Title: Sightlines (The Community #3)
Author: Santino Hassell
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
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 out 10/9/2017 from Riptide Books.
Subgenres: m/m paranormal romance; psychics; finale.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Chase Payne is one of the most powerful psychics in the Community. But he’s also kind of an asshole. He’s part of the founding family but he gets very little respect. Now he’s being held at the Farm while they figure out his part in Holden’s defection and his lover Elijah is being held as leverage. Elijah has always thought what he had with Chase was just for fun. But now he realizes that he cares more for Chase than he ever realized. And they will need to rely on one another to figure out a way to survive the Farm with their minds intact.
“…the very notion of leaving the Community or defecting had caused his throat to close up and his body to all but shut down. Of all the Pavlovian responses that could have been programmed into him, Jasper had chosen to make Chase think – really think – he’d die if he left the people who’d raised him.”
Wow….I loved finally getting inside Chase’s head. Chase and Elijah are being held at the Farm where the Community does NOT trust them. Poor Chase. He’s spent most of his life being tortured and experimented upon. He really doesn’t trust that anyone cares for him. Even Elijah. I loved all of the political drama between the Ex-Comm and The Community and the little band with Holden, Six, Nate, Trent, etc. You think it’d all be straight forward but nooooooooo. My favorite part is the connection between Chase and Elijah and how that connection just grows and grows. I think I could read more about the psychic community and different families and little groups that have formed. Color me intrigued!
This can’t be the end of this series! There are so many loose ends and ways this story can turn. What about all of the different psychic families out there? Inquiring minds must know!
Elijah was so fucking beautiful it sometimes hurt to look at him.
When Chase and Richard walked into his room, Elijah was asleep in the bed. Ashen, gaunt, with dark circles shadowing his eyes, but there was no changing his thick shiny hair, the long eyelashes, or the way his full pillowy lips parted in sleep. His sleek body and elegant limbs—how looking at him just made Chase want to pull him close. Protect him.
“Is he sedated?” Chase asked roughly.
Richard walked around the bed, his impassive face unchanged even as he dragged two fingers along Elijah’s cheek. “No. He’s sleeping.”
“Yeah, I’m sure he’s pretty exhausted.” Anger boiled inside of Chase, threatening to spill over and expose itself to Richard. And that couldn’t happen. This had been his idea. His plan. “But at least it doesn’t look like your creepy clones put their hands on him.”
Richard flicked another look over Elijah. “The staff was informed that he wasn’t to be physically touched.”
“Yeah? Why didn’t they get that directive last time around?”
“Because last time I didn’t know my foolish son was in love with him.”
Chase raised a brow. “And that activates your care factor?”
Irritation lit Richard’s expression, the first sign of life since they’d walked into the room. “It’s time to leave your bitterness in the past if you’re going to be part of this. Whatever perceived failings you think I had as a father—”
“You mean treating me like a science project while you raised your other son? Those failings?”
Richard’s lips pursed, and he inhaled deeply, slowly. “Chase.”
“It’s time you leave your resentment toward me in the past, as well as your jealousy of Holden.” When Chase’s lips twisted into a snarl, Richard raised a cautioning hand. “Let’s be blunt, Chase. I bet on the wrong horse when it came to my family. Twice. But now it’s over, and you’re the one who’s here. And I’m rewarding you for it.” Richard waved his hand toward Elijah without looking at him. “If what you thought was favoritism of Holden was at the root of your distrust and animosity, rest assured there is no need to feel anger anymore. I am focused on you. And soon, your Elijah will be as well.”
Chase could only stare at his father and experience an inferno of rage like he had never felt before. But he kept his body still and his lips in the same mocking expression, because Richard would expect nothing else.
“Enjoy,” Richard said. “And learn to be gracious.”
He swept from the room with another penetrating glare, and twisted the lock behind him. It was a pointless gesture considering the staff all had keys to the doors, but the implication was clear. He’d just given Chase permission to “enjoy” his “reward.” In less than a minute, he’d relegated Elijah from a member of the Community to a sex toy. An object. Someone lesser than him, than them, and therefore not worthy of humanity.
How had Chase not seen his father for what he was? How the fuck had he thought . . .
The sound of Elijah whimpering in his sleep wiped all Chase’s chaotic thoughts away. It was ridiculous how any word or movement or breath from Elijah captured him so completely, and how even now there was no changing it. Whatever was between him and Elijah, and whether it was solely on his side or not, it wasn’t going anywhere.
About Santino Hassell
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.
He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.
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