Series: Five Boroughs #4
Published by Riptide on 10/24/2016
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.
Weeeeelllllll, I’m not sure what my feelings are on this one. Ha, now watch me spout on about what I loved and didn’t love, and it turns into four to five paragraphs of all my feels. So ridiculous. See this review? It’s a hot mess, just like Raymond and David. Let me try to sort out my feels, yeah?
Usually I am not a fan of follow up books for couples that have an established HEA or HFN. Why bother putting them through additional heartache, especially if they’ve already worked so hard? It just seems unnecessary. BUT, but, but, but, what I think Santino does so brilliantly well, is write about real life bullshit that can seep its way into a relationship and begin to break it down. Interborough is his newest dose of fictional reality, at least that’s what I’m calling it.
If any of the Five Borough pairings were to have issues, it would be David and Raymond. So really, IT DOES NOT SURPRISE ME. In Sunset Park I found them be emotionally sensitive or emotionally closed off or a combination of the two, and it continues here in Interborough. David is so fucking ridiculous with his insecurities, but who can blame him. Sure Raymond you’ve done a lot of growing up but put some fucking pants on and be in the relationship or be out, not halfway when it’s convenient. But, then I remember I’m pretty empathetic and can rationalize his inaction so, there’s that.
Talk about a frustrating read! I found myself yelling at my kindle for them to stop it, stop standing in the way of each other, stop being ridiculous. Thankfully, Santino’s prose is one that makes a frustrating read pretty damn addictive and engrossing. Santino also writes filthy dirty sex scenes that are this side of I’m not sure if that was too dirty for me or not but let me keep going hot. And, of course, by the epi I was a grinning fool, finally with a settled heart and two happy boys that have figured their shit out. So, I guess I liked it. Hated it at times. Loved it by the end. Whatever, shut up.
I’d recommend Interborough to this series’ readers who appreciate continuity within the overarching storyline. If you don’t mind skipping from here to there and piecing together plot lines from one book to the next, you could skip it I suppose. But, Interborough is rife with emotional growth and self-actualization among a gritty and raw narrative that I think readers will ultimately find enjoyment in.