ARC Review: Sightlines by Santino Hassell

Posted October 10, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

ARC Review: Sightlines 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: Sightlines by Santino Hassell
by Santino Hassell

3.5 Stars

Released: October 9 2017
Series: The Community #3
Published by Riptide Publishing
Genres: LGBT
Pages: 257
Format: eARC

“What I always end up having a harder time connecting with is the actual romance.”
~ Under the Covers

We have come to the final chapter in The Community.  Be warned there may be some spoilers in this review if you haven’t read the others in the series.  This series is meant to be read in order as there is a continuing story arc that plays in the background while the different characters find their HEAs.

At the end of OVERSIGHT we are left with a cliffhanger and not knowing what happened to Chase and Elijah.  Elijah got shot while trying to escape The Farm and Chase jumped in the lake after him.  SIGHTLINES picks up after that.  Chase and Elijah were captured and brought back to the Farm and Chase needs to do some quick thinking to trick his way into getting Elijah out of harms way (read = Jasper’s hands) and to escape again.  I think the beginning of this book was written quite well because even I had my moments of doubt that maybe The Community was doing something good and necessary for psychics.  Richard Payne was getting in my head!  Good thing that only lasted a little while.

What stands out about SIGHTLINES is the fact that this is a good conclusion to the horrors going on with the Community.  Things had to come to an end and I’m fairly satisfied with how this was wrapped up.  This book was non-stop action in terms of that.  Every scene was furthering the plot in the direction of bringing down these crazy people.

But here’s the thing.  Throughout this series I’ve come to realize one thing… I really enjoy the story as a whole, the concept behind this series, the thrilling element of the books, the small touch of paranormal.  And I’ve come to care about the characters individually.  What I always end up having a harder time connecting with is the actual romance.  Especially in this book, I wanted much more for Chase than what we got.  There was so much going on around Chase and Elijah that it was hard to put in some deep connection moments, but I really felt the lack of them in regards to the final HEA.  I didn’t quite see them getting there yet, some of the chemistry wasn’t completely there for me.

Like I said, this isn’t the first book in the series that I feel this way about and I think it’s a matter of balance.  It’s still a testament to the fact that I enjoy the author’s writing and characters that I still very much enjoy this series and the world he’s created.  I care about the characters and want to see what happens to them.  Overall, I think this was a good last installment even if I think the door was left open to continue or to spin off.





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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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5 responses to “ARC Review: Sightlines by Santino Hassell

  1. Nicki S

    Your last sentence is what I’ve been hoping to hear! I’ve been a can of Chase since Insight and have been dying for his story ever since. However, Elijah is way too much like a friend of mine from back-in-the-day, so I wish the pairing was different. Can’t see the character in a romantic way, so that’s my mental block of sorts to overcome while reading.

    {Mini soapbox time coming here; but not about this book in particular.
    I truly believe that authors are victims of genre classifications and the resulting expectations. I think the system needs an overhaul, because if a book gets put into a particular category, like romance, we have automatically have certain expectations and are mostly concerned next with the amount of smexy times in it (is it a sweet romance?dark?humorous? erotic?) or if the HEA is reached in a believable way. For example, I get frustrated because I enjoy UF, but find that I have to read another book at the same time in order to get my smexy-time fix.}

    In this particular case, I haven’t yet read Sightlines, but agree about the romance being parallel to the mystery/thriller/suspense elements instead of the main focus. I don’t know how much control authors have over a publisher labeling their work, and I wonder how he would categorize it himself? Since the publisher is Riptide, everything is labeled LGBT, and it does contain a romance. So I’ve just been grateful that there ARE smexy scenes in an otherwise fantastic paranormal mystery book.

    Thanks for your review and the renewed hope that maybe someday Santino will indeed continue with The Community and it’s current and former members. There’s so much more I wanna know!

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