ARC Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

Posted March 14, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

ARC Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

3 Stars


Insight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #1
Published by Riptide Publishing
Released: March 13th 2017
Genres: LGBT
Pages: 331
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

 

“I found the world darkly seductive.”
~ Under the Covers

I was really excited about this book because I do enjoy the darker feel to Santino Hassell’s paranormal stories so I wanted to read more.  This is the start of a new series and I found the world darkly seductive.  We have a family of psychics living in Texas.  Our main character, Nate, has been shunned by most of the towns people by either being gay, being weird or a freak (due to his psychic abilities he’s trying to hide) or his strange family that is plagued with mental illness and alcoholics.  When he finds out his estranged twin brother supposedly killed himself in New York, he knows there’s more to it than that because of visions he’s having and decides to go on a search to uncover the truth about his brother’s death that takes him to New York and straight to The Community.

There is a cool similarity between The Community and some things about Scientology.  It’s even compared in the book and I think that comparison is quite spot on.  It was fun to see this entwined with the paranormal, psychic elements of the story.  I was invested in the story because of the story.  The characters?  Well, I liked them individually but I’m not so sure on the romance aspect as much.  Yes, there’s chemistry and attraction but I don’t know if it went past infatuation or insta-love for me.  I wanted a bit more on that.

The mystery of Nate’s brother’s death is unfolded nicely and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened.  Anxious and interested.  So that is one thing that will keep me coming back for more of this world.  And we have some open ended issues going on with The Community that I can’t wait to find out more about as well.  All in all, this is a good first book in the series which captured my attention about this new story but didn’t quite deliver as much as I wanted on the romance end.

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About Santino Hassell

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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I’m a 32 sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me) and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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6 responses to “ARC Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

  1. Nihcki S

    I’ve been reading reviews for this first book in Santino’s new series and a common issue seems to be the lack of heat in the romance between the MCs. I’ll be reading this with the expectation of good story telling more than a tale of romance, I think. I typically prefer lots of smexy times so if I approach this book differently maybe I won’t be disappointed. 😉 Thanks for the review, and I’m adding this to my growing TBR shelf.

  2. Timitra

    I’m liking the sound of some aspects of this book, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca

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