Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Blitz: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by: Santino Hassell (Review & Excerpt)

Release Date: August 15, 2017
from InterMix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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…"

My Thoughts:

I need to have a serious talk with myself. I always talk about fluffy books and how much I love them, and I do, but then I get my hands on a real and gritty book and I just go head over heels for it and that is Illegal Contact in a nutshell. This book was so so good and it just felt so real.

The hate to love trope can be one of my very favorites, but it is also so hard to execute. Illegal Contact executes the hate to love perfectly. It is such a wonderful build up and their banter is amazing. They are at each other’s throats and they call one another on their crap constantly and it’s awesome. And over time it slightly changes until they genuinely want to be with one another. It was such an amazing dynamic and I adored it.

Both Noah and Gavin are great characters and I loved them together. And while I liked Noah, it was Gavin who really stole my heart. Gavin is such a cranky asshole, but there is also a vulnerability to him and he just grabbed me. I loved him and I loved his give no fucks attitude, because underneath it all he has a huge heart. I think it also helped that I fully agreed with his football is practically a religion attitude. Basically I feel like Gavin and I would get along, even with his cranky ass.

What I also loved about this one was how authentic NYC it is. Living in the city, I often nitpick books set in NYC that don’t get it quite right, but there is nothing to complain about here. It was perfect and even the smallest things were on point.

Illegal Contact is one of those books that caught me off guard and knocked me on my ass. I cannot wait for more from this series. This is my first Santino Hassell book, but it definitely won’t be my last.


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1 comment:

  1. Ooooh, I love that this one surprised you AND that it got so much right -- including the setting! This sounds super good, and I'm so happy you loved it so. Awesome review! You've tempted me yet again!

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