Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community Book 1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 3/10/2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, M/M Paranormal, M/M Gay-For-You
Page Count: 331
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
This is a new and different series from one of my favorite authors. We are still given strong male characters trying to make their way in a world that doesn’t accept their sexual orientation, but there is another element to this story. The characters in this book have psychic abilities. Nate grew up in a strange and controlling home. After the death of his twin brother in New York City. Nate starts to have visions. These visions lead him on a quest for answers. Answers to questions about what happened to his mother in New York City, and questions to why his twin brother would take his own life. While hitchhiking to New York from his small town in Texas he meets Trent. A student traveling from California to New York. There is a strong attraction between these two men, but is it real? Nate knows that what he feels is real, but is he compelling Trent’s feeling to him through his psychic abilities? When he arrives in New York, he goes to the club where his brother worked. The people there are taken aback by the uncanny resemblance to his twin brother, Theo. Nate’s visions are becoming more frequent and as he digs into the death of his brother, he finds that the “Community” is not the safe haven for people with psychic abilities and his brother’s suicide is looking more like murder. The chemistry between Nate and Trent starts out slowly, but as they get to know each other they realize that they are one another’s safe place. The pacing is fast with many twists and turns making this an exciting thriller. The ending is a happy for now. There are two more books in this series and I am pretty sure we have only touched the tip of what is really going on in The Community. There are many characters in this story. Like Nate and Trent, I had no idea who could be trusted.