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Monday, June 26, 2017

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Oversight (The Community 2) by Santino Hassell

About Oversight

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.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About The Community Series

What lies beneath the surface of the world you thought you knew?

Secrets and lies have twisted an underground community founded by psychics escaping persecution. Blackmail, sex, and social climbing in the name of power has created an irreparable rift.

In the eyes of the founders, there are two sides: loyalists and everyone else. Surely no one would emerge from their tightly woven webs. And they certainly wouldn’t sow the seeds of rebellion within the heart of the Community’s only queer night club.

Now an outcast, a scion, and a runaway are leading a revolution to save not only the men they love, but the entire Community.

About Santino Hassell

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 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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This book actually gets super intense, which is awesome. 

Holden I never really found endearing. He was a bit pushy and a lot cocky, but I ended up feeling bad for him and he definitely redeems himself in my eyes. 

Of course he couldn't have done that with out the stoic mountain of a man, Sixtus Rossi aka Six. 

Everything that The Community represents is all a lie, and Holden doesn't even realize it until it's pushed into his face. He knows his father is ambitious, but not to the extent of it. Everything stems towards more cynical goings on at "The Farm". The Farm is where Six has been kept for nearly a decade. After something happens when he's young and is sent there for punishment, or "realignment", and must play nice to Holden's father. What Holden thinks he's there for is a complete lie and his father will do anything to cover up what's really going on. Including making his son a scapegoat. 

This is where my sympathy comes in for Holden. He generally does care and wants a safe place for psy-kids to go. When Elijah and Chase go missing, he knows something is fishy. He believed in what The Community *should* be about, that it's hard for him to believe the conspiracy theories his friends are throwing at him. To learn that it's all a front for darker things is a real punch to the gut. Not to mention his mother and her secrets. By the end of the book it's a whole new ball game. 

This is definitely my favorite story so far. The character development, the intriguing, mysterious story line, the emotions (especially considering one is pretty much incapable of them) it's all there unfolding for what I hope is a glorious follow up.

Let's talk about the end. Some might say it's a cliffy. I say it's an intense continuation ;) 
I'm super excited for Chase, he's my favorite out of all the characters. 


To celebrate the release of Oversight, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 1, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Looking forward to reading this series. I've enjoyed all Santino's other books.
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  2. Thank you for the review!
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  3. Thank you for the review. I love Santino's stories

  4. Love the review!

  5. Thanks for the review!

  6. loving this series so far..congrats Santino!!!
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  7. I have been wanting to read this series and after this review, I am going to speed up my reading to make room. Thanks for the review.
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  8. Congrats and thanks for the post and review. This release does indeed sound pretty intense, like others of Hassell's I've read and thoroughly enjoyed. -
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  9. Can't wait to continue with this trilogy! Thanks for your review.

  10. Thanks for the review!
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