ARC Review | Sightlines by Santino Hassell

Sightlines by Santino Hassell | The Community #3
Paranormal Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | October 9th, 2017
ARC from the author and Netgalley

 

Book Blurb:

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.

| Book Review |

 

OK, you guys. I have a less than stellar review to write for a favorite author, so you know the drill. Get in and out of this review asap, but still be informative. I had to go back and read my reviews for Insight and Oversight to see what had changed between them that made me love the second so much, and that still stands. The second book was much more relationship focused (at least IMO,) than the first, and this is where Hassell excels. In fact, I mentioned in my review of the first book that I felt relationship development was sacrificed in favor of world building, and now I find myself wondering what happened. The world building I was sure dominated the first book just wasn’t enough to carry the series. And maybe I was so stuck on the relationship in the second book that I didn’t see the world wasn’t being expanded. In Sightlines, there were parts that left me confused, and there were just way too many players to spend the time developing Elijah and Chase’s relationship to make me buy it. In fact the romance was nonexistent, and the conflict (which was resolved way too easily,) felt very contrived. The bookends of this series (which, IMO, should always be the strongest,) were the weakest. In the second book, I was at least looking forward to Holden and Six’s interactions. I felt like I understood their characters, but that was just not the case here. I was told that Elijah and Chase’s connection was so strong, but I don’t feel like I was ever shown that. I will say that the author did a good job convincing me Chase was a jerk, but the downside to that was that I wasn’t able to buy Chase’s supposed compassion at the end of the book. Like the conflict resolution with Chase and Elijah, it just came too easily.

It pains me to write this review, because I think this author’s talent is out of this world good. Unsurprisingly to anyone who has visited my blog, I’d go so far as to say he’s my favorite romance author. I just think this storyline was very ambitious for a trilogy, and short books at that. I’m curious to see what could have been done with a larger word count. But as it stands, The Community series was not a win for me, and Sightlines left me feeling disappointed.Will there be an audience for this series? Absolutely. Other reviews prove that. I’m just not it.

| Rating |

Series | The Community

  

 

| about the author |

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.

| Connect with Santino |

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  1. It’s even more disappointing reading/reviewing a book from a favorite author when you didn’t enjoy it. I’m sorry this one fell short. But you did a great job of explaining how it fell short for you and it seems valid. It’s just too bad the world building and romance didn’t fulfill their potential. Nice review!

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