by Santino Hassell



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ISBN-13: 9781626495067
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/11/2017
Series: The Community , #1
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Insight 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Nate is part of the old, secretive Black family. They are strange to say the least, and each of them possesses some type of psychic ability. Nate has been told to hide it all his life. He hasn't been guided. He didn't have the easiest childhood and remains an outcast in his town. Relationships are rocky in the Black family so he mostly just keeps to himself. Nate's power is low-level empathy. He can feel all the negativity from everyone with whom he comes into contact. Every vibe he gets is in some way a downer to his system until he meets Trent. Trent is like a light in the dark, sunshine breaking through the rain. Nate feels warmth and calmness coming from Trent and wants to feel more of it. Luckily Trent is drawn to Nate also. I easily developed affection and understanding for Nate and Trent. Neither personality is overly sweet or alpha. They both are a little standoffish to most of society. I totally get that. Let me just say empath sex is beyond hot. Yes indeed. The suspense and mystery elements are real attention grabbers. I couldn't wait to learn if my guesses were correct, who everyone really was and what actually was happening. I stayed up late into the night reading with this gem. It hooked me in the best way. Insight is a gay paranormal romance, supernatural thriller and murder mystery all rolled into one exceptional novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and entertaining. I enjoyed this more than I expected.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Insight is the first book in The Community series, and we start off with Nate. He lives in a dead-end town, works a dead-end job, comes from a dead-beat family, and is going nowhere fast. However, his life changes when his twin dies. Now, don't get me wrong, there is no big lovefest with these twins - far from it. Theo is a drama queen of the nth degree and isn't above 'playing' for what he wants, no matter the cost to anyone, not even his brother. However, when Theo's death is ruled a suicide, Nate knows something is wrong. How does he know? Because he keeps getting visions in which he IS Theo and even shares his death. That's how he knows. With family drama nipping at his heels, he packs up and heads out to New York. Trent has already spoken with Nate, although Nate can't remember. When he drives past Nate hitchhiking, he can't just leave him, so he doesn't. This leads on to the romance part of the story, although it doesn't over run it. Once they get to NYC, it's full on and fast paced as the story progresses and Nate finds himself in the same danger as Theo. This is the first book by Santino Hassell that I have read and I was thoroughly engrossed from the very beginning. I really felt for Nate and everything he was, and had been, going through. Trent is the perfect foil for him, and provides back up and sanity as and when Nate needs it. This isn't a romance book, although it has elements of romance within it. Primarily I would say this is a Paranormal Suspense. Either way, the story is gripping, the characters are well rounded (even those you don't particularly like), and you will keep turning those pages. I loved the epilogue that we got, right up until the major cliffhanger that you are left with. For something that is definitely different, I would have no hesitation in recommending this. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
I'm not one to read paranormal books but I always make an exception when they are written by my favorite authors and since Santino is one of them I knew I had to give this book a chance. Nate belongs to a family of psychics and maybe you think that's so cool! but when you live in a small town, your family is kind of messed up and you never really learned to control your abilities things aren't really cool. And that is how Nate feels and form the get go I was really hurting for him, his family sucks and has many many mysteries that affect him and he has no idea, the people in the town don't treat him right and he has a non existed love life but what I liked about him is that when he had a purpose and a goal to accomplish he want all out, he was determined and I admired that. So, Nate has to go to NYC to investigate the disappearance of his twin brother except he has no way to get there and in come Trent who offers him to give him a ride to NYC where he happens to be going as well. The interactions between Nate and Trent went from cold to really hot and I liked how Trent handled the entire thing, having feelings for a guy and on top of that accepting that the guy had some sort of psychics power. I think Trent is definitely my favorite out of the two just because of his attitude and how he showed Nate that he wasn't alone and that together was better than being apart. The book is full of action, mysteries and very intriguing characters that I'm sure are going to make an appearance in later books.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the Cyberlove series that Santino Hassell wrote with Megan Erickson, so I have been wanting to check out more of his work. I'm am so glad that I did after reading this one. I have a couple minor issues with this one but for the most part I really loved it. I couldn't put it down, and ended up reading the whole book in one day. I loved the world that Hassell built in this one and I can't wait to pick up the next one! Nate is an empath (he can feel other peoples emotions from just one touch) and is the narrator of this story, and when we first met him things aren't really going well for him. He has just had his car stolen, he has a crappy job at the liquor store, he's stuck in his small town where everyone seems to hate him, he can't stand most of his family, and he's about to be evicted from his apartment. One night while at work, he has a powerful vision that he realizes is actually about his twin brother, then finds out days later that his twin brother has killed himself. He doesn't believe it was suicide, so after a major falling out with his family he decides to head to New York (where his brother ran off to) and get some answers. Along the way he meet Trent. I don't want to say too much more about the plot because I don't want to give anything away. The main focus in Insight is the suspense part of the story, in my opinion. Like I said before, I had a really hard time putting this one down and ended up having to read it all in one day. I didn't think the mystery aspect of the story was ever too obvious, and there were a few great twists and turns that keep you guessing. That being said, while I LOVED the suspense and mystery, I wanted just a little more romance between the two MCs. They have some steamy moments but I wanted more sweet moments between the two of them. I really enjoyed the roadtrip where they started to get to know each other but after that things between the two of them took the backseat to the big mystery. There were a few slow points at a couple parts of the story but I thought it helped build suspense for the end. I was actually glad for a few of the slower areas because there is a lot of information to take in and a lot of characters to remember. At the end we are still left with some questions unanswered, so it set itself up well for a second book. The main characters have what I would consider a HFN type of ending but I have a pretty good feeling we will be seeing a lot more of them in the next book, which looks like it's going to be Holden's story. *Thank you to Riptide Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
Debby236 More than 1 year ago
Nate Black has always felt as if he did not fit in with his psychic family. He never really learned to control his empath abilities. Then he receives word that his estranged twin committed suicide in New York City. But Nate is having visions of his death and it does not add up to suicide. Now he must find the truth. Since he has very little money, Nate hitches from his home in Texas. He is picked up by Trent, a man who lives on sarcasm along with a healthy dose of skepticism. Riding together, Nate and Trent find themselves attracted to each other and Nate tells Trent everything. Arriving in New York, Nate discovers a world of which he not aware. There is a whole community of psychics and it turns out more missing psychics. Nate knows something is not right and will not give up until he discovers the truth. Trent wants to help and the two will have to trust each other if they to survive to uncover the whole truth. Nate did have a few issues due to his family. He was born into a family of gifted psychics, making him feel inferior. Then he started have visions and knew he was seeing what really happened. Trent’s and Nate’s path crossed a few times and they wound up together for a great deal of the story. Trent really wanted to help but Nate was not sure he should. Trent did prove he could handle himself. Nate becomes increasingly afraid of his abilities and what is driving him. He is not sure what he feels for Trent or whether it is real or manufactured. He is forced to examine everything he had been told from a child before he can really accept Trent. MM couple, paranormal activities and a mystery to be solved are all in Insight. If this is what you enjoy, this book is perfect for you!
Megbrod More than 1 year ago
First, what I liked, which was pretty much everything. Nate was a really great narrator and I thought him and Trent worked so well as a couple. I ESPECIALLY liked that they didn't beat around the bush, pretending they didn't like each other or convincing themselves the other person couldn't possibly like them back at all. There was definitely some A+ communication going on! I also liked the world building of this hidden community of psychics hanging out in NYC and how real world differences played out within a smaller community. Race and class and sexuality are at play, even when you have people who can read each others minds or see the future. There were a few things I wish had gotten some more attention, mainly what exactly is the extent of Nate's abilities. He hasn't been able to do much with them at the point the book starts, but I got a feeling that was partially due to not having any training. Does he ever get any? Is there more to his empathic abilities now that he's embraced them? I wish we'd learned a little more about that as well as one part related to that when he uses his abilities to influence someone's actions. That felt like it wasn't really addressed in a satisfactory way, for me at least. But other than that one small thing, I thought this was a really great opening to a series I am definitely looking forward to continuing.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Nate Black is a 22 y/o empath trying to make it on his own in a Houston suburb. He's got some family, but they're all crazier than him, and he knows from crazy. Theo, his estranged twin, has more powerful empathic gifts and moved to NYC shortly after high school ended, but Nate's hidden his empath abilities nearly his whole life, like their mother--who went crazy and killed herself--had instructed. Nate wants to fly under the radar, but he's overcome by a vision of Theo being drowned, in a way that's totally sketchy, and he knows his brother is dead. The only way to discover the truth behind it: head to NYC. Only Nate has barely a few hundred dollars to his name, and his big idea--to hitch his way from Texas--isn't the smartest. Trent is a graduate student living in LA and driving home the southern route so he can visit friends in Houston. This has him crossing paths with Nate twice. The second time, he offers Nate a ride. Along the several days ride, Trent and Nate develop a connection, which is far stronger than Nate has ever experienced. Though Trent has never had sexual relations with a man, he believes himself to be bisexual, and he wants some intimacy with Nate. Nate's attracted to Trent, too, but he's used to walling himself off from everyone to keep their emotions out of his head. So, both are reluctant to make the first move. Not that it doesn't happen, because it does, but this isn't a traditional romance. What happens in New Orleans, though, doesn't stop when the trip ends. Still, once they reach the bright lights of NYC, Nate goes his own way, promising to keep in touch with Trent. Nate knows he needs to touch base with Theo's closest friends if he wants to learn the truth, and he doesn't want to involve Trent in what might be dangerous. Plus, Trent doesn't know about the empath community and Nate's afraid Trent will balk if he thinks Nate is somehow using his gift to influence Trent into being gay-for-him. Connecting with Theo's pals alerts The Community that Nate's on the scene, however. The Community is a hidden network of empaths and telepaths in the NYC area. Nate had no idea of the scope, what with his sheltered rural Texas life, but he's appropriately wary of the cadre of folk who want his loyalty and service. The more Nate learns, the more sinister things seem, and he reaches out to Trent for some normalcy, and insight, because Trent is truly the only person he feels he can trust. I really liked the twists and turns of this one. Expect it to morph into a thriller near the end. More empaths have gone missing/dead than just Theo, and Nate's put himself on a path that is far from safe by poking through the hornet's nest of intrigue that is The Community. As a reader, it was hard to know from what corner the danger came, and that's a testament to the fantastic writing here. The romance is not formulaic, and was all the more interesting due to the odd circumstances. Also, it was freaking unbelievably hot when Trent and Nate got it on. Nate's empathic abilities grow, and he's able to experience his and Trent's lust, and turn that back on them--creating a chemistry that is downright combustible. I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series!! I received a review copy via NetGalley.
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amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- Intriguing build-up to a thrilling end Insight is labeled as a psy-thriller and is a substantial departure from the contemporary romances this author is known for. The premise is different, interesting, and immediately grabbed my attention. There is a wandering, mysterious vibe right from the start that reminded me a little of Hassel’s paranormal romance, Stygian. This tone successfully sets the mood for the veiled psy-world Nate uncovers while investigating his brother’s alleged suicide. The romance between Nate and Trent was slow to start, which fit with the plot’s uncertainties and characters’ minimal experience. However, as I’ve come to expect from this author, Mr. Hassell delivers the chemistry. Nate and Trent’s attraction clearly runs deeper than lust and promises to build over the course of the series. I liked how the romance wove into all components of the story. The budding relationship wasn’t a separate plotline unrelated to the action and mystery. Rather, it developed other aspects of the story and Nate’s character as he tries to better understand his gift. As in any book that leads off a series, there are a lot of secondary characters introduced during Insight. Between establishing characters, “The Community”, and the investigation Nate launches, the pacing is a little slower initially. However, the author develops Nate’s character and relationships enough that I never lost interest. The dialogue moves along quickly, conveying the emotion of the scene and building the characters. The descriptions of energy, feelings, and powers Nate and the others possess provide vivid imagery that brings the story to life and draws the reader into Nate’s world. I think this aspect really shines in the latter part of the book. Once the stage is set, the pace picks up steadily. The revelations, twists, and dead ends over the course of his investigation left me intrigued and puzzling over how the pieces fit together. The last few chapters were so action-packed, I could hardly read fast enough. There was adrenaline-pumping chase scenes, surprises, and an ending that left me eager to see what will happen next. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*