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Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Posted on 16 January, 2018 by in Review, Santino Hassell / 0 comments

Review: Down by Contact by Santino HassellDown by Contact by Santino Hassell
on January 16, 2018
Pages: 220
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four-stars

Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

Down by Contact is a m/m football based romance with heroes Simeon Boudreaux and Adrián Bravo who now play for opposing teams. This book is filled with banter, sexual tension and what becomes a deep friendship.

Simeon the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback finds himself in some trouble after a pre-season game run-in with Adrián from his former team the New Jersey Predators.

This trouble puts these two in close contact as they serve out community service for transgressions on the field.

The dynamic between Simeon and Adrián is layered, deeply compelling and one that heats up over time. I adored how it tied back to the time they spent together prior on the same team and how at the same time you felt the bond deepening between them.

The heat which begins as a game and ties back to an incident in book 1 was really hot, really well done and laced with emotion. The scenes get hotter and Adrián’s struggle even more tangible—you see Adrián has never been attracted to a man before. Bearing witness to him experiencing his feelings and processing how he treated Simeon in the past and why kept me glued to my kindle.

The use of both men’s families added to this story and I loved, LOVED the Thanksgiving scene!

In the end, the happy these two build had me believing both were in it for the long haul!

four-stars

About Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

You can find a full list of novels with series order on the Books page, and original shorts, excerpts, and other rewards if you pledge on Patreon. You can also follow Santino on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. You can also join his reader group, Get Hasselled! Merchendise is available on Zazzle.

He is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency. For reviews or promotional opportunities please contact judith [a] a noveltake.com. All other inquiries can be sent to his personal assistant, keyannabutlerassistant [a] gmail.com.

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