Title: Insight (The Community #1)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 13th 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Psychics
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Word count: ~85,000
“I can feel you.”
“And is that a good or bad thing?”
“It’s good,” Nate whispered. “Like this fucking flood of . . . of light and warmth. It’s almost powerful enough to wash everything else away.”
Imagine an underground, mega powerfull organization of psychics, based in New York City. Imagine being able to feel not only your feelings, but someone else’s too. Imagine people fighting each other, by using only their minds. This is the world Santino Hassell created with The Community, proving that he can write any damn genre he chooses to.
Insight reminded me of ICoS. Not because the stories are similar (they ‘re very different), but because of the way it made me feel: always on edge, unable to trust anybody, hyper aware of the warning signs and the darkness surrounding the characters, stunned by the turn of events, melted into a puddle when the characters come together.
Nate Black is the underdog. He’s barely more than a void (a person with no psychic abilities at all). People don’t pay attention to him, they keep underestimating him all the time. The joke’s on them. Because Nate’s arrival in NY and his investigation about his twin’s death sets things in motion. I also think he’s way more gifted than he thinks.
I loved Trent, the sarcastic, blunt, brave man that happened (?) to cross paths with Nate. He has no psychic abilities, but he becomes Nate’s rock, and the only one he can trust. We don’t get Trent’s POV in this book, and I would have liked to know more about his background. But this didn’t took any of my enjoyment out, nor did I feel that it hurt the story.
The writing is truly incredible. I especially loved the descriptions about Nate’s visions. They sucked me right in; I could almost hear Nate’s footsteps in the subway station, or hear Theo fighting for breath.
There isn’t a lot of steam, but the few sex scenes are mind blowing. Literally. Nate is an empath, which means he can feel other people’s feelings too. Like his orgasm, and Trent’s orgasm too! See what I mean?
There is a road trip, an amazing cast of secondary characters, some of whom will get their own story, and a much needed epilogue. The ending is very strong for the couple, but there is a lot more coming for The Community.
This review is purposefully vague. I don’t want to give away any plot points at all, and I hope all ARC reviewers do the same. Very, very highly recommended. And remember: