Review: After Midnight by Santino Hassell

Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it's his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn't quite the same. Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead. When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.

Is it possible to read something so sexy that you go blind? Because I think I may have temporarily gone blind because of this book.

Spoilers through this review!

This book is sexy. God, is it ever sexy. And understand when I say sexy, I don’t just mean the slutty content, I mean everything about this book is sexy. The grit, the drugs, the turmoil, the world. All sexy. Every. Last. Word. Is. Sexy.

I actually am having a hard time comprehending this book because of how perfectly I adored it. It’s probably one of my new favorite books, and one of perhaps two of my favorites I’ve read this year.

Gordon Frost is a pill-popping, secretly sexy, completely slutty, tweeked out little headcase, and I fucking love him. He’s witty and hilarious and some of the shit that comes out of his mouth is verbal gold. So funny.
“I have plans, and you have the personality of a used condom at the moment.”
“I don’t let diva bitches stick it to me.”
My new book boyfriend is Adam Blake. Uuuggghhhhhhh. He’s this tough around the edges, equally unashamed, hardass assassin, basically, who literally made my underwear light on fire once or twice. He’s got the “tall, dark and mysterious” thing down but not arrogant and he doesn’t do anything that makes me want to punch him in the dick. Quite the opposite, in fact. I love his sternness and his severe attraction toward Gordon even though Gordon thinks he’s average looking and Adam is apparently a 10. Everything Adam does either a) turns me on or b) makes me laugh. Sometimes it’s even both.
“Marquis Delahunt,” Mr. Greek supplied, his eyes still on the television. He looked like some super serious gay porn critic.
The sexual tension between these two characters is phenomenal. Like, I’m talking off the charts crazy sexual tension, and god knows I thrive on sexual tension in books. Oh but the author does it so weeeeeell! It’s a show, not tell kinda book, and I like both but in this case I could feel the tension between the characters from early on.

Let’s talk about the sex scenes. HOLY FUCKING SHIT. Hottest sex scenes in any book I can remember this year. I also read a lot so I kinda forget some, but honestly all the sex in this book was fucking nuts. Gordon’s little solo project peep-show for Adam? *foams at mouth* And the messy, drunk, abusive sex at the Halloween party? I’ve reread that sex scene like 4 times. No shame.
”The lack of reaction was a tiny bit insulting. Especially with Marquis moaning like the sexiest slut to ever grace an amateur porn flick. The sound of Marquis’s voice soaked with desire and saying his name was enough to make Gordon want to come in his pants. Mr. Greek was clearly dead inside. Or, like, straight.”

The world they live in is a dystopia world where the poor are extremely poor and the only way that the lesser classmen can make a decent living is basically by selling a drug called Pandora (PD). This world is so awesome and I’ve learned (this is my first book by this author) that this world was used before in the author’s other books. Well, sign me up. Those will be next on my reading list for sure.

The minor characters are all awesome and appropriate. Carla is basically this kickass curvy, sexy, take-no-prisoners assassin who is partnered with Gordon. She’s pretty much my idol. Chance is this SOB boss of Carla and Gordon who basically helps them traffic the PD. He also fucking hates Gordon because Carla loves Gordon but it’s completely irrational because Gordon is gay. He’s an important character in the story and adds the right amount of evil villian without overdoing it. Marquis is basically this beautiful princess that Gordon has been in love with for a long, long time. He’s your typical flamboyant gay man and to quote Gordon so wonderfully:
Blahblah new porn series, blahblah hot men, blahblah new hot boytoy from France, blahblah hair products imported from France with the boytoy, blahblah super gay lifestyle.
But I love Marquis. He’s an idiotic little selfish queen who basically thrives on being a total slut and getting attention. Lie-kit. The Samu twins. Now that entire situation was awesome and strangely sexy. Sexy that one of the twins fucked Gordon a few times, but still had an instance or two when he tried to kill him. But by bf Adam took care of that shit because, ya know, Adam is a badass motherfucker who can kill as easily as blink.

The writing was terrific. I found myself following along easily, NEVER bored, and constantly enthralled by the beautiful use of words. Also, whenever something stoic was happening, the author would have a character do/say/experience something so funny or embarrassing, it was hard for me not to fall hard for his writing style.
“Oh geez. Forget it.” People got so touchy about this stuff. “No one would believe that shit, you know. You’re too attractive to be doing me on a regular basis.” “Your insecurity makes me want to punch you in the face.”
Overall impressions of this book:
Read this shit right fucking now. You’ll hate yourself if you miss out on this.



  1. Great review, Natasha. Yup...Gordo is my boo. I heart him! He's my spirit animal! :) And...maaaaaaybe, there miiiight be a book 2!!! Sonny's mentioned the possibility...

  2. Can I read this without reading the Evenfall series first? That's a LOT of words to read! I intend to read them, eventually, but it's quite daunting to think about!

    1. yes...this book works as a standalone. It's the same setting and there are glimpses of some characters (as a nod to ICoS fans), but you don't need to have read it to understand/enjoy After Midnight.