Release Blitz + Review: Third Rail by Santino Hassell

My dearest and loveliest reader, are you ready for another steamy story written by Santino Hassell? Are you thristy to read what happened with Chris after his hot threesome with Steph and Ray in Corrupting Chris?

Then you need Third Rail, the latest short story novella with Chris, sandwiched between Aiden and Jace.

Third Rail (Five Boroughs, #4.5)Third Rail by Santino Hassell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Man, Santino’s stories should get their own label, because NSFW isn’t properly explaining what goes on between the three guys Chris, Jace and Aiden.

This collection of shorts has its main focus of the hot menage, the hot sex between those three guys.

But Santino Hassell wouldn’t be the awesome author we already know from the other Five Boroughs stories when between all the hot, steamy encounter there wouldn’t lie several problems in the character’s life.

I really loved the dynamic, the flow they three guys have and to say the cliffhanger at the end, making you thirsty to get Citywide (coming out November 13) to read on, how the three find their happy end, wouldn’t be an exaggeration.

The novella can be totally read as a standalone but technically and chronologically it is set after Interboroughs, so it is maybe more helpful to read the books before first. 🙂

Santino knows to capture with the nearly flawless writing, the sarcastic comments and sometimes almost dry spelled out humour which let you crack up totally. Several times I couldn’t breath because I laughed so hard. XD

You really should grab this book if you a) either haven’t read a Santino work before and want to get a glimpse in what you can expect (and worry the length) and b) when you LOVE menage stories, stories with sexually open characters and  – with Jace and Aiden – a couple which lives in an open polyamorous relationship.

This is totally refreshing and Santino Hassell nailed this novella too. 5 out of 5 stars. Nothing less, for me it isn’t possible to NOT love a book in the Five Boroughs series.

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Title: Third Rail
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs # 4.5
(takes place after Interboroughs)
Genre: M/M Romance, Novella
explicit M/M/M sex scenes
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Lenght: 20.000 words

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Christopher Mendez has always known his sexual identity had a swerve. No straight guy would have low-key lusted after his childhood best friend, right? Unfortunately, a combination of insecurity and overall lack of game has prevented him from further exploring his sexuality. That changes once he agrees to participate in a photoshoot for a queer dating app and meets Jace Fairbairn.

Jace is beautiful, fey-like, and in an open polyamorous relationship with his gorgeous linebacker-looking husband Aiden. Once they set eyes on Chris, they’re instantly in lust and determined to broaden his sexual horizons. But what’s supposed to be a straight-forward sexual encounter gets complicated once a one-night-stand has repeat performances, and Jace and Aiden begin to fall in love.

This collection of shorts explores the start of a relationship that eventually blossoms into something the three men realize they cannot do without.


We took the train into Queens, which surprised me. I had it in my head that people like Aiden, who were in the same category as Caleb, Ashton, and Meredith, took cabs or slick town cars everywhere. My rich people hookup fantasy was shattered once he led me to the subway with the rest of the suckers.
“This would have been way cooler if you’d had a car downstairs waiting for us,” I confided as we descended the steps to the subway. “Like you in your suit and me with my fifty-pound backpack getting in a black Lincoln. That would have been tight as fuck.”
Aiden slipped his Metro Card from his pocket, snickering. “What, you thought this was some Fifty Shades of Queer set up?”
“Yup. Do you have a play room?”
“My entire apartment is a play room, bro. Have you met my husband? We don’t exactly keep it to one location in the house.”
“Good for you. I’m lucky if I get any action in my own damn bed with my right hand.”
We walked towards the E train, our conversation lost in the rush of bodies moving around us. He could have started describing exactly what they did in every corner of their place and nobody around us would have given a single fuck. But that was New York for you, and it was why I loved it.

Author bio  – Santino Hassell

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Author links / get in contact
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Blog Tour hosted by/through A Novel Take PR.


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