Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 331 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.
Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.
Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.
Review: This is an exciting, gritty paranormal story about Nate, a young guy who has psychic abilities but has always been told by his family to keep them secret. He has never learned how to manage them which has made him a socially awkward introvert. After news of his estranged twin’s death, he gets a vision that leads him to believe his death was not a suicide. He sets off to New York to get some answers.
A few chance encounters puts Nate in contact with Trent, with whom he hitches a ride, and their friendship begins to grow. Nate is a void, or someone without any psychic powers. He is the first person Nate has been able to be around who gives him a sense of peace and warmth, as opposed to the myriad of other feelings and emotions he gets from everyone else. He also becomes the first person Nate can trust.
When the guys arrive in NY, Nate stumbles upon something much bigger than he imagined in his quest to find answers about his brother. There is a whole Community of psychics, many more than he ever thought possible. But while the Community holds itself out as all good and helpful, there are a lot of creepy cult-like qualities to it that add to the unease. Things heat up as Nate gathers random clues and tries to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder while not knowing who he can and cannot trust.
There is a gaggle of interesting characters involved here and everyone is not what they seem. Through it all, Nate and Trent’s relationship grows stronger, especially once Nate gets over the fear that he may be using his powers to influence Trent. They were exactly what each other needed, had great banter (even considering how socially awkward Nate was) and explosive chemistry.
Thank goodness Mr. Hassell decided to mold, manipulate and finish this story! I was pulled and sucked in right away and was on the edge of my seat until the end. Mr. Hassell does a fabulous job creating a world full of varying degrees of psychics with underlying tones of creepiness and mystery. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out and really look forward to seeing more of Holden in the next installment.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*