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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paula review
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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  1. Debra Guyette says:

    Great bio and your book look amazing

  2. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Congratulations on your new release Santino!


  3. Congratulations and happy release! ^_^

  4. Elizabeth Marshall says:

    Wahoo! Congratulations on this release! I can’t wait to read it! 😀

  5. Thank you for the wonderful review! It is the second great review I have read for this book today. Looking forward to reading it!


  6. Sabrina D. says:

    I can’t wait to read this!

  7. Thanks for your review, it’s on my wishlist

  8. One of the things I loved about this novel was seeing what happens to a couple after they reach their HEA. You know, when real life bursts through all the gooey feelings of falling in love. 🙂

  9. Leah Karge says:

    Great review! I loved seeing Ray and David ultimately working together to solve their issues, even if it took some push and pull along the way.

    lckarge92 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. All the happy tears were cried for this book. <3


  11. I’m so intrigued!


  12. Kimberly Curington says:

    I love this book, and can’t wait to read more of the stories in this series!

  13. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book with us!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  14. Thanks so much for the review


  15. I totally agree, Paula, everything felt so real and honest. It was absolutely a five-star read for me, too.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  16. flutterfli says:

    Congrats on the new release. I love this series! I’ve been waiting on this one and can’t wait to pick it up. Please keep them coming, they are a definite addition to my library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. I love this series so much – can’t wait to read this


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