Oversight – The Community, Book 2
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, psychics, conspiracies
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 26th, 2017
WARNING: Mature Content
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.
What I think of the book:
First off, a little explanation: I got an ARC for this book about two weeks ago and that’s why it wasn’t on My To Review in June List. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get going with the review.
My dear kittens, I feel exceedingly lucky to have a new book to drool over.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book (well, apart that I expected to like it) and it kept me on my toes throughout. You know I’m not into conspiracies, but I’m lovin’ Oversight.
The characters are very real on their own, in their interactions with each other and in how they react to all that’s going on around them. And believe me, a lot is going on around them. You keep thinking “Should I trust this person? Do they have a secret agenda? Are they trying to use me?” and then you realize that no, they are not trying to use you and you got so wrapped up in Holden that somehow you put yourself in his place and think that you are the one around whom everything seems to be crumbling down.
While we are on characters and their interactions: sex scenes.
You know they are a deal breaker for me a lot of times, but I definitely enjoyed the ones here and am not ashamed to admit that I was looking forward to them.
As for the characters’ powers: I like how there isn’t only one type of psychic. You have precogs, you have people who can nudge your emotions, you have… Well, read the book and see.
Lastly, I want to comment on (okay, not the last I want to comment on, but you know I try to keep reviews short so I’m wrapping this up) is the Community. No, I’m not talking about the series as a whole; I mean, the Community of psychics in The Community series. I mean all the psychics who have gotten together and formed a society of their own. A certain aspect of it scares the Hell out of me. The Farm seriously creeps me out.
In our real life (not just in the book) and online, people bond together and form groups to support each other and that’s a wonderful thing. Even I, an introvert with some social anxiety issues, am aware of that.
But not all groups are good for us.
Sometimes toxicity spreads throughout a community, perverting it from a safe haven to a recess of Hell. Sometimes we don’t even realize it’s happening until we are choking on the venom.
This is what Oversight explores and it’s why the Community scares me.
Who I would recommend this book to? Love LGBT? Love psychics? Love complications and surprises? Get Oversight!
My rating: (5 out of 5 bottles of poison to go with the toxic aspect of the Community in the book)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe. I don’t think I’ll need to before I move on to Book 3 since the characters made an impression and I won’t forget who they are. Also, Oversight referenced a lot of events from its predecessor so I expect the next book in the series – Sightlines, to reference this one.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yep! Especially in a collab between Santino and Megan Erickson. They have a series called Cyberlove that looks really interesting so I’ve added it to my To Buy list.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Oversight to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Third Rail – Five Boroughs, Book 5.5 (short story that can be read as a standalone)
- Down by Contact – The Barons, Book 2 (You can read it even if you haven’t read Book 1 (Illegal Contact) as DBC has different main characters)
Sneak Peek from Chapter 1 (so no spoilers):
The man who walked into the office did not remotely resemble the teen boy who’d just strolled through his memories. Adult Sixtus was Holden’s height but corded with about thirty more pounds of muscle. His biceps were nearly bursting from the sleeves and his pecs were clearly visible beneath the tight black polo he wore, making the typically conservative style— look like the prequel to a stripping routine in Magic Mike. He also wore khaki pants so tight his thighs looked like they were being strangled. He’d paired the two articles of clothing with scuffed motorcycle boots with steel toes.
Holden didn’t make an attempt to hide his slow ogle, and dragged his eyes from boot to crotch to clavicle before taking in Six’s face. His fathomless black eyes were the only familiar feature in that olive complexed face. He had a full beard and mustache, thick black hair tied up in a bun, and wide lips that Holden wanted to suck on. Why did his sociopathic handler have to be a disgustingly sexy lumberjack hipster?
“Huh,” Holden said. “He’s filled out.”
Richard went back to pursing his lips but Sixtus didn’t even blink. He didn’t scan Holden or react to the intense eyefuck he’d just received. There seemed to be nothing behind those dark eyes. The effect was more disturbing when Holden, by default, reached out with his gift to get an impression. He’d expected a hint of impatience or irritation even if it was muted by the mental shield that was apparently always in place.
Want to know a little bit about Santino? Read on!
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.
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