(The Barons # 1)
by Santino Hassell
Publication Date: August 15th 2017 by Penguin Publishing Group / InterMix
The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.
New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.
Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…
Illegal Contact was recommened by Amazon to me. Those recommendations can turn out in multiple ways, but most of the times – at least for me – it leaves me with a meh feeling. But this time Amazon actually nailed it.
I really loved reading Illegal Contact. The banter between the two characters was funny and I loved that their relationship was a slow-burner. It took half the book till something even slightly sexual happened between Gavin and Noah and I loved it, because I’m so done with insta-love stories.
The writing style of Santino Hassell was really good and sucked me in with the first page. I would have probably finished the book in one sitting, but I decided to pick it up at nearly 1am. Why do I always to that? Hehe.
The characters Santino Hassell created were not what I expected. To be quite honest, after reading the synopsis I was pretty sure I would only tolerate Gavin, because I was sure he would not quit being an Jerk, but I was wrong. I even loved him more than Noah, who was adorable by the way.
I’m normally not really into the kind of twist this book had, but it made sense for once, because this had to happen with their type of situation.
The ending was interesting and I can’t wait for book #2, which is called Down By Contact and will star a side character from this book.
I will definitely check out more books by Santino Hassell and I have a feeling he will quickly become one of my auto-buy authors.
Rating: 4,75 stars