Review: Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

 Series: Five Boroughs (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I love how ‘agrressive’ it is

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, depression, homophobia, child abuse

Description: Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

Review: I really love how broken Santino Hassell’s characters always are. I always feel with them. Although I had some problems to get into Mike’s head, but after I went in… But not everything is sad here. Most things are. I still had to smirk now and then.

Because of my starting problems with Mike I didn’t get the relationship at first, but I loved the friendship. Some parts of this book deal with a lust triangle, but it made sense and the sexual tension was palpable.Which I’m used to with this author.

My favourite was Raymond, though. And I’m very happy he is the main character in the next installment.


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