Review: Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell

Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1)



Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.

Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.

When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years.



This was such a beautiful book, I loved it.  Michael and Nunzio’s friendship was so great, I was very impressed by how the story was created with everyday life problems. Is great to see that an amazing book can be created without the need of some crazy and confusing plot, I loved it.


The characters were amazing, they felt so real and the way the relationship developed was so nice. The part of the book I loved the most were the interactions between the characters, how natural they felt and how easy was to get in touch with Michael’s emotions, it was a fantastic job done there. I felt his despair and it concerns so easily. I also love the spanish words, it make me smile to read spanish when I’m reading a book written in english, and sometimes it feels wrong, but here it was very well done, very natural as their interacions.


Another thing I liked were the secondary characters, it was easy to care for each of them, no matter how small their part was in the book. I had a soft spot for the students, I liked them very much, but I wish I would get to know more of them, I know it might not being convenient or too important for the plot, but I just felt that way.


Joseph was an interesting character, and everything that happen around him was something that always had my attention.  Same as Raymond, I can’t wait to see where his story is going.


The self-destruction path mention in the summary was one of the reason I felt attracted by this story, and It was beautifully done, I loved how accurate it felt. In general a great book, I think I’ll be starting book 2 today.

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