Down by Contact (The Barons, #2) by Santino Hassell

Down by Contact (The Barons, #2)

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 teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for so...

Details Down by Contact (The Barons, #2)

TitleDown by Contact (The Barons, #2)
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

Reviews Down by Contact (The Barons, #2)

  • ~✡~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-w...
  • Christy
    4 stars!!! I love a good enemies to lovers story, especially one with good back and forth banter. Down to You 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, t...
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    ***3.75 Stars*** All I could imagine about the future was that we would be going through whatever came our way together. And with him by my side, we could take on the entire world. 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 accusi...
  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    5 STARS All this time, I’d not only been starving for his body—I’d been deprived of his kisses. Now I couldn’t get enough. 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 ...
  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    Down by Contact is a beautiful slow burn, enemies to lovers romance between two incredibly sexy football players 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 👏this 👏 story👏delivered! I'm in love with this couple, y'all. New York Barons quarterback Simeon Boudreaux continues to stay a fan and media darling even after coming o...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Full review now posted! 1/8/18 4 stars! “It was perfect. He was perfect. We were perfect together.” 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 workin...
  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆
    ✮✮✮ 4.5 STARS ✮✮✮Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books 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 Ad...
  • Renée
    Another solid story from Hassell (was there any doubt?). The man can write.His dialogue is so authentic, and not just the slang, which is heavy-handed here, but his overall dialogue. I feel like I would love to have a conversation with any and all of his characters. His writing, as always, is evocative, realistic, and anything but trite/clichéd. Adrian Bravo and Simeon Boudreaux are rival players who were once friends. After spending a short amo...
  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    First 5 star favorite of the year!This book!Two hot-as-sin football players from two rival teams fall in lust and then love with each other in the second installment of Santino Hassell's Barons series. I just can't say enough about how awesome this series has been for me. I really enjoyed the first book, Illegal Contact, so my expectations were pretty high. Fortunately for me, Santino Hassell delivered a heartfelt, emotionally charged love story ...
  • .Lili.
    Down by Contact by Santino Hassell is the enemies to lovers story of Simeon and Adrián. They were once teammates and friends, but things quickly soured between them when Simeon was traded from the Predators to the Barons. Adrián made it his mission to bully his old teammate in any way he could. During a preseason game, the two get into it causing them both to get suspended and having to do community service- together. What ensues is slow burn d...
  • Dia
    4,25 starsI adore Santino Hassell's writing style! He's one of my favorites authors and it's always a real struggle waiting for the release of every book by him. I absolutely adored Illegal Contact and the excerpt that we got at the end of it, from Down by Contact, made me want to read this one like yesterday!!! So imagine my huge expectations. I also reread Illegal Contact right before Down by Contact's release. Now I start to think it was not a...
  • Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
    I enjoyed this one, I just wish the enemies part would have lasted longer than that because it was kinda clear from the beginning that they had a thing for each other and I didn't feel the hatredQuick and easy read with a couple awwww-worthy moments.I really hope Rocky's story shows a better character development as in I really want to see the homophobe struggling with feelings and stuff and coming to terms with his sexuality. I think there is a ...
  • Hollis
    DOWN BY CONTACT is the best thing I've read all year. Now don't go rolling your eyes. I know we're only three days into 2018 but hey. My point stands.Adrián gave me big, owlish eyes. He was so boyishly adorable it was hard to hate him for long periods of time. I solved that little dilemma by reminding myself that he was a douche canoe.I've still not yet read any of Hassell's other solo works since finishing book one in The Barons series and hone...
  • Nile Princess
    3.5 stars. Review to follow.------------A black lead. Yes, Yes, I am here for it!! I was beginning to wonder if black men hadn't yet been invented in this author's world, so I am readyyyyy! *twirls*I'm guessing the guy on the cover is Simeon...though not the Simeon described in Book 1 - 'light brown skin, freckles, and curly reddish hair' (beginning of Chapter 2)....which, eh, could be biracial/Creole. I didn't know he was African American as now...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Let it be known that Santino Hassell writes the BEST redemption arcs- he's truly one of the very few authors I trust not to mess up with unlikable characters in a romantic setting. Seriously, it requires so much talent to make the reader root for a former asshole (at least it's very rare I do, especially in romance novels). Well-crafted, gradual, endearing, and never running from the important conversations but rather, initiating them, Down by Co...
  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    3.5 Stars!I really didn't think I could like Adrian. Ever. But somehow by the end I did. Unfortunately, I just never did love Adrian or Simeon. But it's Santino Hassell. And it's football.
  • Sophia Triad
    The book is based on my favorite enemies to lovers trope. “God, I hate you.”No, you just hate that you want to fuck me this badly. Adrián Bravo and Simeon Boudreaux play for rival teams in Super Bowl and they hate each other since forever. When they have a dirty fist fight on the field, as punishment , they will need to work together in order to teach some teenager kids in Brooklyn how to play ball.As we already know from the first book I...
  • Alisa
    *There will be mild spoilers in this review*Once again I am going to be odd man out. This book was really a mixed bag for me. I went into this thinking it was going to be lighter and sweet based on the first book of this series. It was not. The first 60% had me hanging on every word. It reminded me of the original Five Borough books. It was gritty and is probably the only "hate sex" book I've ever read where I felt like the characters did actuall...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    *feigns nonchalance while crossing and uncrossing legs* The sexual frustration continues! 😅 These books are great. Brb while I add everything by Santino Hassell to my smutty smut tbr
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    4.5 stars2017 was the year I found Santino Hassell and ever since reading Illegal Contact I have been a HUGE fan of his. If I won't keep myself in check I'll gush over his amazing writing skills and the authentic feel of his stories all day long.I'm not kidding when I say that Illegal Contact was EVERYTHING I could have asked for - perfect in every way - a true unicorn of a book. Down by Contact was almost as good as book 1.Now,  before we go ...
  • Natasha
    Review also on my blog • Twitter • BookstagramRep: black gay mc, bi Puteo Rican mc, m/m romanceTrigger warnings: homophobia, casual homophobia, internalised(?) homophobiaContent warnings: explicit sexual content Down By Contact is the sequel to the book, Illegal Contact. While they are intended to be stand alones, there are references to the first book that would make more sense if it was read before reading this book. But aside from tha...
  • Emma
    I think I’ve just come to the conclusion that the reason I always thought I didn’t like romance was because I was only ever able to find nondiverse, allocishet ones. Suffice it to say that I plan on going through pretty much everything else Santino Hassell has written asap, because this was so!! fucking!! good!!!Here is something you should know about me before I review this: I dislike sports. I don’t watch them, I don’t (usually) read ab...
  • Chris
    This was really enjoyable... Simeon & Adrien had a love hate relationship. Playing on rival teams, trash talking on social media then losing their cool in a practice match which led to a six week suspension. Forced together to support a youth Centre Simeon and Adrien began to realize they actually had more in common than they thought. As they shared deeper feelings after a few “dares” both men realized they were clearly hooked on each other. ...
  • Steven
    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!Yowza, this book was chock full of hotness. Fiesty dudes, getting busy with each other! Sexual tension you could cut with a knife! Emotional turmoil and angst!Serioualy though, I loved this book so much I read it in a few hours. The first book was better, in my opinion, because, well, Gavin Brawley was super effing sexy! This one had some ridiculou...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    4 STARSI love this series and I was so excited to start reading Down by Contact!I was hooked from the beginning, I couldn't put it down!Santino delivers a captivating,intense and passionate story!These two drive me crazy in a good way!They were full of tension and they were passionate.I couldn't get enough of these two. They start off arguing a lot and then they start have feelings!I love their smart dialogues, and it was fun reading about them.S...
  • LenaLena
    To be honest, I was ready to toss the book about a third of the way in. Where the previous book ended weakly, the start of this one wasn’t very appealing. Both main characters seemed shallow, needlessly pissy all the time and immature even for their age. The community center setup was a bit of a cardboard cutout too. And the game of gay chicken Adrián and Simeon start seemed far fetched and not quite believable.However, I am glad I pushed thro...
  • CrabbyPatty
    Adrian and Simeon were once both Predators and had developed a good friendship when Simeon was traded to the Barons. Let's just say that Adrian is not a man .... comfortable ... with exploring his feelings, and it was easier to be upset with Simeon and just plain damn mad at him for supposedly giving the Predators playbook to the Barons, rather than wondering why he was so upset and butt-hurt that their friendship ended. Fast forward four years a...
  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    This book is just too good and the more I  think about it, the deeper I fall in love with it. Both thought provoking and blissfully romantic, Santino Hassell's Down By Contact had me thoroughly captivated from beginning to end. With their sharp banter and sizzling sexual tension, Simeon Boudreaux and Adrián Bravo's MM sports romance is such a delicious little treat, such a meaty story that gripped me as much with its romanticism as it did with ...