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Hidden Gem Audiobook

Hidden Gem

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Publisher's Summary

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. As head of Missing Persons, he's good at finding people, but after the plague 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.

©2014 Lissa Kasey (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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  • tzinnamon

    The audio version is much more intense than the print edition version, imho. The narrator does a fantastic job. The story starts off on a lighter note but the action and plot spins up and pulls you in like a whirlpool. The conclusion is satisfying. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mtsnow13
    MT, United States
    "Fantastic beginning to a fantasy series!"

    The narration – This is a new-to-me narrator, and at first I struggled with him, as he sounded quite gruff and a bit older than I expected. But that all disappeared as he started doing the various character voices and I warmed up to him quite quickly, especially with his brogue for Shane. I really hope he is selected for the rest of the series and that they go to audio as well.

    The story – I honestly thought this was a new-to-me author as well. It wasn’t til I read her Goodread profile, and saw my checklist that I realized she also wrote the Dominion series. I had purchased them long ago, but they got lost in my tbr pile. I will say, after listening to thus book, she will definitely be going higher on my list of authors.

    First off, this book does have a warning of mild BDSM, and that definitely is what it is – mild. But not at all off putting as it works well with the worldbuilding and rank structure in this, I guess you’d say ‘brothel’ but not to the full extent. Due to his abilities Aki does not have to do what the others do, and his beauty as well as the skills he has make him highly sought after, even for others to be in his presence.

    Well, unless of course you are a client scared of or prejudiced against a psi such as he, very obvious from the color of his eyes. The backstory in Aki is very fascinating and tidbits are revealed slowly, letting us as the reader know there is more to him even than he seems to know himself. I loved the pacing and the way things were hinted at without feeling like I was being ‘fed’ the storyline. I got to feel it all along with the character.

    POVs do change but the majority is from Aki’s point of view, and it works well because so much of what he knows is buried in his psyche and is fascinating as the layers peel away.

    Shane is just what he is. A rough around the edges cop/shifter that has a softness in his heart for Aki. It doesn’t seem so at first and I almost got mad at the way he was so accepting of Aki’s lifestyle and the pain Aki had to endure to be of use in the detective’s investigation. But as more is revealed, it pretty much had to be that way. It was something he discussed with Aki, and he didn’t want to ‘clip his wings’ so to say, making sure Aki felt free to do what he needed after a life of servitude. Aki’s past is extremely traumatic, and I could see why certain things had to be handled delicately.

    There are many villains in this story, and many supporting characters to begin to care about. Honestly, after finishing this book the first thing I did was go out and purchase the next 2 in the series, as the MCs in them are both characters we get to know in this first book.

    There were some scary and heart in my throat moments, and even a few times I teared up a little. The things they each did and had to understand about the others’ vulnerabilities and scary strengths really got me to thinking. I even went and relistened to the book a few weeks after and enjoyed it just as much!

    If you are someone that enjoys coming across something a bit different, enjoy paranormal and dystopian elements, this book is a winner for you! I just hope the publisher decides to complete the other books in the series as audiobooks. I LOVED this book, enough for a relisten a few weeks after my initial investment. A serious winner here!

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Maplewood, Minnesota United States
    "rediscovered my love for this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is about so many things. It's about a young man who's had a hard life wanting simply to be loved. It's about a past that refuses to to let go, and overcoming what the world thinks of you. It's a book of fun, romance, personal empowerment, all wrapped up in a dystopian shell.

    What does Adam McLaughlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a good job of varying voices and adding basic sound effects like laughter. I really enjoyed this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • VHB

    super natural sify romance bdsm
    storie .
    could not stop listening I finish in one day.
    this was not stop riveting ride.
    wow! just fantastic!
    highly recomend this one
    and the narration?
    WOW! perfection!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
    JUSTIN, TX, United States
    "Enjoyed the premise, but the narration was... off"
    What did you like best about Hidden Gem? What did you like least?

    I really liked the premise of the story, the slight dystopian feel to it and the cover screaming 'Yaoi' but sadly, between the narration and the often choppy waters of the storyline, I was confused and left scratching my head.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A different narrator! He nailed Shane, I'll give him that. And the pompas windbag that "owned" Aki sounded pretentious and entitled, which fit his character as well. I don't quite know why Aki and Candy were given such annoying, nasally voices.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    You know, I can't rightly say because half the time the narration grated on my nerves.

    Did Hidden Gem inspire you to do anything?

    Nope, not really.

    Any additional comments?

    2.5 out of 5 Stars...
    I really, really wanted to like this book. But it fell flat in the end, for me at least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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