Citywide is Five Boroughs #6 – a novella grouping of stories about three sets of characters we’ve seen throughout the first 5 books in this series. First of all I ADORE this cover. It is simply beautiful and in my opinion perfect for a book that can’t be pinned down since it covers literally the whole spectrum of relationships – male/male, female/female, male/female, poly…everything. So this cover is great since this series encompasses the city perfectly as well.
Citywide may be #6 in the series but it can definitely be read as a standalone and you won’t be lost. I don’t think that’s always true in series but here we don’t start in the middle of anything and there are great flashbacks which really helps. In Rerouted we get the much anticipated poly three-way relationship of Jace, Aiden, and Chris. We’ve seen glimpses of them in Santino’s short stories he’s been so awesome at giving his fans and I’ve been dying to get a longer look at them. And it. was. everything.
Jace and Aiden have been together for years. Essentially their whole lives since they grew up together. Chris came along maybe months ago and seemed to fit so well…but none of them could figure out how well or how to make it work right. I freaking loved this story. I enjoy poly books and this novella was wonderful – it showed a loving couple trying to figure out an evolving relationship but also showed a new third person trying to evaluate exactly what was going on with his own emotions and how he could fit in – or not. And, because it’s Santino, it’s SERIOUSLY hot.
“And you’ve been what’s missing, baby. You weld all our pieces together. When you’re with us, or just texting us , your presence in our lives makes everything . . . better.”
Gridlocked is Meredith and Tonya’s story and Derailed is Stephanie and Angel’s. Both were intense and made better by the glimpses we’ve seen of them in past Santino books. Their stories were also HOT. Stephanie infuriated me at times, but most likely because I’m an Angel fan.
If you’re a Santino fan at all I highly recommend this book. You might be waffling because it’s a novella collection. You shouldn’t be, you will be getting a lot, and it’s totally worth it!
Rating: 4 Stars
Author: Santino Hassell
Release Date: November 13, 2017