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(The Community #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,297 ratings  ·  324 reviews
Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, pnr
2.5/3 Stars

I read the sample of this a while back and wasn't that impressed but it's Santino Hassell,I mean the man could write a Telephone Directory and I would pay good money for it...

So the combination of this Author and pnr and I couldn't not read it.....but this was very underwhelming for me.

I was just bored.I didn't feel the connection between Nate and Trent,which is surprising because this Author has created some of the best MM couples I've read about.I kind of liked Trent but found his c
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the incredible and unforgettable ICoS Santino Hassell has quickly become one of my favourite authors and my expectations going into this book were huge. I did worry that this book would struggle to deliver everything I expected from it but by the end of the first chapter any worries I'd had were long forgotten, I was hooked.
Nate Black is a fascinating character who's yet to find his place in life, he's a empath who's never learnt to control his gift/curse and it's hard to imagine h
Feb 06, 2017 marked it as no-no-cuz-reasons
Review & Rating removed of Audio and written stories.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Feb 15, 2017 marked it as i-m-a-quitter
Shelves: male-action
DNF @ 48%

It pains me to do this but I just don't think this book is for me.

I kind of had a feeling. Paranormal isn't one of my favorite genres.

But...but... it's Santino Hassell. I can't not read a Santino book. Or at least try anyways.

I was kind of bored. What? I know. It was too much focus on the paranormal aspects. And then there were too many characters introduced. The whole Community.

Yeah, you lost me. I couldn't keep track of who knew who, who did what, who was sleeping together, who hat
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A perfectly clear image has been in my mind since I started reading this story. Probably the first image you will find if you google "NY piers". Beautiful (of course, it's New York) but nothing special unless you are being transported to that place while reading the first chapter of Insight. In that moment Santino got me. I loved the idea. I really liked that first vision and how it dragged me into this new wo
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-love
I can not believe that I am saying this but this was my least favorite by Santino Hassell. I never thought that I would ever say these words but it's true.

I am such a huge fan of his work but I was so bored here. It had everything that I love in a book all combined together but it still left me unsatisfied.

Anyway, no worries. I am still a huge fan and will always read his books!
Wow. Just ... wow. Insight is one of those books where, after you finish it, there's a certain sense of sorrow because you'll never recapture that amazing sensation of reading it for the first time. I don't want to give away too many plot points in this review, but suffice it to say TRUST NO ONE and NOTHING is as it seems.

We all think our own families are crazy, but in Nate's case, yeah, they're seriously fucked up. He's from a tiny town in Texas and all his family are psychics - his overbearin
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DNF @52% and no rating

It really pains me to say this...

... but I give up.

Santino Hassell is and will always be one of my favorite authors and for me as a fan of paranormal romance this book should have had all the makings of me loving it, but (with a capital B)... I did not.

The beginning was promising, but after a while I was bored to death with the story. A whole bunch of characters was introduced, but nothing really happened. And even if the "connection" between Trent and Nate was ment
I normally don't rate my DNF books, but consider it as
DNF at 52%

You can't even imagine HOW much I wanted to BE ABLE to finish this book and give it a proper one star review. But I am not going to spend even one more second of my life on this book and on its shallow flat characters. They all sounded like they were 12 year old!
Terrible dialogues, not even a tiny flash of inspiration. Banal plot, boring characters, a romance without chemistry, amateurish writing.

I asked myself, what DID I MISS? W

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When I saw there was going to be a new SH series, I was like : yeah !!! But then…

I’m way better than Nate at putting up a shield to protect myself from magic, but why does it have to be from SH’s magic ???

Nate is 21, lives a sedate life in a quiet town in Texas and is cast out by the towners who think his family is a bunch of freaks. Which he believes to be quite the truth as he and his family do have some psychic powers, except his own powers feel weak and useless for him. And then, he learns a
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-pnr, m-m
My Insight journey:

A new Santino book!

Reads blurb.... paranormal and mystery...

I seldom read PNR and don't care for mysteries- they bore me.

But it is Santino.

And in the end, it was a winner.

-Fleshed out characters
-Fast paced story
-Heavy angst
-And a story leaving you wanting more

That equals a winner in my eyes.

Sorry for doubting you, Santino.
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I loved the narrator though so under the spoiler are my thoughts about that.

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Lilia Ford
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not sure I have too much to say about this except that it's fantastic. Moody, complicated, a genuine mystery. I've not read too many paranormals focused on psychics, but this felt incredibly original, with first class worldbuilding. Wow--the depiction of Nate is soooo good, really excellent characterization. Ditto Chase and Holden. I was not as huge a fan of Trent, who felt a little too good to be true, though there was nothing egregious. I am extremely picky about depictions of New York City
This was a piecemeal book for me. There were parts I really liked and felt intensely connected to and there were parts I didn't like, that left me flat. A few characters I liked, most I didn't.

In terms of trying to find quality "MM" contemporary UF/para/supernatural/metaphysical books, don't know what you want to classify Insight as, this is pretty good writing. Caveat about MM- there is an OFY aspect to this book, (view spoiler)
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
This sucks.
Jan 2018 Audio review *bumping this up to 5 stars*

Oh, yeah. This was awesome! I already enjoyed reading the book and I knew, just knew the audio was going to be amazing. Greg Boudreaux's narration was superb and I loved these characters even more thru him. This will be my first time listening to him narrate and I the hype is legit. He is wonderful. I highly recommend this book, series and audio. :)

Feb 2017 ebook review *4 stars*
I was provided an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange f
Hm, I'm not so sure what to say about this book.
I really liked both MCs, Nate and also Trent, although I couldn't say why, because, as a matter of fact, we learned almost nothing about Trent.
I liked the idea of the book, an empath as MC, a secret community of psychics, a mystery....
At times I found the story really exciting and I was on edge and tried to unravel the mystery, and then again I found it almost boring and too repetitive.

However, even so the main mystery is solved at the end of this
3.75 stars

At this point, I’m convinced that Santino Hassell can write any genre well. I don’t read a lot of contemporary paranormal, but ‘Insight’ hit many high notes. It’s worth noting that this book is a paranormal mystery first, and an MM romance second.

When readers are first introduced to Nate, he’s a pretty pitiful character. He’s stuck in a dead-end job, lives in a crappy apartment, and has to put up with homophobic bullies. He’s an empath - the psychic ability to sense others’ emotions -
Rafa Brewster
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Insight was a thrilling paranormal romance that totally hit the spot. It was faster-paced than its lush, dreamy cousin Stygian – instead, Insight's focus, intensity and dark tone reminded me more of ICoS.

As I write this, I realize that Nate in some ways also reminds me of Boyd from ICoS. Apart from being blonde and lean, he’s young, vulnerable, completely out of his depth – and fiercely determined. I found his character remarkably easy to root for and I loved his connection to Trent. I
Jun 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
I don't know what this talk about but I'm already in!!! ...more
3.5 Stars!

Suspenseful from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed the hell out of this book.

This was a solid beginning to what is shaping up to be an intriguing series. I enjoyed reading about The Community, The Blacks and all the shady dealings and secrets(ranging from the sad to the horrific) that came out throughout the story. There were some I suspected and others I had no friggin idea of! I love it when that happens.

Pertaining to the characters, I liked Trent on the whole, found Nate sometim
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, part-of-a-series, m-m
Holy shit, this book was EVERYTHING I could hope for and worlds more than I expected. I love a good mystery book, and while I'm very picky when it comes to the paranormal genre, Psy stuff is right up my alley! It's like Santino read my mind and wrote the PERFECT book just for me! (Let me be delusional a little while longer!)

Nate Black came from a family of inbred psychics with a long history of mental illness and suicidal tendencies. When Nate's estranged twin is found dead and his death is rule

Original Review stays under spoiler tag because Goodreads is first and foremost *my* record of reading activities, and the fiasco doesn't change the fact that I've read this book **

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Santino 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 ...more

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