Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Run Time: 6 hours and 42 minutes
At a Glance: Michael Ferraiuolo continues with the narration of the series, and he does not disappoint. The voices he has developed over the course of the series return, and at this point, they are like old friends.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: 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.
Review: Interborough takes us back to the lives of Ray and David. Their sweet beginning was the focus of a previous book, Sunset Park, book two in the Five Boroughs series. Now they have settled into being a couple and planning a future together. Except, life is getting in their way. David has his tenure review coming up, and a principal who doesn’t appear to want him to succeed. Ray has decided that growing up doesn’t just mean being in love; it means bettering his life by going to school, working two jobs and trying to hang on to his childhood home. All of that is putting a strain on their relationship.
So, they do what any couple would; they go on vacation and take their problems with them. Ray needs to find a way to be comfortable being fully out. David needs to stop seeing a cheat or a lie in everything Ray does. Ray needs to finally be ready to let go of his childhood home. David needs to stop feeling inadequate in so many ways. They both need to remember the love that brought them together, and hang on to what’s real and important, and let the other things go.
Michael Ferraiuolo continues with the narration of the series, and he does not disappoint. The voices he has developed over the course of the series return, and at this point, they are like old friends. Characters from the previous three books come back, and they are consistent, bright, and welcome in helping propel the series forward. While this is book four, and it is the continuation of Ray and David’s story, Hassell gives us a complete book worth hearing, even if you haven’t heard the rest.
The romance of the book comes shining through, making us want to read and hear the final book in the series. While some characters are just walk-ons here, each voice is fully formed. There’s a comfort in the cadence of the voices. They are as we remember them from previous books, and each is different enough that they are easy to pick out and recall.
Buy the book for the lovely story, and buy this audio for the great narration. You will probably want to have the first three books, if you don’t already have them. As a whole, the series is a lot of blue and white collar mixing with some pretty amazing results. You won’t be sorry you bought it.
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