Interborough (Renée’s Review)

Title: Interborough (Five Boroughs #4)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Established Couple/Series
Page Count: 249
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  4 flame out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

Me when I get a new Hassell book on my Kindle:


Me when I get a new book in a series I love with established couples:


Me when a Hassell book with an established couple from the Five Boroughs series comes:


Raymond and David, though not my favorite couple of the series, are still deep in my heart from Sunset Park. Raymond, especially, came a long way from where he was in Sutphin Boulevard. And these two MCs got a hard won HFN in Book 2.

A lot of people worry about an author fucking with a couple’s HEA when another story comes out. I will say that this book didn’t really do that. There’s no BIG DRAMA that comes at Ray and David to cause their lives to go into a tailspin.

No, the beauty of this story is that Hassell stays true to his writing style and story-telling. He writes characters that are real. Ray or David could be you, your brother, your cousin, your best friend, or your co-worker. Hassell writes real characters who go through trials that are fairly common for many people.

Ray and David are eighteen months into their relationship and still living together. Is there angst? Uh…yeah. It’s Hassell. But is it ever OTT and too dramatic? No, it really isn’t. It’s the delicious angst that I crave from a good story, shredding my heart a little, while the MCs fight for their HEA. Then my heart gets put back together again, even fuller than before.

Did I want to beat these two over the head on more than one occasion? Oh yeah. But let’s do a quick inventory of Hassell’s characters – Sin, Boyd, Michael, Ray, David, Ollie, Caleb. Need I say more? Ray and David are twenty-five-ish. They act it. Their struggles are real though. They are struggles that most long-term couples encounter and have to work together to overcome.

What shot this one straight to 5-stars (from being 4.5) was that Hassell has finally answered my wishes and gave us an epilogue!! And not just a quick glimpse into the future either. This was the mother load, people! Long and tear-inducing. Sigh. I need to read it again.

Nunzio makes a few visits again. I just need to point that out for no other reason than……NUNZIO!!!

Great addition to the series, and highly recommend! Now who’s gonna be our MCs in Book 5? I’m feeling Clive and Charles……could be wrong.

Five Boroughs Series

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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