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 bi-curious 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.
©2016 Santino Hassell (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
There are a lot of positive reviews for Sunset Park here, so I'm not going to rehash the story. The story and the writing are excellent, okay? Even when I wanted to throttle the characters (which was pretty much the whole story), I was still engaged wanting to know what happens next. What I'm going to focus on here is the audio.
Michael Ferraiuolo hits a home run with the narration. Period. He nails this. Pure and simple - he absolutely took two pretty unlikable characters and not only made them interesting, he made them *fascinating*. I cancelled a date to keep listening to this audio book. Sure, a good part of that is Hassell's writing, but Ferraiuolo takes it not only to another level, but a whole other universe.
You want to hear good narration? I can name hundreds of audio books with good narration. But excellent narration? Superlatively fantastic narration? I can count them on both hands and still have a couple of fingers left over.
Ferraiuolo joins that distinguished group of narrators. He absolutely blew me away with his pacing, his timing, his sublime character voices...this is excellent narration.
David and Raymond are my romance heroes! Their story is incredible. I actually caught myself yelling at the characters lol. Beautifully written. And let's talk about the narrator.... Human hubba.. What a voice. THIS IS A MUST READ.
Yes actually, Michael Ferraiuolo brought the characters to life. His voice for Raymond was so enjoyable it curled my toes! He should do more NY accents - he is spot on. His voice for David was also enjoyable and you could clearly denote which character was talking. I can't praise Mr. Ferraiuolo enough. He is right up there with Sean Crisden and Greg Tremblay.
Raymond - I could listen to him all day. He is so sweet, so human, so confused - he tries so hard to do the right thing.
Yes, I seek him out for narration but when he does a NY accent he just excels. Maybe I just have a soft spot for the accent itself but it certainly is pertinent to this story and so enjoyable. Its a shame he didn't get to narrate the first story of the series (the narrator for that one was absolutely awful).
Again, the story was great and the narrator made it an even better experience. Can't wait to listen to it again (and again...). Kudos to those who chose Mr. Ferraiuolo.
I thought the audio brought the characters to life.
It doesn't remind me of any other book.
I loved his narration of Ray with the NY accent. David's voice was a bit too feminine for my liking.
When David went to see Ray after he was released from jail. That's when David truly admitted his feelings for Ray.
I really loved Ray, he never pretended to be anything he wasn't. I was annoyed at David, at times, for being wishy washy. Glad he got it together.
The sequel was just a little less compelling than the original, only because Ray fought his feelings so long and David still kept hold of Caleb, even at the end, due to his own doubts. I think that they, as a couple, have what it takes, but as far as passionate romances, this ended on more of a fizzle than the explosion we saw with book one.
That being said, it has to be noted – again – how lovely and provocative Santino’s writing is and how gritty and real his characters and place descriptions are. (I forgot that these guys are TEACHERS and that was sort of brought back in force when David was decorating his classroom. They seem so… un-teacher like most of the time.)
In any case, this was a great book and I highly recommend it to fans of angst, angst and more angst. Oh, and New York!
Michael Ferraiuolo did a FANTASTIC job with this narration. GOD – he gives Ray such a great –authentic to my ears – accent it really helped immerse me in the story. I could almost hear traffic sounds around them on the street when they spoke at the street fair. I didn’t love David’s voice as much. It was almost too feminine in it’s timbre. I get that he’s definitely more fem, but it was a little too much. But… really, that’s a small niggle. Overall this was an amazing book to listen to and –again- I highly recommend it.
For both the narration and the story: 4.5 of 5 stars
Book as you know is perfect. Santino Hassell is seriously talented. What I really wanted to say was that Michael Ferraiuolo is amazing with this story!!! Hands down probably the best narration I've ever heard. All the stars for Sunset Park.
I love audios so yes
Raymond because his personality just draws me
I could definitely tell who the character was by the voice he used
I am crazy over Raymond. I love his straight up way of speaking and behaving. He’s just him. I’m also really surprised by the change in my feelings for David. I wasn’t thrilled about him at all before, but he became pretty likeable. Witnessing the transformations is wonderful, and the sexy scenes are off the charts.
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