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Publisher's Summary

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field - which doesn't help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he's been successful professionally, he's never been lucky when it comes to love.

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. But Noah isn't prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He's not sure if he'd rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over.

©2017 Santino Hassell (P)2017 Tantor

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    5 out of 5 stars

awesome

Narration= 5 stars ( having 2 narrators was amazing . All the characters in the story were done in very distinctive voices )
Story= 5 stars ( superbly written. Engrossing main characters)
Overall= 5 stars ( delightful and enjoyable)
Charo

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best Characters...Real Relationships

I devour this author’s work! I bought Illegal Contact this morning and just finished it at midnight. I made annoyed faces at everyone who dared to interrupt. If you haven’t checked out S. Hassell’s other works, treat yourself today!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Dual Narration

I don't know why authors and publishers continue to hire multiple narrators for their stories, but then hogtie them with "dual" rather than paying more for "duet" narration.

The problem is that before buying an audiobook we only get a sample, maybe 5 minutes long, if that, which means most of the time you can't tell if you'll get the dreaded "dual" or the hopefully "duet" narration before spending your credits or hard cash.

Alas, here, we are treated to dual narration. *sobs*

In the case of Illegal Contact the two narrators, Eric London and Alexander Cendese take wildly different approaches to the same character voices making it quite obvious they didn't share sound samples or notes before recording - or they did and decided to not even try to match up at all.

Eric London doesn't use many, if any, overt accents. Alexander Cendese does. For example, when Alexander is narrating Brawley's POV, Brawley has a gravelly New Jersey accented voice, but when it switches to Noah's POV, which Eric narrates, Brawley has a slightly gruff, non-accented voice. (Don't even get me started on their voices for Simeon!)

What's even more unfortunate in this case is that each chapter switches between Noah's and Brawley's POV.

Can you say, "Mind f**k"? I can.

So with the two different approaches happening, especially within the same chapter, it's distracting and together they make the audio for this sound quite schizophrenic.

Now, taken separately, both Alexander and Eric are acceptable narrators. They each have interesting interpretations of the text and if only one of them had voiced the audio (either one) I'd probably be giving it at least 4 stars.

I recommend reading the book, because it's hot and Santino Hassell knows how to write great, redemptive, a**hole characters really, really well, but skip the audio.

I honestly do not know, or understand, why these authors and publishers keep paying more for dual narration. It's a waste of money because, with few exceptions, it sounds like garbage (Illegal Contact NOT being one of them), and they'd be better off using a single narrator.

4 Stars for the story - 1.5 stars for the Narration

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story

I liked this book. I listened to it and read it. The one thing that bothered me is: why two narrators who each read both MC's. I didn't enjoy that at all. Why couldn't they each take a main character? It sure would be easier to follow!!! Other than that I really like the way the book came together!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great mix of romance, drama, and story

This book pulled me in immediately. The story felt like an actual real-world situation rather than a glorified, unrealistic world. If you don’t like profanity or explicit scenes, then this is not the book for you. In my opinion, it added to the book though because it contributed to its realness. I will most likely be looking into more of Hassell’s books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

Love love the story when I finish interesting I turn around and listen to it 2nd time the narrator was awesome please tell book two is on the way I can't wait. I don't know if I have a favorite it was awesome from the beginning to the end. My OMG moment is when their were having sex , And the manager caught them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What a lovely kick to the heart!

Am a huge fan of Hassell’s erotic romance titles and continue to be with each honest depiction of men falling in love, come what may. His unapologetic portrayal of Alpha-holes redeemed by the love they find with the people they’re meant to be with is one of the many reasons he’s a one-click autobuy for me. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This book pulled me in so deep.

It was sexy, funny, heart-wrenching and endearing. Despite all the profanity that had me question the book at first It quickly pulled the disillusionment in full force invoking the character's personality. the dynamic of the characters had was electrifying and realistic.

I love this book and I'll be looking for a second book. I tend to not look if there is a full series to keep me on my toes, but if there is when I look The Joy will be overwhelming and if not very sad... like very sad.. I want more. 🤣 there better be more! it would be a shame.

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Nice story.

I did like the flow of the story. It made jocks not seem as "dangerous" as I see them in real life. It showed they can be as "flawed" [if that's a flaw], and conflicted as the rest of us.

The book had great steamy bits too without being trashy in my opinion. I also like the narrative, narration was great.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Narration needs work

This is a good follow up to the first book and I would have given it a higher rating if the sound quality were better. Santino Hassell is a favorite author and have read/listened to most of his books. The one thing that was distracting was the sound quality of the narrators, one in particular. It seems each MC recorded his part at a different studio or using diffrrent recording equipment. Even when they are having conversations in the same room or in intimate scenes there is a vast difference. Where one is rich in tone and the other sounds as if he is recording in a tin can. I love dual narrators and like both Eric and Alexander but please next time at least use the same sutdio or have the sound editor intercede. Sound quality can ruin a good book if not done right. I listened to all Santino's books and look forward to listening to more. So, if this is something that you can get past take a listen, it is a good book.