The Meet Cute
One of my favorite parts of a romance novel is the scene where the main characters meet. I want to be able to detect sparks between them from the start. Even if said sparks are sparks of annoyance that end up igniting flames of initial dislike, I want to try to figure out how these two people will end up together.
In the Five Boroughs novels, most of the characters already knew each other. In SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, Michael and Nunzio were lifelong friends, and in FIRST AND FIRST Oli and Caleb had been introduced years ago by mutual acquaintances. Things are a little different for David and Raymond, the stars of SUNSET PARK and my new novel INTERBOROUGH.
Rayvid is definitely a fan favorite couple in the series, but even though the start of their friendship is chronicled in SUTPHIN BOULEVARD… readers never got to see it. Readers know David tracked Raymond down on Facebook in order to get updates on Raymond’s troubled older brother Michael, and readers saw the flirtatious banter when the twosome showed up to visit Michael in rehab, but the meet cute is missing.
If you’ve ever wondered how buttoned up yuppie David convinced grumpy, sarcastic, loves-to-be-difficult Raymond to let him tag along, you’ve clicked on the right blog post.
The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.
David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.
The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.
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About Santino Hassell:
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of LGBT fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
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