Sunset Park: David and Raymond on GRINDR

Experimenting and Role-Play with Santino Hassell

David: I could help. If you want.
Raymond: how?
David: You could practice talking to me. I’ll tell you what things mean, or try to make it obvious. Or something. I dunno.
Raymond: like… pretend?
David: Yeah.

In SUNSET PARK, Raymond is just starting to explore his bisexuality. He’s waited a long time primarily due to lack of opportunity, but now he’s outside of the comfort zone of his block and rooming with out-and-proud David Butler. Suffice to say, Raymond learns a few things. Including how to navigate Grindr—the app of choice for some dudes looking for M/M action.

But the world of Grindr can be confusing for someone who is unaccustomed to lingo. If you don’t know what “NSA”—no string attached—means, you might be in trouble since it’s on almost every profile.

In the below excerpt, David, being the supportive friend (or opportunist?) that he is, offers to help the object of his infatuation with some Grindr role-play. Let’s just say it’s more NSFW than NSA. These two have all the strings attaching them.

Raymond Grindr

David Grindr

David: Hey. Nice abs. Do you have a full pic?

Did he want me to send a real picture? Shifting on the bed, I held my phone out and took a half-assed picture of my face and bare upper body. It didn’t come out too bad, but my concentration face made me look like a serial killer. Maybe the memorial tat for my mom that was inked over my heart would make me less frightening.

I uploaded the picture to David without bothering to take another one. His reply was instant.

David: Is that a real picture?

I frowned.

Raymond: yea obviously. why?
David: Because your face is perfect. You’re gorgeous.

No witty reply came to mind. I just stared at his text.

David: I’m David. What’s your name?
Raymond: raymond
David: Do you ever smile, Raymond?
Raymond: no.
David: Too bad.
Raymond: maybe i would if you sent me a picture of your face

The picture filled the message box instantly. David lying on his side with hair spilling over his face as his eyes twinkled with mischief. His wide mouth was caught in a half smile, but he was biting the swell of his lower lip.

I’d seen him wear that expression a hundred times before, but there was something different about it when the picture was dissociated from his real self and our friendship. Especially since I now knew he was fully aware of how hot he looked when his eyes grew hooded and sleepy. Maybe he even knew how I would react to it.

David: Don’t go silent on me now. I’ll get self-conscious. :(

I reached down to adjust the growing hardness trapped in my jeans. With all the blood coursing to my dick, I didn’t hesitate to type exactly what was on my mind.

Raymond: youre fucking hot. that mouth makes me think dirty thoughts.
David: I’ve been thinking dirty thoughts since I saw your profile. Your body is insane. And I like tall guys.
Raymond: send me another picture

Stupid. I knew what he looked like. But I wanted more. In this context. Showing off and trying to get a rise out of me. Even if he was faking it, the next picture made my mouth go dry. It was angled to show the lower half of his face, the smooth, pale skin stretching over his bare torso, and pants that were so low on his hips I could see a hint of blond pubic hair.


The rest of the scene gets pretty filthy, so I’ll leave it there. 😉

Leave a comment to enter the giveaway and let me know what you think of the scene, SUNSET PARK, or role-play in general!

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13 Comments on "Sunset Park: David and Raymond on GRINDR"

1 month 29 days ago

This sounds amazing – and can I still join in the give away?

2 months 11 minutes ago

Ok I am going to read this book…now!!

2 months 1 day ago

I loved Sunset Park, now I need to read Sutphin Boulevard. I have both but read Sunset first because Raymond and David’s characters and story sounded so interesting

2 months 3 days ago

Loved thar scene! Now time for a reread?

2 months 3 days ago

Love it! The Grindr scene was one of my favorites! Hilarious and sexy.

2 months 3 days ago

Will always remember the book for this scene!

2 months 3 days ago

I loved this book! That scene was off the charts hot!

2 months 3 days ago

Favorite scene of the book! Tied with the first kiss.

2 months 3 days ago
I’m a huge fan of alternate forms of communication in stories, obviously for stories set in present-day that’s texting, tweeting, and other chat programs, but my favorite is email and paper letters. When we aren’t looking directly at someone it changes how we communicate, and even more when the person can’t directly respond, and from a character and story development viewpoint that can be huge. This scene is great, not only because I adored the interaction for its own sake, I also loved the tension it brought, wondering what each would do next, how they’d react. Great stuff! I’m loving… Read more »
2 months 4 days ago

One of my favorite parts of the books…right behind the first kiss, which may be my favorite scene from any book I have read recently…in the middle of listening to the audio of Sutphin Boulevard right now then going to do another reread of Sunset Park ?

Christine Maria Rose
2 months 4 days ago

I loved this scene! Ray and David were such a fun couple to read about. Congrats on this book! And it’s great that you made actual Grindr profiles for them (since I’ve never seen a Grindr profile, so I was curious as to what it would look like).

2 months 3 days ago

I was curious too! Also never seen one!

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