Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Posted August 18, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Illegal Contact

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Series: The Barons #1
Genres: M/M Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on August 15, 2017
Pages: 251
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

Sports Romance, Enemies to Lovers, and a New to Me Author I have been over the moon to read were motivation enough if I needed a kick start to pick this one up.  Illegal Contact scored with me from page one.

Review

From the opening pages of this book, I was in the moment and stayed right with this story so that I was at the end clicking for more pages that were not there.  Gavin Brawley and Noah Monroe were antagonistic, then smoldering, and then red-hot sizzle.

Both were people with flaws, misconceptions, and hidden strengths that was fun to explore.

The pacing was spot on.  I enjoyed the movement in the romantic growth of this pair of opposites from hostile to friendly to much more.  Whew boy, yeah, they really got down and dirty when the moment arrived.

This is a sports romance, but the setting is away from the game and behind the scenes.  It gives a taste that the football lover will savor while providing a character-driven romance that will captivate a more general audience.

I was left wanting more and anticipating more stories from this series.  Thankfully, Simeon, a captivating side character in this one goes next.

In summary, its a great launch for a new series.  I was well pleased for my first outing with the author.  And, for M/M sports romance fans or for those who enjoy a character-driven opposites attract, this one’s for you.

My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #148
LGBT New Release #109
COYER #39

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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17 responses to “Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

  1. Mmmm, sports romance. I love those. I have a weakness for the hockey ones though. 😀 Football is cool too. I’ve not read anything by Santino but I’ve heard a lot if great things about his books, especially this new one! I’m glad it did not disappoint you. Wonderful review, Sophia!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I’m partial to the hockey romances, myself, but I pretty much like any sports romance. This was my first book by him and I will definitely be going back for more.

  2. I’ve really been loving Santino Hassell lately. I really enjoyed this one too. Those steamy moments <3 Sports romances are some of my favorites too. I've been really into the hockey ones lately but I like the football ones too. Glad you enjoyed this one too. Great review!

    • Yes, yay, I can finally say I know why everyone is excited about his writing. This was great, Julie. I’ll definitely have to try some others.

  3. It’s great when you try out a new to you author and really enjoy the first book. I am not a fan of the enemies to lovers trope usually, but this one does sound good! It’s nice this book grabbed your attention like that and left you clicking till there were no pages left. I like the sound of the character driven romance! Great review!

    • It’s not always a winner with me if it isn’t written right. This time around it was more a vast difference in experience which led to misunderstanding so that the conflict took the time to resolve it. I liked that.

      Thanks, Lola!

    • Yes, this one had a good balance. I felt it was more a character driven romance that just happened to have a football player as one rather than it overall sports.