Saturday, July 22, 2017

Oversight by Santino Hassell

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.

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Book 2
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Riptide Publishing

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The first book in this series may have introduced a gripping new series, but this second book blew my mind. The characters in the first story were outsiders looking into The Community but in the second book, Holden, the son of The Community’s founder, finds himself questioning everything he has ever known as the unexplained murders and abductions continue.

Holden’s problems escalate when he finds himself attracted to the handler his father has sent to spy on him and ensure he adheres to Community expectations. Unable to feel empathy, Six may be impervious to Holden’s powers but the attraction and chemistry between these two is absolutely glorious.

It is almost impossible to review this story without spoilers. Holden quickly learns more than he ever wanted to about The Community and Ex Comm – the shadowy group determined to take it down. As the tension builds and the threats to Holden and his friends increase, this story becomes properly terrifying.

Like all good urban fantasy, the dystopian Community often reflects our own broken society and the author’s astute observations are eerily relevant. I love the worldbuilding in this series, I love the complicated family secrets, and the complicated relationships between characters with different powers and abilities.

My only reservation about this second story is that it really doesn’t stand alone like the first one did. Here, I was left staring at the last page in shock. I am desperate for the next book and I am thoroughly addicted to this series. I can’t recommend these books highly enough.

Also Available in The Community Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Riptide Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our Insight post.

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 twentysomething, 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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell to read and review.

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