My rating: 4 of 5 stars
***I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, in exchange for an honest review***
I love Santino Hassell and I love this series. It’s gritty and cynical and real and yet also so very romantic and fairytale-like. It just pushes all of my buttons. I took the opportunity to re-read all of the series in audio before diving into this one -great timing as book 3 First and First was just released as an audiobook.
Originally I had loved Sunset Park, but mainly because I was in love with Raymond. David, not so much. But a second read of their story made me warm up to David, insecurities, faults and all. And good thing that it did, because otherwise I am not sure I would have loved this book as much as I did!
This is the story of what happens after the happy ever after. It’s a story readers of romance not often get and in many ways that suits me just fine. It’s nice to live in that suspended moment of time when the lovers ride off into the sunset and not worry about whether or not they will still be happy when mortgages and laundry and dirty dishes clutter their lives. That is however, exactly the story that we get to see, between Raymond and David, in Interborough.
Raymond and David have been together for a year and a half. David is stressing over his job, as his yearly results have not been as impressive as his supervisor could have wanted and his tenure interview is coming up soon. Raymond has really turned a new leaf. He is working two jobs and going to college. Unfortunately that means that the two rarely see eachother, as Raymond is working 18 hour days and is literally exhausted whenever he is at home. Add to that the fact that Raymond is still not out to his coworkers, at either job, and David’s insecurities return in full bloom.
As always Santino Hassell’s characters act like real people, with all their insecurities, flaws and cowardice, which is what makes his books such great reads. You may want to slap them, but they feel like real three dimensional people and not two dimensional cardboard cut outs.
There should be a tag on this book to not read whilst depressed as it will certainly make you bawl then, but rest assured, that this is still romance and you will be able to draw a happy and very contended sigh of relief at the end, but you will need to sit through some pretty rough stuff before you get there!
Interborough will be released on October 24th, but if you haven’t read the series yet, you should go check out the first 3 books.