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