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Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2) by Santino Hassell 4.5 Star Review!

 Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) by Santino Hassell 4.5 Stars!

Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.




I loved David and Ray. I love the emotionial bravery of their romance and the chemistry.

This is a great friends to lovers love story between two very different heroes who really like and get each other. They are both flawed and both have a a great deal of growing to do and they do it.

This series is great. This book is a wonderful of real life and emotionial risk taking and just being who you are with well drawn characters.

It is a real pleasure of a read. It needs a few more chapters to make me over the moon happy but it is oh so good.

Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye Review

  Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye 3 Stars!

Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.


I liked a great deal about this book. The looking back writing style is engaging and it is fun to see what mess Shawn can get into. I love Shawn’s family and the fact that Shawn isn’t a perfect 10.

I also enjoyed the devotion Shawn had for his family and the value put on his care taking of his mother. There is some fun subplots as well.

I like Harely as well but despite this story being told from his point of view, there is always a distance about him that makes me not sink into the love story.

His super long hair is hot though.

Speechless (Speechless #1) by Kim Fielding Review

  Speechless by Kim Fielding 3 Stars! 

Travis Miller has a machining job, a cat named Elwood, and a pathetic love life. The one bright spot in his existence is the handsome guitar player he sometimes passes on his way home from work. But when he finally gathers the courage to speak to the man, Travis learns that former novelist Drew Clifton suffers from aphasia: Drew can understand everything Travis says, but he is unable to speak or write.

The two lonely men form a friendship that soon blossoms into romance. But communication is only one of their challenges—there’s also Travis’s inexperience with love and his precarious financial situation. If words are the bridge between two people, what will keep them together?



I was really enjoying this sweet romance about a writer who can not longer write nor speak and a shy working class hero and then despite how well they communicated up to this point, they stop.


This is a lovely romance about listening and paying attention. It does some interesting work around gender and class issues in subtle ways but I would have liked to see those worked out in relationship rather than in distance.

Vodka and Handcuffs by Brandon Witt Review


Vodka & Handcuffs (Mary's Boys Book 2) - Brandon Witt

Vahin Arora, Hamburger Mary’s sexy bartender, plays the flirtatious role so well even his closest friends—his chosen family at Mary’s—don’t realize Vahin hasn’t had a hookup in months. Then Tall, Dark, and Handsome steps through the door, and Vahin’s libido races back to life.

Being a black cop on the Denver police force is no easy job—Marlon Barton can’t imagine adding being gay to the equation. And while Marlon loves his work as an officer, his life has taken a turn for the hellish because of his new partner, the nephew of a senator.

Fleeing his partner’s company one night, Marlon stumbles into Mary’s for the first time… and wakes up with a hangover in the bartender’s bed. The one-night stand heats up into a budding romance, but not without stress as Marlon’s partner’s actions threaten Vahin’s livelihood and Marlon’s future on the force. Can Vahin and Marlon face the challenges and hold on to the love, friendship, and family they’ve found?



Ultimately, the plot of this book pulled in to many direction so that I couldn’t settle in and enjoy the story.


I like this circle of friends and Mary’s and was happy to to see the cast but the heroes spent a great deal of time a part and the drama and angst meter was sky high from minute one.


I have some issues with consent with the drunk sex, then the subplot with the evil partner really runs the show. I like some scenes a great deal but I never get the love story I am hoping for with this two very compelling heroes.

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