Santino Hassell has written a character in Raymond that I have unc ...
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 Epilogue...you'll need the tissues!
It's a rare treat to be able to visit a couple after they've gotte ...
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.
October 27, 2016
Raymond totally 'does it' for me. I love his gruffness and how he ...
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.
October 24, 2016