Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Michael Ferraiulo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/24/2016
Length: 08 hours 07 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
I really liked Sunset Park. I wasn’t sure I would as I didn’t much like either character in Sutphin Boulevard. However, they both had real presence in this book. Both were greatly flawed, but I liked how their relationship progressed and even if they weren’t very nice to each other at times, their feelings still bled through the fights. They were sort of “if I didn’t love you so much I wouldn’t bother to fight” kind of feelings.
I was so glad to see them fight it through although the times they spent not fighting were very hot. I liked the humor sprinkled throughout and was just drawn to the story.
It was good to see glimpses of Nunzio and Michael. I liked that they were still going strong. Seeing David and Ray’s friends also helped explain a little of who each were.
I’m not sure if I will read First and First. I am not enamoured with Oli and Caleb, but Santino Hassell did such a wonderful job making me love Ray and David, I’m sure he’ll do the same with them.
Definitely read this book.
I loved the narrator for Sunset Park. He nailed both Ray’s and David’s voice. It captured their personalities and heritage as well as being pleasant to listen to. Such a treat.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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