Friday, June 23, 2017

ARC Review: Oversight (The Community 2) by Santino Hassell



Blurb:

Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman. 

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.


Dani's rating:


Oversight is a heart-pounding mindfuck of a book with a very hot enemies-to-lovers pairing.

Holden is the privileged gay son of the Community's founder; Six, the bodyguard assigned to keep an eye on Holden's nightclub, and on Holden. Holden doesn't think he needs a babysitter, especially a Community "cyborg" who is completely impenetrable because he feels no empathy.

Six is seemingly immune to Holden's advances, and since Holden can't get into Six's head, he has to rely on his non-psychic senses for the very first time.

The more Holden watches Six, the more he wants him. But Holden doesn't know whom to trust or what to believe. The plot twists and turns, and Holden finds himself caught in a dangerous game.

Sex isn't a weapon; it's a live wire waiting to spark. Six and Holden together are a thing of lust and beauty. Six is so eager to be touched, kissed, licked. He thirsts for Holden, and Holden doesn't hold back.



The fact that he was capable of making this powerful, unflappable man unravel was everything that was good and right in the world. Maybe the only good and right thing that was left.

I wanted to see more of this passion and tenderness!

This book cannot be read as a standalone. The first book, Insight, introduces this alternate contemporary world where "voids" (those without psychic abilities) are considered inferior by the Community of psychics.

We do revisit with Nate and Trent from book 1 and see more of Chase and Elijah (damn, but do I want their story!), but Oversight ends with a major cliffie, literally in the middle of a rescue.

I was really disappointed that we didn't get any closure between the MCs. At least Nate and Trent got an epilogue; Six and Holden get heartache and a tentative relationship—a connection—they're yet to define.

"It's you, Holden. You make me feel like someone else. Like someone new."

I couldn't put this book down. The writing is fantastic, and the plot absolutely riveting. But I missed the romance.





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