Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 3/13/2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal, M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance
Page Count: 286
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 skepticism. 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.
Wow! Seriously, wow! This was a fantastic, very original story, and I was so impressed with it. This was my first book by Santino solo. I’ve read and loved his co-written series with Megan Erickson, Cyberlove, and I was excited to read this. I was not disappointed!
Nate Black is an outcast. He’s an empath, but he doesn’t really know how to use his psychic powers. He doesn’t associate with his crazy family, who are all psychic too. He has no friends either, and he works a crap job at a liquor store. His mother is dead, and his twin brother, Theo, left town and didn’t look back. They didn’t have a good relationship, even when he was still in Texas, but now it’s nonexistent. When Theo turns up dead in New York City from a supposed suicide, Nate doesn’t buy it. Then, he starts getting visions of his brothers death that let him know for sure that Theo didn’t kill himself. He doesn’t know where the visions are coming from, or how to control them, but he decides to follow them straight to NYC to find out what happened to his brother. There’s nothing keeping him in his redneck small town anyway.
Trent is a grad student in California, on a road trip back to NYC to visit family. He picks Nate up on the side of the road hitchhiking. He ran into Nate a couple times while in town, and he was drawn to him, but he’s not sure he can trust him. He just couldn’t stand the idea of something happening to him while trying to get to New York with anyone else. Trent is smart, steady, and levelheaded. Also, he’s a cynic, so the psychic thing is pretty far fetched as far as he’s concerned. Until he gets pulled even further into the madness.
When Nate gets to NY, he finds The Community, a kind of psychic organization. Theo was involved with them, and Nate wants to find out what they know about what happened to his brother. What comes next is a twisty, turny, mysterious puzzle that Nate and Trent try to solve. It was exciting, and scary, and I never felt like I knew what would happen next. There was action, intrigue, and suspense. It was perfect. Meanwhile, Nate and Trent are trying to navigate this new relationship they’ve started, and that carries it’s own scary issues for Nate.
Nate and Trent’s chemistry was strong and they just seemed to fit together from the start. Trent was so sweet and he really cared about Nate, and helping him with his investigation. Nate has never really had anyone like that in his life before, so he wants to hold on and never let go, but it scares him too. I really enjoyed their banter, and the way they were together. While many things are resolved, including an awesome HFN, some other things are left wide open for book 2, and I cannot wait to see where the trail leads! I highly recommend this one!