Sunday, December 20, 2015

Book of the Week: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell #Review

Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Length: 246 pages

Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

 I am thoroughly convinced I will read anything Santino writes. Sunset Park is brilliant. When I read Sutphin Boulevard and we met Raymond for the first time, I wanted inside his head so badly. I very much underestimated that guy. He is rough and tough but watching him with David was like witnessing a miracle. I loved their tender moments and their raw moments. The dialog was outstanding. The flow was flawless. Santino knows how to write an engaging tale. I brought my kindle everywhere so I could read Sunset Park every spare moment I could.
I wish I could pinpoint my favorite part of this book but I just can’t. Everything mattered. All of it was important. And I once again have a book hangover. Santino Hassell is by far one of the best authors in this genre. He brings a gritty, raw, unique, and creative edge that you just don’t see very often.
High praise for Sunset Park and pretty much all of his books.

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