Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Gin Crawford is an ER nurse, an empath and a girl with a past she only shares with her twin brother T, real name Tonic. Apparently the parents named their children after their favorite drink, gin and tonic. T has the ability to see and speak with ghosts neither of which he does, he prefers to run from them whereas Gin with a simple touch can immediately read thoughts and emotions of the person she is touching. The bond between brother and sister is powerful with the ability to speak to each other with their minds.
Although choosing to be a nurse when touching a person is the last thing in the world she wants to do it was a choose she made in order to be able to help people, touching a patient to learn how to help them is what drew her to her profession. Of course relationships are another nono since skin to skin contact with a man and reading his thoughts is not condusive to a happy sex life. If not for Blake her best friend with benefits, a man able to block his thoughts even in the middle of sex and quite aware of her gift has made him a very necessary part of her life especially when the need for the feel of another human being becomes important to her sanity.
When Will a friend and doctor is attacked in the hospital and Gin finds him near death her life as she knew it with all the problems related to her empathic abilities become minor compared to what happens. She finds a bracelet in her pocket which was apparently put there by Will in an attempt to protect it since that was what his attacker was after. After placing it on her wrist she realizes that the bracelet cannot be removed and when she is questioned by a man, Aidan Smyth, posing as a detective it is through him that she learns that only death can separate her from the bracelet.
Smyth works for the Agency and it is his job to protect Gin and the bracelet which is the Sword of Justice. She is a Justitia and now a demon hunter. The bracelet is powerful and far from just being jewelry, it bonds with Gin and produces a sword when minnions appear. A minnion is a demon’s worker, a human being prone to evil and easily turned. Her job and the job of the Agency is to protect the innocent.
Gin is not an ordinary girl, she is a true wise ass and what comes into her mind comes out of her mouth and leads to all kinds of trouble. As her guardian Smyth has his hands full because she is not the kind to just obediently take orders, she works on her terms or not at all. Unfortunately having the bracelet choose her is not exactly popular with some of the other Guardians and one of them is determined to end Gin’s connection with the bracelet even if it means siding with the demons.
There is betrayal, violence and a character I couldn’t help but root for, Gin, in spite of the danger and her new job as a demon hunter she brought humor at times when it wasn’t expected. The book does end with a cliffhanger but as of the writing of this review all of the books including the final one are available so there is no waiting for what happens next.