As the son of one the Community founders, Holden Payne has been raised with wealth, privilege, and freedoms not allowed other Community members. After the events of book one, Insight, all that he thought he knew about his father and the organization he grew up in is shattered and he’s been left adrift not sure what to think or believe. Especially since it looks like his father is trying to pass the blame for everything to him and his club. When he the enigmatic Sixtus Rossi is taken off security duty at the Farm and placed within Holden’s club, Evolution, as a bodyguard, Holden knows the emotionless man’s actual job is to act as a monitor for his father.
Six was one of the youth taken off the streets by the Community and told that he would be offered a safe place. After he breaks into one of their facilities as a teenager he is sent to the Farm for reprogramming and remains there for years. Now his talents as an Invulnerable (meaning he can’t be swayed or manipulated by psy mental talents) make him perfect for his job as head of security at the Farm. Six is a mystery… unable to feel empathy due to his internal mental shield and abilities, he is six feet plus of blunt words and cold eyes. He’s also muscled, man-bunned, bearded and apparently a virgin, which trips Holden’s trigger.
And mine as well, because I totally fell for Sixtus Rossi. I think he’s my favorite Hassell character since Raymond from Sunset Park.
Holden is the sole narrator for OVERSIGHT, yet it’s Six who captured my attention. Maybe because I’d already been introduced to Holden in the first book in the series, maybe because as an empath Holden is such a wide open character as far as his emotions, or maybe it’s because I love a mystery and despite the relationship that evolved between these two, I never felt like I really, really got to know Six. I mean I know he and Holden had a connection that sizzled and sparked and nearly set my Kindle on fire once they finally got their hands on each other, and that he turned out to be loyal and not as cold as I’d originally thought (not cold AT ALL ∼bites lip∼), but what was really going on in that head of his? I feel like I need another book narrated from his POV to find out. 😉
As much as I enjoyed the world-building in the first book, in OVERSIGHT it felt much more defined and easy to understand. In my head I kept comparing it to a religious cult. I mean the “reprogramming”, the trying to get rid of its detractors, the god like status awarded its founders and so on and so forth. Hey, I’ve been on a documentary watching binge lately and this is the first thing that popped into my head when Holden started to find out certain things about his father and the psychic community he grew up in. I must say this story is darker than its predecessor, but in a good way. With every new revelation about what has really been going on in the Community over the years, I got more and more anxious to find out how Six and Holden would find a way to defeat them. Would they rescue Chase and Elijah? Would Nate and Trent come back to help them? (Yes, they do and I must say I’ve missed these two.) What would their future look like if they managed to escape the bad guys? I was on the edge of my seat throughout the second half and the cliffhanger ending left me with major grabby hands for the final book in the series.
Just a little warning… this is in no way a stand-a-lone, and rather than a HEA there is more of a HFN ending for Six and Holden. Readers are going to just have to wait to see how it all wraps up in the last book of the series, SIGHTLINES, which has a release date of October 9, 2017. Final grade- B
“If we make it out of this, I can’t wait for us to figure out how to be in a relationship. It should be a mess.”
“When we make it out of this,” Six rumbled in his ear. “I may not understand soft touches, but I have the rest of this shit on lock.”
“I hope so.”