This Cover May Be Swoony, but the Book? || #Review

Five Boroughs Series
Santino Hassell
Goodreads || Amazon

New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections are made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.

I think one of my main issues with these first two books is that I went in with insane expectations* I mean I wanted everything to be just as beautiful as I was hoping and wanting. (I mean, have you seen those covers) (seriously, have you? Have you?)

*adorably heroic and muscle-ridden guys, dirty situations with unusual solutions, maybe a few tangles and snares

Unfortunately, a few similar issues arose within both of the books. I sort of feel bad that I’m so completely unable to love the book as much as I want to. What were these issues? Let’s just say that one of the main characters in both Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park annoyed the ever-living daylights out of me.

The plot was good (I’m giving each book 3.5 Stars) and I didn’t hate all of the characters, but I really didn’t like either David or Michael. My dislike for both characters snapped over both books. Since this is a series with repeating characters, even though the main characters of the books aren’t the same, we see old friends (the kind we’d rather not see) again. And again.

Book One is all about Michael and Nunzio. They’re all about being friends for 20 years, sharing lusty (okay, maybe it’s just Nunzio) stares, and overcomplicating being together. That last one was allllll Michael. It is all Michael. I wanted to like him. I even did like him for the first part of the book. Then things went down. Lots of things. I just felt so bad for him, and I don’t want to pity him, and I can’t tell him to pick him up by the bootstraps. I found his attitude frustrating.

Much like how I found David frustrating (Granted in a different way).

However, like I mentioned earlier, I liked the plot was good. I mean, y’all, I finished them both in the same day. That counts for something? However much I liked the plot (and the scenes that did have me fanning myself/ swooning) (I MEAN RAY WAS HELLA CUTE….SOMETIMES) I just did not like David or Michael.

Overall, while I did like the book, I just don’t like it enough.

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