OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell
Series: The Community, Book #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26th, 2017
Length (Print & Ebook): 242 pages
Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
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.
Takeaways from the book:
- Learning to trust people even if it’s someone you least expect to be on your side.
- Learning that sometimes loyalty isn’t forever.
- Psychic abilities don’t make the characters powerful in terms of strength, but it helps them to see the world around them clearer including their love interests.
Quotes from the book:
- "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.
He half-expected to be shoved away and for a fist to crash into his face right before the taste of iron bloomed in his mouth, but it didn't happen. The hands gripping him closed down harder, grinding bone and muscle, but that was the only way Six reacted. He was frozen as Holden stroked his tongue gently and coaxed it into a response before sucking it entirely into his mouth.
A groan muffled against him, low and quickly aborted, but Holden heard it. And he felt the way Six leaned into him. It was barely a response, but it encouraged Holden to pin Six against the door and dive into a hungry kiss. Slicking tongues, frantically moving lips, and a full body press that made it quite clear that Six was into this. His dick was fully rocked up in a way that could not be explained by anything other than arousal for Holden.
It was right about the time triumph usually exploded in Holden's chest with invisible banners and balloons celebrating a conquest, but this time he felt apprehension. 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. But that wasn't in the cards. That wasn't what this was about.
Oversight is book 2 in The Community series by Santino Hassell. There's an ongoing storyline which follows directly from book 1, so they need to be read in order.
Holden is the owner of Evolution and the son of one of the Community's founders, he's enjoyed a life of luxury and power, but his neat little world is rattled when a series of murders and disappearances are exposed and his own father wants to make him the scapegoat for it all.
Sixus Rossi, an Invulnerable, is Holden's new bodyguard and impervious to Holden's empathic abilities and his charms.
When Holden starts investigating to find out the truth about the Community, he seduces Six into answering some of his questions with the unplanned result of them connecting on a deeper level than Holden ever envisioned. And as Holden unearths even more unsettling information regarding the Community, he will need to make a huge decision that will affect the rest of his life.
I'm going to be perfectly honest here, I didn't like Holden in book 1 at all and wasn't too sure I was going to like him in this book either. However, he showed a lot of growth as he realized that all he'd been led to believe all his life wasn't quite like he'd thought. It wasn't easy, but that was precisely what made his reactions more realistic and believable. He did quite a turnaround that by the end of the book I really liked him. Sixus was very serious and undemonstrative, so it took me a long time to warm up to him. Regardless of this, the build-up to Sixus and Holden's connection was well-done and they were undeniably hot together.
Overall, the book was engaging, sexy, interesting and the ongoing mystery regarding the Community was fascinating. I'm eager to find out more as we continue the series. Very recommendable!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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.