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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.
9 books on the list
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A suspended football player with an infamous reputation meets his match in a recent college grad struggling with student debt. Gavin Brawley's viral video brawl puts him under house arrest and in need of a personal assistant/babysitter, which is where Noah Monroe comes in. The tension between them is palpable, and neither knows what will happen once Gavin's suspension is over. Get ready for electrifying sparks in this first Barons novel.
A story about the struggles of a man, Raymond, who has left his lazy lifestyle and is now working two jobs and going to school. Despite his efforts, he can't seem to find enough time for his partner, David. Problems at work, insecurity, and lack of time to enjoy each other's company lead to a vacation filled with turmoil instead of harmony. The couple has to navigate their differences and figure out how to make their love work in order to make it to forever.
Upper East Side socialite Caleb Stone struggles with coming out to his family and breaking free from their expectations until he meets Oliver Buckley, a risk-taking, independent man who helps Caleb build confidence and shake up his life. Together, they navigate sexual repression, career changes, and confronting their feelings to take full control of their lives.
A steamy romance follows the story of two NFL players who were once teammates, but now hold animosity towards each other. After a fist fight on the field lands them both benched, they are forced to teach Brooklyn teens how to play ball together. As they work together, they begin to realize that there is more to their feelings for each other than just hatred.
"Third Rail" explores Christopher Mendez's journey of discovering his sexuality and participating in a photoshoot for a queer dating app where he meets Jace Fairbairn. Jace and his husband Aiden are in an open polyamorous relationship and are determined to broaden Chris' sexual horizons, but one-night-stands turn into something much deeper. This collection of shorts is a heartwarming tale of a blossoming relationship between three men that they cannot do without.
Two long-time friends share everything until an unexpected encounter forever changes their relationship. Casual touches become packed with sexual tension, leading to moments of effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex. But when problems rear up at work and home, one man must choose between self-destruction or accepting the love of the person who has always been by his side.
Follow the journey of Ashton Townsend, the black sheep of his wealthy family who seeks friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend, amateur boxer Valdrin Leka. With a complicated relationship, Val tries to ignore his sexual attraction to Ashton. But when Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, they find refuge in the Bronx and succumb to their need for each other. However, a secret Val has been keeping for years threatens to tear them apart. Will Ashton trust the only man who has ever seen the real him or go back to his party-boy persona?
In this thrilling novel, set in a post-war metropolis fueled by sex, drugs, and lies, Gordon Frost is a survivor who carved out a niche in the expanding drug trade. But after a brush with death and an encounter with Adam, an assassin on the brink of being terminated, Gordon's life is forever changed. With graphic scenes of sex, violence, and drug use, this explosive tale is not for the faint of heart.
A young musician struggles to find his place in the indie rock band, Stygian, after the death of his brother. He follows the band to Louisiana for a summer retreat but finds himself drawn to his landlord, Hunter Caroway. As tensions rise within the band and dark secrets are uncovered, Jeremy realizes that finding a sense of belonging may come at a cost. Discover the captivating story of identity, friendship, and hidden secrets in this must-read novel.