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Down by Contact

(The Barons #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,675 ratings  ·  498 reviews
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by InterMix
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!


I love a good enemies to lovers story, especially one with good back and forth banter. Down to You is one of those books that gripped me from the start and didn’t let go. This is the first book of Santino Hassell’s I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read more!

Adrián and Simeon don't get along. They are on rival football teams and there is bad blood between them. When they get aggressive with each other and both end up suspended, they end up being forced to spend much more time together th
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Geri Reads
In light of what happened and after much deliberation, I've removed Santino Hassell's books from my Read and TBR shelves. No one forced me to do this, I've reached a decision on my own.

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Rachel Reads Ravenously
Full review now posted! 1/8/18

4 stars!

“It was perfect. He was perfect. We were perfect together.”

Adrian and Simeon are enemies on rival football teams. They snark at each other during games, call each other out on social media and can’t stand the sight of each other. Simeon is a openly gay football player and Adrian seems to be anti-gay. When the two of them get into trouble on the field they are forced to spend time together working for a charity, where they both learn there is more to
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I absolutely loved book 1, and I was damn sure, I was gonna love book 2 as well. I love it when I am right !!!

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I loved this one even more then I did book 1 which is saying something, because that one was pretty damn awesome as well ;)

This time it's Simeon's turn.... He and Adrian used to be on the same team, "The Predators" and they used to be friends. That is until Simeon changed teams and joined "The Barons". Ever since, Adrian has been quite hostile towards him, especially sonce Simeon "came o
~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

I loved the first book and was excited when I got an ARC for this one. I couldn't wait to read about Simeon. I love the friendship that these three have. You have Brawley who is the protector of the group, Marcus who seems to be the softy and the most level headed, then we have Simeon who is the jokester of the group and gets himself in trouble a lot because he says and does things before thinking them through. They balance each other out and they're fiercely loyal to each other which co
Sophia Triad
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
***I have read two book by this author and I loved them. I have noticed that ratings and reviews for the author's books keep disappearing from GR and most of you probably know the reason. I have decided to leave everything as it is. I don't applaud bad behaviours, but I still liked the books.***

The book is based on my favorite enemies to lovers trope.

“God, I hate you.”
No, you just hate that you want to fuck me this badly.

Adrián Bravo and Simeon Boudreaux play for rival teams in Supe
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

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Nile Princess

Sooo, ehhh. I totally get why people say they were expecting more. This had a bit of a novella feel to it; the sexual tension that I was looking for wasn't really there, and right up until Adrian practically begged Simeon to give him a chance, this was a three star read for me. Things didn't really start panning out the way I expected until about 75% in. But, first things first.

The GALL of the author to use that sexy-assed dark skinned GOD on the cover when Simeon was medium bro
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DOWN BY CONTACT is the best thing I've read all year. Now don't go rolling your eyes. I know we're only three days into 2018 but hey. My point stands.

Adrián gave me big, owlish eyes. He was so boyishly adorable it was hard to hate him for long periods of time. I solved that little dilemma by reminding myself that he was a douche canoe.

I've still not yet read any of Hassell's other solo works since finishing book one in The Barons series and honestly I need to stop wasting my breath over any prom
4,25 stars

I adore Santino Hassell's writing style! He's one of my favorites authors and it's always a real struggle waiting for the release of every book by him.

I absolutely adored Illegal Contact and the excerpt that we got at the end of it, from Down by Contact, made me want to read this one like yesterday!!! So imagine my huge expectations.

I also reread Illegal Contact right before Down by Contact's release. Now I start to think it was not a good idea. Illegal contact was absolutely amazing
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Looking forward to this one 😜

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Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
3.5 Stars!

I really didn't think I could like Adrian. Ever. But somehow by the end I did.

Unfortunately, I just never did love Adrian or Simeon.

But it's Santino Hassell. And it's football.
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
*feigns nonchalance while crossing and uncrossing legs* The sexual frustration continues! 😅 These books are great. Brb while I add everything by Santino Hassell to my smutty smut tbr
Sep 12, 2017 marked it as into-the-void
I'm saddened to say, while the writing is really good, the author has done some terrible things, and I have to remove my rating. Lying, catfishing, gaslighting, bullying, conning people out of money... such a shame. My original review was 4 stars.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Yowza, this book was chock full of hotness. Fiesty dudes, getting busy with each other! Sexual tension you could cut with a knife! Emotional turmoil a
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
This was really enjoyable... Simeon & Adrien had a love hate relationship. Playing on rival teams, trash talking on social media then losing their cool in a practice match which led to a six week suspension. Forced together to support a youth Centre Simeon and Adrien began to realize they actually had more in common than they thought. As they shared deeper feelings after a few “dares” both men realized they were clearly hooked on each other. This was really cute actually and it was nice watching ...more

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To be honest, I was ready to toss the book about a third of the way in. Where the previous book ended weakly, the start of this one wasn’t very appealing. Both main characters seemed shallow, needlessly pissy all the time and immature even for their age. The community center setup was a bit of a cardboard cutout too. And the game of gay chic
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I love this series and I was so excited to start reading Down by Contact!I was hooked from the beginning, I couldn't put it down!Santino delivers a captivating,intense and passionate story!

These two drive me crazy in a good way!They were full of tension and they were passionate.I couldn't get enough of these two. They start off arguing a lot and then they start have feelings!I love their smart dialogues, and it was fun reading about them.Simeon is such a sweetheart I loved him immediately
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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

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