Saturday, October 7, 2017

ARC Review: Sightlines (The Community, #3) by Santino Hassell

Sightlines (The Community, #3)
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.

Jewel's rating:

Sightlines picks up right where Oversight left off. Do note that none of the books in this series work well as stand alone. Even the first one, because -- trust me -- you're going to want to start on book 2 right away. Each book does feature a different couple, but there is a story arc that is present throughout the series.

It's there anything that Santino Hassell doesn't do well? Dystopian, contemporary, paranormal, suspense... Color me impressed with the breadth of his talent and skills. His stories never fail to engage me and I'm always left both satisfied and wanting more.

The Community is supposed to be a safe space for psychics. Someplace they can exist without fear of the public at large, and a place they can learn to better control their talents. The truth is much more sinister, however, as the leadership is more concerned with power and breeding a stronger psychic and controlling the very people they are tasked with helping.

Chase Payne is the bad-boy bastard son of Richard Payne, one of the founders of The Community -- and one of the worst of the bunch. Chase was born multi-talented and he spent his childhood at the Farm being tortured by Jasper, the resident psychopath (a'la Shane from the fourth floor in ICoS), with not only Richard's consent, but his encouragement. To say that Chase is a bit jaded would be the understatement of the century, but he has one weakness -- Elijah.

Elijah Estrella has always been a very positive person - in spite of everything he went through before The Community helped him get on his feet. The Community used Elijah as kind of a Poster Boy showing all the good works they do in helping those who are less fortunate, and Elijah was fine with that because all he saw was the good -- until recently, when friends started disappearing or dying -- and Elijah started looking deeper. Everything is shiny, on the surface, but beneath the skin is a rotten core that might not be worth saving.

Elijah and Chase are kind of polar opposites, when it comes to outlook and personality. Elijah never seemed to take much of anything seriously, while Chase seemed like he didn't know how to have fun. Their relationship started out as more of the 'fuck-buddy' type, but both of them felt a whole lot more than they let on. But Chase has trouble trusting it, because Elijah seemed to be hung up on Holden and trust is something that just doesn't come naturally to Chase. Psychic or not, sometimes seeing is not believing.

The steam, in Sightlines is a bit lower than I am used to with this author, but the feelz and the chemistry are certainly there. I was fully invested in Chase and Elijah as a couple and I looked forward to seeing them get their happy. And the edge-of-seat level is high, too.

Sightlines wraps up the series and gives all of the couples their happy endings, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the journey. The commentary about power and corruption is an always relevant theme and when that corruption is with the people that helped you, it's especially troubling.

I would definitely recommend this series to fans of this author and fans of paranormal. Hassell's world building is brilliantly handled and I couldn't wait to see how everything resolved.


ARC of Sightlines was generously provided, by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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