Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell #mm #review #AudioReview @SantinoHassell @dreamspinners

Sutphin Boulevard

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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 twenty years.

Length: 8 hours and 54 minutesaddtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

This is one of those weird audio books for me personally.  I loved the story — I was so drawn into the story itself that I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.  But the narrator wasn’t one that I enjoyed, and so that drew down my enjoyment of the book a bit.

I loved being able to follow along with the relationship between Michael and Nunzio — and how it didn’t go perfectly.  At all.  Their relationship was one that had its true ups and downs that every normal relationship has.  And I really loved how … unobservant Michael was about Nunzio’s feelings towards him.

I really enjoyed the twists of how their real world relationship did also affect his workplace relationships as well.  It’s not always an easy relationship to get into when you work with someone, but these two were able to make it work out.

Overall, I loved the story, but once again I didn’t enjoy the narrator.

Story: 5 stars

Narrator: 3 stars

Overall: 4 stars

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