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(Five Boroughs #5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,409 ratings  ·  314 reviews
Ashton 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 com
ebook, 366 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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4.5 Stars.

“I think I’m in love with you. And I don’t know what to do.”

I've got to admit to being just a little bit obsessed with Instagram,myself,so this was the perfect read for me.This series is firmly up there as one of my favourite MM series.Santino Hassell is a Master at taking two completely different characters and making them fit together.

I was more than a bit fascinated by Ashton when he was introduced in book three and the fact that he's a bit femme was just my thing.
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
Edited to add this link from Xen Sanders:

I bought this book. I’m never going to read it because who knows whose life was appropriated for the content. *shudders*

But I’m not going to return it even though I’m disillusioned by Riptide’s unprofessional behavior in blacklisting readers, etc. during this fiasco. They still publish many authors that I love & I don’t want them to be put in a financial bind because of the author’s duplicity.
Mar 19, 2017 marked it as bad-shameful-behavior
Apr 18, 2017 marked it as no-no-cuz-reasons
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Original review under spoiler. (view spoiler)
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

"There's not always weakness in forgiveness."

I had read a lot of mixed reviews on Val's an Ashton's story, so I went in with low expectations and an open mind. And while I didn't love it, I did enjoy these two characters.

Concourse is the story of gay instagram star Ashton, or A Town. Known for being a partier and slutty after a sex tape from his youth. Val's mom used to work for Ashton's family, so the two boys grew up together and formed a special bond. Constantly in and out of ea
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

There's one constant when it comes to a Santino book....

Booze required.

I was really scared to read this one. Some lower reviews among my GRs friends. And well bottom line this series isn't for the faint of heart.

But in the end, I didn't think this one was near as "hard" to read as some of the other books in the series. Specifically Michael and Nunzio's book.

Val and Ashton might just be my second favorite couple. Don't get me wrong, Val was frustrating at times. But he was all in when
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦I'm a big fan of Santino Hassell's writing and I absolutely loved all of the previous installments of this series. This book, while being quite an enjoyable read, lacked the same magic for me.

➦You have Ashton, this extravagant male model who comes from money, has a huge Instagram following and spends his time attending various functions. And you have Val, a boxer who is trying to make it to pro, because that's what's expected from him. They've been friends ever since Val's mother has been work
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3,5 rounded to 4 stars

I'm giving it 4 stars because it's Santino Hassell, it's Five Boroughs and Ashton is such an amazing character. I just want to hug him real tight!

I'm a little scared I won't be able to write a proper review, but I really wanted to write something while it's still fresh in my mind. I promised myself I won't use "review soon" too many times. As time passes, I kind of forget things I'd really like to mention in a review.

I'll start by admitting I wasn't hooked by its beginning
May 01, 2017 rated it did not like it

But first - Look at that cover! Congratulations on your face young man.

I'm at 25%. I don't see a plot and I think I literally hate the characters.

Val is a hard working man. He has a couple of jobs and trains as a fighter. He's struggling to get by as he has to pay $1400 a month for rent and also pays for his sister's tuition. I think it said that. So yeah. But he never even goes to work. All he does is pick up a drunk Ashton at various sex parties for the super rich. The only other thing to
Mónica BQ
Deleting review because of reasons. They are easy enough to find if you care to.
I'm leaving my original rating and review under a spoiler tag to evidentiate I did read it and that the majority of this space is dedicated to the book.

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May 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: lgbtq
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Fenriz Angelo
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blacklist

Removing rating and review. Reasons here and here. 'Nuff said.

Original rating and review under spoiler to validate that I've been a reader of this author's work:
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Rating removed. I am keeping my review under a spoiler tag for my personal record.

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Mar 07, 2018 marked it as tbr-mm-own
Never, ever going to read due to "alleged" catfishing and money scamming by this author (& his wife)
May 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
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Angie Elle
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC from publisher

I didn’t discover Five Boroughs until earlier this year, but I can tell you right now that if I’d known about it before, Concourse would have been my most anticipated read of the year. It was anyway; as soon as I met Ashton in First and First, I wanted his story. I was desperate to know the beautiful man behind the people-pleasing personality and platinum hair. Five Boroughs has left me in awe from the very beginning (I started with book two, Sunset Park,) and even after five b
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

One big circle jerk.

It took me a long time to get into the story. I was bored. It went back and forth with them being idiots. It was a circle of useless things for me. I didn't feel anything to either character. Wait let me not lie, Chris was involved and others from Ray's crew. Can't wait for there stories.

I stopped using the word Thirsty in high school so for me everyone being thirsty or salty was annoying. I'm pretty sure the dialogue from all 5 books will feature some semblance of the same t
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4.5 stars

“Fuck, Ashton,” I said roughly, panting wetly against his face. “I think I’m in love with you. And I don’t know what to do.”
“I don’t know what to do either,” he breathed. “No one has loved me before.”

Well that was an interesting read. I enjoyed reading this a lot, and continue to love Santino’s writing.

This book took me through some emotional roller-coaster.

Ashton and Val’s relationship was so fucked up and ac
I thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed this.

Mr. Hassell has the ability to reach into your heart, grab it and squeeze it for all it's worth and that is exactly what he did here.

Ashton was an interesting character. He was a conflicted, messy & deeply flawed human being. It's a wonder how he still managed to be a sweetheart ; especially to those he cared for.

He allowed himself to be continuously taken advantage of by everyone;family included, all in the hopes of acceptance and love. At a point my ch

I like how this series embraces the diversity of New York. It has those coming from poor and rich backgrounds, the ones that don't have to work and the ones struggling with several jobs, entrepreneurs, teachers, dock workers, philanthropists and so on. The main couples have been a mix of ethnicities also. In Concourse, Valdrin is from Albanian descent and working multiple jobs to stay afloat. Ashton is from old money and became famous for a bit of
One of the things I love best about Santino Hassell's characters is how real they are, messy and complicated and flawed. But it almost worked against me this time.

I could understand Val's reasoning in the past for what he did. However, once he knew that could be taken and used to hurt Ash, and he let his own fear keep him from speaking up, I was not happy at all with him. It made it very hard to be sympathetic to him or even to like him.

Ashton broke my heart. All I wanted was for him to be happ
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As Hassell has done continuously throughout the Five Boroughs series, he takes characters we think we know and sharpens the focus until we see them as they truly are ... or have the potential to be. We met Ashton in First and First and Interborough: “He used to model and is now just semi-famous for being filthy rich and having a sex tape or two.” In Concourse we meet the real Ashton, who knows
After all my family had done, the dismissing and the slut shaming and forcing me into modeling as a kid

Review will still remained here for my reading record only.

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Rafa Brewster
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good friends to lovers romance, and I really connected with Ashton and Valdrin. Seeing as they were friends from childhood, parts of their relationship (the loyalty, longevity, the way they kept gravitating back to each other) reminded me of Mikey and Nunzio's*** romance, but this is where the similarities end.

They came from vastly different backgrounds, and the fact that Val's mom was Ashton's nanny created a unique but awkward dynamic between them which resulted in the two of them be
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Hmm, where to start? I guess at the beginning. During the first half of the story, I had difficulty maintaining my interest in the MCs. Both characters are highly emotionally dysfunctional, though they are from two totally different backgrounds. In fact, Val’s mother was Ashton’s family’s housekeeper while they were growing up. Val carries resentment against Ashton’s family for not supporting her care financially when she became terminally ill. The only way Val was able to earn enough for the ex ...more
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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity ...more

Other books in the series

Five Boroughs (8 books)
  • Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1)
  • Sunset Park (Five Boroughs, #2)
  • First and First (Five Boroughs, #3)
  • Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)
  • Citywide (Five Boroughs, #6)
  • North Shore (Five Boroughs, #7)
  • Cross Island (Five Boroughs, #8)
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