Posts Tagged With: Series – Five Boroughs

Audio Review: Interborough by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Interborough
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator:  Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Five Boroughs #4
Heroes: Raymond/David
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 42 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.
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Audio Review: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by Morgan

30288765Title: Sunset Park
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Five Boroughs #2
Heroes: Raymond/David
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.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: First and First by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

28427134Title: First and First
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #3
Heroes: Caleb/Oli
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 244 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reigns, and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

25842991Title: Sunset Park
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #2
Heroes: Raymond/David
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

25404499Title: Sutphin Boulevard
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #1
Heroes: Michael/Nunzio
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:July 31, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.
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