Published by Riptide Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, LGBT
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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In Sunset Park, Raymond is discovering his bisexuality and his attraction to his friend David. Here in Interborough, the two men have officially become a couple, and they’re living together. All should be well in paradise, right? Not so much. David is trying to get tenure and Raymond is currently working two jobs. Needless to say, the day to day stresses of trying to meet requirements put upon them by their places of employment has impacted their relationship. Raymond and David see less and less of each other, not to mention David is out and Ray is still very much closeted at work (except with one coworker). The combination of these two things naturally places stress on their relationship. Ooo wee, Santino brought such a realistic angle of angst to this story. Relatable characters in the sense that we’ve all been in the type of relationship where we’re busting our asses to get to a place of comfort because we want to become better to meet our personal goals and we want to become better for our partners. Well, plans don’t always go the way we’d like.
To try and get their relationship back on track because it gets BAD between Raymond and David, they decide to take a cruise to reconnect. And oh do things get interesting. If you haven’t caught on from my previous reviews, I am a HUGE fan of Santino Hassell. His writing is seamless. Sutphin Boulevard was perfection while in Sunset Park I was secretly wishing on more than one occasion David tripped and fell. That guy worked my nerves like you wouldn’t believe but his insecurity and the dynamic between him and Raymond work. In Interborough, we see a more mature David. Less neurotic and annoying. He still has his issues, but this go round, I understood him so much better.
Interborough was a dose of happiness I needed. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. Between characters I’ve come to adore, and the tight (like crazy GOOD) writing, and an epilogue that had me squealing with glee, this reader was left oh so very satisfied. You can read Interborough as a standalone, but I do believe some things will be misunderstood if a reader doesn’t have previous insight into the characters. If you’re interested in reading M/M romance and you like your men with a bit of urban flair; you should pick up this series. Interborough was such an impressive story that brought out tons of emotion. I cannot wait to see where Mr. Hassell takes the rest of this series.
All. Of. The. Stars.
I highly recommend this story.
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