Series: The Community 02
Author: Santino Hassell
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel (245pgs)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (26th June 2017)
Heat Level: Hot
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.
Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.
Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.
As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.
Review: So yeah, I think I’ve developed a little bit of a crush on Six…. over 6 feet of muscles, rocking a beard and a manbun, confident, socially awkward and a virgin. YES, I SAID VIRGIN! *thud!*
Sixtus stands out in a community dominated by psychics for his invulnerability; Sixtus cannot be controlled, cannot be manipulated, cannot be influenced and cannot be read. He’s an ‘ordinary’ man who was born with a natural mind shield that keeps him protected from the psychics in the Community and keeps him safe from those who mean to harm him. Six has never known his parents and grew up on The Farm, where psychic after psychic tried to break him and force him to follow realignment. Six has witnessed the true horror that the Community really is.
While his shield keeps him protected from enquiring minds, it also makes Six unable to grasp sarcasm and to read emotions other people might feel. His social awkwardness is endearing and his gift forces him to be brutally honest and blunt. What’s not to love, right?
So I suppose we all remember Holden from the previous book because he stood out for his skills in man-whoring. Holden pretty much liked to fuck everything that moved, and came across as a privileged rich brat. But if I had his empath abilities that would create a loop-feedback from others during sex (fuck and be fucked at the same time!!!) I’d become the biggest slut on earth, so I’m not judging him at all!
There’s a lot more to Holden than meets the eye (thankfully)…. Holden is vulnerable and doesn’t have the confidence he likes to project. He’s relied on his empath abilities when dealing with people his entire life, so when Six comes along, Holden has to rely on his 5 normal senses, which proves to be more complicated than he’d like.
Things between Six and Holden starts out pretty tense, because Holden thinks Six is nothing more than a cyborg who’s loyalty belongs to Holden’s father. But grudging acceptance turns into grudging sexual friendship. Yes, the sex is HAWT! Trust is earned and new feelings come into play, and slowly, the true reality of what The Community really is comes to light. There’s a lot happening from here on out and it’s totally fast paced and fascinating. The world building is so well done, I’ve started to actually believe in it!
I can’t wait for Chase and Elijah’s story even while I dread it; the partial cliffhanger concerning these two is making me wary and impatient at the same time. This book was great, my only complaint (which isn’t really a complaint) is that I wanted more private moments between Six and Holden. Fantastic series!