Title: Oversight (The Community, #2)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Page Count: 242
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Holy hell, that was a fun ride! Santino made magic with this one.
Holden, thankfully, is not quite the man we saw in Book 1. He’s not nearly as selfish or arrogant. He has a vulnerable side. He is promiscuous, and makes no apologies for it. He’s become addicted to his empath ability to feel the feedback loop from others during sex. Can’t say I blame him.
Six has been sent by Holden’s dad to keep an eye on Holden’s club, Evolution. Six has spent over a decade at the Farm. He’s a robot for his dad, or so Holden thinks.
Six is an Invulnerable (psy powers don’t work on him at all). His mind and body are completely impenetrable. And since he has such a “wall” around his thoughts, he’s not the most social guy. He’s not quick to pick up on tone of voice, body language, or other social cues. He’s dry and blunt. And Holden is intrigued by someone whose head he can’t get inside.
“Most people can tell when someone is tense or annoyed even without psychic powers. But I can’t. At all. It’s the same reason why I have difficulties with sarcasm. And jokes. And why my social life is lacking.”
What starts as a very antagonistic relationship turns to intrigue and then grudging friendship. Six begins to see Holden isn’t what he presents to the world, and Holden sees that Six isn’t the minion he suspected.
I’m just gonna say it….Six had a lot of characteristics of Hsin Vega, and I swooned. Seriously, puddle of goo every time the man opened his mouth and delivered some of his one-liners. And the way he’s spent the past decade in the land of Crazy? Yeah, my heart was beating faster every time he was on page. I am such a sucker for tortured souls in a paranormal universe if Hassell writes it.
“The only people who say things like ‘everybody lies’ or ‘everybody cheats’ are shitty people who want to believe they aren’t shitty.”
The mysteries behind the Community and Holden’s dear ol’ dad are starting to unravel, and this became fast-paced. I was on the edge of my seat.
Meanwhile Six and Holden are discovering a connection – a psy connection – that is building between them. It shouldn’t exist, and yet it does. Each man takes a chance on the other, and the vulnerability that they allow the other to see……puddle of goo.
The steam is moderate in amount but abundant in content and feelz. These two burn up the sheets, and Hassell knows how to write sex between two men who are building something with each other.
Awesome addition to the series, better than Book 1 for me! The ending does hang on a small cliffie, but not for these two. Just that the story continued. I can’t wait for Chase and Elijah’s story! This one will be on my favorites of 2017 shelf!