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.
Oh I love Santino Hassell, so you already know that I am extremely excited plus I had extreme high expectations for this after reading the first two books of the Five Boroughs series. The first two books are absolutely amazing. I know this might be extremely confusing since my reviews for the Five Borough Series are in descending order rather than ascending order but trust me the books are amazing on their own and truly easy to fallow. Did I mention that the romance novels are extremely hot.I mean read any Santino Hassell or Megan Erickson book will have you drenched in romantic lust, of course this book First and First is no differences.
Within the first chapter of the novel Hassell has manage to have readers instantly fall in love with the story in which he has created. The main focus in the book is on Caleb, in the previous book he was just the type of character that you honestly wont have won fan favorite character in his debut appearances. That reason for that is that we only saw Caleb through the POV of other characters but we never really got to know Caleb from his own POV. It’s due to this change of perspective that readers can truly take the time to get to know Caleb at least get to know him within his own POV.
On New Year’s Eve Caleb, like manyNew Yorkers during this time, find himself completely alone in a room filled with people. Hold on the book starts off cheesy but I swear it gets really good in just a second wait and see. Recovering from his last breakup, lacking the motivation for swapping spit with someone else Caleb is really going to typical life change that New Years brings on ones life. Of course this is the time period when life collides and that is when this book becomes a great read.
First and First, is truly a novel about two men who were raised in of course different situations and environments in the surround world of New York City death lifestyle. You would think being a 1% would give people less to worry about, especially if you are like me, being apart of the 99% of the non 1% people, aka the broke community. Yet that is surely not the case. Like many Hassell novels the sex scenes are amazing, the narration is extremely edgy, creating it’s own example of unique Hassell writing style that I enjoy reading. I hope you truly like my review and jump onto this series!