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    4.5 stars- 2 steps forward, 1 step back

    I was really excited for this book. I love this series in general and then the promos and teasers started rolling out. Have you seen them? If you have, then yeah, you know why those ramped up my excitement to meet Val and Ashton that much more. So when this ARC hit my kindle, I pushed aside another book and got right to it. And for the most part, Concourse delivered. We all have our favorite books of the series, and while this wasn’t my personal fave, I have no doubt that some readers will list this as the best yet. The characters in Concourse were a bit different from those in the other Five Boroughs books. They still have that raw quality I associate with this series, well this author in general, but it took a bit more time to uncover those special qualities. Over the course of the last four books/three couples, I found each hero instantly magnetizing. Even if they were closed off or loaded down with issues, there was that spark that drew me in and landed me firmly in their corner from the outset. I got there with Ashton and Val, but it took more time this go round. Once I got to know these characters, I really did like them and was rooting for them to figure their stuff out. The opposing sides to Ashton’s personality were very interesting- his social media image vs the vulnerable man desperate for real friendships. I think this front he presents is what tripped me up initially. We have a closed off hero, Valdrin, rescuing the seemingly selfish party boy Ashton and all the reader knows is Val wants his “real” friend, not the persona he puts on for the public or his Instagram followers. However, as I got to the heart of the book, that approach made more sense to me. Despite not connecting with Val and Ashton right from the start, I did really like their relationship with one another from the jump. It’s pretty messy and not the healthiest by a long shot, but had this honest quality that hooked me. There was an indescribable draw between them that was palpable. They may have not made sense on paper, but it worked. That magnetism was cultivated throughout the book, and I really liked seeing them chase it down and try to make more out of that natural, but unidentifiable bond they shared. There are so many layers here, with the individuals’ struggles and the long-standing relationship between Val and Ashton. Add that these men really are polar opposites, and you’ve got a recipe for drama. Given Ashton’s world and Instagram celebrity status, the drama wasn’t frustratingly unrealistic but it did make for quite the ride. There were plenty of times I wanted to shout at one or both men to knock it off, but I take that as a sign I was invested in the characters and their book. The conflicts that centered on the perception of Ashton based on gossip columns and social media posts were relevant and compelling, and there were there some fantastic introspective quotes in this book. I did appreciate that though there’s a solid framework that clearly makes this a Five Boroughs book, it was a bit different than the others in the series. I always like when authors mix things up within the series to keep things interesting, and in that way Concourse was very successful. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    diverse, sexy, romantic & entertaining

    I like how this series embraces the diversity of New York. It has those coming from poor and rich backgrounds, the ones that don't have to work and the ones struggling with several jobs, entrepreneurs, teachers, dock workers, philanthropists and so on. The main couples have been a mix of ethnicities also. In Concourse, Valdrin is from Albanian descent and working multiple jobs to stay afloat. Ashton is from old money and became famous for a bit of 'acting out' and social media. Honestly, I do not like reality tv or the rich and famous celebrity gossip type stuff. I don't keep up with them in real life and usually don't like to read books with these types of characters. Because of how I am, it seems certain that I would not like Ashton, but I adored him. The author does an excellent job of showing how human he is. He's not just the diva he shows his fans. I've always had a thing for book boyfriends who are fighters, boxers or MMA so my love of Valdrin isn't a surprise. These guys are just perfect compliments to each other. They are almost opposites in many areas but similar in heart. I completely fell into the life these guys were leading and couldn't put the book down. I love when I have a reading experience like that. Concourse is sweet, sexy, romantic and entertaining. I recommend it for sure.

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