First and First (Audio Review)

first-and-firstTitle: First and First (Five Boroughs #3)
Author: Santino Hassell and Michael Ferraiuolo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: September 12th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reigns, and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.

Belens Audio Book Review

I absolutely LOVED the narration by Michael Ferraiuolo! Let me tell you folks, this kind of narration is why narrators end up with groupies.


Perfectly narrated, the character voices match the personalities, the tone and pacing is excellent, and the overall quality was superb.

The story itself is super sexy with relatable, realistic characters and a great flow which makes the whole thing totally worth listening to or reading.

Highly recommended.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of First and First (Five Boroughs #3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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