5 Stars for Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell #MM #Romance @SantinoHassell


Title: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Santino Hassell (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 31, 2015 – 264 pgs


Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

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I ADORED this books. It was everything I was hoping it would be and so much more. There was such a level of angst my gut churned even though it was in a book!
There was so much going on that it’s hard to say what did it for me with this book, but I can say I will definetely be looking for more of this author’s work in the future because not only did I connect to each and every character so well, but the sex scenes were HOT. They weren’t just sexy, but added to the situation and displayed the feelings the characters were dealing with.
Such a great book. Will say it’s one of the better angsty books I’ve read in a while.

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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 grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days grumbling on social media and nights writing queer romance.

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 queer 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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