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Sightlines, by Santino Hassell
Series: The Community, Book 3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.
Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.
With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.
Friends to Lovers
Sightlines is not a stand alone novel and should be read in order following the other two books in the series.
Trilogies… I love them. I hate them. I have mixed feelings about them. I’m often a conflicted reader, what can I say? This time around the trilogy playground, I’m in total love. And where Sightlines is concerned, I’m in awe. That is to say, this book rocked.
To talk about Sightlines, I have to first talk a little bit about Insight and Oversight. This all started with Insight, a story about a kid from the Black family, finding his way to NYC to look into the death of his twin brother. That’s the simplest description of a book that was so much more. What Insight does along with that main love story is start readers off on an adventure learning about The Community, what it is, what they do, who the people are that are running it, the good that they can bring gifted individuals, and also the bad. Insight is a stepping off point that leads us to Oversight.
Oversight is all about this club owner, son of a founding member of The Community, starting to realize things he’s been blind to. Again, that’s the simplest description of a book with so much more. In Oversight we learn more about The Community. More adventure, more realization of betrayal, mistrust, misuse of power, and horrible things that are happening on The Farm. What Oversight does is take the stepping off point of Insight, and move an overarching storyline forward in a huge way.
And yes, the romantic stories that are the other focus of these books are really well written, the characters are compelling and feel real, their connection perfect. I love this about these books. But the main story arch is what has pulled me along the most. I LOVE Nate and Trent, Holden and Six… and I REALLY LOVE Chase and Elijah. But I love a good suspense story that will pull me through three books, keep its momentum, hold my interest all the way through, and finish with a bang. THIS… This is what Hassell did for me with Sightlines. It finishes with a bang, answers almost all of my questions, delivers on a damn good happy ending for all the characters I love in this series, and it has me craving more.
I do have a couple minor quibbles… of course I do. But they’re so minor that they never took away from the story. Still, I would be remiss if I did not mention them. There are a couple characters I’d have liked to either see more of, or not see at all. I think these characters as written felt more filler than anything else. I understand the need for characters that don’t really play a huge part in a story, but sometimes they feel a bit too much like filler and I either wish for them to not exist, or have just one more little scene. My other little quibble is that because the story is so compelling and there are many facets that made up this series, there are still things I want to know. I want to know how things in this series will impact the Black family. I want to know what happens to some of those minor characters like the Ex Com brothers. I want to know more about a new character Shelby. I’m inquisitive and just want more. Le Sigh… such is the problem with being a Santino Hassell Fan. When I really fall for his characters, however major or minor, I fall hard and yea, I want more.
In the end, Sightlines is a fantastic ending to this trilogy. I deeply enjoyed the relationships, the connections between everyone, learning about The Community and how it worked (or didn’t). I very much enjoyed Chase and Elijah… these men are so vulnerable and beautiful, loving and special to me. I cheered and screamed, raved and shook my fists. I buddy read this book with a dear friend and while I was ahead of her for a bit I had moments where I’d chat with her and just say things like oh shit, omg, OMG OH SHIT, I JUST HIT ANOTHER OMG AND OH SHIT MOMENT. And that’s pretty much how it was. And then there were the OMG CRYING ALL THE TEARS OF HAPPY AND JOY. This series was a rollercoaster that finishes with the big splash of water at the end. It was a hell of a lot of fun to read something so in-depth and full of mystery. Recommended for all fans of paranormal romance.
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.
He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.
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