Thank you for watching Episode 2 of The M/M Newlywed Game with Raymond Rodriguez and David Butler. You can find Episode 1—David’s answers about Raymond—at Santino’s blog tour stop at The Novel Approach on December 11th!
Just a reminder, the purpose of The Newlywed Game is to see how well newlyweds, or newlyfriended as David claims, know each other. Today, I’ll be asking Raymond questions about David to see how well he knows his new BFF. They need fifty points total to win. Last week David got one wrong, which put him at twenty two and a half points. Let’s see if Ray can do better.
Raymond: Oh, I know I’ll do better.
David: That’s because you’re full of crap. You take way longer to get ready than I do. I still maintain I should get full credit for my realistic response. There’s no way a guy with hair that long gets ready faster than me. And I know you maintain it because it’s shiny and silky as fuck. My hair doesn’t look that good and I actually try.
Raymond: Cry more, blondie.
Host: You two are so cute together.
Host: Okay Mr. Cheerful, let’s get started. Question 1—What’s David’s favorite comfort food?
Raymond: *side eyes David* Pasta. Any kind of pasta. When he isn’t on his no-carb crap.
David: *flips card that says ‘All of the pasta!!! Especially with seafood and lots of butter and garlic.’*
Host: Good start. How about his favorite comfort movie?
Raymond: A comfort movie? What the hell is that? I’m just going to say Lost in Translation because he thinks he can relate to some people having an existential crisis in Japan. Either that or something Disney-related like Mulan.
David: *laughs and holds up a sign that says ‘Disney movies!’*
Raymond: See? Dork.
David: But you watch it with me, soooo….
Raymond: If I don’t, you’ll get pouty.
Host: Who is David’s favorite singer?
David: *holds up sign that says ‘Adele is my spirit human’* That was super easy, though.
Host: What about his favorite designer?
Raymond: *sighs* Why I gotta get these wack questions? You didn’t ask him that.
Host: The question can’t all be the same.
Raymond: Whatever. Cole Haan. And I only know that shit because he dragged me out shopping and kept asking my opinion on billions of shoes designed by this Cole person.
David: *hiding a smile, he holds up a sign that says ‘The only designer I consistently purchase is Cole Haan. Other than that, I just go to Express or Urban Outfitters. Shoes make the outfit, tbh.’*
Raymond: Leave it to you to write this long-ass explanation.
David: Well, it’s true!
Host: Question 5—what’s one thing you consistently do when you’re spending time together that David really appreciates?
Raymond: I dunno. I tend to feed him a lot but he always starts whining about carbs, so I can’t tell if he likes it.
David: Of course I like it. You’re trying to take care of me even though it may result in me having to go to the gym an extra day. *holds up sign that says ‘Raymond is a really good cook, and he always makes me something to eat without making a big deal of it. He will make someone an amazing husband one day ;)*
Raymond: So extra.
Host: If I asked David what his most embarrassing moment was that you witnessed, what would he say?
Raymond: The Nicki Minaj thing.
David: UGH. *holds up sign that says ‘Anaconda work out’*
Host: Wait, I want to hear this story. Tell us!
Raymond: One day I dropped by David’s apartment without calling ahead of time, and walked in on him twerking in his underwear to that song Anaconda.
David: It was part of this cardio workout! Jesus.
Raymond: It was amazing.
Host: I bet. *smirks* So, you have a key to David’s apartment?
Raymond: He gave it to me.
David: I had a spare!
Raymond: I didn’t ask for it.
David: Well I’ll take it back if you don’t want it. *rolls eyes*
Raymond: Nope. It’s mine now.
Host: Heh heh. Okay, let’s move on. Raymond, what would David say stresses him out the most?
Raymond: Probably his job. David’s a control freak, so him being a teacher is basically a set up for complete disaster. He can’t predict or control most of the shit that happens at school, and he is the highest strung person in the world because of it. When he’s on vacation though, he’s like a totally different dude.
David: High strung and a control freak? Geez, tell me how you really feel. *flips card that reads ‘Everything work-related. Especially standardized testing. OMG Kill me now.’*
Raymond: *pokes David in the side*
Host: Next question—What does David look for in a guy?
Raymond: If I judge by the last asshole he dated—
David: Don’t say that! He might see this.
Raymond: Yeah, and? He ain’t gonna do shit. *crosses arms over chest* Anyway, if I judge by the last dickhead he dated, I’d figure he likes dudes with money and bomb-ass jobs.
David: I can’t believe that’s your answer! That’s seriously your answer?
Host: He can’t change it now that you’ve made it obvious it’s not the answer.
David: *scowls and flips card* I said I’m looking for a guy who isn’t afraid to be sweet to me, and who listens instead of just waiting for his turn to speak. I can’t believe you fucked this up.
Raymond: You fucked it up by being fake as hell in that answer. Your ex was a legit billionaire heir.
David: That’s not why I dated him, for God’s sake. I am so annoyed now. You made us lose because you think I’m a gold digger.
Raymond: Great now he’ll sulk. *watches David pout* *frowns* Jesus, I’m sorry.
David: Hmph. *doesn’t resist when Raymond forces him into a side-hug* *fights a smile*
Host: Aw. You two. Okay, last question! Raymond—what’s one thing David wants to change about your relationship?
Raymond: Probably… wants us to meet each other’s friends. Which is stupid, FYI. I don’t see why we have to involve other annoying people when I only want to spend time with him.
Host: *raises eyebrow*
Raymond: What? It’s true.
David: *flips card that says ‘Be more involved in each other’s lives. I’ve never even met his friends! And I only get to come over when Michael isn’t home L.’* I find it really off-putting and hurtful, but he’s never explained it like that before so I’m finding it hard to be mad.
Raymond: Look, it’s not a big deal. You just happen to momentarily be the person who irritates me the least.
David: You love me. Just admit it. You love me and you don’t want anyone to know because—
Raymond: Stop right there before you say something to annoy me and I have to retract the nice thing I said.
David: No! I like it when you’re sweet to me. *plasters himself to Raymond*
Host: Are you sure you’re not together?
Host: You’re not sure?
Raymond: We’re not together!
Host: Well, maybe you should consider it.
Host: Yes. You’d get to know each other better and wouldn’t have lost! Sorry, kids. Better luck next time.
Raymond: What a fucking scam. We literally had to get nothing wrong in order to win. Your show sucks.
David: That is so lame.
Host: Stay tuned for the next round of The M/M Newlyweds Game!
SUNSET PARK blurb:
A Five Boroughs Story
Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.
David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.
Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.
Cover Artist Paul Richmond
Cover Model Juan Forgia
Cover Photo Credit Mel Seser Photography
Find Sunset Park on:
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All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sunsetpark-1936942-149.html
Review Quotes for the Five Boroughs series
“While this second novel of Hassell’s Five Boroughs novels has all the heat, overwhelming desire and tension that readers have come to expect, he also grounds his tale in very real issues, like class and ethnic divides, social struggles, and the difficulty of growing up.” – RT Magazine
“Having two sexy, dirty-talking alphas wrestle their strong feelings for each other is mouthwatering.” — RT Web Reviews
“Hassell doesn’t sugarcoat his vibrant characters, making them as gritty as the Queens neighborhood in which they grew up… There are plenty of steamy sex scenes; overall, a welcome addition to romance collections in urban libraries.” — Library Journal
Other books in the Five Boroughs series:
Book 1: SUTPHIN BOULEVARD
Book 3: FIRST AND FIRST coming in April 2016
Other books by Santino Hassell:
Santino is a writer of queer romance 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.