Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sunset Park by Santino Hassell (audiobook)

Title:  Sunset Park
Author: Santino Hassell 
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: Five Burroughs #2
Main Characters: Raymond and David
Release Date: May 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.
 

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.5

Aw, I really loved this story. I completely and totally fell in love with Raymond. He's one of those guys. He doesn't mean any harm, but no one has ever expected much from him, so he's never put much effort forth. He's completely overlooked and it's so sad for him because life is just happening around him and he's really not engaged. In fact, he's happy smoking pot and playing video games. That all changes in this book. With his brother in a new relationship and taking control of his life, he has new expectations for Raymond too. Ray doesn't know what to do with that. 

Then there's David who Ray can't get past. David had a threesome in book #1 with Ray's brother and his boyfriend...and David has always been there in the background. The thing is...Ray is bisexual, but going after men has always just been too much work. (Seriously, this guy is not living up to his potential.) But that all changes with David in the picture. Suddenly Ray sees something that may worth the effort. But no one believes that he's serious about this...because he's always been straight and he's never serious about anything. I loved him so much...and want to give him a hug and tell him that he can do it, that he can be whatever he wants. He needs someone to build him up.

I loved this story so much. Neither one of these guys are characters that I would normally like for my heroes, but Santino Hassell created them in such a way that I loved them both so much. I had no idea how the story would unfold and was enraptured by their story. This is another one of those audiobooks that I devoured in two days just because it was so, so good. I'm loving this series so much. Now, onto book #3...Caleb, David's ex and Oliver...the manwhore who wants to play with everyone. I can't wait. 

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