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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 31, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634763254
ISBN-13: 978-1634763257
Amazon: Sutphin Boulevard
Amazon Kindle: Sutphin Boulevard

A Five Boroughs Story

Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, to teaching in one of the city’s most queer-friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.

A surprise gem.  This is a terrific story, gritty without being grungy.  A story written for adults –and I'm not just talking about the sex.  Mucho gusto!

Sutphin Boulevard grabbed my attention from the first page and never let go. It’s emotional, gritty and very sexy. The setting details, both in terms of environment and culture, were excellent. The characters are likeable, unique and interesting, a refreshing change from the cookie cutter types so prevalent in the genre. Thank you, Santino Hassell for a great read.

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