Review: Oversight (The Community, #2) by Santino Hassell

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden 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.

Holden Payne and Sixtus Rossi clash from the beginning. They come from completely different backgrounds, and have very different motives.

The two are brought together by the fallout from book 1, with Holden’s father attempting to pin the blame on anyone but himself. This is a fast-paced book, heavy on the suspense and mystery, with a strong romance interspersed.

In book 1, Holden comes across as aloof and willfully ignorant of the Community’s failings. However, from his POV readers learn that Holden has his doubts, and he isn’t as clueless as he seemed. Yes, he’s a spoiled rich kid, but his heart’s in the right place.

Six is an enigma at first. As an Invulnerable, Six is impervious to psychic powers and has trouble picking up on social cues. He’s a one-man fortress.

I loved him from the start. His straight-forwardness was funny and sweet, and I just knew that his tough exterior was hiding a big old softie on the inside.

Though Six and Holden aren’t particularly fond of each other, there’s a very obvious attraction between them that grows slowly.

When the two finally crack and fall into bed together, they do so with conflicted feelings. They click, physically and emotionally, but trust is almost non-existent between them.

It takes a lot of hard work for Holden and Six to let down their walls and allow them to care for each other. Both spent most of their lives lonely and wearing masks.

But these two were so good together. I swooned a bit each time one of them bared part of his soul to the other. Holden and Six were so clearly meant to be together.

The mystery revolves around the motives of the Community, particularly Holden’s father. There’s a sense of impending danger as the story progresses. I won’t give anything way, except to say that this was a highly entertaining and gripping plot. And I can’t wait to see what happens next!

If you’re looking for an MM paranormal suspense series, I’d definitely recommend The Community!

An ARC was provided by NetGalley

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