Down by Contact

Down by Contact

Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact. Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his...

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Title:Down by Contact
Author:Santino Hassell
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Down by Contact Reviews

  • Wendy

    I absolutely loved book 1, and I was damn sure, I was gonna love book 2 as well. I love it when I am right !!!

    I loved this one even more then I did book 1 which is saying something, because that one was pretty damn awesome as well ;)

    This time it's Simeon's turn.... He and Adrian used to be on the same team, "The Predators" and they used to be friends. That is until Simeon changed teams and joined "The Barons". Ever since, Adrian has been quite hostile towards him, especially sonce Simeon "came o

    I absolutely loved book 1, and I was damn sure, I was gonna love book 2 as well. I love it when I am right !!!

    I loved this one even more then I did book 1 which is saying something, because that one was pretty damn awesome as well ;)

    This time it's Simeon's turn.... He and Adrian used to be on the same team, "The Predators" and they used to be friends. That is until Simeon changed teams and joined "The Barons". Ever since, Adrian has been quite hostile towards him, especially sonce Simeon "came out".

    This hostility escalates during a game between "The Predators" and "The Barons", and both of them get a six week suspension.....but that's not all ...

    They are forced to do community service together at a kids center. Which means they will be spending plenty of time together...

    Slowly but surely, they start getting close again. Which also means that the reason for all of Adrian's hostility comes to the surface.

    Now as much as Adrian was an ass during the beginning of the book, I never once hated him. I am a big fan of assholes redeeming themselves and I think he really did....redeem himself. I liked him from the moment he made his appearance...even when he was still a little ass.

    Adrian was very confused about his feelings for Simeon, and most of his hostility came from feeling betrayed in some way.

    I really loved seeing him

    and finally giving in to these feelings....

    Once he was in (pun intended).....he was ALL in !! And I loved him even more for standing up for himself and the person he wants to be with...

    I loved reading this one, and I can't wait to see what Santino comes up with next !!

    Highly recommended ;)

     

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    When Santino Hassell puts two rival football players together, the enemies to lovers trope turns from delicious to downright addicting. This book was EVERYTHING. And I truly mean EVERYTHING. You get the enemies to lovers combined with a GFY and one blissed out reader. This series only seems to be getting better and better and this girl simply can't get enough!

    I thought I l

    When Santino Hassell puts two rival football players together, the enemies to lovers trope turns from delicious to downright addicting. This book was EVERYTHING. And I truly mean EVERYTHING. You get the enemies to lovers combined with a GFY and one blissed out reader. This series only seems to be getting better and better and this girl simply can't get enough!

    I thought I loved

    , but that was nothing compared to my love for this book. There's just something so magnetic and captivating about these characters that Santino creates that I absolutely devour with a sense of glee that gives me butterflies in my stomach. Being a fly on the wall while these men figure out their relationships, life and themselves while falling in love is unlike anything I've experienced in books I read. I just love it.

    I already knew I'd love Simeon after getting introduced to him in the previous book. If it's at all possible, I fell even harder for him in this one. His rough exterior hides a heart of gold. A devoted friend. A loving son. A dedicated and driven athlete. A man that yearns for love but doesn't believe he'll find the real thing. A man that goes for empty meaningless hookups because that's all he feels is possible for a gay man in his profession. Ridicule and sneers are not something he isn't used to. They roll right off of him. He knows who he is and he's not ashamed.

    Adrián Bravo is his biggest rival, but at one point he used to be his teammate. Now that Simeon plays for the Barons, Adrián is a source of publicity that he's simply tired of. Never hesitating to throw shade and subliminal homophobic comments during his interviews, Adrián is the last man he wants in his orbit. Until they're both forced to make amends after an altercation on the field and perform community service where they have to deal with the animosity that brews between them.

    As much as I wanted to hate Adrián in the beginning, the more you find out about the man, the more impossible it gets. He's not a closeted gay man. He's a man that simply didn't realize what or who he really is until Simeon. His feelings for the man are foreign to him and something he's never experienced for another guy. Watching him fight through that confusion and fall harder and harder for Simeon was incredibly satisfying. You understand his hesitation in the beginning. You get his struggle and why it's so hard for him to wrap his mind around. It makes him incredibly endearing.

    And as for the two of them together?

    Absolutely explosive!

    Down By Contact was a sizzling MM sports romance that I couldn't get enough of. It was completely unputdownable. I'm simply addicted to this series and I can't wait for more.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    Simeon and Adrián are not friends. They used to be. But Simeon left the Predators for the Barons, and Adrián, not willing to acknowledge his attraction or feelings of betrayal, talked smack about Simeon nonstop—first accusing Simeon of stealing the Predators' play book, later bullying Simeon on social media with microaggressive comments about Simeon’s sexuality.

    The two get in each other's face at a preseason game, and the result is a six-week suspension and forced togetherness as volunteers for

    Simeon and Adrián are not friends. They used to be. But Simeon left the Predators for the Barons, and Adrián, not willing to acknowledge his attraction or feelings of betrayal, talked smack about Simeon nonstop—first accusing Simeon of stealing the Predators' play book, later bullying Simeon on social media with microaggressive comments about Simeon’s sexuality.

    The two get in each other's face at a preseason game, and the result is a six-week suspension and forced togetherness as volunteers for the Grant Street Center for kids.

    Both guys like it rough, and Adrián certainly doesn't have to worry about breaking Simeon.

    This story focuses on Adrián coming to terms with his bisexuality. Even though Simeon is the only guy he's been attracted to, he doesn't play it off as GFY. He's bi, and he's (eventually) more than willing to own it.

    Adrián is not a typical golden MC. He's sulky and covers his jealousy with aggressive jokes and banter (although a jealous Adrián is an adorable Adrián).

    Simeon, however, is pure sweetness. He stands up to Adrián and doesn't let him off easy. But he also knows how to forgive.

    While one of Adrián's teammates is homophobic,

    isn’t an angsty book; it's not gritty and tragic like many of Santino's books.

    Bonus: no random hookups with other people and no constant titty/vajay talk, which some authors overindulge in as an effort to prove that their bi character is really, truly bi.

    Simeon has a supportive mom, and even Adrián's parents come around. There is a conflict regarding the way Adrián is (almost) outed by one of the kids at center and how Simeon handles the whole thing.

    In the end, Adrián stole my heart. He was more willing than Simeon to jump in with both feet, even though Brawley wasn’t exactly a welcoming presence. Forget the Brawley Smile; this was all Brawley Scowl.

    If you haven’t read

    , you really should, but, yes, you can also read this book as a standalone. Simeon was far more present in the first book than Brawley is in this one. We see more of Why-Does-He-Have-to-Be-Straight? Marcus than the fiercely overprotective Brawley.

    All the stars for this funny, ROMANTIC story—but

    don’t tell Adrián.

    And I still hold that the cover model is fucking gorgeous. Dammmnnn. Those lips should be illegal.

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮

    Homophobia is vile, there is no whitewashing it. It attacks a person’s choice of who they love and that in itself is evil. Most of the MM books make it a theme one way or another but Santino Hassell always puts his own stamp on it. Just take the setting of the book: two players in one of the most hypermasculine sports and let them butt heads on a football field.

    On one side there is Adrián Bravo, who slams homophobic comments towards Simeon Bou

    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮

    Homophobia is vile, there is no whitewashing it. It attacks a person’s choice of who they love and that in itself is evil. Most of the MM books make it a theme one way or another but Santino Hassell always puts his own stamp on it. Just take the setting of the book: two players in one of the most hypermasculine sports and let them butt heads on a football field.

    On one side there is Adrián Bravo, who slams homophobic comments towards Simeon Boudreaux, who is the guy playing for the other team, in more than one sense – Simeon is Adrian’s rival on the football field. After an altercation between the former-friends-turned-enemies that turned violent they are forced together, working at a Community Center for the length of their suspension.

    Simeon is out and proud and completely unapologetic about his sexuality. His charm and easy-going, laid-back manners make him a favorite of the press, and me. Simeon is kind, affectionate and totally lovable. He’s also very observant and calls Adrián out when he messes up but that mostly comes from a good place. I fell in love with him Illegal Contact and nothing has changed. Especially thesweet affectionate little gestures which he bestowed on Adrián made me break out in a smile repeatedly. He is an endearing, sweet character with his heart in the right place.

    Adrián seems shallow in the beginning. His behavior toward Simeon is more the one of a grade school boy pulling pigtails, seemingly unrepentant about his actions. It takes a while until he can admit to himself where his hostility towards Simeon stems from and until then he acts a lot like a brat.

    From the moment he has his come-to-Jesus-moment Adrián pulls out all the stops to make it up to Simeon. I loved how he fought for their relationship, how once he realized that he was falling in love he was all in. Adrián is a complex character, adorkable, hilarious, with a too-smart-for-his-own-good mouth, but his devil-may-care attitude is only for show. Underneath there is an insecurity, a vulnerability and a sensitive soul that surfaces the more time he spends with Simeon.

    I adored them together. They are playful, cheeky, their dynamic is sizzling and totally engrossing because both of them are dominant characters but with Simeon being the more relaxed one of the duo they find common ground. He lets Adrián set the pace of their developing relationship. When they get dirty it’s downright combustible, their chemistry is insane.

    That Santino Hassell chose people of color doesn’t go unappreciated. It’s s rare to find in MF books, even less in MM. The way the two main characters talk feels entirely natural, authentic, which made their interaction even better. The dialogues are full of wit and banter and their exchanges made the book lighter than I thought it would be.

    This enemy-to-lovers story is powerful, has enough grit to make it not too sweet and has an important message. The writing is top-notch, gripping and keeps you invested in Adrian and Simeon’s journey. Santino Hassell is quickly becoming a favorite. I am super curious who the next book will be about. I’ll definitely pick it up!

  • Shile loves books

    Honestly i don't think i can give Santino's books less than 5 stars, his characters and their stories feel so real to me.

    I love the cover and i started picturing Simeon like that but when it came to the description it was different. It bugged me a little but i got over it.

    He is described as: golden brown skin, hazel eyes, dark russet-colored hair and freckles, so i pictured this guy and all was fine.

    Simeon

    Adrian is latino with dimples, once i had my cast, the story was perfection.

    I

    Honestly i don't think i can give Santino's books less than 5 stars, his characters and their stories feel so real to me.

    I love the cover and i started picturing Simeon like that but when it came to the description it was different. It bugged me a little but i got over it.

    He is described as: golden brown skin, hazel eyes, dark russet-colored hair and freckles, so i pictured this guy and all was fine.

    Simeon

    Adrian is latino with dimples, once i had my cast, the story was perfection.

    I loved every word of it. Santino's writing will forever be my drug of choice, his words and characters get into me.

    I loved Simeon and Adrian together, they fit perfectly.

    The Banter was on point as usual i was laughing so hard.

    -Bisexual representation was done so well. There was no hooking up with girls and P***y mentioning all the time to prove character's bisexuality. (some authors should take notes.)

    -The Chemistry and the sex was hot as usual, after all it is Santino.

    - Gavin!Gavin! my grumpy boyfriend, loved seeing him around in this book and Noah the sweet one.

    I hope Rocky's story is next. I would love to see how he redeems himself.

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    is a

    from rival teams. I've been waiting for this book since Illegal Contact came out last year because Simeon is my sunshine and I want to read more about him, and 👏

    👏

    👏

    ! I'm in love with this couple, y'all.

    , but it doesn't mean everyone loves him.

    is a

    from rival teams. I've been waiting for this book since Illegal Contact came out last year because Simeon is my sunshine and I want to read more about him, and 👏

    👏

    👏

    ! I'm in love with this couple, y'all.

    , but it doesn't mean everyone loves him.

    saw it as a huge betrayal when Simeon jumped ship from the Predators to the Barons and someone said Simeon spilled his old team's playbook to his new one.

    . It's good publicity and gives them the chance to learn how to work together.

    I wanted to kick Adrián for talking smack about Simeon, but I softened to him when he became aware of his mistakes and his own sexuality.

    While he never meant to be homophobic (or at least not as homophobic as his other teammates), he made jokes about Simeon's sexuality like it was nothing. Like he could say those things without being labeled a homophobe because he only meant it as a joke.

    His confusion, hesitation, and struggle were depicted wonderfully. This is why his character growth made me so happy. Not only did he have a lesson to deal with, he also had to come to terms with his own sexuality. And then he fell in love. This man. ugh

    Go big or go home, am I right?

    He's charming, lovable, and proud of who he is and rarely lets the negativity get to him. He was so patient with Adrián without coming to a point of being a doormat—he doesn't hesitate to call him out when he's wrong. He has friends who supports him and is there for him 24/7, a community who has fully embraced him, and a mother who will always be there for him.

    It really showed the effect of their relationship with their families and friends on how they became who they are and how they handled things.

    This isn't just a book about sexy footballers with explosive chemistry and fantastic banter. It talks about how religion, society, and peer pressure can affect one's perception and understanding of LGBTQIA. But it's also a book about sexy footballers with explosive chemistry and fantastic banter. Did I say explosive chemistry? Because they have it in spades.

    Enemies to Lovers, Sports—American Football

    First Person, Dual POV

    Yes

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  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    If you’re a fan of enemies to lovers….this is the book for you! Santino Hassell nailed it.

    Simeon and Adrian used to play ball together on the Predators, until Simeon got cut and began playing for the Barons. Adrian was bitter and angry. Locker room rumors accusing Simeon of sharing Predator plays with the Barons we

    If you’re a fan of enemies to lovers….this is the book for you! Santino Hassell nailed it.

    Simeon and Adrian used to play ball together on the Predators, until Simeon got cut and began playing for the Barons. Adrian was bitter and angry. Locker room rumors accusing Simeon of sharing Predator plays with the Barons weren’t helping Adrian’s animosity.

    Acting out in anger lands both guys suspended and forced to work together. Over the course of a few weeks, Adrian realizes where his true hangup with Simeon comes from…and Simeon begins to pick up the clues too. Pushing each other’s boundaries starts as a game, but quickly turns into so much more…something neither man was expecting.

    I gotta be honest and say that I struggled with the beginning of this book. Mainly I had a hard time warming up to Adrian. The things that came out of his mouth, whether from ignorance, naiveté or anger…ooooh they were mean. For me, the enemies aspect of the book bordered on becoming irredeemable for a good chunk of the first 25%....

    But then that Hassell magic sparked to life and I was slowly coming around. Vulnerable clues started dropping showing where the attitude was coming from and the sexual buzz began thrumming in the background and I was just waiting…

    And it kept building and building…

    And then that moment comes where the pressure is just too much and the dam breaks. THAT is the moment I love in an enemies to lovers story. And Santino nailed it. There was just no way these two could deny the combustible chemistry they had.

    The reality of what may be in store for them could wait because now it was time to indulge…and of course with the combination of that signature snark, honesty and romance that Santino excels at.

    And just like that, the switch was flipped. A little too easily for my tastes, but I loved seeing this optimistic and romantic side of Santino’s writing.

    Adrian ended up winning me over…purely due to his adorable sense of humor and cheesy jokes. And I especially melted at how nervous he was to meet Simeon’s mom and how much he needed Simeon’s quiet support when he came out to his own mother. I do have to say that I was a little surprised at how easily Santino glossed over Adrian’s dad’s reaction to his bisexuality…especially based on how he was portrayed in the beginning of the book.

    The little snippets we get of the amazing friendship between Simeon, Gavin and Marcus was perfection. I just love their dynamic.

    I also loved how unapologetic Simeon was. He admitted his faults, mainly that he trusted too easily…but he didn’t apologize for who he was or the kind of sex he liked (he liked it dirty and messy and hard and desperate and passionate...and all that was alright with me!)

    Overall, I really liked this installment in the Barons series, even if I was sweating a little bit in the beginning. Santino will continue to be an auto buy author for me and this book proves that even if I’m a little skeptical in the beginning….I should just sit back and trust that Hassell magic.

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  • Christy

    I love a good enemies to lovers story, especially one with good back and forth banter.

    is one of those books that gripped me from the start and didn’t let go. This is the first book of Santino Hassell’s I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read more!

    Adrián and Simeon don't get along. They are on rival football teams and there is bad blood between them. When they get aggressive with each other and both end up suspended, they end up being forced to spend much more time together th

    I love a good enemies to lovers story, especially one with good back and forth banter.

    is one of those books that gripped me from the start and didn’t let go. This is the first book of Santino Hassell’s I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read more!

    Adrián and Simeon don't get along. They are on rival football teams and there is bad blood between them. When they get aggressive with each other and both end up suspended, they end up being forced to spend much more time together then they would like.

    Simeon and Adrián aren’t friends, but the more time they spend together, the more they can both see redeemable qualities in each other. More than that, they are both attracted to one another, even if Adrián doesn’t want to admit his attraction. The build up to them being together… gah! I loved the slow burn! Once it finally happened, though… holy hell. HOT!

    I loved both Simeon and Adrián. Both were real and raw characters. I enjoyed the banter between the two, and loved even more seeing them together for real. The last bit was a real treat. There were great supporting characters as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to read more from this author. I think I need to go back and read

    ASAP!

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    Adrian and Simeon are enemies on rival football teams. They snark at each other during games, call each other out on social media and can’t stand the sight of each other. Simeon is a openly gay football player and Adrian seems to be anti-gay. When the two of them get into trouble on the field they are forced to spend time together working for a charity, where they both learn there is more to

    Adrian and Simeon are enemies on rival football teams. They snark at each other during games, call each other out on social media and can’t stand the sight of each other. Simeon is a openly gay football player and Adrian seems to be anti-gay. When the two of them get into trouble on the field they are forced to spend time together working for a charity, where they both learn there is more to the other than they originally thought.

    Santino Hassell became one of my all time favorite authors very quickly this past year. A very talented writer, he never delivers the same story twice and never the same character twice. That’s what I love about his books, they always bring something new to the table. Football isn’t my sports romance genre of choice usually but I that didn’t even cross my mind when reading this book, the game was important but it also didn’t overwhelm the story which I appreciate.

    Simeon and Adrian were both such amazing characters, I loved both in different ways and for different reasons. While they may have started out hating each other, I loved being on the journey of understanding and acceptance with them and thought they had a very beautiful love story.

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