Interborough by Santino Hassell ~ Book Review by Caroline

30364774Title: Interborough
Series: Five Borgoughs Book 4

Author: Santino Hassell

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Mel Sesar

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/24/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

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.

My View:

In Sunset Park (book 2) David and Raymond were left were an ambiguous HFN ending – Interborough returns to them and gives them their HEA but oh boy it’s a tough ride. I have loved every book in this series. Santino writes with such depth and feeling that you are dragged in and immersed from start to finish. I didn’t love Interborough quite as much – not because of the writing as that was as perfect and enthralling as ever but I hated the way both MC’s behaved, what they became and how much they hurt each other before eventually realising that their relationship needed them both to be present.

Raymond and David are proof that no matter how hard you work for the things you think are important if you don’t stop, breathe and listen you can so easily miss the things that are important. Once you start missing these things life can unravel rather quickly and that is exactly what happened here. Raymond couldn’t see past his need to put his life right, support himself and take on all the worry. David was desperate to share the load and alleviate his partners stress – but there was just no communication and when they did speak it ended in an argument – almost every single time. You could really feel David’s loneliness throughout the story but his actions, particularly his constant need to get drunk, made me want to throttle him at times.

As always you get to spend time with the other couples from the Five Boroughs series and for one couple in particular there is a celebration to be shared. Raymond and David feel much more solid as a couple at the end of Interborough and for any fans of Santino and/or this series this is one you will most certainly enjoy.

Links

Interborough on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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