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    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*
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    I loved it

    I took me some time to buy this book because I didn't know what to expect. Stygian was not one of my favorite of Santino so I was afraid that it would be the same about all his paranormal books. I was SO wrong! The story is very interesting, the intrigue well made. Nate and Trent are wonderful together. I can't wait to know more about Chase and I really want to kick Holden's ass. I regretted just one thing: I read the blurb of book two before finishing book one so I spoiled myself. I just have a few days to wait for book two and I can't wait.<3
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    Loved it!

    A thrilling read intertwined with a beautiful romance. Couldn't put it down! Looking forward to the next installment!
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    Insight

    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!
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