Sunset Park (Lili’s Review)

Title: Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 11th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 230 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

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 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.


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 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. sunsetparkcast

The highlights:

    *The character development. Hands down some of the best I’ve ever read. This book was written from a dual POV (thank you, btw Mr. Author) giving us insight into both their thoughts. It allowed us to feel their struggles, fears, and triumphs. It also took us not only on their personal journey- but their journey from friendship to lovers.
    *The romance. Their first kiss & the first time they were intimate. Both times I put my iPad down and took a deep breath. Per. fec.tion.
    *The banter. It was funny and witty.
    *I also loved catching up with Nunzio and Michael.
    *The angst. It’s that angst that drives you f*cking crazy because it’s so raw and hurts and it pisses you off- but it hurts so good.
    *And the end- gave me butterflies.

I could go and on about how much I loved this. I could show you screen shots of the numerous highlights in my e-reader. Seriously guys: READ. THIS. BOOK. Actually, let me rephrase that: READ. THIS. SERIES. This is a 5+ When Can We Get Our Next Santino Fix Stars!

“I didn’t just want him – I needed him. He wasn’t just one of a few options. He was a fucking necessity. ”


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ARC kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest review.


I’m a thirty-something Colombian who loves to get lost in a good ol’ Romance.

My favorite tropes are:

-Best friends to lovers
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:

-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen
-Megan Erickson

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Cyberlove Series by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson

**Also: HEA a must!

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