Santino Hassell
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
November 2017
Book 6 of Five Boroughs
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Anthology can be read as a standalone

A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn't include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn't Tonya's type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere's life and discovering they have more chemistry than she'd ever imagined.

In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it's a couples' retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They're currently "off again," but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn't mind them being permanently on.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Dec 24, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
9 people found the following review helpful
Romance, heat and tons of attitude are the key elements that bring the Queen's squad stories to life in the sixth instalment of the Five Boroughs series.

The book is divided into three novellas that, even though they share characters and events, might work as stand-alone, but only if the reader hasn't read the previous book on the series, as this might bring a lot of spoilers.

In Rerouted, Chris is forced to re-examine the time spent with Jace and Aiden, his feelings towards the couple and a possible future together. Gridlocked bring us Meredith Stone getting always in Tonya's path, who's trying to stay away from all the drama Meredith means. But a security problem gives the opportunity to know each other better and lowering some of their defenses. In Derailed, Stephanie reevaluates her relationship with Angel when a company retreat shows her what they could have.

Rerouted was the story I was most interested in reading and yet it's the only one of the three that disappointed me. I found it lacking emotions and real chemistry between the characters. The relationship seem extremely forced. At a certain point I even felt frustrated with Chris because, to me, it feel like he was intruding in a relationship that worked perfectly. One of the things that save it for me was Jace. I felt intrigued by him from previous books and I got to know a lot more about him here.

Gridlocked was my favorite. Tonya had passed a little bit under my radar in the previous books, but now that I got to know her, she is an amazing character. Everything about her was great--her attitude, her emotions, the way she thinks and how it reflects in the way she acts. I wasn't particularly fond of Meredith but she was also nice. It was easy to connect with their emotions and sometimes I even felt ashamed for making assumptions about her that proved wrong. It was amazing and they are fantastic together.

Derailed was really good. Stephanie and Angel were such frustrating characters at times, it was so easy to see how perfect they were for each other and, yet, things didn't seem to work out. This is the only novella that is told from both points of view. I was more interested in Stephanie's POV because she was the most frustrating of them both, and getting inside her head and understanding why she acted and thought the way she did was really enlightening and it made her a more sympathetic character.

Overall, CITYWIDE was a really amazing book to read, with a lot of romance, love, sex and a fantastic group of friends that are always there for each other.
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