ARC Review: Sightlines (The Community #3) by Santino Hassell


Author: Santino Hassell
Publication Date: October 9, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 257 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5

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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.

Sightlines is the conclusion to The Community series. I have both wanted to read this book in order to find out how everything ends and at the same time, not wanted everything to end. I loved the characters leading up to this book with Insight and Oversight. BUT CHASE. *choked sob* All the characters are precious and have found themselves caught up in something so much larger than they initially thought, but CHASE PAYNE KILLS ME. He deserves to be hugged and told every day that he has people who love him very much.

Reminder that this book is not a standalone and there are spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Insight and Oversight.

Chase Payne has lived a very difficult life. Chase is the son to the Community’s founder, Richard Payne, and has spent a large part of his childhood on what’s known as the Farm being an experimentation to a psychic named Jasper. Mental torture, running experiments on psychics…you don’t want to be caught in Jasper’s grasps. And yet, this is what Richard has subjected his son to while he raised his other son, Chase’s step-brother Holden, in wealth.

At the end of Oversight, Elijah, a member of a band who played at Holden’s nightclub for psychics, was shot and Chase had jumped into the lake after him. That was the last we saw of them and we find Chase once again in Jasper’s clutches at the Farm at beginning of Sightlines.

Now, this book is pretty non-stop action, with one scene rolling into the next rather quickly and I couldn’t put this book down. We do find out what happened to Elijah pretty early on in this book, but like the previous books the story is told solely from one character’s POV (Chase’s in this case) and that makes the romantic build-up slower and more uncertain.

Chase has strong feelings for Elijah, even back when they were back at Holden’s club hooking up. Chase believes that Elijah has feelings for Holden and Chase is just the next best thing. Even when they seemed to have formed a great emotional, psychic connection, their feelings for one another is still left in question for a good portion of the book. They share a lot of scenes even early on in Sightlines, but this still feels like the slowest burn of all three books in this series.

This book is violent and does contain attempted sexual assault, and references to incest. We do meet up with all the main characters from the other books and I do love how everyone’s brought together and THE ENDING. I loved the ending. There’s no epilogue, per se, but the way the ending is written is very lovely and does show what kind of HEA the characters will experience.

Before reading Insight, I hadn’t really picked up and read any paranormal books, so I’m really glad Santino wrote this series, because 1) I love it a LOT, and 2) it definitely makes me more interested in reading paranormal romance books. I really love reading pretty much anything on cults, so this series has 100% been my kind of book. These books have been a wild ride and definitely along the lines of author’s co-written, In the Company of Shadows series (which I love) with its intricate, overarching plot.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading The Community series and can’t wait to read more books by Santino Hassell!

***Thanks to Judith at Binge On Books/A Novel Takes PR for the ARC as part of a bookstagram tour***

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