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Reviews of Hassell's Previous Novels:
First and First (#3) -- TBQ
Strong Signal (#1) -- TBQ
Fast Connection (#2) -- TBQ
Interborough continues Raymond and David's story about a year and a half after Sunset Park ends. Their HEA is in jeopardy thanks to the reality of life -- work, school, responsibilities, and relationship miscommunication (or rather, lack of communication, really). The two are both stressed and worried and fighting over stupid thing, but they can't seem to stop even though they know they should. Things are just boiling too close to the surface, and they're each having a hard time dealing with everything.
The book starts off with a fun scene: David and Raymond are visiting with friends and David's enjoying a Popsicle. Raymond's mind, of course, can't help but take it extremely dirty. After eye-fucking for a bit, they sneak off for a few minutes of private time.
There are definitely fun moments like that throughout, and the usual snarky wit. But there's also a lot of emotions, too. Things are rough in this book. Mainly, relationship angst, ahoy! But I liked that because it's true to life. Life doesn't stay constant and perfect once the HEA has been attained, so it's always nice to see this shown in romance novels, too.
Hassell is an autobuy author for me, and this series is serious crack, full of angst and snark and so much heat it's not a good idea to read while in public. (Yes, I've learned this the hard way...) And Interborough is no different, delivering everything we've come to love from Hassell -- the fun group of characters, the great writing, etc. -- while showing us the sometimes painful reality of "after the HEA" as Raymond and David find themselves again and restrengthen their relationship.
I was pissed at David every time he would go off and get sloppy drunk again, but I was also angry with Raymond for always failing to listen and believe David about things. Even so, I still loved these two together, flaws and all. They fit even though they had to clash a bit to find the right angle again for all their pieces to fall into place.
The epilogue damn near made me sob -- and it's not even about Raymond and David, really. Nope. It's about Michael and Nunzio (Sutphin Boulevard) and it was just . . . gah! So perfect and gave me ALL THE FEELS. Interborough will give you two HEA, both for couples who already had an entire book in which fall in love, and both HEAs will leave you extremely sappy-happy, even if you may curse some of the angst in the middle (because Santino Hassell). To get the best experience out of this, you should at least read Sunset Park (Raymond and David's previous book), but truly, if you're going to try one of Hassell's books, just do yourself the favor now and read them ALL, preferably in order. You will not regret it!
4 1/2 STARS!
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Santino Hassell; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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I'm still in a bit of a book hangover from these two. (sigh) And now I'm greedy for the next book. Not even sure if we've been told whose book it'll be, but I don't even care.
Oh, and if you want to see even more quotes, follow this link to see all the highlights I shared on Twitter.
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Until Next Time,
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