ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Posted January 16, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 12 Comments

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ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell
Down by Contact
by Santino Hassell

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 16 2018
Series: The Barons #2
Format: eARC
 

“DOWN BY CONTACT is packed full of sexual tension and sizzling chemistry.”
~ Under the Covers

I was so excited about Simeon’s story because I adored his character in the first book.  He’s recently come out of the closet, publicly, after a close call with a club hook up and in solidarity of his best friend coming out as well.  I was anxious to see what kind of HEA he would get and, at first, I wasn’t too sure what to think of it.

Simeon used to play for The Predators and one of his best friends then was Adrian.  But ever since making the move to The Barons, Adrian has seen him as a traitor.  Needless to say, there’s a lot of animosity between them two.  It’s evident through their social media interactions, comments passed on interviews, and even on the field.  After one extreme altercation on the field, they are both assigned some community service together as punishment and to try and clean up both their image.

This has all the markings of an enemies to lovers story, and also it’s an out-for-you book.  These are things I normally enjoy quite a bit and to an extent I also enjoyed them in this book.  But I can’t help but have that small voice in the back of my mind reminding me that I wasn’t always on board with Adrian’s treatment of Simeon.  Nor was I so okay with Simeon’s acceptance of Adrian’s actions.  It didn’t happen a lot so it didn’t take away from me enjoying the book and gobbling it all up.  But it was enough for me not to be raving about this book.

DOWN BY CONTACT is packed full of sexual tension and sizzling chemistry.  While I wanted or expected a bit more depth in this story, I still found it hot, sometimes sweet and adorable.  Bring on the next one.

 

 

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About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance 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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kathy valentine

great review francesca!! shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, this one is on my wishlist.

Elizabeth
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Sorry the treatment wasn’t always what it should’ve been and was accepted. However, I’m glad the book was good.

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Sophia Rose

I struggled with the antics of both of them. I know what you’re saying about Adrian’s treatment of Simeon- definitely not okay, but Simeon’s idea to seduce him and force him to accept things about his orientation fast wasn’t cool either. I was glad when the pair of them got it together after such a rocky start.

kathy valentine
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kathy valentine

great review francesca!! shared on all my socials!!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, this one is on my wishlist.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sorry the treatment wasn’t always what it should’ve been and was accepted. However, I’m glad the book was good.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I struggled with the antics of both of them. I know what you’re saying about Adrian’s treatment of Simeon- definitely not okay, but Simeon’s idea to seduce him and force him to accept things about his orientation fast wasn’t cool either. I was glad when the pair of them got it together after such a rocky start.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca

Angie @ Ba_BAMB
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Angie @ Ba_BAMB

I enjoyed this one, too, but my biggest issue was Simeon’s whole ‘I’ll show him by seducing him’ attitude. It was a relationship kicked off with animosity and revenge, and it makes me wonder if they’ll be in it for the long haul.

Great review!

Angie @ Ba_BAMB
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Angie @ Ba_BAMB

I enjoyed this one, too, but my biggest issue was Simeon’s whole ‘I’ll show him by seducing him’ attitude. It was a relationship kicked off with animosity and revenge, and it makes me wonder if they’ll be in it for the long haul.

Great review!