Title: Sightlines (The Community: Book Three)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Length: 257 Pages
Category: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
At a Glance: Sightlines is storytelling at it’s best, and I can do nothing less than highly recommend it to you.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: 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.
Review: Chase Payne is aptly named, as he has known little else but the pain of rejection, nightmarish torture and the debilitating pull of psychic gifts that he can barely control. In love with another psy, Chase can’t even bring himself to trust Elijah’s feelings for him but clings to the idea that he is nothing more than a substitute for his brother, Holden, who Elijah once had a crush on. But as time goes on, and Chase realizes just how deeply wrong the farm that the community runs actually is, he turns to the only thing that he can even conceive believing in—Elijah.
Now the two of them must not only attempt to escape the farm, but they must find Chase’s brothers and warn them that their father is after them, intent on killing them or having his psychic vampire, Jasper, suck their gifts from their very minds. But even though there is someone on the inside helping both men, and their gifts are no longer being suppressed by strong drugs, Chase remains volatile to say the least. The only thing he is certain of is that his cataclysmic powers are triggered when he fears Elijah is endangered, and that seems to be happening at every turn. The two are on the run and will need the small ragtag group, which includes Chase’s brothers, to help them put an end to their father’s evil empire once and for all.
The third and final chapter of Santino Hassell’s Community series starts with a bang and never lets up. Sightlines is a sweeping and dramatic ending to a paranormal series that I have so enjoyed. Wrapped in intrigue and supporting a stunning cast of characters whose abilities stretch the imagination, this novel ties together every loose end and makes every murky plot point left dangling in the other books crystal clear. These folks are in a fight for their very lives, not to mention their sanity, and their story leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat till the very end.
I was so glad to see that love doesn’t really change Chase; he is still the bratty, cynical man he has always been, but slightly tempered by his feelings for Elijah. Elijah is no wilting flower, and he holds his own through some horrific circumstances that we are given an inkling about through Chase’s ability to delve into Elijah’s memories. The two of them make a formidable team, more powerful than any other pairing this series has explored, and yet more vulnerable as well. Chase is most aware that his father can get to him simply by using Elijah as the hook that will force poor Chase to do his bidding. Despite that very real threat, both Chase and Elijah are determined to bring Richard Payne down, and suffice it to say that this novel will not disappoint you if you are hoping for the same.
In fact, it is just that, the end of this book, that I found fault with. The novel itself was nonstop action, every piece of it fitting together seamlessly, the story compelling and the characters intriguing. However, I must admit that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I fear it may be because I was a bit bloodthirsty in wanting to see both Jasper and Richard suffer a bit, but even without that element, I can only describe the ending as a bit anticlimactic for me—too swift and too neat. I readily admit that I might be in the minority on that opinion, and also confess I was sad to see this series come to an end. There was so much to explore in this world Mr. Hassell created, and I was like a crack addict wanting more and more. Santino Hassell creates such memorable characters and then weaves them into a story that is just top-notch.
For those who have followed this series, I think you will be more than pleased at this last installment. Sightlines is storytelling at it’s best, and I can do nothing less than highly recommend it to you.
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