A Five Boroughs Novel
Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.
Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.
When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.
This title is a stand-alone story in the Five Boroughs universe.
Word count: 97,000; page count: 366
Concourse (Five Boroughs #5) by Santino Hassell
“I think I’m in love with you. And I don’t know what to do.”
I’ve got to admit to being just a little bit obsessed with Instagram, myself, so this was the perfect read for me.This series is firmly up there as one of my favorite MM series.Santino Hassell is a Master at taking two completely different characters and making them fit together.
I was more than a bit fascinated by Ashton…
…when he was introduced in book three and the fact that he’s a bit femme was just my thing.To the outside world, Ashton appears to live a gifted, glamorous life which he’s happy to play out through social media.But, behind closed doors, he’s lost.Ignored by his wealthy family for being different, forced into modeling, all he wants is to be loved and he still craves respect from his family.
Val grew up in the Townsend family, the son of Ashton’s Nanny.
Despite their differences, they become friends at a young age.But Val hates everything about the Townsend family…their wealth, their treatment of Ashton, their ability to manipulate people.He’s determined to make it on his own and wants no part of their money, but what happens when a secret from the past is threatened to be revealed?
They skirt around each other, there’s angst, drama, a constant push and pull between them as they both figure out what they want from life and each other.
Out of all the books in this series, this one could definitely be read as a standalone but if you’re a fan of gritty, real to life, flawed characters…
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this series.