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Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino

Billionaire with Benefits

Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino

Series: Romancelandia, Book 2
Published by: Riptide Publishing on October 18, 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Tierney Terrebonne lives by the Terrebonne rules set down by his grandfather. There are things that Terrebonnes just don’t do. And being gay is on that list. So there’s no way he can be gay. Yes, he makes use of the restroom glory hole. And yes, he has a major crush on his best friend, Ian. But it’s just Ian, right? Because Tierney can’t be gay. And Ian’s not gay, so even if Tierney wanted to act on it, he couldn’t. Right?

So when Ian comes out, Tierney’s world comes crashing down. How can Ian be gay? And what does that mean for Tierney? He’s still not gay, right? But maybe he could have been with Ian this whole time. Except…Terrebonnes can’t be gay. But when Grandpa Terrebonne dies suddenly, Tierney wonders if maybe the Terrebonne rules don’t really apply anymore. But a lifetime of repressing one’s self can’t be undone overnight. Especially when years of damage have been done…

But Tierney wonders if it might all be worth it for Dalton. Dalton is Ian’s assistant and one of the only people who has shown Tierney kindness despite his status as a perpetual jackass. Tierney may not deserve someone like Dalton, that’s for sure. But Dalton likes to help people. There’s something about broken men who need him that draws him in. And he knows that there’s something underneath the shell that Tierney presents to the world.

But can they work through the baggage that they both bring to the relationship? Can they both get past their issues and find a way to be exactly what the other needs? It won’t be easy, that’s for sure.

Another angst-filled book from Anne Tenino. Don’t get me wrong–it’s an interesting read. But I always know there will be angst in the things she writes. And there were certainly moments when I did think we were getting really close to the “enough already” point. And when you consider this clocks in at 415 pages, it probably could be shored up and paced just a bit better.

But Dalton makes it worth reading. Even though I think he should have turned and ran at first glance, he’s still a great character. It’s difficult not to feel for him and let you draw him into the book.

So this gets a recommendation from me. But be prepared for a book that drips with more angst than a room full of emo teenagers…

Love, Hypothetically by Anne Tenino

Case7.0x10TemplateKey.inddTitle: Love, Hypothetically (Theta Alpha Gamma, Book 2)
Author: Anne Tenino
Published: August 25, 2012
Pages: 100
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Paul is a graduate student who works as a tutor for undergraduates and has a strict “no jocks” policy. But when the new softball coach specifically requests Paul to tutor his players, it looks like that policy might be out the window. To make matters worse, the new coach is Trevor, the guy who broke Paul’s heart in high school, the one he has been trying to get over ever since. But Trevor isn’t just interested in Paul’s services for his players–he’s interested in a second chance. And that’s something Paul is just not sure he can give.

Well, this was a bit of a roller coaster ride, and I mean that in the best way possible. I really enjoyed reading this. The characters are complex and real, and the pacing of the story kept me simply gripped to every page. It’s not overly angsty (though, clearly it’s not all bright and shiny happiness, either), but it’s honestly a lighter story than one might initially expect.

This is the second in a series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I wasn’t huge fan of the first book, so I’m glad that this one was more enjoyable. It has me considering picking up the third installment…

Title: Frat Boy and Toppy
Author: Anne Tenino
Publication Date: March 26, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I don’t know that I enjoyed this one as much as other people have. Part of it, though, I’ll admit is that I was kind of going through a phase where I’d read so many insta-love stories before this one that I’m sure seeing ‘YET ANOTHER’ impacted my overall views on this one. I also felt like the story dragged in a few parts and could have moved along a bit more quickly.

That said, I did find myself somewhat liking and connecting with most of the characters and think it would probably be of interest to m/m fans, especially those who like stories in a college setting or with a bit of a teacher-student vibe.

Title: The Fix
Author: Anne Tenino
Publication Date: December 17, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
A short sequel to Whitetail Rock, The Fix gives readers a glimpse into life for Nik and Jurgen after the events of the initial book. Nik has moved back to his hometown to be with Jurgen and living together has certainly led to some adjustments needing to be made for both of them.

Personally, I enjoyed The Fix better than Whitetail Rock even though it was shorter. I feel like this installment provides readers with more insight into the characters – Jurgen especially – and focuses more on their relationship than the first book did. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading more with these characters, hoping that things would only continue to get better.

Title: Whitetail Rock
Author: Anne Tenino
Publication Date: July 30, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Nik never expects too much excitement when he goes back to visit his parents in the small town where he grew up. He never really fit in there and it never seemed like there was much to offer. But this particular summer, he’s surprised to find Trooper Jurgen Dammerung, a well-built state trooper who quickly takes an interest in Nik and isn’t willing to just let that all drop when Nik returns to school in the fall. But is Nik ready for what Jurgen wants from him? Can Nik get past the history he associates with his hometown and let Jurgen past that wall? And can they manage to keep something going if they’re hours apart?

Generally, I liked this one. The characters are dynamic – even the side characters – and I found myself curious about what was going to happen to them. I feel like Jurgen comes on a bit too strongly at first – it almost made me a bit uncomfortable – but I liked him a lot more as the book went on.