Review & Giveaway: Sightlines by Santino Hassell

Monday, October 9, 2017

 Title: Sightlines
Series: The Community, third book in a trilogy
Publisher: Riptide
Release Date (Print & Ebook): October 9th
Length (Print & Ebook): 257 pages/68K words
Subgenre: paranormal, romantic suspense
Book contains: Violence, attempted sexual assault
Buy link: https://riptidepublishing.com/titles/sightlines

 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.


Excerpt:
Chase opened his eyes and slid his hand away from Elijah’s face. Slowly, he raised it to touch his own cheek, and was amazed to find it damp. Elijah’s tears had become his tears. All that pain and hopelessness. The fear and all those building doubts at the end . . . had become his own.
He inhaled slowly, surprised when it shuddered audibly, and tried to take deep calming breaths. All the while, he stared down at Elijah. The pinched brow and dark circles. How exhausted and thin he was.
If Chase compared the torture he’d endured for his entire childhood, the mind games they’d played with Elijah might look like nothing. But that was wrong. The ability to turn someone as strong, as durable, as Elijah into a mess of self-doubt and guilt, actual fucking guilt, was incredible.
For the first time, Chase doubted his own self-assurance that Elijah would make it through this. The fear welling in Elijah’s chest became his own, and it drove Chase to lean down and brush his lips against Elijah’s temple. Then across each closed eye, the tip of his nose, and then his mouth.
Elijah made another soft sound, but he sighed through the kiss.
“Chase . . .”
Chase started to pull away, but Elijah’s hand shot up to hold him in place. There was strength in that grip that should have been impossible given the past two weeks, but Elijah’s fingers dug into him hard enough to cause pain. A desperate clawing grip that sent chills down Chase’s spine.
“Is this real?” Elijah whispered, his eyes cracking open. Only a glint of damp light-brown showed beneath his feathery lashes. “Are you really here this time?”
Chase’s relief was so powerful that a lump swelled in his throat. He tried to clear it, but it still came out shaky. “I’m here.”
Elijah opened his eyes wider, a trembling smile growing on his face. “Did I do good?”
The burning behind Chase’s eyes meant fucking nothing. He wasn’t going to cry. He wasn’t going to let Elijah see him break. He wasn’t.

“You did fucking perfect, baby.”


 This is the third book in Santino Hassell's Community series.  This series should be read in order so you can understand the continuing plot line.  Each book focuses on a different couple but also follows the same plot.  This book was about Chase and Elijah.  This was the book I feel like I have been waiting forever for!  I wanted their story so badly!  Especially after the cliffhanger in the second book!  I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'm so sad to see this series ending.  I do have to say that I feel as if this last book was much more action focus than relationship focused.  I loved all of the action and seeing things finally come to a conclusion, but I did feel like I wanted a little more Chase/Elijah moments.

At times Chase made me want to pick him up and shake him out of frustration, and then other times I just wanted to hug all of his broken pieces back together again.  He spent most of his life being tortured and feeling like the "throwaway" son, so he has problems trusting anyone enough to let them close.  My heart broke for him so many times because he was just so damaged by the things that have happened to him in his life and always feeling like he was "less than".  He constantly doubted himself and the way Elijah felt about him.  I hated how hot and cold his behavior with Elijah was, but I also feel like some of it was understandable.  After a certain point, I did want to start shaking him for being so difficult.

“You’re a punked-out ragey cynical bastard, but you have hero potential.”

Oh Elijah.  I just loved him so much. He was much more patient with Chase than I ever could have been. lol!  I'm not saying he didn't give him hell now and then for his behavior (which I also loved!) but he was loyal and waited Chase out too.  There were so many times that my heart ached for Elijah when Chase would say or do something cruel to him.  I know it was out of self-defense but Chase could be really mean at times.  Elijah came from a rough background and went from being the character that was always singing praises about the great things Community did for people, to having his eyes opened about a lot of  bad things that were happening very quickly.

“When it came to Elijah . . . Chase’s chest was like a cage with wide bars. Easy for the beautiful boy with the smart mouth and luminous eyes to reach in and touch Chase’s heart, even if those feelings never managed to get out.”

I don't feel like we got as much of a connection with Elijah and Chase, compared to the previous couples.  We were at a slight disadvantage with these two because they had already physically been together before this book started so we didn't get to see those moments of them growing closer.  I wanted more of them having some nice moments together.  Chase spent so much time pushing him away and being downright nasty at times that I didn't click with them as much as I wanted to.  I would love a little novella with them in it, or even including all of the characters!

I thought the ended ended up feeling a little bit rushed, if I'm being honest.  There was so much build up and then it just felt like it was over too fast.  I also felt like things felt a little unfinished when it came down to the politics side of things between Community and ex-Comm.  We have the beginnings of possibly something good but I would have liked to have an epilogue to see how things turned out.  OR like I said before, a novella would be great to see everything neatly tied up, and things secure with everyone.

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



What Santino has to say about Sightlines: Anyone can be a hero. Rising up. Fighting back and revolutions. Coming together as a team despite differences.


Quotes from Santino about the book:

“Chase is one of the most vulnerable bad asses I’ve ever written.”

“I haven’t written a hero with a mouth as smart as Chase’s since In the Company of Shadows.”

“Chase is one of those heroes who thinks no one reasonable would ever be in love with him, and anyone who claims to be is probably lying.”


Praise for INSIGHT:

"A fast-paced cavalcade of psychics, intrigue, and a young man's powerful discovery of his own nature." -- Jordan Castillo Price, author of Psycop

"Hooked me on page one! Another winner from one of the most appealing voices in romance." -- Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author

Author Bio:
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.


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5 comments:

  1. Oh man. This sounds little heartbreaking. You have to feel for that hero (Chase). I'm glad this book did not disappoint you after wanting it for so long! Great review, Julie!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  2. I like series that continue with the same plot but feature different couples in each book. But also, can you annoy me until I finally pick up a Santino Hassell book???
    I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Julie. I can definitely understand why you weren't able to see much of an emotional connection. That's why I'm wary when couples get together before the book has started. But it doesn't seem like it took away too much from your enjoyment.
    Great review!

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  3. I loved how Elijah didn't really let Chase push him off. He kind of just rolled with the moods lol I think Chase needed that steadfastness after everything that was done to him. He didn't think he could rely on anyone.

    I didn't think the end was rushed - I actuallly thought it was dragged out (one more enemy to fight!) but I get where you're coming from. Sometimes you need more after all that build up.

    Great review :-)

    For What It's Worth

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  4. I'm actually in the middle of this one right now, but I'm loving it. Sorry you thought the end wasn't that great; I can't really comment on that yet. I do like the relationship between Chase and Elijah and that Elijah doesn't let Chase push him away - though I DO feel bad for how Elijah's treated sometimes.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  5. I just read another great review for this book/series on Karen's blog! Glad to see you loved it too. My heart is already breaking for Chase, and I haven't even read this book lol. And Elijah sounds really sweet.

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