Review: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

Posted August 4, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Sunset Park by Santino Hassell
Sunset Park
by Santino Hassell

4 Stars


Released: December 11 2015
Series: Five Boroughs #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Format: Audiobook

“One thing is for sure, they have chemistry.”
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I’ve been gobbling up this author’s work lately.  The reason why is his style of writing.  There is something very raw and gritty about the way he writes that speaks to me.  His characters are flawed and human.  The relationships depicted I can picture happening.  And lastly…. it’s just plain hot!

We met both of these characters in book 1 and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this scenario because ultimately one of the main characters has slept with the others’ brother.  Granted it was a hot one night stand they had, but I just couldn’t get past it for a while.  Nevertheless, I forged ahead.  And I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which the author turned my thinking around.  I never felt turned off by these two.  If anything, I was only concerned about their individual differences and in the ways they worked together.  One thing is for sure, they have chemistry.  And it was cute to see it grow so hesitantly in a way because they were friends first and foremost.  Going from that to benefits, to a relationship was just  a lot of fun to see.

I may even go as far as saying I enjoyed this book more.  There was something endearing about Raymond’s vulnerability as he’s exploring a side of his sexuality he never had a chance to.  And he knows he wants to explore it with David but he also knew when not to go begging for attention from someone who wasn’t ready to be with him.  I also loved that both characters were so different.  It would normally make no sense for them to be together as they seem to not have much in common on the outside.  But they worked!  And I forgot about my hang ups about David and I just enjoyed them together.

I am definitely looking forward to seeing more from this series and I’ll be on the look out for other books by Santino Hassell for sure.




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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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Glad to hear the author was able to handle the one night stand situation

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, this is and book 1 is on my TBR pile.

Darynda Jones
Darynda Jones

Wow, sounds great! Thanks for the review!


Sounds interesting…Thanks for the review Francesca