Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #2
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 242 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
Review: This story picks up after the events of the first book, which you really have to read to understand what is happening in this world. Following the events from that installment, Holden, the owner of the gay club and safe haven for wayward gay psys, is now forced by his father to take on a new employee (or a new babysitter), a man who Holden remembered from his childhood and time at the Farm. He also happens to be an invulnerable, or someone who is unaffected by other psy powers. Unfortunately, he is also unable to feel any empathy. Couple that with his decade-long seclusion by the Community, and he appears to be one cold son of a gun.
Right from the get go, you can tell these guys are going to end up being perfect for one another, but it takes a while for things to get there. They have a lot of trust issues, and everything is not as it seems. The same is true for what has been happening of late with the murders and missing people. It all leads back to the Community, but Holden is torn between what he is learning and what he knows from how he grew up. Everything he learned and knew about the Community growing up is now being questioned, but as the facts start piling up, Holden begins to question things more and more.
Holden needs answers, and the only one who can possibly give them to him is the man who spent so much time at the facility – Six. Little by little, they begin to trust each other. They have shared a connection from when they were young, and it is obvious that it still remains (and, in fact, grows) the more time they spend together. Holden shows Six what he has been missing with everything from touch, to caring and sex. I loved Six and his unease with being able to be a normal human and how that took a little bit of adjustment for Holden but didn’t let it affect them for very long. I loved this pairing! An empath who has always used his gift, and someone to whom that has no effect. They allowed each other to shine in other areas and were really just exactly what each other needed.
This installment had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I want answers just as bad as the others. My heart was still broken for what happened (was happening) to Chase, and I’m fully on board with Team Ex-Comm. Where the first book set up the world and story, this one was fully immersed and going strong. The creepy goings on with Holden’s father and the Community and what it has become are touched on even more. I cannot wait for the next book to see how this all plays out!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*