ARC Review | Insight by Santino Hassell

Insight by Santino Hassell | The Community #1
Paranormal Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | March 13th, 2017
ARC from the author


Book 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.

| Book Review |

If you’ve been around my blog lately, then you know how much I’ve come to love Santino Hassell’s writing. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like Insight was on par with his other books. It was a very interesting concept, and I did like Nate and Trent. I think I was just expecting a bit more romance because of the other books I’ve read. I should have kept my expectations in check, because this was a story with paranormal elements, and the world building has to take some precedence. Especially in a first book.

So, again, the positive about this book really is its uniqueness. There is a whole psy community that most of the world is unaware of, and it seems there may even be more supernatural goings on than that. Like I said, I also really liked Nate and Trent. Nate’s insecurities were understandable since he’d essentially been a freak where he’d come from. I thought Trent’s insecurities regarding not being a psy were a bit too exaggerated; Nate hadn’t done anything to indicate that Trent wasn’t enough for him, so it felt out of place a bit. I really wish some more time had been spent on developing their relationship. As for the rest of the characters, particularly those in the psy-world, I am very curious to learn more about their ‘powers’ and just how in the know (and not in the know) they all are about questionable agendas within The Community. There was a twist at the end that I saw coming, so it wasn’t much of a surprise for me. But it was still an interesting part of the story and makes me wonder what Nate will be like when he’s able to fully tap into his own abilities.

I think the downfall of this book for me was mostly the third person POV. What is weird is that I’ve always been a fan of third person, but when you’re reading a book about couples who are the same gender, the writing flows much better with first person POV, because you don’t have to use the names every single time you’re referring to one of the characters. Plus, there is something about the way Santino Hassell pulls you right into the character and makes you feel everything they’re feeling when he’s writing first person POV.

While I didn’t love Insight as much as I’d hoped, I do think it was an interesting start to a new series, and I’ll be sure to check out Oversight!

| Rating |

Series: The Community


22 thoughts on “ARC Review | Insight by Santino Hassell

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  1. Yes, expectation can really throw off a story for me, too. I am eager to pick this up at some point b/c I love the paranormal aspect you describe. Hopefully book two will do better since the world was established in this one.


    1. I enjoyed the second book in this series, and I think once I have read the third, I’ll go back and read this one again. I think I will see things I didn’t before and it will feel more pertinent.

      I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


  2. Sorry this one wasn’t quite as good as you had hoped but it does sound like it had some positive aspects. Hopefully, you enjoy the second book in the series.


  3. It’s too bad this one didn’t live up to your expectations, Angie Elle. I get it though and I think most of us have a hard time not having high expectations of authors we’ve come to really enjoy. I’m glad it wasn’t all bad though – I do like the concept. Maybe #2 will dazzle you! 🙂


  4. I connect to first POV lately. Most books I read with third POV didn’t move me as much as I hoped and mostly left me disappointed. I hope the next one is much better, Angie.

    This author is on the top in my TBR list, thanks to you. I’m planning to give one of the series a try. 😁


    1. Oh, man. I am so excited that you are going to give his writing a go. Do you know where you’re going to start?

      First person POV can be so tricky for me, but he pulls it off like nobody else I read!


  5. Yep, expectations are killer. But I’m still glad you enjoyed this one. I myself love the concept so I think I’ll be checking out Hassell’s other books 🙂


  6. I’ve always been intrigued by his Paranormal series. I know I’ll eventually try to read it. I’ll have to see if I feel the way you do.


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