Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

Review: Insight by Santino Hassell
Narrated by Greg Bourdreaux

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Series: The Community
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on 5 December 2017
Pages: 8 hours 58 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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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.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.

The Delight

Seeing a vision of his twin brother’s death leads a troubled man with empathic abilities and a boatload of past troubles to seek out the truth of his brother’s death.  Nate’s search unearths dark family secrets, an organization of psychics in NYC, and a possibility of love.  I only meant to listen for a little while and found myself pulled in and captivated.


Insight is from Nate’s point of view and I enjoyed getting to know this guy who could not seem to catch a break.  There is always a bittersweet quality to him as he slogs through his life avoiding his hometown bullies and his whacked out family.  There is so much he doesn’t know and it seems that everyone is keeping him in the dark.

But then he encounters Trent.  Wow, was this guy a wonderful rush of fresh air and sunshine in Nate’s life.  I loved the slow and steady way the pair get to know each other on their road trip from Texas to NYC.  Trent is as normal and average as it comes with no psychic abilities, but he is the strength and loyalty and friendship that Nate learns is more valuable than having some psychic gift.

The mystery is intriguing and I went through this book not sure who was the biggest danger because so many of the characters are more than they seem.  I was proud of myself for figuring out early on who Nate’s secret helper was though even that story had so much more to it than I originally guessed.  This got intense and exciting and I was right there, riveted.  I couldn’t seem to put this book aside.

Greg Boudreaux was a new to me narrator, but I was well pleased with his fabulous work on this book.  He was a big part of why I was so into the story.  He had a good sized cast of characters to act and I thought he got them and the situation and tone of each scene just right.

All in all, I was thrilled with this first entry of The Community series.  I’m definitely going back for me.  Those who enjoy intense mysteries with a paranormal element and a slow burn m/m romance should give this book/series a go.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. Yes, I was the same way. I know a couple who love his Five Boroughs series and I finally got the chance to try his new sports ones so it was an easy choice to give this one a go.

    Thanks, Geybie!