ARC Review: Illegal Contact

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genres: Contemporary romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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…

Listen, I don’t even like enemies to lovers that much but this is Santino Hassell so I read it anyway. AND IT WAS SO GREAT OK. I devoured this in a few hours, I didn’t even sleep.

Gavin and Noah make my heart happy. Gavin is a grumpy, distrustful, bisexual football player for the New York Barons who’s under house arrest for beating someone up. He lives and breathes football, and after growing up in the foster care system he has some anger issues. After sleeping with his boss, Noah is fired, living with his dad, and looking for a job. He is so knee deep in student loans debt he’ll even suffer for six months as a personal assistant to Gavin’s grumpy ass.

Like I said, this is enemies to lovers’ trope. The reason I’m not a huge fan of this is because I think most of the time it’s done wrong. Like one person in the relationship has all the power and it borders on abuse. BUT THIS WAS SO GOOD. Noah doesn’t like football (he doesn’t even know who Gavin is when he meets him), he doesn’t take Gavin’s shit, and he call him out on all his crap, I love him.

Also, this story is filled with tension. This is the ultimate slow-burn romance. By the time they finally got together I thought I was going to combust. These two characters have so much chemistry and their dialogue was natural and funny.

The secondary characters are very fleshed out, and I am dying to read Simeon’s book. Sadly it doesn’t come out until next January. Anyone who likes romance books needs to try Santino’s books because they’re all pretty amazing. Okay? Okay.

5 stars

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