Heads up! I was given this book as an ARC by Keyanna Bulter from Indie Author’s Apprentice. I’m so thankful that I received this email so early because it gave me the chances to read the series in time for this book to be release. Mind you I was reading this book while surrounded my EXTREMELY NOISE family members . . . and if you even read a Santino Hassell book it’s the type of book you don’t mind reading alone . . . lol
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.
Oh! I don’t think you understand, this week is straight Santino Hassell week because today is the release day of another installment of his Five Boroughs series with the fourth book titled “ Interborough. That’s right, if you hate Monday’s as much as I do then you should be excited that Hassell is about make you’re Monday, hot, amazing, and romantically charged for the weekend.
I swear I’m not even sure what I would do if ever meet this author besides bow down to his realistic edgy take on contemporary romance novels. Santino Hassell will put you’re emotions in such a ringer that you’ll love his characters but sometimes hate that you love his writing style so damn much. I couldn’t put the novel down, and that’s what makes Santino Hassell writing so amazing for all his readers and readers to come.
“Interborough” is a continuation of Raymond’s, Michael from the first books “Sutphin Boulevard” brother. Raymond and David’s story comes from Sunset Park, but this time it’s more of an already tense, stressful and of course heart wrenching scenes. Distance is suppose to make the heart grow founder but that doesn’t always mean that distance makes love easier to have. With the stress of the distances creating an unwelcome strain on their already fresh relationship, the time creates a cliff’s edge that both characters Raymond and David desperately attempting to hold on what they already had.
“Why can’t it always be like this?”
“It used to be, when it was just you and me, and not you, me, multiple jobs, tenure binders, vandalized houses, and night school. We don’t have time to…enjoy each other anymore.”
–Interborough by Santino Hassell
Honestly I don’t know how Hassell manages to constantly creates theses amazing intimate scenes that not only strengthen the dynamics of the characters growth but also show sex to be more than just a way to create great sales in romantic novels. Sanction Hassell scene will make your heart ache for people you’ll never meet in real life but feel as if you knew them you’re entire life! I tell you this guy knows how to make you’re entire world toss over the rail of the highest peak a romance novel can get you!
I think out of all the Five Borough books I found this book to be the best since I know what a stress can do on a relationship. I felt the strain on Raymond and David’s relationship, especially when hey were constantly fighting, filling their hearts with insecurities rather than security. It honestly felt like I was watching a relationship at the military base unfold in front of my eyes because I truly knew what a stress filled relationship can do to the most loving of couples.
It’s because I’ve witness such a relationship I really felt for David when he began to feel like he wasn’t right for Ramyon, either not being what he wanted or what he need. It was the worries, along with the ever growing amount of worries about his relationship with Raymond that created the insecurities of believing that Raymond was becoming embarrassed of him.
I have no idea who Santino Hassell is using for a character study but my g.a.w.d. I love his books so very much! I’m really excited for the next 2 books that come out in the Five Borough Series. I love supporting such edgy MM Romance novels. I am really thankful to Keyanna Bulter at Indie Authors Apprentice for contacting me so I could continue to support one of my favorite Romance authors as we all celebrate the release of his fourth book Interboroughs by Santino Hassell!