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.
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About the Five Boroughs Universe
New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.
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Book 1 will always be my favorite, but this is a close second.
I absolutely adore Ashton and Val!!!
They were so opposite, yet perfect for each other. The fact it took them so long to get their sh*t together, but at the same time, had they realized sooner, I don't think it would have worked out.
I admire Val so much. He wants to please and take care of everyone, so he works himself so hard. Between jobs to put his sister in school and not wanting to let down his fighting coach, who has done so much for him after his father disappeared. But all that can't last for long, he's going to wear himself thin.
Another thing that I really liked was the fact that he wasn't already a big name in fighting. He was an up-and-coming fighter who actually only did it to please his coach. He had the talent, but just not the heart and true aspirations to become a big name in the industry. It was very humbling.
Ashton is such a sweet guy underneath it all. My heart truly broke for him. His family was just a bunch of Rich dicks who were only worried about their appearances and not the well being of their son. Most of Ashton's actions were due to lashing out because he just wanted love and approval from the people who are supposed to love him.
His and Val's "relationship" was a strange one from the get-go. Val's family treated Ashton better than his own, and Val was basically his BFF for most of his teenage and adult life. Val got to see the real Ashton and it pissed him off that he had to pretend to be something else in front of others. It REALLY pisses Val off when Ashton's own brother basically pimps him out for a huge deal for the company.
Ashton has to go through some pretty emotional stuff to find himself. It's heartbreaking but necessary for him, because he truly comes out of his shell by the end of the story. I can't tell you how many times I teared up in this book. I think Sonny did a great job with Ashton's character. I normally don't like stories about rich kids, but this is way, way more than that. Ashton wasn't really portrayed as an entitled rich kid who got away with everything. He was the rich kid who everyone tried to control like an object, and he finally learns how to break free.
Val too, he really grows in the story, after he makes some decisions he should have made long ago. I loved that his sister put her foot down with Val and his wanting to take care of everything, she was one of my favorite characters in this book.
I said it before and I'll say it again. We NEED a Charles book!! I'd even love if it was about his escapades on the cruise! I would love to read about his dancing :D amiright??!!
About Santino Hassell
Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.
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