First and First (Five Boroughs #3) by Santino Hassell Review

First and First (Five Boroughs Book 3) - Santino Hassell

Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reign and "alternative lifestyles" are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he's still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn't know how... until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn't--risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year's Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.




After reading about Caleb in Sunset Park, I was eager for his romance,. I am thrilled he gets to comes to terms with his own sexual needs in this book.


While I am not a huge fan of sex parties in my romances, Hassell, as ever, write a compelling story set in a believable world.


All the gang is here for the series and that is a wonderful thing. We get to spend time with Charles who I hope gets his own book.


However, Caleb and Ollie are both so emotionially shuttered that it is hard to get to the intimacy part of the romance and for me the book ends too soon. We need more time with them committed and together.


Good overall but needed more emotionial connection.