Review: Oversight by Santino Hassell

Friday, June 30, 2017

Title: Oversight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: Community, #2
Genre: MM Romance, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: June 26th 2017

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.

Oversight is the second book in Santino Hassell's Community series.  I would not recommend reading this one without reading the previous book first.  There is a strong continued plot that continues through the series as they unravel what is really going on within the Community.  I originally heard of Santino Hassell from reading the Cyberlove series the he co-wrote with Megan Erickson.  I loved that series, so I knew I wanted to give more of his books a try.  I'm so glad I did, because I LOVE this series!  I thought the first book was going to be hard to top, but I may have liked this one even better!

We met empath Holden Payne, manager of Evolution, in the first book Insight. Holden's father is one of the Community's founders and Holden is finding it hard to believe the Community is anything other than an altruistic organization helping those with paranormal skills. Sixtus Rossi has been sent to Evolution by Richard Payne to handle club security and also watch Holden closely.  Holden's empath powers don't work on him at all. His mind and body are completely impenetrable, and he can bring down a "wall" to protect himself. Because he has this "wall" around his thoughts, he has a hard time picking up on tone of voice, body language, or other social cues. He has a sarcastic and abrasive personality. And Holden is intrigued by someone whose head he can't get inside.

I was so glad to see that Holden is not quite the man we saw in the previous book. He's not nearly as arrogant and self-serving. This book did a great job showing his more vulnerable side. While he is what some would call promiscuous, he doesn't feel the need to apologize for it. He's become completely reliant on  his empath ability to feel what other people are feeling, especially when it comes to sex.  I loved the steamy scenes between Holden and Six because he couldn't "read" Six at all and had to rely on nothing but what he was feeling, which ultimately led to a more intimate experience.  I loved seeing them develop throughout the story, as they started out seemingly antagonistic then grew to a tense friendship, into more.  

Oversight has a lot of twists and turns that always leave you guessing what's going to happen next.  I love the story building and suspense that Santino Hassell is able to achieve in this series.  I read this one really quickly because I needed to know what was going to happen.  This one does end in a sort of cliffhanger, but not when it comes to their relationship.  They are secure together.  We are left needing to know what's going to happen next with the suspenseful storyline.  Basically, I need book #3 in my hands right now! lol!  Book 3 is going to be Chase and Elijah's story and I can't wait for that one! 

*I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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  1. I will be reading my first Santino Hassell book in the form of Illegal Contact soon. I'm not usually one for sci-fi, but I'm glad to see M/M expanding to all genres. This sounds like a really interesting series though. Holden's powers sound so cool!

    1. Ohhh I just finished that one recently. I liked it but I ended up liking this series a little more. I'm excited to see what you think. I'm not a huge sci-fi person either but I'm loving this series so far.


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