Please join us in welcoming author Santino Hassell today, on the tour for the latest novel in the Five Boroughs series, First and First. He’s talking Caleb, Oli, sex, and there’s also a giveaway you can find out more details about below.
And now, here’s Santino:
Gay Sex in the City
First and First is about Caleb Stone reinventing himself. He starts over career-wise, learns to let down his walls, reflects on his past mistakes, and finally allows himself to enjoy sex.
I’ve said all over social media, almost as a warning, that First and First is the most erotic of my books so far. I’ve said it to let people know what to expect, but also because some of the scenes are so dirty that I was shy to show early readers. However, I like to think each scene progresses not only the relationship but Caleb’s internal growth. Sex is sort of a big deal for him.
Caleb is a product of the environment he grew up in. He was expected to be the perfect son and heir to his father, to be brilliant and sophisticated, to get married to a prominent woman with an impressive lineage, and to keep his sex life private. It was pounded into his head so much and for so long that he was terrified of his homosexuality. As a result, he wasn’t intimate with anyone for years. And after he came out, he was terrified of his lack of experience.
First and First can be read as a standalone novel, but if you have read Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park, you will have seen references to Caleb’s coldness (from David’s perspective) when it came to affection, and his issues in the bedroom. It was clear that intimacy made him uncomfortable. Some people thought he might be ace, other people suggested he was too uppity to get nasty, and all of those were totally reasonable theories. However, from Caleb’s perspective, the possibility of failing to please his lover crippled his willingness to act out his fantasies.
So, how does Oliver Buckley factor in? Well, Oli would have you think he’s not special. He’d say that in the right circumstances, Caleb would have let his freak out for anyone.
About the Book
Series: Five Boroughs: Book Three
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 244 Pages
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Cover Artist: Ashley Kaye Hayes
Blurb: Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reign and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.
Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.
As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.
About the Author
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance 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.