Title: Sightlines (The Community, #23
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Page Count: 257
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.
Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.
With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.
I’m kinda sad the story is over. It was a wild ride through the Community series, one that I’m so glad I took, but all I want is more.
Sightlines, more than the first two books, had such a strong ICoS-like feel to it. From the paranormal elements, to Jasper (the creepy fucktard who needed to die in a horrific fire), to the formation of a strong, resilient group of misfits who were determined to take the Farm down.
I loved everything about the story of the Community and how good ideas, taken to extremes, are never gonna be what’s best for people.
Chase was one of the most interesting characters in this series. He was a super-powerful Psy, but he’s been tortured his whole life and told how unwanted and unnecessary he is. Elijah has always been his only light, but he believes Elijah wants Holden, and Chase is just his consolation prize.
This one is action-packed! That was my only niggle – that we don’t get more Chase and Elijah time. I needed more relationship-building with these two, in addition to all the action within the Community.
Getting to see Nate and Trent, and Holden and Six, was awesome. This definitely shouldn’t be read as a standalone.
Get started on Book 1 if you haven’t, and take the ride through the Community. I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed.