Series: A Five Boroughs Story #4
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: October 22, 2016
Length: 211 pages
Reviewed by Erin
As a fan of the entire Five Boroughs series, Santino Hassell's Interborough made me a very happy reader. It took a bit to get there for sure, but oh my goodness was it ever worth it. Raymond and David deserve a happily ever after just about more than anyone and boy did they have to work for it. With Hassell's trademark style of grit, humor and sexiness, Interborough was really fabulous from beginning to end (even when I was yelling at one or both of these guys!)
Raymond and David are eighteen months into their relationship when Interborough starts and the honeymoon period is definitely over for these two. Work, friends, the day to day ups and downs of life and any relationship have taken their toll. There are arguments and hurt feelings and lots of resentment piling up for both guys the more time goes on. Raymond is working two jobs and going to school at the same time, and David is working on getting tenure at his job and the stress of too little time together makes every little thing into a mountain. The thing is, this is real life, people. Everyone feels this at some point, no matter if it's with friends or lovers or spouses, and what matters is how you handle it. These two aren't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Raymond wants to do everything by himself to prove to everyone he's capable of being an adult who takes care of his shit and David ... well his neuroses are numerous for sure but there is NEVER any doubt that these two guys love each other. But sometimes, love isn't enough to get you through the rough patches.
That's what Interborough shows. How Raymond and David navigate through this turbulent time. There's sex, lots of hot and intense sex. It's passionate and dirty and raw, but it's also more. It’s about their connection to one another. Raymond is my favorite. He's so honest (even though he hides things from David!) and he's grown so much from that surly kid we first saw in Sutphin Boulevard. The way he views himself and his friends, his relationship with David, his sexuality ... all of it just makes me love him so much. I love how his relationship with Michael has become more solid, how Nunzio is still his go to person, how his crew from Queens still plays such an important part in his life, though he doesn't have as much time to spend with them as he would like. David, while not my favorite, continues to grow on me. He's not perfect, but his love for Raymond is fierce.
There are lots of scenes with Raymond's Queens crew and I especially enjoyed that. Tonya is kick ass as hell and of course Chris, Sharky, and Stephanie are perfect at keeping it real for Raymond and I really like that they all get along with David, too. Along with cameos from Caleb and Oli (yes!) and others we've seen before, Interborough will give you plenty of smiles as well as all kinds of feels. It's emotional and gritty, sexy and funny, and classic Santino Hassell. And the ending? PURE PERFECTION! Omg, it was so freaking fabulous. I'm not sure how he does it, but Santino's writing gets better in every book. He has a way of telling a story that is unparalleled. His mixture of snark and emotion, passion and humor is so very satisfying. For anyone who has loved this series, or anyone thinking about starting it, this series, this author, is definitely not to be missed!
About Santino Hassell
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction 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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