Giveaway & Slick’s Review – Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell

Citywide is a collection of novellas set in Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs world and as always this author gave us some gritty, sexy stories laced with emotion and love. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

About Citywide
A record-breaking heat wave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.

In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.

Citywide is a collection of novellas set in Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs world and as always this author gave us some gritty, sexy stories laced with emotion and love.

Rerouted 5 stars

I’ve always kind of adored Chris so I was happy to see him featured along with Aiden and Jace who he has been a third with a few times. I appreciated that Chris knew what he wanted and was willing to walk away from being just someone good enough for fun and hot sex because he wanted permanence with them, but refused to be in an open relationship like they have now. There was a lot of emotion to this story mainly because Aiden and Jace have been together for 20 years and have always had an open relationship, something Jace is proud of because he feels sex doesn’t matter because their love is what is important and Chris refused to compromise on this point. I loved watching them work through their insecurities and feelings all while holed up in the offices of QFindr during a citywide blackout. This book was H-O-T and I’m not talking about the weather!

Gridlocked 4 stars

Talk about two women who seem so mismatched, but somehow worked. One hot encounter on a cruise led to hurt feelings and some major side-eye, bitch face from Mere towards Tonya, but at a QFindr event, Tonya is working as security and must make amends as her co-worker worries about a disgruntled review. I kind of loved that Mere asked Tonya for a chance to prove she could be what she needed and that she respected Tonya enough to ask how she preferred to be addressed. Tonya was a bit closed off and it was easy to see why it was hard for her to get involved with people, but I like that she did put herself out there for Mere. And whew, holy hot strap-on scene batman! I felt like this was really just the beginning of Mere and Tonya’s story and hope we’ll see them again in the future. Plus really Santino, teasing me about Stavros, I need more of him!

Derailed 3 stars

I’ll just be really honest here, I have never liked Stephanie and her selfish ways continued in this novella. I keep waiting for Angel to realize he could do so much better and leave her a$$, but alas he loves her so I don’t think that is ever going to happen. I get that she believes in being her own person and not letting society’s standards telling her what is acceptable and I’m like “go sister,” but she is such a b*tch especially to Angel. There is no doubt they have sexual chemistry, but I feel like Angel is the one always giving and Steph does all the taking and she expects it. I honestly don’t see these two making it in the long run, but this is Santino’s world not mine so for now I’ll just go with it.

Available now at Riptide Publishing!

About the Five Boroughs Universe

New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.

To learn more about the first three books in the Five Boroughs universe, please visit

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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.

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To celebrate the release of Citywide, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 18, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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7 thoughts on “Giveaway & Slick’s Review – Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell

  1. Congrats, Santino, and thanks for the good reviews, Slick. This sounds like an interesting addition to a series I’ve truly enjoyed. I like how the title plays off how this crosses over the boroughs and the eclectic mix of characters introduced previously. – Purple Reader,
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  2. I absolutely know what you mean about Steph. But I’m still hoping she WILL make him happy. He deserves it!

    Loved this little book! These guys are so much part of the 5B family.


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