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Published by Riptide Publishing on April 29th 2017
Genres: M/M, Romance
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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 complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.
When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.
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I’ve loved every one of the installments of the “FIVE BOROUGHS” series , I waited impatiently for this book to be released. and I have never been disappointed when a new book comes out. As always Santino’s writing was spectacular and the character development like I expected it, without flaws.
I’ll do an especial mention of my beloved Nunzio who made a few appearances, thanks Santino you made us deliriously happy with Nunzio’s cameos.
This is a story about best friends that become lovers after been fighting their attraction for years; despite their different upbringings, Valdrin and Ashton had been always in each other’s life and have been very affectionate with each other, they have so many issues to deal with before they can be together, it keep them stuck in the middle where they can’t continue being friends but can’t be lovers either.
After I read about their struggles with their emotional insecurities, Ash’s family detachment and indifference and in Val’s case the discovery and acceptance of his sexuality, it was interesting to read how these characters find a way to be together even when Val’s secret can tear them apart forever