Review: Interborough by Santino Hassell (Five Boroughs #4)


Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The loss echoing in my chest was something I’d only felt after the deaths of my parents—this hollow hopeless sense of emptiness. What am I going to do? What will I do without you? The questions were resounding in my head and booming with too much bass in my ears, but I couldn’t make them stop. And I couldn’t stop the short harsh breaths that rushed out of me whenever I thought too hard on the what ifs.
What if this was it? What if we’re really over? What if he doesn’t love me anymore? What if he’s tired of waiting for me to figure things out?
“Fuck my life.”

Raymond Rodriguez and David Butler continue their story in Interborough, the fourth and latest book in the Five Boroughs series--now an absolute favorite of mine--penned by Santino Hassell. Fans of the series will remember that Raymond and David first met in Sutphin Boulevard, Raymond being Michael Rodriguez's younger brother and David being Nunzio Medici fellow teacher and the guy he and Michael shared an intimate moment with. It's in Sunset Park where Raymond and David's closeness is established, one that's tested when Raymond decides to explore his bisexuality. In this new addition to the series, which sees its transfer from Dreamspinner Press to Riptide Publishing, Raymond and David may be in love and in a committed relationship, but Raymond is still tucked well into the closet. He's also got a lot going on with his career, leaving him very little quality time with David. When a vacation heightens tensions and pushes them further apart rather than have the opposite effect, Raymond is going to have to make certain changes and choices if he has any hope to get to happily-ever-after with his man.

Argh! Raymond so tested my patience in this sequel to his love story with David. I never doubted that he loved his boyfriend, but his indecision with regards to being open and honest about his sexuality led to complications that would never have been there had he just not waffled time and again. I felt terrible for David and with me having far less patience than him, I would have probably taken a necessary break to have some time to weigh things out and wonder just where my relationship with Raymond was. But David is a far better person than me, and he was clearly fully invested when it came to Raymond. Aside from these two, we see several other familiar peripheral characters throughout the first three books, as well as Nunzio and Michael as well Caleb Stone and Oliver Buckley from First and First, so they amped up the fun factor of the book, balancing out the angst that was coming from David and Raymond. To be honest, Raymond and David were my "iffy" couple in the series because I did doubt Raymond's commitment to David. Thank goodness they finally convinced me they were "it". Interborough gets five-plus stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Five Boroughs series:


Sutphin Boulevard (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Sunset Park (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review

First and First (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review

Interborough (book four) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 24 October 2016

Date Read: 24 October 2016

Learn more about Santino Hassell.

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