Saturday, July 1, 2017

Retro Review: Insight by Santino Hassell




Blurb:

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. 

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.


5 Stars!!!

Nate Black is part of an infamous family of psychics in Texas, from which he separated as soon as he could, even if they all still live in the same town. He's an empath, but he's never learned how to control his abilities. He has a job at a liquor store, he's being evicted from his apartment and his car was stolen, and now to make things even worse, he gets a vision that his estranged twin brother was killed in New York, even if it's been ruled as a suicide.

Determined to find out what truly happened to his brother, Nate decides to hitchhike to New York and is picked up by a handsome engineer who is willing to drive him there. Attraction sparks between them along the way and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets. Once they get to the city, Nate discovers there's a supernatural community operating there and that his brother was involved in it. Soon, Nate realizes there's more to both the community and his own power than he ever thought at first, leaving him questioning Trent's interest in him.

Wow, there were so many things going on in this book. The mystery of Theo and other psychic's deaths, the role that the community could have played in it all and the growing attraction between Nate and Trent, among others, and that kept me riveted to the screen of my kindle.

Nate and Trent were so lovable and intriguing. Nate with all his insecurities, but unable to resist Trent and Trent wanting to help Nate in any way he could. Nate was almost naive and too innocent in certain things, but I really liked that he questioned everything. Trent was more laid back for the most part and I liked that while he hadn't really been with another man before (drunken fumbles notwithstanding), he didn't get all angsty about it all and just gave into his feelings. The chemistry between them was outstanding and the sex smoking hot!

Overall, this was a captivating read, so interesting and with so many things that can still happen as we delve further into the series. I just can't wait to see what else Mr. Hassell has in store for us, although I do hope there'll be more Nate and Trent.

Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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