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Overall, I really, really liked the book, but I still found, that I didn't love it quite as much as the first two. Maybe, that because it was in some ways a bit different from the first two. There was a lot of sex in the book, and even though there's been s a lot in the others in the series, it was more part of this book. Caleb discovers his sexual side with Oli, which is great for him, but at times it felt a bit much. I understand that was a central part of their relationship, but I guess I hadn't realised it beforehand.
Another difference from the first two, was that Caleb and Oli were from wealthy families, and though I liked it, I wasn't as drawn in by their world as I was with Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park.
The one thing, I didn't quite understand was how David's friends had become Caleb's friends and why he was even at a New Years party with them. Maybe, that's just me, but I kept wondering throughout the book.
But as said, I really liked it and the writing had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I almost think, that Santino can write anything and it would be great. I would definitely recommend the book :)
Caleb.. I felt for this guy. As we get to know him we come to understand why he is such a stoic person. But we also come to see how caring he is for those he lets in his circle of people. He doesn't have many friends. He actually only has a close friendship with Charles. I liked their friendship and I am curious about that guy so I hope to see him get his own book. Back to Caleb. Caleb has a lot of issues when it comes to sex. He doesn't know how to let himself go and enjoy the experience. He is constantly worried about what others think of him. He has fantasies and desires he is terrified to explore.. That is until Oliver enters his life.
Oliver.. Lord this man is sex on page. LOL Him, Raymond, and Nunzio would make a hot ass threesome.
OK, that might be too much hotness for me. LOL
Oliver is just what Caleb needs to let his freak flag fly. Oliver brings out all of Caleb's hidden desires and encourages them. He is the perfect partner for Caleb in every way.
Once again I wish we would have had a double POV. I REALLY wanted inside Oliver's head. I wanted to know more about how he was feeling with everything. But I will say we get a better sense of his feelings and what he is all about more than we did with Nunzio. So that was a plus.
This was by far my favorite of the three. Which still surprises me considering meeting Caleb in the previous book really had me doubting this book at all. But it was amazing. You MM lovers should gobble this one up. It was delish. Happy reading dolls! xx
The characters come from different walks of life, and the "Five Boroughs" of the title reflects, I presume, the diversity of "types" and backgrounds that these young men represent. Book One has friends from working class Queens, Book Two features the culture clash of a suburban middle class guy with an inner city toughy, and Book Three deals with two scions of financially privileged families struggling against class expectations.
I DO recommend starting at the beginning as the characters reappear throughout the three volumes (I'm hoping there'll be more!!), and you understand them best if you know what has gone before. This is one of the best gay male romance sagas I've read.
Honestly, I adored everything about this book. It had just the right amount of angst, swoon worthy moments, sexy scenes combined with an interesting plotline and fantastically layered characters. I loved how much growth happened with both Caleb and Oliver, personally and as a couple. I connected with both of them and couldn't get enough of their journey. Once again, I was floored at how well Mr Hassell writes emotional scenes, particularly those that are self reflecting. This is definitely my favorite couple and book of the series.
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