OVERSIGHT by Santino Hassell
Series: The Community, Book #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26th, 2017
Length (Print & Ebook): 242 pages
Subgenre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Links: (Amazon, B&N, etc are available on release day)
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.
He half-expected to be shoved away and for a fist to crash into his face right before the taste of iron bloomed in his mouth, but it didn’t happen. The hands gripping him closed down harder, grinding bone and muscle, but that was the only way Six reacted. He was frozen as Holden stroked his tongue gently and coaxed it into a response before sucking it entirely into his mouth.
A groan muffled against him, low and quickly aborted, but Holden heard it. And he felt the way Six leaned into him. It was barely a response, but it encouraged Holden to pin Six against the door and dive into a hungry kiss. Slicking tongues, frantically moving lips, and a full body press that made it quite clear that Six was into this. His dick was fully rocked up in a way that could not be explained by anything other than arousal for Holden.
It was right about the time triumph usually exploded in Holden’s chest with invisible banners and balloons celebrating a conquest, but this time he felt apprehension. He didn’t want to end this kiss. He wanted Six to keep exploring the inside of his mouth with a delightfully frantic lack of finesse, and he wanted a genuine fucking smile once they were done. But that wasn’t in the cards. That wasn’t what this was about.
Just when I think I couldn’t love characters from this author more, Santino delivers charming, always-running-his-mouth Holden with take no BS, silent and serious lumbersexual, Sixtus. I fell in love with these guys! I really liked the first book in The Community series, but Oversight completely blew my mind!
First you challenge me to seduce you and now you threaten me. Does my father know you’re this kinky?
Holden Payne grew up as part of The Community, and after the events that happen in book one, his belief in the organization begins to crumble. As the mystery of The Community rears its head, however, Holden finds his attention diverted when his father hires Holden another protector/babysitter/spy. One Sixtus Rossi.
Sixtus was integrated into The Community and spent years within The Farm, a place where psys go to get reprogrammed. He doesn’t feel or interact quite the same way as others. Standoffish, uber reserved and bunt to a fault, he completely flabbergasts the social butterfly that is Holden.
I’m sorry, are we talking about the same cyborg?
Oh, Holden. Can that boy can run his mouth! I didn’t love him in book one, but he completely stole me over here. I cackled with glee throughout the first half simply because Holden can’t help but poke and prod at Sixtus. Holden is definitely confident in his sexuality, and I enjoyed seeing him try to ruffle Six’s feathers as it were. But Six. Just. Isn’t. Having. It! There’s a verbal tennis match going on—little zingers and one-liners—flinging back and forth. God, was it fun to read.
But this is truly where Santino Hassell excels. He has this knack for character development. I love a good mystery, and Six is the epitome of that (and he’s so huggable! I need to hug him.) He says what he thinks and he has no time for fools, but there’s this quiet intensity to him, a curiosity kept under lock and key, that leaves the reader—and Holden—wondering.
Holden, on the other hand, has always been so receptive to emotion, relying on his empathy gift. He can’t read Six, and it opens and develops another layer to the playboy Holden. It absolutely delighted me.
So…well, maybe he doesn’t want to hear us talking about sucking dicks.”
“Why would I care?”
Holden snorted. “Never mind. You can go back to flirting with me now.”
Oversight is a complete home-run of a read! Secrets are starting to be revealed while others are still left hanging in the balance, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three. The plot keeps you guessing, the characters are phenomenally dynamic, and the sex and banter is flippin’ epic. I’d recommend a serious one-click.
*I received an arc via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review has been cross-posted on the Alpha Book Club blog and the post can be found here.*
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.