmares. And heck at least Nick realizes that his girlfriend though hot is terrible. There is another love interest in this one that I really did enjoy and thought worked well. I do wish that we had been able to spend more time with Nick's cousin and her son, there seemed to be a lot going on there. Maybe Spalding will follow up with a second book since there are still some loose ends to follow up on in this one. 


The writing was great. I had tissues nearby due to some sniffles, but also because I laughed so hard I cried three times while reading this book. The flow was great. Spalding tops off the top of each chapter with the month so you know how much time has passed. That is important cause a doctor Nick sees initially mentions 6 months for him to live.

The book takes place in England. There are some mentions of Trump and his terribleness in this one, so apparently taking place in our current timeline. I did have a question about something though. Spalding via Nick mentions at one point downloading the Uber app to his phone. I didn't think Uber could operate in England?

The book ends on a bittersweet note. I like that Spalding didn't try for some third act deus ex machina. 


Please note that I read this book for The (Mostly) Dead Writer's Society 52 week challenge: March 12-18: Green cover. 

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text 2018-03-18 16:11
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

So funny though the last little bit was heartbreaking. Did love the ending, but really wanted some unbelievable third act miracle though.

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text 2018-03-18 13:24
Reading progress update: I've read 66%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

I think I hurt myself laughing. I am laughing so hard I have tears. Poor Nathan has just been beaten up by a small orange cross eyed donkey that then gets amorous with him. 

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