Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 10/24/2016
Genre(s): M/M Interacial, M/M Contemporary, M/M Fiction
Page Count: 249
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“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.”
First Impressions of this book were pretty muddled. When I found out that Santino was writing another book featuring #Rayvid I was ecstatic – over the top happy. I loved my guys the first time around, why would I not want to read more about their happily ever after? Well, therein is the issue – Santino put these poor guys through the ringer in this book. There were moments, Not gonna lie – that I wanted to reach out “virtually” and smack Mr. Hassell, because how dare he do this to Raymond and David?!?
Then, after I finished the book and really thought about it – which it has taken me a LONG time to write this review I can appreciate all that happens in this book and all that our couple is put through – because that is life after all. It’s not pretty. It often doesn’t come with happily-ever-afters and everything is rosy. No. In life, you have to work for happiness – every.single.day. That is what we see in this book and in the end, I think we get a stronger couple for all that they put into their relationship.
…”As much as I love being in love, I know that the existence of it isn’t a magic ticket to a happy ending. And I know that as much as two people love each other, relationship don’t always work, and then people split up and find other people to give it a go again. It’s a horrible cycle, and I’m afraid that we’re becoming part of it”
If that fear of David’s isn’t something we can all connect to – then one has never been in love.
So, about the book. This is a book that will leave you feeling raw. emotional. exposed. pissed off at times. happy. confused. breathless. Interborough is full of moments that you can probably apply to an aspect of your own life, whether that is relationship growth or troubles, awesome friends, love, self-doubt, life struggles, and more. I think that is something that is great about Mr. Hassell’s work – it’s real. There are not fluffly flowers and puppies thrown in the storyline just to make it appease the crowd – no, his stories tell the story in a way a real person would experience it. So while we still get to escape from our reality while reading the stories – we are reading something that very much fits into our normal. Allowing for a deeper connection with the characters and the storyline. I think this is why – as a reader, we are able to develop that “connection” and talk about these characters as if they are real. They become real to us. That is the sign of an amazing story.
The passion between these two has not grown cold with time – it’s more of a trying to find time to be together issue. Again, real life – anyone? When they do find the time – these two still know how to burn up the sheets! Have no fear – the sex scenes are hot enough to make your kindle melt!
Some of my highlights from the book: First, it exists: yes, even though it pissed me off at first – I loved it. Second, I loved the relationship aspect – the nitty-gritty that was shown and how this story didn’t gloss over issues that occur in relationships as people grow together. Third, the sex. Yeah I guess I am a perv. But who doesn’t love to read about these hot as hell guys going at it and when David Refers to Raymond as a “Sex Marksman” I lol’d. Fourth, the epilogue – Michael and Nunzio. Fifth, Characters from other books were plentiful – loved it! Sixth, although not a highlight of this book per say – but knowing there will be a 5th and 6th book! Until then – I will have to read this one and books one-three again! Thank you Santino for an amazing series and a 5 Star Story!
Review Copy of Interborough provided by Riptide Publishing for an honest Review.