Exclusive Excerpt – Concourse (Five Boroughs #5) by Santino Hassell

Exclusive Excerpt – Concourse (Five Boroughs #5) by Santino Hassell












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.













We are honoured to be able to bring you this exclusive excerpt from Concourse.

One sight of Ashton naked and slicked with water, his head tilted back as he let water stream through his hair, sent all blood rushing to my already hardening dick. I turned away quickly, thankful for the dual sprays in the large shower, and blindly grabbed for one of the tiny hotel-sized bars of soap. I rubbed it across my chest, not thinking of what I was doing, and hissed at the pull of my shoulder.

“What’s wrong?” he asked from behind me.

“Probably didn’t warm up or cool down enough,” I said gruffly.

“True. Do you want me to rub it?”

“Rub what?” God, I was a fucking idiot. “I mean, you don’t have to. It’s fine. Just a twinge.”

Ashton ignored the comment and moved closer to me. His hands were on my shoulders without waiting for permission, and he guided me slightly forward so my hands were flush against the wall. It would have been easier laying on the bench, or even on the lounge, but a change of location wasn’t going to happen. And it felt good regardless. His thumbs dug into the spot that had pulled, and I groaned in gratification.

“Fuck, that hurts so good.”

“Most things do.”

Biting my lower lip, I folded my arms against the wall and leaned my face against them as he continued to work his way down my back. He teased out knots along my spine and worked his way lower. I knew he was hard—I could feel his erection brushing against my ass each time he leaned in—but he didn’t say anything about it. No teasing or flirting or innuendos, just Ashton massaging me into mush while warm water sprayed us, until he finally pressed himself against my back.

“Do you feel better?”

“Yeah,” I uttered, like his dick wasn’t nudging along the seam of my ass. “Why are you so good at that?”

“My mother had a masseuse who made house calls. Ms. Maxwell. When I was fifteen, I begged her to teach me how to do some basic stuff. I wanted to know how to turn people into useless puddles of moaning goo.”

I laughed softly. “You succeeded. If I was lying down, I’d probably be asleep.”

Ashton slid his arm around my waist and wrapped his fingers around my erection. So hard the ache was painful, and I groaned so loud it echoed in the room from just one pump of his hand.

“Doesn’t feel like you’re falling asleep.”













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SUTPHIN BOULEVARD – book 1 (standalone)

SUNSET PARK – book 2 (standalone)

FIRST AND FIRST – book 3 (standalone)

INTERBOROUGH – book 4 (sequel to SUNSET PARK)

CONCOURSE – book 5 (standalone)

Untitled Five Boroughs Anthology – book 6 (standalone, coming in November 2017)

Book 7 – (standalone, coming in 2018)

Book 8 – (standalone, coming in 2018)
















Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.


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