Insight (Belen’s Review)

Title: Insight (The Community #1)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 331 pages
Release Date: March 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Insight is the first in a new series about people with different psychic abilities, and it is fast-paced, intense, a bit creepy, and basically sucks you in from start to end.

Nate Black is an empath who’s never really been taught how to use his gift. When his twin brother, Theo, dies Nate doesn’t believe it’s suicide and decides to go to New York to investigate. He’s picked up by Trenton Castille who turns out to also be headed to New York. Somewhere during the 40+ hour road trip the two bond and agree to meet up after Trent drops Nate off.

“The problem is that I’m afraid this whole thing is an extended fever dream and none of it is real,” Nate blurted. “I’m afraid I’m going to wake up one day and realize this was all in my head, and lose the one good thing that has come out of this entire fucked-up situation.”
They looked at each other for a long moment before Trent moved closer, putting his hands on Nate’s shoulders. “It’s not in your head. I like you. I want you. If you think I’m trying to experiment or something just because I don’t have a lot of experience, I’m not.”

Told entirely from Nate’s POV the reader gets immersed in the pain, confusion, and determination Nate feels to follow through finding out what’s ultimately going on within The Community, a psychic nationwide organization that helps unconnected psychics reach their full potential, and seems to be at the center of what really happened to Theo.

In between the sleuthing, Nate begins to really fall for Trent. And so did I. I love this character! Trent is…absolutely swoon worthy and his moments with Nate are so well written, I think I’ve found a new book boyfriend.

Everything about the moment, from the tight grip of Trent’s hands on his upper arms to the thick rod of his dick pressing up against Nate’s thigh, was perfection. No one had ever worshiped his mouth this way. Had ever drawn him close and drank him in with such hunger. And he’d never experienced the wondrous sense of such a massive onslaught of impressions—affection, lust, love.

Ahem. Anyway…Santino never disappoints when the passion get hot.

Insight is an intense, paranormal, romance, mystery and thriller where Hassell has created an entire community (ha! See what I did there!) of complex and interesting main and secondary characters.

Every time I read something new by Santino Hassell it strikes me again how much he continues to grow as a writer. He is a keen weaver of tales, and this is the beginning of what is already a truly fascinating series. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes!

“I’m afraid. And you’re the only person I can trust. And even though it’s selfish of me to drag you into this, even though we could both end up in more trouble than we can probably handle, I know I can count on you to have my back.”


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Galley copy of Insight provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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