Book 5, Five Boroughs
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Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.
Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.
When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.
(This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the Five Boroughs series.)
Another well written story that draws you into the world of these beautifully flawed characters. It was written with heart, grit, and emotion. Santino Hassel is one I read when I want a story that is real, with real emotion but not over the top angst. Instead, it is real people who draw you into the good, the bad, and the ugly which just leaves craving their happy ending all the more. Santino never fails to deliver that real ending that gives you the right kind of feel good but you feel like it was earned and believable. This book didn't disappoint.
diverse, sexy, romantic, entertaining
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.
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!