Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

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5stars

“We’re gonna be awesome, Simeon. For real.”
“How do you know?”
“Because . . .” I squeezed him in a bear hug. “Something that feels this good can’t go wrong.”

Title: Down by Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #2

Number of pages: 220 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Once it’s there, it’s a cheese fest and I loved it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing of importance.
Do I recommend it? Yes, the two books of this series are great.
Rate: 5/5

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It’s so hard to put down a Santino book; I know this even if I’ve only read Illegal Contact and the first super long book of the In the Company of Shadows series. It was so hard to put down even when my eyes were so blurry I couldn’t see much. I did find the strength to do it at midnight the day before finishing it but the day after, with all the interruptions of my little niece who wanted to play, I managed to finish it. And I loved it like I knew I would have. So cheesy and sexy. Denial and frustration galore. Stubborn boys built like mountains. There was little not to love.

Simeon and Adrián are not friends; their hate started after Simeon left the Predators to go play with the Barons and has been on fire for years. Now they have to work together for a punishment and they need to tolerate each other. Being so close will make them question their eternal hate and understand exactly why they behave the way they do. There is so much more hidden beneath the muscles and the boys must dig in and show each other who they really are and what do they want.

As usual, I didn’t understand anything about football. For me it was pointless to understand how the matches, if they are called that, worked. I wanted to see these beautiful creatures far from their natural habitat and see why the hell Adrián was being homophobic and hurtful for no apparent reasons and why Simeon was trying his best to flirt with him to mess with his mind, and body.

The results were both anger and delight. Both of them were stubborn so it took a while for Adrián to question his homophobic behavior. From what we knew at the beginning, no spoilers here, Adrián was allegedly straight, but he seems to have strong feelings for Simeon. Everything seemed to fall into the bisexual bubble and I was overjoyed but then something felt wrong. There are so many ways to identify oneself and if Adrián felt that bisexual fit then it’s 100% perfect, but maybe I wanted this to be looked into a bit more. Maybe another shoe would’ve fit better, I don’t know. If not, welcome aboard Adrián!

That little issue aside, I found the book perfect and it delivered exactly what it promised. I wasn’t disappointed. I wonder if there’s going to be another book. I’ll stalk the socials for clues!

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Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

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5stars

Everyone went gaga over my smile, but they never stopped to wonder who caused it.

Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Good things about this book: Gavin Brawley!
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it was perfect.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

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One of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a while. Feelings all over, heart-shaped eyes all the time, so many happy giggles, and swoon moments galore. This is my kind of thing and I loved every page of it.

I know nothing about football. Really nothing. I know the word quarterback but I really don’t know what does it mean: what does a quarterback do? Catch the ball? Throw it? Who knows? Not me!

Gavin is a tight end, whatever that is, for the Barons and he is good at what he does. He is great at it! He is also great at having anger issues and getting into fights, he makes everyone mad; that’s why he is missing one whole season in house arrest and is in need of a personal assistant for all the things he can’t do but also for all the others he doesn’t really want to do. There are lots of things he doesn’t like to do: Gavin is a grumpy guy, all muscles and wit. I loved Gavin with all my heart even if I still don’t know what the hell is his role in the team. Oh, well, I think I’ll never know and I’m okay with it.

Noah was starting to look incredulous, which turned into him giving me this hilariously sassy eyebrow arch. He really was cute as hell.

Noah needs money because he is drowning in debts and, not knowing almost anything about football, Gavin thinks he is right for the job. And Noah being also cute as a button and all kinds of sexy doesn’t hurt either. Noah ogling Gavin’s body was hilarious. Gavin is built to be ogled, that’s for sure, and Noah stares without a single hint of subtlety. Who can blame him? Having Gavin all sweaty and wet, half naked and without his usual “f*ck off” mask was a thing from dreams. From everyone’s dreams.

I hated Joe, Gavin’s manager. How dare you think Noah was a gold-digger? My boy, a gold-digger? You take that back. I don’t want to catch you staring badly at Noah or being nowhere near him, you hear me? Mind your own business!

“You were working out at six in the morning?”
“How do you think I maintain the body you were just checking out?”
Heat rose to my face. “I was not checking you out. Get over yourself.”

This was supposed to be a “from enemies to lovers” story but, from the beginning, this was all about love. It was such a sweet love story and it took my breath away. It brought me feelings that made my spinster’s heart shiver. Gavin has an attitude but so does Noah and they banter quite a lot telling each other all kinds of things. They both have a big mouth and have straightforward natures, but none of their little fights were really fights. They were flirting all along and it was fun and super sexy: it was impossible for them not be attracted to each and to resist the temptation to rip each other’s clothes to shreds and do all the Kama sutra from beginning to end.

“You know I feel the same way, right?”
“Wrong.” I nipped at his thumb. “I wanna hear it. In detail. In fact, I want a sonnet.”

I loved this book more than anticipated and it wasn’t only because of the chemistry between Gavin and Noah: it was also because there was no real drama. It was all about the two of them finding more and more things about each other, growing as persons, and trying their best to be who they are in a reality that is not easy for them because of who they love. Gavin is a closeted bisexual because he doesn’t want to lose endorsements or his spot in the team: homophobia is all over sports and the poor guy can’t be who he really is and it sucks.

“I mean I want to be with you. Be the Lois to your Clark, as Simeon said.”
“I love the fact that you’re Lois.”
“I knew you would.”

Steaming scenes, sweetness all over the place, lovingly sappy stares, jealousy, love sweet love; there was really anything not to love about this book and about the beautiful ending. It was perfect!! The sequel will focus on one of Gavin’s best friends and Barons player, Simeon. He sounds adorable, all touchy freely and flirty; I can’t wait to read his story! January can’t come fast enough.

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