Concourse (Five Boroughs #5) by Santino Hassell #mm #review @SantinoHassell @RiptideBooks


Disclaimer MaleTAGAshton 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.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

This was a fun story for me. I’ve been a fan of this series since it first started and I couldn’t wait to start this book to find out what was going to happen between Ashton and Val.

I do want to admit though – I was kinda glad that the story seemed more bout Val and what he had been though, and what he was going through.  While I do like Ashton’s character, he was very much a spoiled brat and acted like it the majority of the time. Whereas with Val, he’s very straightforward and to the point.

This book is most certainly a book of “opposites attract”.  These two men are so completely different that even throughout the book I was wondering how they would be able to make it work.  And then when secrets from the past come out in the present, I was on the edge of my seat trying to find out what was going to happen next.

Overall – I did enjoy this story and I can’t wait to read more in this series in the future.

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