Jon's Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case
by A.J. Sherwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
AJ Sherwood is a new-to-me author who just blew my mind with this book. I absolutely loved everything about this book, from the plot to the characters to the world building she does.
In a world where psychics exist and work hand in hand with law enforcement on a regular basis, Jonothan (Jon) Ban is a licensed pyschic who routinely works with the police to help solve crimes and act as a human lie detector thanks to his incredibly unique psychic ability. Oh and he also routinely fries all modern electronics, but that's a whole different problem.
Psychic abilities are like fingerprints in this world, each one is unique but even among the unique Jon is in a class of his own. He is also a psychic without an anchor, without someone to ground him and help him control his abilities. As such, he's prone to some pretty nasty migraines right up to being forced into a blanket fort for a few days because he just can't stand to be near people after a particularly deep dive. Thanks to his ability to read people's 'chakra lines' the criminals hate Jon, and they've expressed that hate in various ways including attacking him and right up to shooting at him. He's been lucky up til now.
Enter Donovan Havili. The man looks big - really big - and scary. He sets everyone in Jon's Psychic Investigations Agency on edge, including Jon's boss. So of course, the minute Jon gets into the office everyone wants him to peek into the boss's office and get a read on the potential new guy. Most are hoping he won't be the new guy but when Jon does... What he sees has him floor. The man is a supernova of kindness, protective instincts and competence. So of course he tells his boss this - and his boss makes the new guy Jon's partner. Poor new guy. Except Donovan fits. Like really _fits_ with both Jon and the agency. And he's fiercely protective of Jon and already half acting like the psychic's anchor.
Throw in a bizarre case of one university student shooting another, a young woman who was found dead in a park, and a serial killer and Donovan's first week is anything but easy. Add to it that he's crushing on someone and Jon is crushing on him and then there's the whole Jon needing an anchor thing...
This book was enthralling from the moment I picked it up. The characters were realistic and wonderful. The author interspersed humor, action, adventure, police drama and romance in a beautifully seamless way. I will definitely be one-clicking the rest of this series and I've just bought her fantasy book "Fourth Point of Contact" because, dayam, I like her style. View all my reviews