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by Santino Hassell
Released: March 13th 2017
Series: The Community #1
Published by Riptide Publishing
“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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