Review: ILLEGAL CONTACT by Santino Hassell @SantinoHassell

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Review: ILLEGAL CONTACT by Santino Hassell @SantinoHassellIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Published by: InterMix
on August 15, 2017
Genres: Bisexual Romance, M/M Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

For someone who hasn’t had the best of luck finding M/M Contemporary Romance writers, I was skeptical going in, especially because Santino Hassell is a new-to-me author. So I went in hoping for the best, expecting the worst, and what I truly got was pretty damn incredible! Not only did these two characters, Gavin and Noah, completely steal my heart, they ran away with it and I haven’t seen it since. Their story…heartbreaking. Their chemistry…intense. Their happily ever after….unforgettable. Santino Hassell COMPLETELY won me over with ILLEGAL CONTACT. This is more than just a contemporary romance. The first book in THE BARONS SERIES is an emotional second-chance, friends-to-lovers, sports romance that ended up leaving me with a HUGE SMILE on my face. The writing was great. The pace was PERFECT. I was engaged by the second chapter and I NEVER looked back. I’m excited! I’m pumped up for this series and for this author. Whenever I can add a GREAT author to this genre that I love, I call that a TOTAL WIN!

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About Santino Hassell

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.

You can find a full list of novels with series order on the Books page, and original shorts, excerpts, and other rewards if you pledge on Patreon. You can also follow Santino on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. You can also join his reader group, Get Hasselled! Merchandise is available on Zazzle.

He is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency. For reviews or promotional opportunities please contact judith [a] a All other inquiries can be sent to his personal assistant, keyannabutlerassistant [a]

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