Interborough (Lili’s Review)

30364774Title: Interborough (Five Boroughs #4)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 24th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 249 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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


Santino Hassell:


You have again delivered an outstanding story. I typically avoid sequels about established couples like the plague. They’re usually not necessary-IMO.


But it’s you, and I’m a HUGE fangirl of yours, so I had to read it, and you gave me everything that I love about your style of writing. You proved me wrong. This installment of The Five Boroughs is the follow-up to Raymond and David. Last we left them they were finally together, and this book fast forwards to a year and a half later. I’m not going to rehash the blurb (^^^ it’s up above), so I’ll get going to my highlights.

What I loved:

-Raymond & David. When the series started neither one was a favorite. I perceived them as The Slacker and The Self-sabotage Kings, but they’ve snuck into my heart.

-Realism. Santino always gives us real people tackling real problems. Who doesn’t know or can’t personally associate with financial problems, shortage of time, or the struggle to better ourselves? We all can. We’ve all been there, are there, or know someone there. I appreciate the genuineness that he brings to his characters’ lives.

-The style of writing. We get some of his raw, edgy style that hooks us and keeps us on edge.

-Angst. It wouldn’t be a Santino book without it, but don’t worry it’s not unnecessary drama. It makes sense with where Raymond and David are at in their lives.

-We get dual POVs which is my favorite.

-Sex. Was there any doubt this would be a highlight? Nope.

-The supporting cast. I feel like these are my friends, and it’s always great times catching up. I also love trying to figure who’s next and with who. LOL

-Character and relationship growth. It’s outstanding.

-The romance.

-THE MOTHERF’EN EPILOGUE!!! Santino gave us one!!!! I guarantee that fans of the series will at least tear up.

Can you tell I loved it? There wasn’t anything not to love about the delivery of this book. I’m in awe of this man’s talent, and I can’t recommend this enough. This was an exceptional addition to The Five Boroughs Series, and now I impatiently wait for the next one.


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Galley copy of Interborough (Five Boroughs #4) provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange of 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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