My friend, Requierobl–who I think is the person who put Santino Hassell on my radar in the first place–has been gracious enough to allow me to publish our conversation about the third book in Hassell’s Five Boroughs series. This took place over the course of a few days on Tumblr; it starts with me picking up a conversation that began on Twitter.
Monday, April 25th
blnokimi: Finished the first two five boroughs books over the weekend.
requierobl: Wow, does that mean you really like it?
I finished the third one myself.
blnokimi: Yeah, I liked them. I bought the third one this morning
halfway through the 2nd, I figured out that Caleb was going to be the focus of the 3rd book, but I didn’t expect Oli.
requierobl: Neither did I, but I enjoyed them. Although, I wish we got Oli’s POV.
blnokimi: I’m not really looking forward to it and it might take me longer to finish it because I didn’t really dig Caleb as a character. And Oli didn’t really stand out that much, but I’ll see.
No pov from Oli? that’s kind of disappointing.
requierobl: I think you might have issues with Oli, but Caleb was fine.
blnokimi: Since Caleb is so reserved and Oli obviously isn’t, I was already uncomfortable with him “shedding his inhibitions” like something is wrong with him not being into sex the way other people are. And having this idea that he needs someone to show him the way. That seems too close to people telling lesbians that they just haven’t met the right one. But I’m going to give it a fair chance.
requierobl: I think the authors did a good job with it, and the sex was pretty hot.
I felt a bit perverted though, since I wanted Caleb to follow a certain suggestion. You’ll probably figure out what when you read the scene.
blnokimi: Well, now I am looking forward to it. If it can make a perv feel like a perv, it has to have something going for it.
Tuesday, April 26th
blnokimi: I read the first 3 chapters of First and First and I like it so far. Caleb is so much more interesting here and I guess I can say the same for Oli.
requierobl: I think F&F might be my favorite, even though it felt so short and Oli was a bit of a mystery through the entire book.
I’ll be interested in what you think, although I can kinda see you getting a bit annoyed with Oli.
blnokimi: One thing I like about this is that Caleb is intimidatingly gorgeous, but he’s stunned by how good Oli looks. Usually one is cute and the other is handsome or they both just look good and it’s not really a big deal.
Also, his relationship with his sister is interesting.
requierobl: I find his entire family interesting
Caleb has a bit of low self-esteem
I’ve always enjoyed talking to Requierobl about BL, particularly because, while our tastes are similar, there’s enough of a divergence that it makes for interesting conversation rather than it simply being a gush fest–not that there’s anything wrong with that. It also helps that we’re both perverts and can converse without embarrassment about such things.
I’ve been thinking about it and I’m still unsure of what I was laughing at so much. If I had to guess, I was probably tickled by things that weren’t meant to be funny, but were very much so according to my sense of humor. Most likely, I was laughing at someone getting their comeuppance.