ARC Review: Interborough

October 24, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

ARC Review: InterboroughInterborough (Five Boroughs, #4) by Santino Hassell
Published by Riptide Publishing on October 24th 2016
Pages: 249
Source: Santino Hassell
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1), Sunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2), First and First (Five Boroughs, #3), Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4)
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I received this book for free from Santino Hassell in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.

First things first, Interborough is a continuation of Raymond and David’s story, which began in Sunset Park. As I stated in my review of that book, I think that the two make a surprising couple, but they ultimately make a whole lot of sense. Though they couldn’t be more different, they balance each other out. I was honestly a bit nervous for them to get another book, just because I love them so much and didn’t want them to have to deal with any crazy drama. I should’ve trusted Hassell more, he knows what he’s doing with these characters. Even though the relationship between them isn’t a perfect one, it’s always entertaining. I loved getting to spend more time with these memorable and fun characters. Thank you Santino for giving us more Raymond and David!

In this case, it feels weird going over all the characters again since I already explained most of the details in my review of the second book. However, some things about these characters have in fact changed. Raymond is a lot more overwhelmed with his workload and taking classes than he was before. In the first book, he was a major slacker, but he eventually got it together for David because he wanted to make something of his life. I’m not going to lie, as much as I love Raymond, I wanted to hit him multiple times while reading this. He was blind to a lot of things that he shouldn’t have been, and I didn’t totally respect his decision to stay in the closet. I understand that not everyone can be out, and Raymond is someone that’s only very recently accepted that he’s bisexual, but it was frustrating that he kept doing this even when he knew it was hurting David. Raymond is still a lovable guy and I really felt for him as we realize all the struggles he has to face with the police profiling him just because he’s Latino. All in all, of course I still enjoyed him, he just drove me nuts at times.

Surprisingly, David was the one that I felt a lot of sympathy for at times. When we first met David, it was hard to like him since he was cheating on his boyfriend, but in the second book, we learned that there was a little bit more to the story. Anyway, I ended up liking David more then, and now I have to admit that I love him. Yes, he’s a pretty privileged guy, but he’s not stuck up. David is an intelligent guy who knows what he wants out of life. I felt bad for him because he started doubting himself at certain parts of the book. I just wanted to give him a huge hug. It was definitely weird to be on David’s side when it comes to his issues with Raymond, but I totally was. I’m glad that David continued to grow as a character throughout this story. As a result, it made him all the more likable.

Obviously, the romance here is automatically a bit different considering the relationship is already established. However, they have been having a bit of a dry spell sexually since Raymond has been busy and stressed with balancing work and school. Nevertheless, the sex scenes are still hot and steamy from the beginning. I expect nothing less from this pair since they’ve had such a strong chemistry even long before they first got together. Even though they are already together, they still have quite a bit of drama that threatens the relationship tremendously. Despite all that, I wasn’t worried for a second, it’s clear that these two are meant to be together regardless of whatever might be going on.

David and Raymond have always been my favorite couple out of the three Five Boroughs relationships. They have such a strong connection and bond that’s definitely unbreakable. I’m glad that we got to be inside David and Raymond’s heads one last time.  Santino Hassell has written yet another compelling romance that’s gritty and real. David and Raymond don’t have an easy road ahead of them, but they find a way to get through it all together. I’m so glad that I read this one and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I’m hoping for possibly Ashton and Clive’s story.

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