ARC Review: Interborough, by Santino Hassell

Advance Review Copy generously provided by NetGalley
in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

cover-santinohassell-interboroughThe 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.


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October 24, 2016
Riptide Publishing
L.C. Chase
Five Boroughs, book 4
Contemporary
M/M
Bi/Gay
249 e-book pages
1st person alternating
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review:

Interborough is the book I didn’t know I needed — NEEDED like air in my lungs and food for sustenance.

We had Ray and David’s story in Sunset Park, right? Right. They mostly got their Happy Happy — enough that satisfied me, anyway. Santino Hassell has introduced a wide range of secondary and tertiary characters throughout this series we’d all LOVE to get to know. So…why go back?

Because sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. Because looking at a seemingly happy couple from the outside doesn’t give a clear picture of what might be going on behind closed doors. Sometimes, most times I think, we’re usually only seeing the best sides of the people we know and love. What we don’t always get to see are the little daily frustrations that snowball, the inner problems that have the potential to fracture us, the worst parts of us saved only for those with the power to crack the shell and are strong enough to love us anyway. Those worst parts that may still have potential to destroy a relationship despite the intensity of love.

Raymond and David — they’re still very much in love, still very attracted to each other. But real life, real problems, real external forces are conspiring to shift their focus. Namely time and money — two of the biggest reasons relationships often fail.

The honeymoon phase is over, and now it’s time to see if they have what it takes to go the distance. Can a vacation away from reality set everything to rights, or does it put a magnifying glass on some of the smaller problems?

I’m sure I don’t need to wax on over Santino’s writing. I’ve probably gone overboard on that plenty in the past. Let’s just say…spot on fantastic as always, if not sharper and even more focused, if that’s even possible. Santino’s words have teeth that never fail to latch on and keep me riveted to his stories and make me hungry for more.

I love the word combinations and rapid-fire snark that can only be described as NEW YORK that paints the picture of the boroughs in tones and hues that are unlike anywhere else in the world. For this southern reader, it both cracks me up in fits of giggles and transports me to the noise, the smells, the lights, and energy of one of my favorite cities.

Gah! I’m doing it again…but I can’t help myself. Dude is brilliant with the writing.

I’ll be honest. First time around, in Sunset Park, I wasn’t totally feeling Ray & David. Well, I ADORED Ray to possibly unhealthy proportions. David…eh. I liked him okay but never fully warmed up to him. This time around was better for me. David can still be a bit of a whiny bitch, but his fears and concerns were completely valid and relatable though I didn’t always connect with his coping and communication skills. He endeared himself to me more this time despite feeling as though he’s got some serious maturing to do. But Ray & David together — are perfection without question.

Both of them grew immensely over the course of this book as they attempted to navigate the new, and very real day-to-day. It took a lot of trying, some failing, some miscommunications, some evasiveness, some very well aimed smacks on the head from close friends to finally see them fall into step together, become a team, to face the world stronger as a pair.

Zero complaints, lots of love, and all my fingers pointing to this book, this series as some of the absolute best in romance.

Also, any book of Santino’s that pulls in Michael and Nunzio? Ummm. *dreamy sigh*

AND OHMIGOD THAT EPILOGUE.


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