Title: Oversight (The Community #2)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 26th 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Psychics
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.
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.
Facts about Oversight:
-Sixtus Rossi is a baby Hsin Vega. ICoS lovers, get excited.
–Insight was amazing, but Oversight is even better.
-There are some pretty kickass female characters in this book.
–Oversight made me think. Really think. I felt it was brimming with symbols, meanings and metaphors that I’d love to explore.
-It takes aim at a lot of present day problems, but in a subtle way (just look at Six’s stiffen shoulders when he announces he’s bi, or at the leader who took advantage of people’s fears to impose control).
-This is not really a message book, though. It’s a deeply romantic tale.
-Do not read this as a standalone.
The characters in this second addition are very carefully crafted, fully realised and perfectly incompatible. You see, Holden is an empath, meaning that he has the ability to reach out and feel other people’s emotions like they ‘re his own. Six, on the other hand, is an invulnerable, meaning that he is impervious to psychic abilities. These two shouldn’t be a match, right?
WRONG! Because it’s the first time that Holden will manage to reach out to someone without using his gift, and it’s also the first time that Six is capable of letting someone in. In other words, they ‘ll gain each other’s trust. And that’s the beauty of this couple.
“I don’t care. I need you.”[…] “Please let me feel something besides the anarchy in my fucked-up head.”
Appearances can be deceptive. Holden isn’t the stuck up asshole I thought he was in the first book. And Sixtus…Well, Six was full of surprises. I’m only going to tell you that he’s a sexy, virgin, lumberjack, and leave you to find out the rest on your own. But I loved his deadpan one-liners so much.
“Why do you dress like an extra from Jersey Shore?”
“I’d have to pop my collar for that.”
The steam is moderate but the couple sex scenes are out of this world scorching hot. The tension is constant, and the dynamics between the characters changed completely by the end of the book.
“Stop saying shit like that or you’re going to break me right here in the middle of this half-assed escape plan.”
“If I have to break you in order to keep you, I’ll do it.”
So, what does The Community represent? The Establishment? Religion maybe? I don’t think there is one correct answer to this, but I believe there are a lot of right ways to interpret it. In any case, whether Hassell used it as an allegory for something real or not, I found this world to be brilliant.
The ending is a cliffhanger as far as the ongoing theme of The Community is concerned, but the MCs get their happy ending. The third book in the series, Elijah and Chase’s story is one of my most anticipated books, I just know that Hassell will end the series with a BANG.
Bottom line: If you’ve read Insight, you don’t want to miss this. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Highly recommended!