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review 2017-06-20 12:16
Shock value
Concourse - Santino Hassell

This is book #5 in the Five Boroughs series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For read understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this compelling series in order.


Valdrin AKA Val is Ashton's best friend since childhood.  Val is finding he has sincere feelings for his favorite guy, but he is constantly forced to be in a parental role with him.  He thinks he should try to separate himself from the equation, but Ashton won't let him go easily.


Ashton has knows he has been in love with Val since gradeschool.  His family welcomed him more than his own.  Now there relationship is in confused tatters.  Is it possible to get back in sync?  Should he take a chance and admit how he feels?


This series is so intense.  Each book with such an amazing story of its own.  I loved these characters right from the get go.  They want the same thing, just have to work it out somehow.  Cameo's by favorites from past books make this a must read!  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-05-27 00:00
Concourse - Santino Hassell Concourse - Santino Hassell 3,25 stars

I was in the mood for an easy read of the romance variety. I wanted to be entertained and to have some second hand feels. And I got that. I think the book was well written for what it is. The characters were okay, even though I didn't understand Val's decision to not just be upfront with Ash from the beginning. But that's romance books or you, I guess. The plot was probably the weakest point for me, considering nothing came as a surprise.

I've read better romance books, but I've also read a lot worse. A good fast read that didn't make me thing too much.
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review 2017-05-02 00:00
Concourse - Santino Hassell


I like how this series embraces the diversity of New York. It has those coming from poor and rich backgrounds, the ones that don't have to work and the ones struggling with several jobs, entrepreneurs, teachers, dock workers, philanthropists and so on. The main couples have been a mix of ethnicities also. In Concourse, Valdrin is from Albanian descent and working multiple jobs to stay afloat. Ashton is from old money and became famous for a bit of 'acting out' and social media.

Honestly, I do not like reality tv or the rich and famous celebrity gossip type stuff. I don't keep up with them in real life and usually don't like to read books with these types of characters. Because of how I am, it seems certain that I would not like Ashton, but I adored him. The author does an excellent job of showing how human he is. He's not just the diva he shows his fans. I've always had a thing for book boyfriends who are fighters, boxers or MMA so my love of Valdrin isn't a surprise. These guys are just perfect compliments to each other. They are almost opposites in many areas but similar in heart.

I completely fell into the life these guys were leading and couldn't put the book down. I love when I have a reading experience like that. Concourse is sweet, sexy, romantic and entertaining. I recommend it for sure.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2017-04-27 01:01
I got my grabby hands on the latest Santino Hassell
Concourse - Santino Hassell


I'm a self-admitted junkie for anything Santino Hassell writes. And I get it. My expectations of brilliance are a lot to put on a guy who's already given me both Michael & Nunzio, and David & Raymond. But geez, Hassell, it's your fault for creating these fine and foxy couples who give me all the feels.


Ash and Val were good. And if this had been my first Santino rodeo, it may have merited 5 stars. But, they only get 4. Sorry, boys. Still a damn fine read. Just, you know, Not MNDR level.


Thanks to NetGalley and Riptide Publishing for a chance to read in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2013-05-03 17:09
Criminally Underrated Friday
China Trade - S.J. Rozan
Concourse - S.J. Rozan
Mandarin Plaid - S.J. Rozan

Though I'm as into popular, bestselling books as the next gal, I think it's a special feeling to discover an underrated gem, an author or book that didn't break out and land on everyone's radar.  Every Friday I will post about one of mine.


Today's entry is one of my VERY FAVORITE CRIME AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS I LOVE WITH ALL THE LOVES.  Like Erin Hart, S. J. Rozan is not unknown, but definitely deserves to be more widely read.  In addition to a few standalones, she writes a wonderful series featuring Private Investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith, alternating between their perspectives with each book (so one book will be told entirely from Lydia's perspective, and the next from Bill's).  The protagonists are deeply appealing, individually and as a duo, and the mysteries are smart and always involve a new industry, ranging from construction to fashion to high school football.  They're not cozy, but aren't gruesome or dark either.  If you enjoy mysteries that are strong in character as well as plot, give this series a try.  I think it would appeal to fans of Louise Penny (whose novels I also adore).

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