Series: The Community #3
Published by Riptide Publishing on October 9, 2017
Genres: Adult, LGBT, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes; Trigger Warning: references to rape, incest
Reviewed by: Rebecca
Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He's the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He's the son of the Community's founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he's nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he's ever loved is there too.
Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn't the haven he'd believed in and Chase was the only person who'd ever truly tried to protect him. Now they're surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.
With Chase playing the role of a tyrant's second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase's mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.
Working to take down an evil organization is hard when you’re still on the inside. As the 3rd book in a series, SIGHTLINES wraps up the Community plotline. As an evil company, Community seems to get worse and worse with every chapter. Inside the Farm, there’s torture, reprogramming and rape. Despite the bleakness, Chase Payne’s sarcasm and constant dickery keeps the bleakness from getting too dark. Chase doesn’t shy away from his anger, but he’s got good reasons.
It’s clear from the beginning that Chase doesn’t trust anyone. This isn’t surprising since his life has been one tortuous experiment after another. Before becoming a traitor, he’d been reprogrammed, mind controlled, frightened into staying loyal. Although Chase has been working against the Community, he still holds very real anger, and jealousy, at his brothers and Elijah Estrella. Chase believes that Elijah used him as a placeholder while waiting for Holden’s attention. Chase’s jealousy can get old, but the saving grace is that he always acknowledges when he’s being a whiny jerk.
I wish I had gotten more insight into Elijah. As a pre-cog, Elijah is still reeling by the loss of his support system. Community Watch betrayed him, the people he trusted may not actually be trying to help, and now he’s being captive. He has to undergo reprogramming and is constantly threatened with rape. It’s an overwhelming experience, doubly so since the only fight plan seems to be ‘put Elijah in danger so Chase can freak out’. Elijah spends so much of the novel comforting Chase, but it really seemed that he needed that comfort too.
If you like hurt/comfort fiction then this book is for you. This book is filled with whumps and caresses. The sex scenes between Chase and Elijah are hot, even though Chase uses them as a reason not to talk about his feeling. SIGHTLINES is engaging from the first page. I started reading without knowing the series, the characters, or the backstories, it didn’t take long for me to find my footing. The writing is fast-paced and character-driven. There’s a long history attached to the two main characters, that’s presumably grown from the previous novels, and it was so much fun to watch their connection grow.Series Titles: