Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey 5*
BLURB: 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.
My Review: WARNING This book should not be read before trying to go to sleep! It is such a page turner that I didn't put my light off until gone 2am. The Characters are all well written and the intrigue is scattered throughout the story. Just as you think you have a handle on it a new surprise or plot twist turns up. Without giving away spoilers this book is as sparkly as the Shoes Shane buys for Aki and as gut wrenching as the monster who kidnaps teens. Yet I was both happy and sad when I finished. Happy because the book was full of all sorts of lovely new ideas and sad that it didn't go on forever.
N.B. Ms. Kasey generously wrote a short story called First Glimpse which is a prelude to Hidden Gem and was the reason I HAD to have this book :D.