Series: The Community 03
Author: Santino Hassell
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel (257pgs)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (9th October 2017)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: Not sure what I was expecting when it comes to Chase’s story, but I’m not sure I’m satisfied with what I got. There was too much happening at all times and I felt like the romance between Elijah and Chase was left on the back burner to simmer all by itself. I wanted them to be at the front and center, I needed them to be the focal point of this story! Instead, thinking back on it, I remember more the sickening feeling I got when Will’s twisted mind was focused on raping Elijah. Will was certainly a creepy individual, right up there with the fucked up Jasper and his despicable, torturous ways! Yuck!
There was too much happening in this book, too much angst and horror! Too much uncertainty, distrust, and pain. I felt like I never really got to believe in Elijah and Chase as a couple. Chase loves Elijah more than anything, would do absolutely anything to keep him safe! And Elijah adores Chase, despite Chases’s doubts when it comes to Elijah’s feelings. BUT… I needed more intimacy, more opportunities for Chase and Elijah to cement their relationship and prove they can and will stay together no matter what. I needed some romance to counteract the viciousness, and I didn’t get nearly enough.
This is my least favorite book in the series, but Santino’s talent still shines through. I’m not sure if this is the last book of the series, but I feel like we need some closure and a glimpse into the future. Here’s to hoping for one more!