Title: Hidden Gem
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: September 26, 2014 – 246pgs
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.
Lissa Kasey did a great job at twisting and turning this story. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Kasey kept the reader guessing as to what the big reveal was going to be. She was masterful at giving hints, but I thought she did a great job when the reveal happened and how she chose to disclose it’s secrets.
This story reminded me somewhat of another series of books by James Patterson – the Maximum Ride series. I enjoyed them as well. The sci-FY nature of the story, the love component and the general feel of each character helped to guide the reader towards the conclusion – one that, with Kasey’s hints, was something I expected, but still enjoyed.
I really enjoyed the main “companion”, Aki and thoroughly enjoyed Shane. Each character fights their own demons, but ultimately, they strive for the same things – a life without pain, a life with someone to love.
Kasey’s story was one of science gone wrong, hope for redemption and ultimately, finding your true self. I wonder if there will be more to be told…I hope so.
The only issues I had with the book were that there were formatting issues for the Kindle and that the book is not easily navigated – meaning you cannot skip between chapters easily.
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.
Author’s Website: http://www.lissakasey.com/
Author’s GoodRead Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4904483.Lissa_Kasey