Books by Santino Hassell

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Illegal Contact

Illegal Contact marks Mr. Hassell’s first foray into sports romance, and it’s a truly engaging and compelling read.  In it, an intimidating, world famous athlete, benched for bad behavior off the field, more than meets his match when he hires a personal assistant who doesn’t care who he is or ...

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Oversight

Spoiler alert:  The Community books need to be read in order.  Do not read this review if you have not read Insight first. Earlier this year I reviewed the first book in The Community series, Insight, and my major complaint was that it was a bit too busy.  Mr. Hassell spent a good portion of i ...

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Concourse

It can be difficult to review a book that is part of a series for a number of reasons, one of which is to do with how one feels about the other books.  That’s especially true of Concourse.  Although I love the Five Boroughs series as a whole, it’s uneven; and while I enjoyed the writing, the f ...

B
Insight

I’m a Santino Hassell fan, and though I don’t read much paranormal romance, I confidently opened Insight assuming I would love it. Yet while the book is compelling and entertaining, the balance of romance/paranormal/thriller didn’t thrill me.  The first half of the book is a teasing, slow-bur ...

B
Interborough

Interborough is the fourth in Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series and is definitely not a standalone. It re-visits an established pair, Raymond and David, eighteen months on from previous novels in the series. Raymond Rodriguez is now working two jobs and going to college. He still lives wit ...

B+
Stygian

For Jeremy Black, finding solace in the pounding beat of punk rock is his escape from a grim childhood and harrowing memories of his brother’s suicide. But Stygian, the Houston-based indie band he joined, is in trouble. They’re still reeling from the loss of their previous drummer, Caroline, in ...

B+
Sunset Park

Sunset Park is the second in the Five Boroughs series - the first Sutphin Boulevard introduced us to the Rodriguez family, and the relationship between ‘Nunzio and Michael. This book concerns Michael’s younger brother, Raymond. Raymond is used to ignoring responsibility, ...