Review: Oversight by Santino Hassell

30364801Holden 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.

Something that’s weird: Santino Hassell is my favorite romance writer, but even though I liked the first book of his The Community series, I went into Oversight 100% expecting to not like it that much, but surprise!, I actually enjoyed this one far more than Insight.

Let me explain: I hated Holden in the first book (in the same way I hated Caleb in his other series, Five Boroughs), so when I saw the second book would be about him I wasn’t that excited (same thing happened when I saw Caleb would be the protagonist of First & First). Hassell did manage to make me go from hate your guts to you’re kinda nice, I guess when it comes to Caleb, but there is a reason First & First is close to being my least favorite Five Boroughs book. So yeah, I wasn’t expecting to love Holden in this book.

And… I didn’t, to be honest. Holden is fine and I like him more than I like Caleb (lol), but he’s very far from making the list of characters I really like. The same can be said of Six, the love interest. They are both nice, I enjoyed their romance despite finding it to be a little instalove-y, but what made me love this book was the plot and the world Hassell created. I find everything about the Community to be so interesting and I really enjoyed how the book portrayed both the bad apples and the good apples within it. And honestly? I can’t wait to see how everything will go down once everyone finds out about the Farm/about what a piece of shit Holden’s father is. That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited for the next book.

The other reason is that Elijah is absolutely my favorite character in this series. I wasn’t that invested in Nate/Trent (despite liking Nate a lot) or in Holden/Six (despite being kinda okay with both), but I do think I’ll like Elijah/Chase, if only because Elijah is just precious. And Elijah/Chase already has a history, which will really help me like them, I think.

In conclusion, Oversight is a really enjoyable book that caught my attention from the first page and didn’t let me go until the end. It’s one of the most interesting paranormal romance books I’ve ever read and I can’t wait to see where the series is going. 4.0 stars.

 

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