Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.
David is Raymond's opposite in almost every way - he's Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens - but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bi-curious side a secret.
Once they're under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence, he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.
©2016 Santino Hassell (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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There are a lot of positive reviews for Sunset Park here, so I'm not going to rehash the story. The story and the writing are excellent, okay? Even when I wanted to throttle the characters (which was pretty much the whole story), I was still engaged wanting to know what happens next. What I'm going to focus on here is the audio.
Michael Ferraiuolo hits a home run with the narration. Period. He nails this. Pure and simple - he absolutely took two pretty unlikable characters and not only made them interesting, he made them *fascinating*. I cancelled a date to keep listening to this audio book. Sure, a good part of that is Hassell's writing, but Ferraiuolo takes it not only to another level, but a whole other universe.
You want to hear good narration? I can name hundreds of audio books with good narration. But excellent narration? Superlatively fantastic narration? I can count them on both hands and still have a couple of fingers left over.
Ferraiuolo joins that distinguished group of narrators. He absolutely blew me away with his pacing, his timing, his sublime character voices...this is excellent narration.
"I am addicted to this author!!!!!!!!"
David and Raymond are my romance heroes! Their story is incredible. I actually caught myself yelling at the characters lol. Beautifully written. And let's talk about the narrator.... Human hubba.. What a voice. THIS IS A MUST READ.
"A great read once you get into it"
Yes, good story line.
I enjoy Rhys Ford's Sinner Gin Series.
He was slow ro start, and I had just listened to Sutphin Boulevard, and really like the narration by Rusty Topsfield. Ray's voice is completely different. I had to wonder why the change in narrators. Once he got going the voices of the characters got better.
One of my favorite books ever. Took me a few minutes to get used to the narrator but he did a wonderful job.
"Fantastic lineup of Narrator and Story"
Yes actually, Michael Ferraiuolo brought the characters to life. His voice for Raymond was so enjoyable it curled my toes! He should do more NY accents - he is spot on. His voice for David was also enjoyable and you could clearly denote which character was talking. I can't praise Mr. Ferraiuolo enough. He is right up there with Sean Crisden and Greg Tremblay.
Raymond - I could listen to him all day. He is so sweet, so human, so confused - he tries so hard to do the right thing.
Yes, I seek him out for narration but when he does a NY accent he just excels. Maybe I just have a soft spot for the accent itself but it certainly is pertinent to this story and so enjoyable. Its a shame he didn't get to narrate the first story of the series (the narrator for that one was absolutely awful).
Again, the story was great and the narrator made it an even better experience. Can't wait to listen to it again (and again...). Kudos to those who chose Mr. Ferraiuolo.
"Amazing narration. Entertaining story."
I kept thinking that there were two narrators in the story. very good distinction between the characters. The story was very entertaining and worth a buy.
"Amazing Series, incredible narrator"
oh yeah, it was that great. I love Raymond, he is easily one of the best characters I've read this year. And David? Well aside from just wanting to smack him upside the head like over and over and over, I gotta admit he's perfect for Ray.
Absolutely fantastic romance.
I was lucky enough to enjoy this book in the audio version and the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, was amazing! He did the most incredible job with Ray's voice, just perfect from start to finish.
Definitely going on my re-read shelf.
I was missing the boys so I had to get the audiobook, the narration was perfect and it got me into the story right away.
"What a great story"
Great job at pulling the listener into the lives of the characters. Narration was well done also. I plan to get more audio books by this author in the future.
I would easily recommend this one.
I really got involved with these guys. excellent character development. And well performed! Bravo! Bravissimo!
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