Title: Citywide (Five Boroughs, #6)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 13th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 370 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Anthology can be read as a standalone
A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.
In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.
In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.
In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.
Citywide by Santino Hassell: Angsty, Raw, Emotional, and Sexy As Hell.
Fair warning: this book cannot be read in public- cannot! This book is hot af! I felt as if I was about to self-combust while I was reading.
Anyhoo, back to the review…
Citywide is a Contemporary Romance collection of novellas about some of our favorite secondary characters from The Queens Crew.
Chris, Aiden, and Jace
This story takes place after they had messed around some and Chris put the breaks on things. He feels like his feelings are too involved and doesn’t want to be just another guy Aiden and Jace mess around with.
-Lots of feelings, more than I was expecting.
-The story is told completely from Chris’ POV, but SH did a great job in also letting the readers in on Aiden and Jace’s feelings.
-THE SEX. The chemistry and relationship dynamics between these three are EXPLOSIVE.
This novella is full of feels and some of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read.
Tonya and Mere
Gridlocked is told from Tonya’s POV, but just like in Rerouted the narrator does an outstanding job in letting us in on Mere’s feelings. It takes place a year after their hook up, and neither one has forgotten about the other.
-Tonya. Yes, she could come across as brash and mean but inside a loyal individual who loves those close to her and will have their back no matter what.
-Mere. At first, you may see “poor little rich girl, ” but there’s more than meets the eye.
-Relationship development. I admired their capability to talk things out and their willingness to see things from the other’s perspective.
-Steam: Hot, hot, hot!
This one surprised and turned out to be my favorite of three.
Angel and Stephanie
Angel and Stephanie have been fulling around with each other for a while. Stephanie is open and adventurous about her sexuality and doesn’t believe in being tied down to one person. Unfortunately, Angel has been in love with Stephanie since they met and she has come in between all his attempts at having relationships with other women. They found themselves playing boyfriend and girlfriend due to a small fib told by Stephanie.
-We were given lots of backstories that clued us in on their connection which went way beyond physical attraction.
-Angel was… an angel. I loved him everything about him.
-Stephanie, despite wanting her to get her head out of her ass (she was giving me high blood pressure) because of her refusal to see what was right in front her I still liked her. I loved her openness and strength.
-Steam: much like the first two- HOT.
Citywide is an outstanding compilation. It had excellent character development, realness, emotion, and Santino Hassell’s signature edgy style.
5 EXPLOSIVE, EMOTIONAL Stars