REVIEW: “SUNSET PARK” by Santino Hassell

TITLE: Sunset Park
SERIES: A five boroughs story – book 2
AUTHOR: Santino Hassell
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
PUBLISHER: Dreampsinner Press
GENRE:  Contemporary
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Dreamspinner store (now on sale)
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: 11th December 2015


BLURB: 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.



Sunset Park is one of those stories that will stay with you forever, causing you a serious book hangover. What an amazing, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and unique love story. Raymond and David are introduced to the readers in Sutphin Boulevard and here they get their own story (which can totally be read as a standalone). And what a ride they get. If you think your heart got a serious workout in Sutphin Boulevard, let me tell you, that was a good warm up compared to this…

This book is all about the characters. They are unique, complex and very real. Raymond is my favorite MC this year. He is amazingly well written. I don’t have words to praise how well he is put together from the tiniest little details, his emotions, reactions. He is the most honest, most genuine character I’ve ever read. I am truly in love with him.

Santino Hassel is a master manipulator of the human heart. He is able to dissect his characters to the bone and with that he’s playing the reader’s heart like the finest instrument. My strings almost broke at times but then he soothed me with so much passion that I was melting. I still was so frustrated and angry sometimes that I wanted to scream at them to finally pull themselves together. While I could feel and understand Raymond, I sometimes had a hard time with David. I didn’t get enough reasoning or background info of his insecurities and he was often a little too much for me.

The writing is flawless, the pages just fly by. I couldn’t stop reading. Highly recommended!!!



infinito 4 e mezzo



****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****


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