Pre-Release Spotlight: First and First, by Santino Hassell

If you live in the States, you know we’re in the final stretch approaching Tax Day. UGH! I don’t want to even talk about it, except to say I can’t think of anything worse than Tax Day falling on a Monday. Okay, I can…being out of coffee and not having a book to read would make it worse. Infinitely worse.

SO! Here’s a little somethin’ to make it aaaalll better. I’ve taken the liberty of creating a little To Do List to get you on your way to a fantastic weekend and giving you a great thing to look forward to on Monday.


The third installment of Santino Hassel’s Five Boroughs Series, First and First, releases MONDAY, April 18th.

If you haven’t read books one and two Santino and Dreamspinner Press have made it easy for you! The first two books, Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park, are ON SALE at Amazon RIGHT NOW!

Don’t forget to Pre-Order your copy of First and First TODAY and you’ll have it on Monday!

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“Why don’t you run along and find someone more exciting and sexually free to play with? As you said, I’m prone to complications.”

“No,” Oli said simply. “I think I’ll keep trying to play with you.”


“Thank you for being thoughtful, but you can do whatever you want to me without much finessing. I’m a cheap and easy whore for you.”


A soft sound slid from Oli’s mouth. “You’re dangerous.”

“Am I?”

“Yeah,” he said, “you are. This kind of thing only leads to complications, and complications lead to people wanting things, losing them, and then winding up with broken hearts. Just look at you.”

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Tell me you love me. 

The words were in my head, but for a fraction of a moment, I thought I’d said them aloud. I felt instantly pathetic. Even worse, because I really wanted it. I foolishly desperately wanted it. For someone to love me. For him to love me. But I knew he didn’t, and I knew no one else did, and God but that was an awful feeling to have.


cover-santinohassell-firstandfirstCaleb 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.

Pre-Order / Purchase Links:

Dreamspinner Press    *    Amazon    *    ARe    *    BN

Other Books in the Series:

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About the Author:

SH imageSantino 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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Standalone books by Santino Hassell:
STRONG SIGNAL (with Megan Erickson)

Check out the Back Porch Reader’s Five-Star ARC Review

2 thoughts on “Pre-Release Spotlight: First and First, by Santino Hassell

  1. You know I’m totally jealous you read 1st and 1st already! 😝 I second the weekend to do list. Catch up to the goodness folks!

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