Howdy, Delighted Readers!
The hero from Santino Hassell’s Illegal Contact has stopped by today to share about his favorite football films. Any of these make your list, too?
Gavin Brawley’s Top Five Football Films
1 – Remember the Titans. Amazing film based on a true story about a newly integrated high school football team in the 70s.
2 – The Program. A brutally realistic look at the world of college football and a troubled team trying to make it big.
3 – Friday Night Lights. The movie, not the show! Based on a book of the same name, it’s about a high school football team recovering from the loss of their star player and the small town that looks to Friday night games for escape.
4 – Gridiron Gang. A counselor at a juvenile detention center decides to teach the young inmates social skills through football.
5 – Wildcats. This classic Goldie Hawn comedy is a secret pick-me-up for Gavin. His best friend, and star running back, Marcus made him watch it one day, and now Gavin is hooked.
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
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…
“Santino Hassell is one of those writers who elevates the male/male romance genre. Illegal Contact delivers his trademark pairing of two gritty, tough and smart-mouthed heroes wrestling each other into romantic submission. Like everything Santino writes, it’s sexy and rough, with swoon-worthy high points that feel earned.”
–Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author
“Illegal Contact is full of Hassell’s trademark grit and whip-smart dialogue, and is easily his most romantic book to date. Readers will fall in love with the Barons!”
–Megan Erickson, USA Today bestselling author
“Illegal Contact is a compelling, powerful story of two men getting exactly what they need. Santino Hassell’s turns his observant gaze on the world of football, and sports romance will never be the same again. This wise, sexy story is sports romance as you’ve never read it before.”
–Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author
Santino Hassell was raised in Brooklyn by a strict Catholic 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.