ARC Review by Jude: Sightlines by Santino Hassell


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.

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Release Date: October 9th


*a copy of this was provided via Netgalley

I acquired this book on NetGalley as soon as I saw it, despite the fact that I hadn’t read the first two! Of course, I purchased them before reading them to prep. I’d been wanting to read this series for an age.

This book is not a stand alone, so if you haven’t read the previous two books, Mama Jude is gonna tell you to go do that. They’re totally worth it. I really loved this series. Hassell handles a lot of really complex emotional, logistical, and interpersonal complexities that come with characters who have special abilities.

Of the three books, Sightlines was my least favorite. It was still a fantastic book, and I recommend it. Perhaps because I anticipated the climax too much? Perhaps because I ways DYING for Chase’s story the whole series? Chase did not let me down: Hassell is not apologetic about the aspects of his personality that are harsh or cutting; it would have been unrealistic considering his upbringing and traumas. He does get us inside Chase’s head, beautifully, which I loved.

There were some really gripping, shining moments in this book. The delivery of action — particularly when Chase is using his telekinesis but cannot control it and is working through its deadly implications — AKA freaking out — that were written beautifully. Very tough, emotional without being flowery, and tuned in to the character.

The part I didn’t like as much was the dynamic between Chase and Elijah. Perhaps this is a personal preference thing — the way that Chase pretended to treat him wasn’t my favorite, but I got it. But the sex in front of people, the push and pull Chase put Elijah through, their chemistry — it felt a little forced. I felt like this book would have been much stronger with less of the sex between the two of them. Not erasing it completely, but it took away from the book.

I loved seeing how Chase viewed his relationship with Holden, particularly after getting to know Holden so well in Oversight. It was interesting to see such a contrast — I love when authors pull of narratives from unreliable narrators so well. I could read a whole book about those two figuring out how to be brothers and not assume things about each other.

It was lovely to see all the returning characters from The Community series (particularly Trent, who is just my favorite). This was a great closing book in the series, which I definitely recommend.


Santino_authorphotoSantino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

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.

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Genre: Paranormal Genre: Sci-Fi Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review Tag: Friends to Lovers Tag: Part of a series Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

Jude Sierra View All →

Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother who began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”. Jude began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007.

Jude is currently working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for From Top to Bottom Reviews. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary LGBT romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her upcoming novel, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater will be available in May of 2018.

Twitter: @JudeSierra
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