Reviewed by Morgan
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Series: The Community #1
Heroes: Nate & Trent
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
One thing you can always say about Santino’s writing: it’s Intense! Especially if he’s writing solo, I’m left with impressions of Dark and Foreboding.
As compared to his books written with Megan Erickson, this is more along the lines of Stygian than the gamer books or the five borough books.
I’m a sucker for psychic powers, so I loved the the developing powers Nate gained throughout the book and his vision of how he was meant to use it. I thought he and Trent were super cute together and I really liked how their romance played out.
There is a LOT of “mystery” to this – meaning, rather than this being a romantic mystery, it’s more of a mystery with romance components. It’s captivating, to be sure, but be warned, that’s the general direction.
There were times when I felt like I was watching an 80s horror movie – no! Don’t go down there – it’s a trap! Or … NO! You NEVER split up – that’s a sure way to end up dead! That kind of thing – but – in general – our guys stay safe and it’s only peripheral people who end up in trouble.
There are lots of characters in this – it’s the first in a series – and . Luckily, Greg does an amazing job differentiating all these different characters for us and it was easier to tell who was whom.
I think fans of the author’s solo work will (probably) like this, definitely fans of Stygian. If you like paranormal mysteries – this is for sure your type of book. If you like suspense – check. If you want a funny, light, sweet romance. Keep looking.
I think listening is the absolute best way because it really intensifies the “suspense” and helps to keep all the characters organized. Greg is amazing and you won’t regret it!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*