ARC Review: Interborough by Santino Hassell


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.

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Release Date: October 24th


*I received an ARC of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley*

I started reading Interborough and I was right back in the story. Although it’s been almost a year that we got their story it felt like no time had passed. Or maybe that’s because both David and Raymond left such a huge impression when I read their book.

Anyway, when we meet Raymond again he’s juggling two jobs and school classes, which leaves him little to no time to spent with David. He’s proving – well mostly to himself – that he can be a responsible adult. That he’s able to have two jobs and still go to school and also having a relationship.
Unfortunately the little time they have together and the lack of Ray’s “outness” are wrecking havoc on David’s self-esteem. He’s basically just waiting for the other shoe to drop because he can’t believe that someone like Ray would want to be with him. Because of his insecurities and because Ray doesn’t take those very serious the two of them fight more regularly.
At first they have a date to look forward to, to just make it that far and everything will be alright, because Ray plans to quit one of his jobs, but of course nothing is easy for the Rodriguez family and things go differently than planned.

“I’ve got this adulting thing down to about eighty percent in terms of holding down a job and paying bills on time..”

I’m not going to spoil what happens but just let me tell you that – again – Mr. Hassell wrote such a realistic story that I feel like there are no words on earth to describe how much I loved Interborough. As is typical for him, there’s real conflict with fully fleshed out, relatable characters. Because seriously, who didn’t have to worry about finances and feeling like there’s not enough time in a day to do everything you need to do AND have a bit time for yourself AND get enough sleep at one point in their life? We’ve all been there and that’s what makes Ray and David so damn human! They are a real-life couple with normal problems like everyone else. There’s no unnecessary drama because this book (and Ray and David) really don’t need any more made-up drama. There are enough problems as it is.

There’s several scenes were my heart broke for both guys and I just wanted to hug them. Or just make everything alright again so that they didn’t have to fight any longer. I really loved the dual POV, because this way the reader sees that both guys are struggling and it really adds to the story. I think Interborough managed to “de-throne” Michael and Nunzio as my favourite couple and also made it more definite that David is without a doubt my favourite character. (Now please don’t hit me. I know that Ray seems to be most loved character but I really can’t help myself for loving David a bit more than him. 😉 )

“I know what he was doing. Trying to be cuddly and adorable because he knew it was my kryptonite. That and his dick. And his lips. And his eyes. Okay. His everything.”

What was probably my highlight of this book was the appearances of the characters from the pervious books. I LOVED to see Michael and Nunzio again and I really enjoyed to see all those different relationships the characters had with each other. Particularly the Michael – David scenes were my favourite, although the Ray – Caleb ones are not far behind. 😉

In short: Interborough was as amazing as I had hoped it would be and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book!

To conclude this review a short warning: Get you’re tissues ready for the epilogue. That is all. 😉

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Bisexual Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review Tag: Part of a series

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