Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell: Release Day Blitz and Review

Hard Wired

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Release Day Blitz

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Interborough by Santino Hassell: Release Day Review and Giveaway



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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This was such a complex story. I really like it when we get sequels that feel real. Ray and David had so much going on with each other and also out in the real world. Ray has so much going on with himself and everything he is doing to try and make a better life. He is so focused on working to get to a better place financially and doing everything himself, he kind of loses sight of his relationship. He believes that if he can get where he wants to be then everything will just work out. I completely understand him. I understand his need to not burden or put anyone out by asking for help. Because of this he doesn’t really have the time to pay attention to his relationsip with David. David on the other hand is dealing with so much personally, trying to deal with his own insecurities and demons. Not to mention problems at his work. This is a story that really shows what happens when you stop hearing the other person, and stop really investing time into a relationship. I was so satisfied with this story, in all its raw and true feelings.

5 pieces of eye candy






To celebrate the release of Interborough, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


meet the author

Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.

Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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First and First by Santino Hassell : Release Day Review


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.

Title: First and First
Series: Five Boroughs
Author: Santino Hassell
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 244

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First and First is the third book in the Five Boroughs series by Santino Hassell, and so far, my favorite. These two men who grew up in so many ways along the same circles, had very different experiences under their belt. Oli, who was thrown out by his family as a teenager, after a particularly graphic find by his father, was willing to be held back by little, and intrigued by Caleb’s ability to stand apart from the crowd. Caleb, a man who was stuck in a rut, loving a man who would never love him back, and unable to get out from under the thumb of his own arrogant, hateful father. But these two men were so right for each other. Only they could understand where each other had come from.

Watching Caleb work on developing his own confidence, after losing his job, by finding his own path and his own choice was great. He brought along Oli, and his newly found brother, and they were able to make something happen in a niche that needed what they could provide. I loved that it was realistic. It wasn’t that Caleb had this fantastic idea, and just needed to know how to make it happen, and how to market it. He knew he needed to come up with an idea, and then they could take care of making it happen and how to market it. That happens in real life. People make choices, and then have to figure out how to make what they want come to life. And as they found their rhythm, you could see Caleb’s confidence in himself grow, even as he tried to find the confidence to let Oli know he wanted a relationship.

We didn’t get to see a lot of Mere, Caleb’s sister, but she honestly was such great comic relief. One of her best lines was: “Are we horses? Is someone coming to ride me?” That made me snort laugh.

One thing I would have liked to see a little more of was catching up with the couples from books 1 and 2. Was Michael doing well with his sobriety? Had Raymond done well with getting his job back? That piece was something I would have liked to have seen, especially as the books always tend to end, fairly quickly. Which I equate to how things happen in NYC on a regular basis. Something happens then it ends, and you move on. 🙂

All in all, well done by Santino. This book was a chance to see growth in both characters. Caleb in his own confidence. Oli in learning that he wanted a relationship for the first time in his life.

4 pieces of eye candy


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