- Title: Sunset Park
- Author: Santino Hassell
- ISBN: 9781623807498
- Page: 219
- Format: ebook
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 CRaymond 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.
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3 frustrating and exasperating stars. Full review posted December 3, 2015.Quote dedicated to DavidFirst things first, if you can't handle f-bombs, then stay the fuck away from my review space. Thank you.Sunset Park is a friends-to-lovers story and told in dual POV. Both MCs have been introduced in Sutphin Boulevard. Even though Sunset Park can be read as a standalone, I think it would be better to read Sutphin Boulevard first to get a better look at Ray and David's backgrounds. Over the last few [...]
Re Read,June 2016 and I enjoyed it even moreRaymond.Yes please!!This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone I strongly recommend reading the first book to get an insight into Raymond and especially David.Raymond and David were introduced in book one.Raymond is Michael's younger brother and David was involved in 'that' totally hot threesome in book one with Michael and Nunzio(it's worth reading the book for that aloneI've read it so many times!!)So,Raymond and D [...]
This (depending on your timezone) is the day! SUNSET PARK is now available to buy on , Barnes and Noble, and every other third party vendor online.I loved writing this book so much. It was the first time, and last time, I enjoyed every minute of the process. Raymond Rodriguez might be my favorite character to write of all time. Being in his head is so amazing that I'm trying to devise ways to climb inside again. Telling his and David's story was a great experience, and I hope everyone enjoys the [...]
incredibly, and despite only seeing a draft somewhere in the middle of the production cycle, i thought thiis novel was even better than the first one.
~Buddy re-read with my Renee~I'm so glad we decided to do this re-read. I fell in love with Raymond all over again and I got so pissed at David. Again! BUT, I also got to the core of the matter: David is actually afraid of Raymond's bisexuality which he considers to be just a phase and makes him feel insecure. Sad and unfair, but a real thing too. And Raymond is always afraid that he will never measure up. This book needed a sequel, and I'm so happy Hassell gave it to us.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [...]
***4.5***I’ve never been in love with anyone before, but that’s what’s going on, so in my opinion, you should just roll with it.” A hint of a smile danced on his lips. “Oh, is that your opinion?” “Yeah. It is. So just let me love you and stop being a punk about it.”Oh how I loved this one. So much!Raymond That boy is delish. He is also a hot mess with a temper, a need for weed, and has no intention on changing his ways. He is quite lazy when it comes to life. His source of income [...]
How do you begin a review for a book that once started consumed you? That when you went to sleep you dreamt about it. That woke you up at 2:15 am in the morning on a school/work night and forced you to finish reading it. Then you stayed awake analyzing what you just read. I don't know. Sunset Park is book two of the Five Borough's series by Santino Hassell. Here, we finally get Raymond and David's story. Raymond is Michael's pothead little brother, and David is Michael's co-worker.The highlights [...]
First, let me just get the rating out of the way. 4 stars.I loved Raymond, mostly, since he was the main reason that I wanted to read book 2 in this series. Hot, tattooed, Latino stoner begins to get his act together. Yay, I can't wait, right?I 'liked' David, mostly, but for him to be such an effective teacher at work, the boy seriously needs some lessons in communication. And maybe a little therapy.After Ray's brother, Michael, nearly driving me to drink in book 1, I was thrilled that I was chu [...]
Y'all. Damn. And that first kiss yo! Really, exactly how I thought Ray would be, only He's better. Santino nailed it with this one. I'm loving this whole series. Plus the storyline, really. I like how kinda raw Santino's writing is. It's not SUPER ANGST or contrived shit, just realness. And the characters grow. There's just something about the way Santino can break my heart that works so well for me. Recommend this and the first, Sutphin Blvd, so much.
Better than the first (Sutphin Boulevard) and that's saying something because Nunzio's mouth should win awards.Santino has a way of writing super hot novels, and yet filling them with so much character growth. Not saying it can't be done but it's not easy to write books, yo! Raymond's journey over this novel was real and so relatable. I loved how he scowled. I love how David got underneath that scowl. And I love how David finally found someone who could make him happy and yet didn't coddle him. [...]
After reading “Sutphin Boulevard” and loving the story and its characters I actually had no other choice than to read “Sunset Park”. Especially because I knew that Raymond and David were going to be the next couple! *lol* I already loved Ray’s character in the first book and I was really curious to find out how his relationship with David was going to improve and change. In “Sutphin Boulevard” there was already so much chemistry between them and they were just too cute to even thin [...]
4.5 starsRaymond Rodriguez's older brother, Michael, wants to move in together with his boyfriend, Nunzio, and rent the house he and Raymond currently live in. No matter how much Raymond doesn't like the sound of that, he can't hold Michael back. He has to behave like a real adult and quit depending on his brother to handle everything. When his out-and-proud friend, David, offers him to rent a new apartment together, he thinks it's as a good place to start being responsible.David Butler isn't an [...]
Quick review: I really enjoyed this one, I was intrigued by these two when they were introduced in the first book and I think they really worked well together. Not a 5 because I feel a lot of issues were really brushed over/rushed near the end. Santino really knows how to bring on the heat!! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.
3.5-3.75 StarsReymond and David are friends for six months. They met when Raymond visited his brother in the rehab and also David is his brother’s colleagues. Raymond’s twenty-five, lives with his brother and recently got fired from his job and didn’t tell his brother but now his brother wants to move in with his boyfriend and rent the house. Raymond is bi-curious, so David offers Raymond to be roommates and meanwhile he can experiment with David!I liked Raymond character. He’s a bit fun [...]
5 of 5 stars Different author's have different styles and what I love about Santino's is that it's messy. I don't mean his craft, just his characters, his romance, his sex. He writes love stories for real people who do not start out as perfect human beings, and they don't end up perfect, either, but during the span of the book they evolve and change, and that's just a wonderful outcome.Witnessing imperfect humans fuck up is not always easy, and there were times in this book when I hurt for Ray a [...]
[4.5 Stars]Disclosure blah blah: I got an ARC. I'd already preordered the book anyway. So that doesn't affect what I think of it.So there are two things that the first two books in the 5 Boroughs Series have revealed about Santino Hassell: 1) he's a much better writer, technically, than most people writing in m/m 2) he's much more interested in real queer guys living believable, relatively ordinary lively than most people writing m/m. That was kind of clear from Sutphin Boulevard, and it's confi [...]
~BR reread with my bestie, Ele.~This was even better than the first read. I could definitely understand Ray and David's motivations more. I was less angry at them when they were being ridiculous and not communicating. Oli was less of a tool, but still a bit of a tool. Just as well I fell in love with him in Book 3. Original review:I recently wrote a review where I said I didn't have to start off liking one or both MCs to have an author knock it out of the park for me. This is how it's done, folk [...]
***4.5 Stars***I want to sit at Santino Hassell's feet, stare adoringly up at him and ask him to tell me stories. His writing is effortless, evocative and gritty. He makes no excuses for his characters that are flawed and frustrating, yet honest and real. Raymond is newly discovering and exploring his bisexuality. He's spent the majority of his life being coddled and taken care of with most of those around him having very low expectations of him. He wants to break through the mold people have pu [...]
4.5Have you ever had one of those reading experiences where you HATE putting the book down but get excited when you realize you're about to get back to it? Those reads are few and far between for me and Sunset Park was one of them. I stayed up too late reading it. I procrastinated work related activities until there was no more room for procrastinating. I half-assed some daily activities because I wanted to get back to Rayvid. Rayvid are yet another dysfunctional couple who start out as friends [...]
Ohhh mannnn this book. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. See, when I first started reading M/M Romance wayyy back in 2009, when Bareback was my first read in the genre, I was fine with reading about (as Julio would probably put it) escandalo for escandalo's sake. I didn't mind the obvious over-the-top-ness and the drama that permeated the stories I was reading. I enjoyed it for what it was and, at the end of the day, was happy to be reading about gay men doing thangs and havin [...]
I've been struggling with how to review this book nearly since I first read it--which was the same week I read its predecessor, Sutphin Boulevard. So I'm going to try to keep it simple:Raymond is my favorite.I could go on about the things I love about his character--his unflinching honesty about what he wants, the fact that he mouths off to his boss at his shitty office job, the adorkableness of his home life with David I have so much affection for him as a character, but even more deeply, I rec [...]
3.75 stars!Unfortunately due to the holidays (and lack of proper internet) I can't properly review this one. I do like this series. It's very addicting. The writing, the characters, the storys just sucks you right in. I just wish there was more romance. Once again, our MCs aren't a couple most of the book. But I loved Raymond. And I liked David. I'm really glad this one wasn't as heavy and depressing as the last one. It was still heavy and more of an emotional read. And the steam.holy wow!
The treatment of bisexuality in this novel makes me want to send Santino Hassell candy every day until the end of time (that's not creepy, Avon :| ). Excellent writing as always, and the portrayal of a bisexual person who is EXCITED ABOUT EXPLORING IT and comfortable with the idea? I am literally swooning over here. Seriously, I just LOVED that aspect of this book. I love seeing narratives where characters embrace newly-discovered bisexuality as a positive and affirming experience -- no matter h [...]
After reading book 1, I skipped this one, because David really wasn't my favorite person. I jumped right into book 3. However with book 4 coming out and it being about the same couple as book 2, I had no choice but to put on my big girl panties and give it a go.I'm glad to say that it was way better than I expected. The MC's didn't annoy me as much as I thought they would. The sexscenes were also scorching hot, which is a real plus in my book ;)I do have to say that Nunzio and Michael are still [...]
Full disclosure, I read this book during the beta stages. I'm sure the finalized, post-edits version will be even better, but even reading this in the draft stage, I loved it more than its predecessor, Sutphin Boulevard. I adored Raymond - well and truly adored him - and I love him and David together. Their chemistry is off the charts amazing, and the characters continue to be so nuanced and so very real. These guys, man.
5 BIG stars for Ray and David!!!At last 5 BIG stars! I rate this wonderful book with 5 stars full of joy!It hurt me not to give Sutphin Boulevard 5 full stars, because I love Santino's writing! But Sunset Park really kept me glued to the pages. I read it in one standing and it was absolutely amazing! Exactly what I needed!Ray DavidWe met Ray - Michael's younger brother, in the first book. At 25 he didn't have a job being kind of lazy. He suffered a lot after losing both parents in such short tim [...]
Audio Re-read.5++++ stars for round 2, the audiobook narrated Michael Ferraiuolo brought these characters to life.Santino's writing *sighs* is my drag of choice. This guy can write so effortlessly."You have all these different identities. Being gay or bi is just a fraction of who you are. You're primarily New Yorkers, but also Puerto Rican or Italian, lapsed Catholics, and then there's the other parts--sons and brothers, teachers, gamers, etcetera." I loved that the characters felt real. With re [...]
Enjoyed with my ladies from Monday 7 March 2016 hereSame cityNew storyGreat story. I loved the first one better though. Will there be more?
4.5 StarsI found Santino almost two years ago The very first thing I read by him was his series In The Company Of Shadows which he co-wrote with the wonderful Ais. If one thing can be said about Santino's writing is that he writes dark. He writes gritty. He writes angst. He writes will-you-give-me-a-break-I'm-having-an-anxiety-attack-here kind of books. He writes situations. He writes stories and places people in those stories. Those people have a journey, and in that journey they somehow find l [...]
You know what? Fuck my reading challenge because unless reading naught but this book daily until the end of the year ups my number, nothing else is gonna be read. Am I putting up a front with that threat? Maybe? But I can’t get this out of my head and yeah, I finished it last night but small scenes, small bits are creeping and poking around in my grey matter and reminding me how amazing this story was. This. This is one of my top reads of 2015. Pair this with Sutphin and damn, son. Just ridicu [...]
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