5 Star Review – Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell

5 Star Review – Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell













Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and scepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.














Santino Hassell kicks off a new series with Insight and I have to say holy crap is this book awesome.

Is that enough to have you running to buy the book? No, well how about this. Santino Hassell effortlessly blends multiple genres into an unputdownable read that will leave you weirdly both satisfied and craving more of the world he has sucked you into.

While this is the first in the series, the world building in Insight is done so perfectly that you only realise that so much has been laid before you when you finish and think back to what you just read.

The author blends romance, suspense, intrigue and paranormal into a richly woven tale of Nate and Trent who meet by accident or possibly fate at the right time and travel cross country to find the answer of what really happened to Nate’s twin Theo.

When they hit New York is when the story really hits its rhythm and starts to suck you in deeper and makes you doubt just about everyone but Nate and Trent. I loved this, strange as it seems because when the truth finally came out I was stunned that I did not see it coming and even went back and re-read parts to see the things I missed. Well played Santino Hassell, well played indeed.

This book has an unexpected depth to it. I didn’t expect so many twists and turns and certainly not a few gasp inducing moments that had me staring at the page while my brain caught up to the new twist. Plus the love story was so beautiful and real that I may have shed a tear or two over how perfect Trent and Nate were for each other.

I can’t wait for the next book after finishing Insight. I know this series will only get richer, more engrossing and way more addictive as it goes along and all I can say is bring it on.












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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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