An exclusive excerpt of Santino Hassell’s “Illegal Contact” + a giveaway!!!

by Maryse on July 26, 2017 · 51 comments

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<— SANTINO HASSELL’S UPCOMING LATEST ALERT!!!!!!! Illegal Contact (The Barons) is releasing ON. MY. BIRTHDAY! Perhaps that means that THIS is my birthday read. YAY ME!!!! So many of my book-buds absolutely LOVE this author. One of the best of the best M/M authors, and I need to jump in. I’m thinking this is a sign. ;)

BUT!!! We’re starting the gifts early! And it’s not a gift to me… but to one of YOU! Plus a sneak peek at this next release:

Exclusive excerpt for Maryse’s Book Blog: 

I looked at the cameras and found Gavin stretched out on a lawn chair by the pool. He’d already finished his workout and was wearing a very small and tight pair of swim shorts. His eyes were closed and his hand was cupping his bulge.

It could have been my hand cupping him last night. My hand drawing his towel away and figuring out just how big Gavin Brawley was and whether I could fit him all down my throat.

Holy shit, I needed to stop.

I clicked off the screen, put away the bills, and marched down to the pool.

He didn’t open his eyes before saying, “Hey.” He also didn’t move his hand.

“We need to talk.”

“So talk.”

“About last night.”

Gavin’s lashes lifted enough for his intense golden eyes to lock onto me. “I’d figured you were gonna pretend it didn’t happen.”

“Well, I am, but I need to tell you why.”

Gavin moved his hand entirely and glared up at me. “If you’re gonna give me a rundown about why I’m not the type of guy you usually f**k with . . .”

“No,” I said dryly. “That is not what I intend to say. Stop assuming the worst about me. I’m not here to insult you or whatever you’re expecting. We need to clear the air and set up boundaries.”


I sat on the edge of the lounge chair and put a tentative hand on his knee. “Seriously. It has nothing to do with you. It’s me.”

“You’re a regular f**king cliché, aren’t you?”

“And you’re defensively defaulting into dick mode,” I shot back. “What it comes down to is that
you’re my boss. The boss I live with.”

“For four more months.”

“Yeah, but even so, I would think you’d understand why I don’t want to go through this again. I don’t want to be the guy who . . . fucks up every job because of an inability to draw boundaries at work.”

Gavin’s expression flickered and his jaw unclenched. “That was a different situation. This job is temporary.”

“I know it is, but it doesn’t change the messed-up power dynamics in this situation.”

“I don’t have power over—” he paused, frowning. “F**k, okay. I get it. But I’d be just as screwed if you abruptly bail on me. I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to owning a house or organizing my life. I need you here.”

It was the first time he’d admitted to my value as his assistant, and I couldn’t stop myself from smugly grinning. “Yeah. You do. Case in point—your mortgage was two months overdue.”

Gavin grunted and crossed his arms over his chest. “Get back to rejecting me.”

“I’m not rejecting you. I just can’t f**k up this job because you’re a good kisser.”

“Okay, I get that, but be real and admit I’m a better kisser than that other guy.”

“Stop being a clown. I’m serious, Gavin. We need some boundaries.”

“So then have boundaries. I’m not stopping you.”

“We both need to stick with them. No flirting. No eyef**king—because in retrospect I now realize you’ve been doing it all along.” And boy, did it blow my mind to realize Gavin Brawley’s intense stare down had been him checking me out. Including the first time I’d stepped into Joe Carmichael’s office. “No more asking to kiss me.”

Gavin stared at me from beneath his eyelashes. “I won’t push up on you if you don’t want me to.”

Relief hit me. “Good. Things will be a lot easier if we both keep our hands and eyes to ourselves.”

“If you say so.”

He was sullen, but I could deal with that. I stood and began to turn away, but his voice rang out
clearly and loudly.

“But what if you ask to kiss me?”

I looked over my shoulder. “That’s not going to happen.”

Gavin had closed his eyes again. “We’ll see.”

Ooooooh YESSSSS!! WE WILL SEE!!!! :D

For the giveaway, Santino is offering:

  1. A bound signed galley of Illegal Contact
  2. an embroidered Barons Cap

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below (or better yet, tell me your favorite M/M book – or books!!) and by 10pm EST, Sunday July 30th 2017, I will randomly select one lucky commenter as the winner.

Also, while not necessary to enter, it would be awesome if you’d share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram, or Facebook.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This prize will be sent to the winner directly by author.

Giveaway open internationally!

About the author:

Author 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.

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Fabi July 26, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Am I really first? Yes please, I’d love to enter this contest.

Maryse July 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

:D !!!!

veronica July 26, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Thank for this opportunity, I hope to win ^_^

Allison July 26, 2017 at 11:41 AM

I’m looking forward to this and I’m not into football at all. My favorite books tend toward historicals so, yeah. :)

Laura July 26, 2017 at 11:49 AM

I’m so excited to read this — I’ve heard nothing but great things about it!

Along with Santino’s books (and the Cyber love series with Megan Erickson) Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series is great!

bev July 26, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Can I just bump Fabi?
Fabi FTW.

Mirjana July 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Fave MM book? Too many to list! But some recent favorites are In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish, Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday, Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen, and Oversight by Santino Hassell.

I’ve shared the giveaway cuz sharing is caring! :)

Alicia July 26, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Favorite m/m has to be one of KJ Charles’s Society of Gentlemen books… but which one? Oh, the humanity!

Elle July 26, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Seriously cannot wait for this!!! Santino’s books are def faves, all of em!

Elizabeth H July 26, 2017 at 12:13 PM

I love the excerpt! Favorite M/M books are as follows:
Concourse by Santino Hassell – loved it so hard!
Outing the Quarterback by Tara Lain – Sexy quarterback!
Lover At Last by J.R. Ward – Love me some Qhuay!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Leandra July 26, 2017 at 12:28 PM

I’m beyond excited for the release of Illegal Contact! As far as my favourite MM books go… well, anything written by Santino really? Aside from that Captive Prince trilogy, Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer, Abroad by Liz Jacobs, and Into the Blue by Pene Henson.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole Davis July 26, 2017 at 12:39 PM

I’m so excited for this book – can’t wait to read it! Please enter me in the contest, too. I’d love to win something for once. :P

Karen July 26, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Seems like I have been waiting forever for this book! I can’t wait

Sapph July 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Man, I’d love to get a “real” copy of this book!

Too many favorites to list realistically, but I’m enjoying Avon Gale’s hockey series at the moment.

Grey July 26, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Can I bump Fabi, too? Not that I wouldn’t love to win… But we all know Fabi is our true M/M lover around these parts!

My fave M/M book would be Lover at Last by J.R. Ward as well.

Thank you, Maryse and Santino for the awesome giveaway!

Hudson L July 26, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Great excerpt! Can’t wait to read this. Fav m/m books are First and First by Santino, Thread of Deepest Black by Finn Marlowe, and the Collars & Cuffs series by KC Wells. Thanks!!

Cristin Dupont July 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Can’t wait for this book!! And favorite m/m? Sutphin Blvd. by Santino Hassell. Hands down.

Kirsten July 26, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Thanks for the excerpt, so exciting!!! My fave M/M series is Upending Tad by Kora Knight and I also love Sloane Kennedy’s Barretti Security Group series, all super hot and were my introduction to M/M – I’ve never looked back! Good luck everyone x

Tiffany Johnson July 26, 2017 at 1:16 PM

My fav M/M series is The Captive Prince series by CS Pacat! Thank you!

Cristie Gibson July 26, 2017 at 1:23 PM

AfterImage (In the Company of Shadows) – Sonny & Ais
This book, and the entire series, is f@%king life-changing. I was wrecked for weeks after finishing it, and it is the story to which I compare all others. I <3 Santino Hassel so much.

Jenn Donald July 26, 2017 at 1:29 PM

There are so many great books to choose from! Among my faves – anything by TJ Klune, Santino’s cyber-love series with Megan Erickson and anything Kindle Alexander too

Jane July 26, 2017 at 1:32 PM

Can’t wait to read this book! I love Santino’s books. Great excerpt :)

Brooke July 26, 2017 at 1:37 PM

I feel like I’ve been waiting foreeeverrr for this book! Favorite m/m book? Too many! But recently, probably Layla Reyne’s Irish and Whiskey series, Santino and Megan’s Cyberlove series, and Avon Gale’s hockey series.

Thanks for the giveaway!

zarah July 26, 2017 at 1:48 PM

I can’t wait to read this one.

Christina Binder July 26, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Hi, I’d also like to enter!
My favorite books? Anything by Santino Hassell, Megan Erickson, Darien Cox, Roan Parrish, K.J. Charles, Anna Zabo, TJ Klune…. cannot decide, really

Renae Cote July 26, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Oh my there are so many M/M to choose from, Kris Rippers The Scientific Method series, Roan Paris In the Middle of Somewhere series, Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson’s Cyber love series, Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series, and more.
Thanks for the chance.

Traci July 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Oh would love to win a hat. I already pre ordered this book. Santino is one of my favorite newish authors. I’d probably have to go with the Cut and Run series as my favorite m/m books. That’s what started my love for these books by your recommendation. I’ve been hooked ever since

Jaime July 26, 2017 at 3:53 PM

My favorite is probably the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux!! :3

Teri W July 26, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Santino Hassell is my absolute favorite writer of any genre. I can’t wait to read this one! My fav m/m book of all time is Amy Lane’s The Locker Room and my fav m/m couple are Ty And Zane from the Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux.

Kathy P July 26, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Two of my recent M/M reads were Kiera Andrews’ Beyond the Sea which I loved and Melanie Harlow’s recent book Strong Enough. Oh, and last but not least Riley Hart’s books!! Thanks Maryse!!

Ashleigh July 26, 2017 at 6:28 PM

I am ridiculously excited for this! I think my favourite M/M books would either be the Community series by Santino or the Cyberlove series he does with Megan Erickson, they are suburb and I love their writing!

Kathy July 26, 2017 at 8:21 PM

Looking forward to reading this and would like to enter the competition

Fabi July 26, 2017 at 8:56 PM

bev and Grey, too freakin’ sweet. *muah* ya’ll know SH is my fav author.

Nicole Wetherington July 26, 2017 at 9:40 PM

My fave M/M series is the Captive Prince series. Fav standalone is Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov.

Lynda July 26, 2017 at 10:41 PM

All Santino’s books, Sutphin Blvd being all time fav love Nunzio and Michael. Absolutely everything TJ Klune does.

Marie Pates July 26, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Gahhhh! This is gonna be soooooo good.

Carol July 26, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Thanks for the chance!! My fave m/m books, or that I’ve just read recently and fell in love with, are PERMANENT INK by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price, WOLFSONG by TJ Klune, CLOSE QUARTER and the Takeover series you Anna Zabo, and HEELS OVER HEAD by Elyse Springer!!

Lili Kakatics July 27, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Oooh, it’s hard to choose… I really like The Southern Scrimmage Series by Mercy Celeste, The Silver Tip Pack Series by Megan Erickson an of course Santino Hassell’s books. They’re fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Corey Leibo July 27, 2017 at 6:46 AM

Love my M/M books!! One of my favorite M/M book is Take and Try by Ella Frank. I laughed, cried and cheered. Thanks for the chance to win!

Elle July 27, 2017 at 7:34 AM

Apart from the Cut & Run series and the Captive Prince series, I loved Vespertine by Leta Blake & Indra Vaughn, I’m fairly addicted with the THIRDS series from Charlie Cochet, and Keira Andrews is almost always a hit for me (Beyond the Sea!).
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

ShootingStarsMag July 27, 2017 at 11:08 AM

I love m/m fiction and I have many favorite books and authors – including Santino Hassell. I can’t wait for this one. Right now I’m finishing up his and Megan Erickson’s Cyberlove series. So good!


Rosa July 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM

My favorite book is Sutphin Boulevard. It was my first m/m read and still the best.

Tina July 27, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Hot Head, by Damon Suede. Enter me, please.

Whitney July 27, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Sweet! I loved “Adulting 101″ by Lisa Henry. Funny as hell!

Sarah July 27, 2017 at 10:00 PM

This looks amazing! My fave M/M books are THE SOLDIER’S SCOUNDREL by Cat Sebastian, A SEDITIOUS AFFAIR by KJ Charles, & SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell.

Carolyn July 27, 2017 at 11:01 PM

I can’t even begin on the favorites list, but I’ll tell you my favorite Santino Hassell book, which is definitely on that list: Sutphin Boulevard, the book that started the whole big, beautiful Five Boroughs series ball rolling. Even though I ADORE all the books, this one has a special place in my heart. I can’t wait for Illegal Contact and the chance to fall in love with another of his series.

Thanks for hosting, and I hope your birthday and year are great ones!

Al July 28, 2017 at 5:44 AM

I love angsty books. I don’t know thay I have a favorite, necessarily. Just make me sad, haha.

Zaza July 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Well, my all time favorite MM romance is the Temptation series by Ella Frank. I still haven’t read all Santino Hassel’s books but I really really love the way he writes, it’s so different from the other authors I’m used to read ! Anyway, I can’t wait to read his next book !

Thanks for the chance and good luck everyone !

Nicki S July 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM

My favorite M/M book is actually also by Santino: Insight, book one of his Community trilogy. I’m currently reading book 2, Oversight. I’ve never read any sports hero romance, but maybe if Santino is the author I will like it.

Cindra July 28, 2017 at 5:05 PM

I’m just finishing Oversight by SH, so Illegal Contact may help ease the pain of awaiting the final book in The Community series by Santino Hassell. (Not due out ’til October) I read almost exclusively m/m at present–was seduced over from the BDB series when I developed unrequited Vutch Syndrome. Got a copy of the fanfic, True, read and loved it, and I’ve been reading m/m ever since. After True, my gateway-to-m/m-books were by SE Jakes. Dirty Deeds introduced me to Prophet Drews, and I immediately pursued the Hell or High Water series by SEJ. If I had to try to pick a favorite m/m book, at present it would be Zero at the Bone, and one written by Marion Zimmer Bradley (my all-time fav author) titled The Catch Trap. Of course that is subject to change depending on mood and mindset. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to win!

Jennifer July 29, 2017 at 12:12 AM

Thank you Maryse and Mr. Hassell for the giveaway! I would love to win. I love m/m stories. Love GFY books by Keira Andrews and Alessandra Hazzard.

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