Down by Contact (The Barons #2) – Santino Hassell

Down by Contact – Santino Hassell




Down by Contact

by Santino Hassell

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(The Barons #2)

Expected publication: January 16th 2018


Down by Contact – Santino Hassell



Down by Contact – Santino Hassell

2017 was the year I found Santino Hassell and ever since reading Illegal Contact I have been a HUGE fan of his. If I won’t keep myself in check I’ll gush over his amazing writing skills and the authentic feel of his stories all day long.

I’m not kidding when I say that Illegal Contact was EVERYTHING I could have asked for – perfect in every way – a true unicorn of a book. Down by Contact was almost as good as book 1.

Now,  before we go on, I LOVED the plot of book 1 to pieces. A notorious black sheep of a football player falling in love with his personal assistant – right there ding, ding, ding – you got me. That’s a hard one to follow…..

In Down by Contact two football players on competing teams found love the unexpected way.

Simeon Boudreaux

Simeon Boudreaux has been a favorite character of mine from the very beginning. His happy, carefree persona was someone I really wanted to get to know better. Openly gay, loving the rush, and not apologizing for it either – Simeon was someone that was immediately captivating. His boyish charm was hard to resist even though some of his choices were quite questionable. But with a  laugh and a smile it’s all good again.

Until Simeon goaded and pushed his former team mate Adrián Bravo on the field, during a game, in front of thousands of people. Adrián finally exploded. The ensuing PR nightmare forced those two troublemakers to work together.

That’s when things started to become VERY interesting.

Simeon had a nagging suspicion that Adrián was interested in him. Stolen glances, and his incessant interest in Simeon’s sexuality had him taking note. There was just one tiny problem, Adrián was straight as an arrow – or not…

Adrian, Puerto Rican, linebacker, and one hot mess of a guy. He was adorable, quick tongued, witty and a smarty pants that didn’t know when to stop. You just had to love him, even when he could have used a shake, or a filter on that mouth of his.

The message…

Throughout the book, Santino Hassell brought up the issue about homophobia, and the accompanying bullying in social media, as well as within a locker room. The lighthearted jokes that don’t seem to mean anything but are nevertheless passive aggressive micro aggressions toward homosexuality – suddenly had much deeper meanings.

By having Adrián Bravo struggle with his attraction toward Simeon, the question about being straight, bi, gay was suddenly front and centre. Adrián’s struggle was heart-felt, honest and ultimately timely. Standing up for his feelings, and the man he loved was the perfect way of telling everyone to take a hike.

Besides this book being exceptionally well written, with witty and authentic dialogues (OMG I can’t say it enough, Santino Hassell has a way of giving his characters a real and true voice) the characters made me fall in love with this story. I honestly wanted to crawl into the book and hug Simeon and Adrián. Actually a hug wouldn’t have been enough.

Because Down by Contact was HOT!!!!!!!!!

It might be TMI – but I’m just coming out and saying it as it is –  this book turned me on! HOLYMOLY!!!!

I honestly had to control myself, truly buckle down, because the scenes were smoking hot. SIZZLE!

So, not only can Santino Hassell write an exceptional book, he makes me want to jump into the book and grab one or BOTH and have a little threesome. I’m just saying – read it to see what I mean.

And yes, I mean it – PREORDER NOW!!!

Down by Contact – Santino Hassell


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…

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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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Down by Contact – Santino Hassell

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9 thoughts on “Down by Contact (The Barons #2) – Santino Hassell

  1. This author sounds amazing especially since I am always on the lookout for quality MM romance. I have really been wanting to try this author out though ever since listening to an interview he had with SBTB. From what I have researched he does a great job with giving his characters wonderful voices in his books. Glad you thought so too. Great review. 🙂

    1. I think you won’t be disappointed if you give him a try. He writes very authentic which I adore. He is definitely my #1 M/M author – but not all of his books work for me.

      If you want to try one, read Illegal Contact first. You’ll see immediately if his style works for you.

      Happy reading;-)

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