Melissa reviews Sightlines (The Community #3) by Santino Hassell published October 9th 2017 by Riptide Publishing, 257 pages.
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.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I have read the other books in this series and since I loved them there was no way I was not going to read the conclusion.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First let me start by saying I am so glad I didn’t have to wait too long to read the conclusion to this series. Yes, the previous books ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, and YES these must be read in order and you should read them all. I do recommend this series and can’t wait for the chance to read them all again at one time. I know I will pick up on things I missed the first time around.
Sightlines is the final book in The Community series and there is a lot of paranormal/extra sensory stuff going on. In Insight, the paranormal aspect was light – meaning there was some mind reading and influencing going on (etc.), but not a lot. In Oversight, the paranormal activity (haha) picked up tremendously and I really got to see what these characters were capable of. (Oh, if only I had powers! Of course, with my luck I’d have the ability to turn into a mud pile – not exactly helpful or cool.)
There are several twists and turns in this story and I was surprised (but not somehow) by some of them. It was great to see Nate and Trent, Holden and Six, and Lia again. I wish this final book was longer so I could see more of them all finally living in peace and being able to relax and just be with their loved ones.
The book as a whole was really good, lots of action and we get to see Chase and Elijah connect and find their love. But specifically the ending seemed a little too easy to me. There was all this build up throughout the trilogy with Ex-Comm and the Big Bad Community and I was mentally preparing myself for Chase and Elijah to be traumatized (I expected a huge mental battle with lots of pain and crying and screaming) and I have to say I was a little disappointed the ending wasn’t more difficult for our heroes. (For those who don’t like a lot of angst and torture in their stories, I know you will LOVE this book 🙂 )
The final scene is sweet with Elijah sharing his vision(s) of the future with Chase, how they are happy and living together. But Santino hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of writing more for this world, but probably not a full length novel, just short stories and those might not even be published but put online somewhere instead. I do hope he writes something more for us.
Do I even need to say the writing was great? Santino knows how to write an attention grabbing story, and I really enjoyed this. I didn’t want to put it down. I am left with some questions about the story – it just seems like not all the loose ends have been capped, but Richard and Jasper are dead (or so we are tooo-o-ooold, haha), the Farm has been basically shut down and The Community Watch is going back to helping psys.
Oh, this would make a GREAT movie series, just sayin’!! 😀 Or even a TV series.
I do recommend and keep your fingers crossed more will come!
He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.