by Santino Hassell




Can they overcome their differences to make it to happily ever after?

The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated — in more ways than the obvious — whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626494763
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/24/2016
Series: Five Boroughs , #4
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Interborough 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have really enjoyed reading this series.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
It's a rare treat to be able to visit a couple after they've gotten their happy ending, because we all know that the story doesn't really end there. Once the rose colored glasses come off, the reality of being in a relationship sinks in and with it everything that entails - from money problems to work life to extended family, etc. For Raymond and David, things were great at first, but gradually working two jobs and going to school has put a serious damper on the time that Raymond can spend with David. David's insecurities rear their ugly heads the less time that Ray spends with him, despite his wishes that he could control them. It makes him do reckless things, giving into excess drinking for example, that drives more wedges between them. A cruise with their friends is supposed to give them the time to sit down and talk but doesn't go the way either of them wants it too. Can they fix the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way and make things worthwhile for the long haul? First off, it should be noted that this isn't meant to be a standalone story as it is a continuation of several storylines from the previous books in the series, and in particular David and Ray's romance from Sunset Park. I really enjoyed this story, even with the tension that spills throughout it as Ray and David fight for their relationship. And it just goes to show you that good sex definitely doesn't fix all the problems in a relationship because Ray and David definitely don't have a problem expressing their love for each other in the bedroom, in some pretty steamy scenes. It's the communication that needs a lot of work. David's propensity to drink is not his finest character trait and adds a lot of drama in various scenes, as do Ray's gut reactions that can't always be reeled in. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to see how they could sort things out. Along the way there are several secondary characters that get page time including Caleb (David's ex) and his new partner Oli, and Ray's brother Michael and partner Nunzio. The whole gang is present from all the previous stories in the series and along the way to fixing things with David and Ray are some really sweet surprises that honestly brought me to tears. I loved seeing everyone here and hope that some of the other characters whose stories haven't yet been fully told will get their happy endings too - the Rodriguez brothers have enough friends who definitely need some love! 4.5 stars.
DeeM More than 1 year ago
Santino Hassell has written a character in Raymond that I have unconditional love for, so I was beyond excited to see this continuation of his relationship with David. The tensions between the two is extremely realistic and layered, making seeing them work through it all in search of their happy ending even more emotional. Hassell does a fantastic job if filling in the world these characters live in, from the other couples we've already been introduced to in earlier books to the new characters introduced here. As a reader, you really feel as though a curtain has been pulled back on a place that exists now, that these characters are real and you could go to New York and meet them on the street. I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed this whole series and this latest addition to it. And that'll need the tissues!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Raymond totally 'does it' for me. I love his gruffness and how he softens for David. I'm so proud for him too, the way he's made so many positive steps in his life. He gives off all those bad boy vibes and does so many good guy things. He even has the looks. So yeah, male perfection, a five star, four alarm book boyfriend. We saw David and Raymond go through states of semi-functioning adulthood to actually seeming to pull it together in Sunset Park, but really making everything work takes more than just deciding it will happen. Both are still adapting to being a we instead of an I. There are hardships that come with being a grown up and paying bills. Raymond has never been in love or had responsibilities. David tends to freak out and be overly dramatic. They have their ups and downs, and from these scenes come some of the sweetest dialogue and hottest sex ever. They're so real. I find myself smiling and sighing and feeling the feels. Michael and Nunzio have some epic love lines too. I may have teared up. I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. My emotions were involved. The writing is great. The characters are delicious. I can't recommend it enough.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in a series, and should be read after book 2, SUNSET PARK, if not read in order. Ray and David have been dating on the down-low for a year. Ray came out as bisexual on Valentine's Day, but only to close friends and his brother, Michael. David struggles to feel his place at Ray's side, mostly because the uber-slacker Ray has completely flipped his script and is working two jobs, plus going to college. He wants to be a supervisor, or an inspector, on the docks, so he's putting in third shift duty as a Longshoreman, in addition to his vapid day job. Most nights David goes to bed alone, after worrying that he and Ray are slipping apart. It doesn't help that Ray's new work pal, Trey, seems to want a piece of Ray--and Ray is completely oblivious. Is David being silly, and suspicious, for no reason? David's only adult relationship was with Caleb, and he snuck around cheating because Caleb had little-to-no interest in sex. Now, David's worried that he and Ray are slipping apart, and Ray's so gorgeous he might be getting it on with any of the many male, or female, admirers he seems to collect. So, David's a wreck, imagining his worn-out lover might be taking some love on the side. Meanwhile, Ray's so exhausted, his libido has shrunk considerably. That doesn't mean he doesn't want David; he does. Lots. But they are ships passing, and both are banking on spending some great quality time on a gay-friendly cruise arranged by Caleb's new company. Ray has promised he'll quit his day job, but a bad financial turn causes him to change his mind--and keep that knowledge to himself until they get back from vacation. It's a tenuous time, and both David and Ray are frustrated. David is drinking more, and it's upsetting to Ray--not least because David is obnoxious when drunk. Ray takes it in stride, guilty that he's neglected his lover so much. He thinks if he just works more, and makes enough money to manage his new expenses for a little longer, he and David can weather the storm. But David wants a true partnership. He's not happy being 'just friends' around any of Ray's work colleagues--and Trey's encroachment into their personal time is more than David can handle. There's a lot of struggle in this book, and part of it stems from Ray's naivete. He's never dated anyone seriously, and David's experience in coupling hasn't been stellar. Ray still wants to keep his personal life private, and he doesn't see how this is a problem for David. There's also some eye-opening business that David experiences, notably the differences in treatment Ray gets from police due to his Puerto Rican heritage. David knows he loves Ray, and that Ray loves him, but love didn't keep him from stepping out on Caleb, or from all his other friends' having problems in their marriages. David looks at Michael and Nunzio--Ray's brother and lover--sees all he wants in the world: a strong, out relationship that is a partnership. There's so little of that happening between him and Ray that he's distraught. These books, where the couple has been together a while but is hitting a rough patch, are always hard to write, and read. It's a delicate balance between the conflict and the resolution, because you don't want one character to be embittered, or seem unsympathetic. I felt like this was well-managed. Ray's still very clueless about how to be in a relationship, and David's got a lot of paranoia regarding his own missteps with Caleb. Total HEA ending.