My lovely reader,
today I want you to share my double review of Santino Hassell’s first two books in the Community series in honor of the official release day of Oversight. I decided to make a double review because of the potential spoiler if the blurb for Oversight.
Read this post also for excerpts and other cool stuff. 🙂
Happy reading . ❤
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.001
Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.
Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.
Whew, this book was a total page turner and the way how we were smashed into the paranormal world, Santino created here was amazing.
Nate is a really charming character, he is insecure and does only know his small town in Texas where he lived his whole life. It is really capturing how eager he is to find out why his twin brother, to whom he didn’t have much contact – both are parted several years ago and the reason for that are totally understandable – commited suicide, or at least is the thing everbody tells.
More and more Nate has to deal with dark revealings of his family, of the people his twin brother Theo met and what it means. He is introduced to the Community.
As I said the book was a total page turner and the balance between the suspence, the “solving” the mystery/ the “crime case” (I lose this vaguely because it was a bit detective work by Nate and Trent) and the deep feelings which are building between Trent and Nate.
The chemistry between the two men is there, from the start and I really loved how they bantered with each other, how they take jokes, how well they fix together. Nate is still – because of his experience – hesitant, also because of his power to be an empath.
The anxiety in the book was amazing displayed and allthough the book isn’t short you couldn’t stop reading.
Awesome and great, as always, written by Santino. The connection to Stygian is aware to the attentive reader and I am actually wondering about a few things.
Some events blow you really away, which came unexpected during the book.
5 out of 5 stars for this. Awesome start of a new promising series by Santino with a lot of information and with creating a new universe. I would also hope in future for a novella which connects Stygian and Insight a bit more. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.
Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.
Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.
As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.
I admit I have to confess that I had hard times to like Holden in the first book but as it seems, he is also a victim of the Community like so many other. It is really hard to see him struggle, to see how his believes are belied and some parts of them shattered.
The set-up of the book is a really promising one and as well as book one, Insight, this was a page turner.
Holden and Six are HOT together, still there is fondness and sweet emotion, a great balance.
You get a lot of information about the Community, a lot of the events are making sense when you’ve read book one, otherwise it is a bit hard to follow.
Santino has a great gift to create a universe with this trilogy which captures you totally and although a few character, like Holden or Chase, weren’t exactly charming in first place, you like them more and more and they constantly stuck in your mind until they get their own story, like in this book, Oversight, with Holden.
Santino also makes them so complex yet understanable, thrilling and sexy, sarcastic and with his unique humor that you want to read it in one turn and on the other hand never want to leave.
5 out of 5 stars for this. I can’t wait to read the last book in the series.
Check this cool cover out.
Excerpt from Oversight
The man who walked into the office did not remotely resemble the teen boy who’d just strolled through his memories. Adult Sixtus was Holden’s height but corded with about thirty more pounds of muscle. His biceps were nearly bursting from the sleeves and his pecs were clearly visible beneath the tight black polo he wore, making the typically conservative style— look like the prequel to a stripping routine in Magic Mike. He also wore khaki pants so tight his thighs looked like they were being strangled. He’d paired the two articles of clothing with scuffed motorcycle boots with steel toes.
Holden didn’t make an attempt to hide his slow ogle, and dragged his eyes from boot to crotch to clavicle before taking in Six’s face. His fathomless black eyes were the only familiar feature in that olive complexed face. He had a full beard and mustache, thick black hair tied up in a bun, and wide lips that Holden wanted to suck on. Why did his sociopathic handler have to be a disgustingly sexy lumberjack hipster?
“Huh,” Holden said. “He’s filled out.”
Richard went back to pursing his lips but Sixtus didn’t even blink. He didn’t scan Holden or react to the intense eyefuck he’d just received. There seemed to be nothing behind those dark eyes. The effect was more disturbing when Holden, by default, reached out with his gift to get an impression. He’d expected a hint of impatience or irritation even if it was muted by the mental shield that was apparently always in place.
“Employer? The Community is my employer. You own this night club, and that’s fine, but I don’t work for you.”
Six just stared at him. This beautiful personification of blankness but with burning black eyes.
He was drawn in by the strength of Six, and when that bubble wrapped around him again, it felt almost safe enough for him to break.
Without the invisible antenna of his gift picking up signals from everything around them, every touch was intensified in a way Holden had never experienced. He felt anchored to the world. To Six.
He didn’t want to end this kiss. He wanted Six to keep exploring the inside of his mouth with a delightfully frantic lack of finesse, and he wanted a genuine fucking smile once they were done.
Author bio – Santino Hassell
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is 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.
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