First and First by Santino Hassell ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

first-and-firstTitle: First and First
Series: Five Buroughs, 3

Author: Santino Hassell

Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Ashley Kaye Hayes

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/12/2016

Length: 08 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reign and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.

Story Review:

As I continue along with this series I continue to enjoy the atmosphere of New York and the varying personalities contained within the pages of each book. Well, within the audio of the book J

I really liked both Caleb and Oliver in this story. They weren’t always likable but they felt real. Though the story was a little slow, the sex was scorching and I loved seeing them fall in love. We don’t see a lot of the previous books characters, but there are enough there to keep the thread running through the series. There are new characters introduced that are just waiting for a book of their own.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series which sees us revisiting Raymond and David. Can I also mention I love the covers for this series? Because I do!

Narration Review:

We once again get to listen to Michael Ferraiuolo who brought Sunset Park to life. His voice helped me be in New York with the characters. Each character had a distinct voice and I had no trouble figuring out who was saying what. The voices also fit each character’s personality. It was a pleasure to listen to!


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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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