5 Star Review & Exclusive Excerpt – Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell

5 Star Review & Exclusive Excerpt – Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell













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.














It was the perfect time to take Six off guard with a kiss, but Holden hesitated. He’d seduced dozens of men in the past twenty years of being sexually active, and this was the first time he was nervous about it. His stomach had never knotted up while his breath caught right before a little peck on the lips. But, then again, all those times he’d reached out with his gift to make sure the other person was into it. He’d felt their lust. And Six projected nothing. “Have you ever kissed anyone before, Sixtus?”

“No, and I’m fine with that.” Six dropped his big hands onto Holden’s shoulders, but he didn’t push him away. “You need to back up.”

“If you wanted me to back up, you would have shoved me by now. I think you’re intrigued.”

“You think can manipulate me with sex.” Six laughed dryly, but it sounded forced. “Your father warned me you would try this. He said you’re a player. Someone who uses his charm and looks to con people into doing what he wants. And uses his empath skills to finish the job. But none of it works on me.”

“How do you know I want to manipulate you?” Six’s grip on his shoulders tightened hard enough to be painful, but Holden didn’t back off. He moved so close their chests were pressed together. “Maybe I’m just curious as to how you’d react to having my tongue in your mouth. Or your dick in mine.” Holden ran his fingers along Six’s cheekbone. Six started, clearly unprepared for the light touch. “I bet you have interesting fantasies.”

“I do,” Six said, but his voice was lower. “You don’t speak in them, though.”

“We can find a fun way to shut me up right now.”

Holden pressed their lips together before he could back off this plan. He half expected to be shoved away and for a fist to crash into his face right before the taste of iron bloomed in his mouth, but it didn’t happen. The hands gripping him closed down harder, grinding bone and muscle, but that was the only way Six reacted. At first.

He was initially frozen when their lips brushed, but after one gentle swipe of Holden’s tongue, Six opened his mouth. Shuddering, Holden licked into the wet warmth deeper and more insistently.

A groan muffled against him, low and quickly aborted, but Holden heard it. And he felt the way Six leaned into him. It was barely a response, but it encouraged Holden to pin Six against the door and dive into a hungry kiss. This time, Six was an activate participant. Their slicking tongues, frantically moving lips, and a full-body press made it quite clear that Six was into this. His dick was fully rocked up in a way that could not be explained by anything other than arousal for Holden.

And Holden was just as hard for him. In fact, his body was reacting in a way it never had before. Every sense was alight as he moved his hands over Six in an effort to feel everything he could. With no impressions to absorb, all he could do was touch.

It was right about the time triumph usually exploded in Holden’s chest with invisible banners and balloons celebrating a conquest, but this time he felt apprehension. He didn’t want to end this kiss. He wanted Six to keep exploring the inside of his mouth with a delightfully frantic lack of finesse, and he wanted a genuine fucking smile once they were done. But that wasn’t in the cards. That wasn’t what this was about.

Holden pulled away with a ragged sigh. “I’m guessing you enjoyed your first kiss.”

“I never confirmed it was my first,” Six said hoarsely. He licked his lips. “You assumed.”

“I assume right. I may not be able to read your emotions, but I could feel your heart beating out of your chest.”

“And I could feel yours.”

He could probably still feel it, because Holden’s body was betraying him and his plan by behaving like a giddy schoolboy.

“You liked it,” Holden said knowingly. He brushed their lips together again, and smiled when Six immediately leaned in for a deeper kiss. One touch and he was hooked? It couldn’t be that easy. Not with him. “And it doesn’t take a psychic to know you want more.”

“Maybe I’m just curious. It’s been thirty years.”

“That’s a long time to go untouched,” Holden agreed. “And, like I said, I can help you out with that. If you help me out with some answers.”

The little bit of life that had lit Six’s expression immediately vanished. Almost as if he’d forgotten why they’d been kissing, and the words were a wake-up call Holden hadn’t expected him to need. Regret slammed into Holden, but he dismissed it with a shake of his head. No matter how good Six felt against him, or how delicious those frantic unpracticed kisses had been, this wasn’t about seduction or attraction or intrigue. This was about his mother, the Farm, and whatever the hell the Community had planned for him. Wherever they were keeping Chase.

The fact that Six had been planted here by the people currently trying to pin the recent disasters on Holden mopped up any lingering traces of his reluctance to keep this all business.

“Tell me about the Farm, and I’ll let you play out your every fantasy on my body.” Holden ran his hand along Six’s face, stroking his thick dark whiskers and marveling at how soft his hair was. “As long as you give me what I need.”

“And you’re going to give me what I need?”

“Yes. No matter how dark or dirty or rough, I’m there for it.”

Holden tried not to be affected by the mental images popping into his mind, but it was impossible. Even though Six had defaulted to cyborg mode, there were things about him that Holden couldn’t help but notice now. The smell of musk and sweat from working the club all night, the way his fingers flexed, his steady heartbeat, and the fact that Holden could not detect a hint of color in those eyes even at this proximity. Just gleaming black pools that gave nothing away.














Santino Hassell is back with the second The Community book in Oversight and the best way to describe this book is holy crap it’s so damn good!!!!

I loved the first book Insight and couldn’t wait to read this and OMG, I absolutely loved it. Oversight, like Insight has the perfect blend of romance, intrigue, paranormal, suspense and drama that all comes together to make this another unforgettable and unputdownable read.

Fair warning, these are not stand-alone reads. You really need to read Insight to fully follow the storyline for Oversight. But in saying that, while this book carries the over arcing storyline perfectly, it also tells a different couples story and it was quite an unexpected romance.

I kind of adored Holden by the end of the first book, I admit it. There was something about him that made Holden a standout character. So imagine my glee when I found out he was the hero of this story. When paired with his hero in Sixtus……well, well, well. I’m totally gone for the both of them now.

I’m not kidding when I say Six is the perfect guy for Holden and it’s not just because he can’t be influenced, thought that is a bonus. For me it’s because there is a unique connection between them only gets stronger as they get closer and it draws out sides to both of them I never expected to read and I LOVED IT.

I’m going to keep this relatively short because I don’t want to accidentally give spoilers away. This is vitally important with THIS BOOK. Just trust me on this as someone who has read it. This is why as much as I would love to ooh and ahh over Six and Holden, I won’t even though it’s killing me not to. So much happens and so many feels!!!!!

Insight introduced us to a new world and laid the groundwork, Oversight comes in and shakes it all up like a snow globe. I can’t wait to see where the last book in the trilogy Sightlines takes us because after the shocking events in Oversight, I need answers almost as much as the characters do. Smart move Santino Hassell, smart move.





















Insight ( The Community #1)


















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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