Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Sunset Park
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Five Boroughs #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 7 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.
David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.
Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.
Review – Book: Book reviewed here by Jen previously.
I absolutely agree with Jen’s assessment. The sequel was just a little less compelling than the original, only because Ray fought his feelings so long and David still kept hold of Caleb, even at the end, due to his own doubts. I think that they, as a couple, have what it takes, but as far as passionate romances, this ended on more of a fizzle than the explosion we saw with book one.
That being said, it has to be noted – again – how lovely and provocative Santino’s writing is and how gritty and real his characters and place descriptions are. (I forgot that these guys are TEACHERS and that was sort of brought back in force when David was decorating his classroom. They seem so… un-teacher like most of the time.)
In any case, this was a great book and I highly recommend it to fans of angst, angst and more angst. Oh, and New York!
Review – Audio: Michael Ferraiuolo did a FANTASTIC job with this narration. GOD – he gives Ray such a great – authentic to my ears – accent it really helped immerse me in the story. I could almost hear traffic sounds around them on the street when they spoke at the street fair. I didn’t love David’s voice as much. It was almost too feminine in it’s timbre. I get that he’s definitely more fem, but it was a little too much. But… really, that’s a small niggle. Overall, this was an amazing book to listen to and –again- I highly recommend it.
Overall Impression: I loved it
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