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

Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC via Publisher/Author
Publication Date:October 24, 2016
Publisher:Riptide Publishing
Point of View: First Person ( Raymond and David)
Genres & Themes:  MM Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary


The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind himand 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.


I fucking love this book.

Santino Hassell is praised for writing flawed and complex characters, for the raw and grittiness of life. Interborough is the epitome to that praise, it’s his best work at showing how gritty every day life, but it also shows how hearing the happily ever after is just as entertaining as getting there.

I’ll be honest, I’m cautious when hearing that that couple we left happily together is either broken up or is having problems. A lot of that has to do with wanting things to work out, because real life is stifled with those broken ever afters.

And then….well Santino Hassell heard me and wrote this story. And I was all like *bow down* “Okay, heard you.”

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When Sunset Park ended I thought David didn’t deserve sweet precious cinnamon delight Raymond. But whowhowho did David redeem himself in this novel. Recommendation: bring some napkins, cuddle the person/thing next to you and read Interborough. It is angsty as all hell and raw as fuck (no pervy thoughts attached). The thing is that Santino knows how to balance it all because in the midst of all the fights, you can see and feel the love this two had for each other.

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They still wanted each other, and they were still romantic as fuhhh, don’t let Raybun fool you. The sex was raunchy, like bless me lord for I have sinned with this two.

“But I want you know.”

“What do you want me for?”

“Intense, raw flip fucking.”

What stole the show was how each of them felt, and really the plot of Interborough. This every day couples, but this are two people, with insecurities and doubts trying to fight for their love. David, David, David. Did I feel for him. That’s the thing…Santino creates characters that we can relate. When David felt disregarded, when he felt invalidated, when he referenced his past with cheating, all of that added to this realness that I savored until the very last page.

“He’s not hyphenating.”

“That’s cool. He’ll be Boricua by marriage instead of just by injection.”

And despite all of the angst and drama, this characters remained the same two we fell in love with. Raybun is still that dry sarcastic, sex on two legs, guy. David is still that clingy guy that I absolutely adored him for, and he mentions all that.

Read it for the angst, read it for Raybun and David, read it for Micheal and Nunzio, read it for the EPILOGUE. READ IT. *readitfortheraunchysexandthehilarioustextmessages*


“You bonded…over how loud I get when you dick me out.”


Raymond: Why dont you come finger fuck me in an empty classroom

David: That escalated quickly.


“Come take what you want and as much as you want as long as you come back for more.”

“I knew you two belonged together from the moment I first watched him fuck you.”

“I’m just always expecting to be judged based on the mistakes I made with Caleb.”

“If every kiss and touch was a promise, I had no doubts that we were making them to each other for forever.”

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