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    4.5 stars

    Citywide is an anthology that has a little something for everyone, featuring fan-favorite secondary characters from the Five Boroughs series finding their happy. It can be read as a standalone, though I’d wager readers won’t feel as tied to the characters if they haven’t met them before. Though the three stories are shorter in length, they weren’t underdeveloped or lacking. And as usual, Mr. Hassell’s writing is smooth and polished without sacrificing the authenticity of the dialogue and characters. Rerouted (m/m/m) 5/5 stars In every anthology, I always have a favorite. In Citywide, this one was my runaway favorite. I know part of that was the recent release of Third Rail in which I first saw Jace, Chris, and Aiden getting together, subsequently burning up my e-reader, and leaving me eager to see how their story would finish out. I think that warm-up gave me more opportunity to connect with the characters and see the chemistry build. Obviously I recommend reading Third Rail first, but there is enough recapping to ensure readers who haven’t picked up that short won’t be left confused. I really liked how the triad’s relationship played out in Rerouted. The insecurity each of the characters faced was palpable and I loved all three of them, but I fell hard for Chris. His playful but awkward personality shone brightly and made this story fun, sweet, hot, with a mild hint of angst to propel the conflict. Gridlocked (nb/f) 3.5/5 stars I’ll fully admit I started this short not really feeling a pull for either heroine. Tonya was always more distant in the other Five Boroughs books, and Mere just never really did it for me. That said, I did like their story. It had a nice, albeit brief arc and their physical chemistry was intense. I liked seeing their emotional chemistry take hold and increase over the course of the story, but it felt a little stilted compared to this author’s other couples and even the other couples in the anthology. What I did really like, and totally surprised me, was the extra peak into Caleb, Aiden, and Mere’s father. I thought this was a really nice way to pull all those storylines together while advancing Tonya and Mere’s relationship. Derailed (m/f) 4/5 stars In Derailed, fans of the series finally get a better glimpse at Angel and Stephanie’s on again/off again relationship as hinted at over the course of multiple books. The longstanding feelings and chemistry, both physical and emotional, came through clearly and I found myself drawn to this couple more than I anticipated. I liked the way their story progressed and the conflict resolution complete. The only thing that kept Derailed from being 5 stars for me was Stephanie. Her hesitancy to get into a relationship followed by her sudden change-of-heart felt disingenuous and rather convenient. Despite enjoying their story and liking them as a couple, I found myself wishing there had been a bit more length to smooth out her transition. However, the closing scene was the perfect way to end the story and anthology, complete with all those warm fuzzies of a good romance. *Received eARC via Netgalley. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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