Title: Hidden Gem
Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find.
Shane McNaughton is an Irishman who survived the Third World War and works as a cop. Head of Missing Persons, he’s good at finding people, but after the plague of the Third mutated his DNA, he has a hard time letting anyone see the monster inside. He’s been paying for Aki’s services for two years, both the psi and the sexual kind, but he wants more from the companion.
Shane needs Aki’s ability to see into another person’s past to track down a serial killer murdering the children of rich and powerful men, but the more they work together, the clearer it becomes that they are linked through a darker past than either of them realizes.
Warning: Contains mild BDSM elements.
Author: Lissa Kasey
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Cardinal Sins
Series: Hidden Gems
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Cardinal Sins
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Author
Published: September 26, 2014
Genres: Dystopain, Fantasy, Male Male Romance
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Finding something different in a book is always a good thing. Hidden Gem is definitely something different. For me it was a weird different but still an engaging read. Lissa Kasey has created a futuristic setting where the world has been changed, devastated from the Third World War. It’s not just the world that has changed though. The inhabitants have experienced mutations due to a plague that decimated human life. These mutations have left some people with psi abilities, some with animal dna that now forces them to shift into a beast. Far too many were just left dead. None of it should be viewed as a gift. The people that survived the mutations are now shunned and viewed as freaks. The ones with the animal mutations hide their differences than others.
Shane and Aki are two of the many people that have suffered these mutations. Shane uses his to help with his job in law enforcement. He has better tracking abilities than most. Aki’s psi ability is truly a curse. He is limited in who he can touch. Just one touch of flesh to flesh and he sees into the thoughts of others. Aki’s curse keeps him from being with Shane in a way that they both desire. Shane still finds any, and uses all excuses to spend time with Aki. They are each other’s one true joy in this bleak life. The latest serial killer case that Shane is working on is just such an excuse. Shane wants to find the child killer and eliminate him, especially after Aki is pulled into the mess in ways that no one ever suspected.
In the end I wanted more for Aki. The instfix at the end for his psi ability grated a bit. He struggled as a (limited) paid whore, takes some shield building classes for Shane, then after his big moment he has a fix that allows for him to be with Shane. I’m pleased that Shane and Aki got their happily ever after but it seemed like just a new gilded cage for Aki. Shane is pleased that he can give him the “simple life” that keeps him at his happiest. It felt like Aki was still an object and not an individual. After all Aki went through I wanted something for him and I just feel like that was never delivered.