Charles Jovanovic is known for being fun, loud, and a drama queen. That changes when he comes home after a six-month dancing gig on a cruise line and finds his boyfriend kissing a muscular tattooed stranger. He retreats into his Staten Island apartment and ignores the world . . . until he discovers that the man he’d found with his ex is his downstairs neighbor.
Luis Ramos hates cheaters. He had no idea his near hookup had a boyfriend, let alone a boyfriend as gorgeous as sassy, leggy Charles. His guilt leads to frequent groveling, but Charles’s wrath won’t quit. As soon as Luis decides to back off, he catches Charles watching him practice one of his stripper routines. Luis jumps at the chance to make peace, and Charles can’t resist an invitation to dance.
Reluctant friendship turns to late-night dance sessions, intimate conversations, and flirtatious encounters in the dimly lit laundry room. Charles tries to ignore Luis’s efforts to revive his dormant passions, but the sexual tension is undeniable. When Charles realizes he wants more than a rebound, he has to learn how to move past his jealousy and trust that Luis wants him, baggage and all.
About Santino Hassell:
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative 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.