Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #3
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 257 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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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.
Review: This is the final installment of this interesting trilogy, and it wraps things up nicely. It picks up where the previous one left off, with Chase and Elijah getting caught while the others made their get away from the Farm. These absolutely must be read in order, as we learn much about The Community, its members and goals, as well as those who oppose and are trying to stop it. At this point, lines have been mostly drawn, and this segment is where it all ends up playing out.
Things are not going well for these two, as Chase is once again being tortured by the Farm’s resident evil doctor, trying to siphon Chase’s abilities. Chase grew up on the Farm, not in the best of circumstances, mainly being used as a science project for his abilities. Even his own father, and Community mastermind, Richard, has played a big part in not only Chase’s treatment, but that of the many others there, some of who actually volunteered to be a part of their “breeding” program, as well as those who didn’t have a choice. Chase is determined to shut it down, escape with Elijah, and free those who are being held against their will.
Elijah hasn’t been tortured much yet, but neither has he been treated very well. They plan to use him to force Chase to fall into line. Little do they know that Chase has been playing along, with the help of someone on the inside easing up on his meds. He just has to convince Elijah to play along. This is a bit tricky though, as they don’t have the most solid of relationships. Chase is still convinced Elijah is using him as a substitute for his brother, Holden. Chase is one of the most powerful multi-talented Psys there is, but he doesn’t have much control over his abilities. Needless to say, there is a lot going on here that impacts how things go with their escape, their plans, and their relationship.
What we end up with is a fabulously well-rounded story with a really interesting case of characters. There are twists and details interwoven which make this an exciting and refreshing spin on a well-written paranormal/urban fantasy story. Everything comes full circle in this installment which ends on a very satisfying note, though there does seem to be some potential for spin-off stories. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading more about any of these characters and would definitely love to see how they are making out with the new dynamics in place in their world. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a nice change of pace from the usual paranormal tropes from what I believe is a skilled and talented author.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*