Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job - any job - to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin's personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
The night I rescued presumably straight Ethan Harris, I figured that would be the last time I saw him. However, he keeps finding his way back into my life - and into my bed....
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high-rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too....
Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in....
Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love? Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates....
Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he's having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status....
It's not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed - sometimes with Van's camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable....
Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend before they break....
Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before....
Don't date your bodyguard. It was the one rule he had to break....
At 10 years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided midair when they dove for the same football. For three years they were inseparable...until one day....
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life....
Rand O'Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality....
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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, to teaching in one of the city's most queer-friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.
Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can't forget the feel of his best friend's hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don't stay easy for long.
When Michael's world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for 20 years.
I will have to give this one 3.5 stars. The writing was a four star but I had a hard time with the addiction and depression part.
Michael "Mikey" Rodriguez drove me to drink several glasses of wine because his head was a dark and painful place to be. He was a broken character because life had dealt him a crummy hand not including his little brother Raymond and his best friend Nunzio Medici.
I felt so bad for Nunzio and kept waiting for Mikey to pick himself up and go. I honestly had a hard time appreciating the sex scenes because I felt Mikey was just hiding and would have a melt down shortly after sex. The author did a remarkable job humanizing Michael and Nunzio. Both were flawed characters, but they both felt much and tried hard to work with the hand they were dealt.
As for the rating, this is really a case of It's me, not you because it was a well writing story featuring family, addiction, love and growth. I do think I will give Raymond's book a go.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Come across this story online numerous times and I regret not having taking it up before! The story is engaging, sorry, funny, and at times frustrating, but in an endearing way. Topsfield's narration was perfect in my opinion. It wasn't a monotone speed reading that so many narrations on audible turn out to be. The pace was perfect. He distinguished perfectly between each character. I didn't feel like I was being read to by my granddad. On par with Charlie David in my opinion. here's hoping the rest of the series gets an audible narration keeping Topsfield's.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really struggled to finish this. Nothing good happens too anyone in this book until the last chapter. There is drug, alcohol, emotional, and physical abuse. It's too much too carry through the entire book. This book is a real downer and I do not recommend it!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
So I listened to this out of order, but as always. It was fabulous. The characters are easy to relate to, the story is conceivable and true.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I really didn't like much about this story. Well, that's not really true - I liked the writing, I just didn't like the main character, Michael.<br/><br/>I don't know if it's because the story is entirely from Michael's POV and Michael is self indulgent, self absorbed, and obtuse. <br/><br/>Maybe because he treats a twenty year friendship with Nunzio, and frankly Nunzio himself, with such callow disregard.<br/><br/>Maybe because he doesn't seem to provide any guidance for his younger brother while simultaneously condemning him for his life choices.<br/><br/>His constant whining didn't help. The angst that seems, largely, to come out of no where, which led to a completely self-indulgent spiral, kind of threw me. I don't know. I have to be honest, by that point my sympathy had dried up for the character.<br/><br/>Do I empathize with his situations? Yes. Did I understand where much of his guilt and angst came from? Yes. Do I have any sympathy for it? Nope.<br/><br/>Anyway. If this was just about narration I'd give at least 3.5 Stars for it. The audio was good. Good enough to keep me interested in seeing where this train wreck went. Rusty Topsfield did what he could, but I wasn't feeling the story and that bled out to mar my enjoyment of his performance. Sorry, Rusty.<br/><br/>It's well written for all I want to give only 1 star for all the bullshit, but the narration deserves more. Also the sex was awesome, which was another reason I stuck it through.<br/><br/>2.5 stars<br/><br/>I can't say if I'll continue with the series. Someone mentioned book two is largely the same, and I don't think I can go through all this again. We'll see.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
I wish that the people in charge of choosing the narrators of audiobooks consider everything about the stories. Age of the main characters, ethnicity, regional and international dialects, etc. I've listened to many audio books narrated by Mr. Topsfield and consider him to be an okay choice for many books. But there have been some, this one in particular that leave much to be desired. The characters in Suthpin Boulevard are from Spanish, heavily ethnic NY neighborhoods. The accents are definitely not Hispanic nor Brooklynese. It took me out of the story and lessened my enjoyment. Choosing a narrator that has a command of dialects would increase the marketability and authenticity of the audio productions and could also make a mediocre book extraordinary. I did read this story and was really excited to hear it, only to be disappointed. Please consider this for future projects.
16 of 23 people found this review helpful
Compelling read. Hot and Also strong story particularly following family friendship trauma and addiction. Want to continue to follow the characters into the next one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It’s hard to summarize this without giving too much away but…
Mikey and Nunzio have been friends forever. They have a shared threesome one night and cross the lines between friendship to sort-of lovers.
The problem is that Mikey isn’t in a good place. His mom just died and his abusive, alcoholic dad is back and causing problems and he just got dumped…He ends up having a lot of “self-improvement” issues that eclipse his ability to become the boyfriend Nunzio needs.
Eventually Mikey reaches a point of no return and he has some tough decisions to make. The question at the end is will Nunzio still be there for him when Mikey comes back to his own?
Santino Hassell is an excellent writer. His characters are REAL. His language is gritty and his sense of place is perfection. He immerses you in the heads and environment of his characters and you are deeply engaged in their lives.
This is a romance. Yes, but barely. But it’s more of Michael’s own “coming of age” story. We are in Mikey’s head throughout the entire story and we go through all his ups and downs and downs and downs and downs… As a result, besides the very, very hot sex that we see him share most of this is really about his growth.
That isn’t a bad thing.
However, as a romance reader, I really wanted more of the relationship stuff. I felt particularly cheated that the reconciliation and HEA portion of the book was literally the last few paragraphs.
Of course I was grateful that our boys got together and I enjoyed the struggle Mikey endured to get there and I feel hopeful that he and Nunzio will make it, but I wanted them together and happy for longer than a few sentences.
So… as a book I give this high marks, as a romance I detract some.
I was so skeptical! But…. Rust Topsfield did an AMAZING job with this. He’s got all these accents hidden in him… who knew?! He butchered some of the Spanish… but he got some of the Brooklyn accents down and as a form of entertainment – listening to this was aces! I thoroughly enjoyed it and have to say it’s the BEST way to appreciate this story.
Story 3.5 of 5 stars
Audio 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
really tremendous book and fantastic narration. I will listen to this again. wicked hot! I'm really glad I listened to it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, it was really good, both the story and the narration. It was the first time I listen to the narrator and I liked his voice
Who was your favorite character and why?
Michael because how easy was to get in touch with his feelings
Which character – as performed by Rusty Topsfield – was your favorite?
Michael. I loved the voice he gave him. It was really good
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not really and it was a little bothersome because the book did, but the narration had something lacking, maybe the element of surprise because I already read the book, but I feel a little emotionaly detached to it.
Any additional comments?
I have mixed feelings about this audiobook. I liked the narration, that doesn’t seemed to be much of a problem. I liked the voices given to the characters, the pace and most of it. I did feel like there were times when I got a little confused about who was talking but it didn’t happened too often. This was the first time I listen to an audio of a book I’d read and I think that might be most of the problem. I loved the book and when I read it, I felt heartbroken and just loved how much emotions there was on it. I didn’t feel it the same way this time around. I don’t know if it had something got do with the fact I’d read it or if there was something about the narration. But there was something that just didn’t allow me to love it as much as I loved the book. It might be something personal, I don’t know if other reader might feel the same way. It was the first time I listen to the narrator and it was a good first experience.