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I’m only a tiny blog but here’s what I’ve done regarding “Santino Hassell”

For those who may not be aware, the shit really hit the fan in the MM Romance Community this week over the author known as “Santino Hassell”.

For more infos read this lot:

Publishers Statements:

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Background

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Susan’s Goodreads Status

Kat’s Goodreads Review

Nikki’s Twitter Moments

Sakura’s Twitter 

Xen’s Twitter

Xen’s Blog about Riptide

Courtney Milan’s Twitter Comment

What I’ve Done

Now, anyone who has ever followed my blog knows that I have reviewed and rated pretty much all the books written by this person, and those they co-wrote with Megan Erickson, and they were among my most favourite reads within the genre.

Up until the beginning of this week I was still believing the “author” when they claimed they were being “doxed” by a disgruntled and bitter ex-fan and had PMed their agent to let them know about comments which were being left on reviews on Goodreads regarding the author.

However, when I saw that among the claims was that the author had claimed they were suffering from liver cancer and had received donations to help “pay for treatment”, my suspicions began to raise.

See my beloved mum died just three short weeks after she got her liver cancer diagnosis in 2014 at the stupidly early age of just 66. I KNEW that the liver cancer fatality rate is generally within five years of diagnosis – outside of receiving a transplant.

I went off to  investigate and found all of the above – and then some. Go look people, it’s all out there.

Therefore, my little act of support, is to have removed all reviews and ratings for books “written” by this author and those co-written with Megan Erickson. That includes on Amazon and on Goodreads also.

I don’t care what equipment you’ve got between your legs, but if you catfish, gaslight, manipulate, lie and cheat, then you’re damn right I’m going to take action, no matter how small.

Gray for You hit all the right notes

I might be your your fantasy. But I’m nobody’s forever…

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Spencer Spears’ second installment in the 8 Million Hearts series is a fun romp through the making of a high class porn film – yes there exists such a thing! In fiction at any rate, and centres on Gray, owner of Maggie’s Bar where Ben and Adam played their music in book one.

Now, you’d expect, it having the porn link (Gray is an ex New York porn star voted best in the game for four years running) that this book would be all about the sex.

But, surprisingly not. The other protagonist is former child star Tyler Lang, now in his early 20s and reeling after one two many disasters and a media storm of epic proportions.

He’s looking for something different, a way to take control of the life which had, up until his latest drugs related disaster (and oh how my heart went out to him when he couldn’t remember even buying the coke that had been found in his beat up minivan) been firmly operated by his presently estranged father (more on that ass later).

Their two worlds collide during the filming of a book which has been gaining attention as a high-brow, literary gay porn novel. Tyler is deliciously inexperienced but has a reputation for being a player, all untrue. He’s not even 100% sure he’s gay until he meets Gray and then watches one of his old scenes online.

For Gray, he’s been hanging on to the hope that his dick of a “boyfriend” will finally tell his family about them and admit they’re a couple when he’s dumped, yet again. He’s felt rejected and unworthy his whole life, with the exception of Maggie, who took him in, became his guardian angel and eventually left him her bar and a shedload of properties.

Together they start to navigate their way to a relationship which is both supportive and encouraging of each other, it’s beautiful to read how each opens up to the possibility that there might be someone who sees them for who they are.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review