Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Sunset Park by Santino HassellSunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2) by Santino Hassell
Published by Dreamspinner Press on December 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Romance
Pages: 230
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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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Hello All,

You already know that I am in love with Santino Hassell as an author. I fell in love with his style of writing when I read the Cyber Love series where Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson wrote the best contemporary MM Romance that has been the spark of many late night re-readings. This novel however is all Santino Hassell wrote.

Santino Hassell has a great way of capturing you’re interest by the first chapter. This novel, Sunset Park from the Five Borough series is no differ.

The first book of the Five Borough was about Michael and the relationship between his best friend turned boyfriend Nunzio, and his family. One important person in the novel that represents the family dynamic of Michael’s life is of course his baby brother Raymond. Even though Michael and Raymond are brothers they couldn’t be more different.

Raymond has a great amount of dry humor, followed by a great deal of witty retorts that would have you’re lips twitch if not have you right out laughing.

Santino Hassell hsa created another great cast of characters with the second installment of this MM Romace serices. The second book of the Sunset Park is actually the story of  Ramond’s relationship with David, both characters you would recognized from the first book. This novel fallows the close and easy relationship that the two characters find themselves in. The first book of the Five Boroughs: Sutphin Bolevard, dealt with the epic and fatal “Friend Zone” that Nunzio found himself in for many years while Michael’s portion of the story dealt with relationship both in love but uniquely different.

What I love about Hassell’s way of writing it’s hot. Super hot. Embarrassing hot. I though I read some serious nasty things, when I grew up in Catholic school, all of which were written on the blank pages of old Holy Bibles. HOwver, Hassell rights to good of intimate scenes. There almost the type of scenes that you won’t admit that you tried, but fellow readers already know you did.  But beyond the great scenes, the characters are also placed situations where  they are struggling with issues that we all have. No matter how many people you have or will meet in the world, the longest person you’ll constantly fight with will be youreslf. This to me is why Sainto Hassell books are so friggin great. They are literal life lesson wrapped around some amazing intimate scenes, contemporary reality and always a great happy sexy ending.

This is to me why so many people love the Five Borough series. It’s the way Hassell creates his characters that really makes you wonder who is Hassell using a character study? ‘Cause who ever they are they are an amazing references point.

I really enjoy this novel, any book that tackles on bi-curious or bisexuality without fear or hesitation is of course an amazing novel for me! Makes sure to read about David and Raymond’s hot journey!

About Santino Hassell

antino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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