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Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Posted on 16 August, 2017 by in Review, Santino Hassell / 0 comments

Review: Illegal Contact by Santino HassellIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell
on August 15, 2017
Pages: 251
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The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

Sometimes you need a book as an escape, for me this was so the case when I opened Illegal Contact.  I was sitting in an ER with a long wait ahead of me, and I was so very thankful for the kindle app on my phone as I opened this book in an attempt to make the time more manageable.

This book helped save my sanity, while surrounded by the hustle and bustle and often haunting scenes in an ER, I lived with Gavin and Noah.

Illegal Contact has the reader learning that professional football player Gavin Brawley has been suspended for conduct off the field.  I will fast forward a bit and WOW, just WOW, what Gavin was protecting, why he attacked someone off the field truly made this story powerful and spoke volumes to the Gavin beneath the media hype.

OK back to the story, as Gavin is under house arrest and through a series of events he ends up with Noah Monroe as his personal assistant.

Yes, this leads to hours spent together.  I think what I loved most was the friendship that developed.  The reader is allowed to see Noah fiercely protective of Gavin, Gavin getting jealous of Noah’s other interest and in the end these two learning to compliment each other.

Gavin comes out of his shell both personally and in the eyes of the media as Noah opens the tough exterior that a rough life has caused him to form around himself. And I will add when these two do connect it is hot! But it is also heat laced with emotions and it is so clear this is so very different especially for Gavin.

Gavin has two good friends on the Barons and these men made for some great banter.

How Gavin and Noah finally manage to reconcile their feelings with the complications of working together and more importantly with Gavin being a professional athlete, well… read the book, it is a journey worth experiencing.

I am very much looking forward to Down by Contact (The Barons #2) by Santino Hassell coming in January 2018, yes I wish it was sooner because I am so excited to get inside the head of Simeon Boudreaux, the  Barons’ golden-quarterback who was so much a part of this story (nope still not getting any more info – read the book!)

I do have to say I wish this book had an epilogue… I guess I need to be thankful it is part of series and hope, HOPE we get a glimpse at Gavin and Noah further down the line.

This was my first book by Mr. Hassell and I was impressed, it certainly won’t be my last!

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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 All other inquiries can be sent to his personal assistant, keyannabutlerassistant [a]

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