Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Interborough by Santino Hassell #Review #Giveaway

Author: Santino Hassell
Book: Interborough
Series: A Five Boroughs Story #4
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: October 22, 2016
Length: 211 pages

Reviewed by Erin


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.

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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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To celebrate the release of Interborough, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. I have at least two books in this series waiting for my attention on my Kindle. Now I just need to find the time to read these fabulous sounding stories. helenastone63(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. Congrats on another new release, Santino - sounds like an interesting read, I'll have to start to line-up this series to read soon.
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  3. Thiso is one of my all-time favorite series, and Interborough made me cry happy tears, on a plane, and I didn't care. <3


  4. Great review! I totally agree with you on every point! Santino and his stories never ceases to amaze.

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  5. I really appreciate the review!


  6. Thanks for the fantastic review! I do love this series and am looking forward to reading Interborough. Have read several comments about the ending which have piqued my interest even more.


  7. I loved this book, even with wanting to bop the two guys on the head at regular intervals! I have loved the entire series to date, and can't wait for more stories. kimcurington@yahoo.com

  8. Thank you for the wonderful review. I've been hearing great things so far.
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  9. Thanks for the review


  10. I loved seeing Raymond's growth over the two books, too. In fact, after I finished, I opened up Sunset Park again to get a flashback of him at the start (well, that would have been in Sutphin Boulevard, but you know what I mean). This is just such a wonderful series, and I hope people are finding something that draws them into it.

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  11. Congrats on the new release. I love this series! I’ve been waiting on this one and can’t wait to pick it up. Great review. Please keep them coming, they are a definite addition to my library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
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  12. Congrats on the new release. I love this series! I’ve been waiting on this one and can’t wait to pick it up. Great review. Please keep them coming, they are a definite addition to my library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
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  13. Thanks for the review, I have this on my wishlist & am looking forward to reading it!

  14. Kind of jealous of those who haven't caught up on the series yet - would love to be reading for the first time again. Such an awesome series!