Sutphin Boulevard

Sutphin Boulevard

by Santino Hassell



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Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

A Five Boroughs Story

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. 

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ISBN-13: 9781634763257
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 07/31/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Sutphin Boulevard 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This book floored me. I got soooooo turned on for the sex parts. The heat factor alone made for an excellent read. I was angry by some actions, saddened by others. There's angst and drama. There's sweetness. I loved it because it made me feel so much. I thought that Michael's break down was interesting and heartbreaking, but I did want more of Nunzio and less of that part. I will continue the series. When this one ended, I was craving more.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
After Strong Connection and Fast Connection of course I had to read Santino’s other works and I decided to start with this series. From the get go you know this is going to be super hot and as the book continues you realize that these characters have a lot of heart and that they also have some pretty heavy stories to tell. This is sort of a friends to lovers story but it has like many many layers to it. Things are hard to deal with for most of the book and we as spectators can see how these characters are making a mess of their lives but we can’t do anything about it! I loved this book because the way Santino writes feel right, like that’s the way people talk and react to events in their lives, we mess up from time to time and it’s good that we have people who care enough about us to be there and help us.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Michael AKA "Mikey" works as a teacher with his best friend, Nunzio at a high school. They are hoping to make a difference in kids lives. While he has been going through a lot lately, Nunzio is at Mikey's side. Nunzio has feelings for Michael that he has never acted upon. They both are afraid to destroy over 2 decades of friendship. The trust and adoration is there. Can they learn to go forward as more than friends? Such a very sweet and yet emotional story. We see what can happen, and not happen when two friends move beyond the casual. I found this extremely compelling and I am not afraid to say I was hooked and could not put it down.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
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 Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down this book. Loved the dialogue, thought it was so real.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This story is a really rocky one, full of emotion and angst. Michael’s slide into depression and soul destroying alcoholism is told with gritty realism. The sex scenes are steamy and dirty, no holds barred between Michael and Nunzio as they give free reign to the passion that’s been simmering under the surface. The city of New York adds to the flavour with a gritty view of the poorer areas that aren’t all broadway shows and glamour. It’s not an easy read, but it is a compelling one, and definitely worth it. I’m very interested in reading the next in the series. 4 stars.
authorJJ More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing! As a fan of Santino Hassell’s previous work, when I saw Sutphin Boulevard, I knew for sure I had to read it. The book starts off with the long time best friends, Michael and Nunzio, going out on the town after Michael breaks up with his boyfriend. Nunzio encourages Michael to go out and have rebound sex, but when they pick up a guy, the night ends up with Nunzio in the mix. Michael cannot deny he loves what happened with Nunzio, but refuses to think of it as something more than just sex. Since Michael has had bad luck with relationships, he doesn’t want to mess up his friendship with Nunzio by moving in a romantic direction. Then Michael starts having family troubles, and he uses this as an excuse to avoid his changing relationship with Nunzio. It’s safer to think of it as sex, though it’s clear he fears there’s something else. To complicate matters, Michael has been living in a haze, drinking every day to escape his reality. When another family tragedy hits, Michael goes downhill, eventually hitting rock bottom. Despite all of the hurt and suffering, there’s an extremely emotional happy ending. I couldn’t be happier with this book. Though it’s written in first person in Michael’s point of view, Santino Hassell writes it in a way that lets you see all that Michael is blind to. Through the haze of alcohol and anxiety drugs, Michael fails to see what it so painfully obvious—that his best friend is in love with him. Or the truth may be that he sees it and feels it but he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. There are times in the book that Nunzio gets Michael in bed. Their sex is extraordinary, but every time Nunzio touches him in a sensual manner, Michael gets spooked and tries to imagine it’s not happening. I often felt like screaming at Michael, telling him to wake up, but I completely understood how someone in his situation might deteriorate. When Michael finally gets help, I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat that wouldn’t go away. I experienced all his fears and pain until he finally started to realize what was important to him and what he truly wanted and needed. The only drawback to reading this book is that now I have to wait impatiently for book two. I highly recommend Sutphin Boulevard to those who love deeply emotional M/M erotic romance with plenty of angst. Reviewed for Love Bytes