#ReleaseDay #Review • INTERBOROUGH (A Five Boroughs Story) by Santino Hassell + Giveaway





Length: 249 Pages



STAR Rating: 4.5



Blurb: 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. 


Review:  INTERBOROUGH brings us back to Raymond and David and the push and pull of their relationship. It’s a constant fight and battle between them and the whole book with the exception of a few pages is David feeling insecure in their relationship.

You can’t argue the fact that they are hot together. When they are getting along they are one sexy and smoking couple that burn up the sheets. But, unfortunately, those times seem to come less frequently and it has Raymond running around in circles trying to figure out what he’s doing wrong and how to make things right in their relationship.

David admits that he is needy and thrives on attention, and the more Raymond works and the more time he spends away from their home, the more David allows his mind to roam into unwanted territory. Thinking up scenarios that puts Raymond in compromising positions with his coworker Trey has David drinking so much that when he and Raymond are together he ends up ruining what valuable time they do have together spending it over top the porcelain bowl.

Raymond has a lot on his mind and he’s trying to do everything on his own and he really IS trying to step up and be the man he thinks he should be plus be the man he thinks David deserves. However, in the process, he is pushing David further away by not confiding in him. He is still uncomfortable sharing with outsiders his sexuality and that’s a big matter of contention with David.

What will happen between these two when David is pushed beyond his breaking point? Raymond thinks David is over exaggerating but when he is blindsided by not only his coworker but by the hurt that David is feeling, will he finally get a clue and figure out how to make their relationship work?

These two love each other so much, that is so apparent. The author’s details and descriptions suck you inside the story and hold you until the very end, and— this is book four, we are invested in these characters. When they hurt, we hurt.

 It’s hard to watch David struggle and drink himself into a stupor because he’s hurting inside and it’s hard to watch Raymond trying to take on so many burdens by himself. Thankfully, by the end, they are figuring out how to fix their problems and I think they are going to be fine. These two belong together, that I have no doubt.

 Lovers of this series will get your chance to toast another amazing couple who drops in with a bonus cameo. You don’t want to miss it, trust me on that. This was a great addition to the series and even though there was so much fighting and bickering throughout the story, I feel good by the end that Raymond and David are on the right path to an amazing relationship. 4.5 Stars


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Santino 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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