“Not everything’s about you, Detective.”
Maybe not. But it was a lot safer to assume it was.
Title: Spook Squad
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #7
Number of pages: 321 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, always Victor Bayne.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series.
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Is this review an Ode to Victor Bayne? Yes. Yes, it is.
Victor Bayne has been through hell and he’s come out stronger and wiser, and maybe also a little bit softer. He’s so much different from the man he was in the first book; he has now more friends he cares about, he knows more about his talent and uses it cleverly, and has someone he loves and trusts with all his heart. He may still have a bit of a drug problem, with all his pills, but I think he will learn to dose them at best to avoid them becoming a problem for him and for the ones he cares about, his family.
The whole book is set in the FPMP headquarters and we get to know more about Laura Kim, Constantine Dreyfuss, Richie and a new psych, an empath, called Jack Bly. A wrong kind of need takes Vic to go to the FPMP to perform the exorcisms he promised but nothing is as it seems and it’s going to take a long time to clean all the repeaters haunting the place and one sentient ghost in particular that has set her eyes on sweet sweet revenge. You make a move on Victor and I’ll exorcise you myself, you witch!!
The empath looked totally innocent, like he hadn’t been catching massive waves of gay emanating from the upstairs office.
Watching Richie sensing cold spots while there was Vic seeing the ghosts doing their thing was funny but it was also sweet from Vic not to say anything; it wasn’t only to avoid revealing he is much more powerful than a level 5 medium, but to make Richie seem useful so that he could keep this job he loves. Victor hiding his strength and saying he maybe senses cold spots here and there is hilarious because it screams lie all over the place and everyone can surely see it now. Come on, Vic get some acting lessons, your lies are showing. Sweet Victor and his many lies; it must be tiring but the lies protect him and the ones he loves so I’m with him forever. Don’t mess with my beloved medium!
“Cool color, huh? Fire agate pearl.”
It was brown.
I love Vic with all his flaws and everything that makes him the man I fell in love with since page one of book one. He has grown a lot and his inner monologues have evolved from really pessimistic to somewhat hopeful, brighter. Sure, there is still a lot of darkness inside of him and maybe it’s going to be there for a very long time, maybe forever, but now he knows a little bit better how to fight it, replace it with happier memories, and how to have the life he deserves: a better life for himself, for Jacob, and for them as a power couple. I will always picture Vic as the model on the covers and the cover for Spook Squad is so on point I can’t stop looking at it: he looks gorgeous, my Victor Bayne, the one and only. Perfection!
I saw him as the Cro-Magnon Red Energy Super-Stiff with one of my subtle bodies, and with another, as Jacob, just Jacob, the man I loved with all my heart, and trusted with my life.
The first books have Jacob having the role of the sexual relief; it seemed that he only served that purpose, to be ready for steamy times when he saw Victor. The evolution of his character is important because this way we see how they not only have sexual chemistry, but they also have love, trust, understanding, maturity, and loyalty. They are indeed the power couple among the power couples of other books I’ve read. That’s maybe because they aren’t in their 20’s: they are in their 40’s and they are in it for the long run. I love this about them: there was not doubt (maybe a tiny inner freak out episode from Vic) when they started living together after only one week of dating, and not a single doubt when they bought a house with both their names on the mortgage. I hope they’ll get married in the last book: I want to watch them tie the knot and start their Ghostbusters business together.
Vic is sweet and everything but when it comes to his talent, he’s all business and I love it! I think I get a little turned on when he uses his powers, or when he creates his white light armor, just like it happens to Jacob. Jacob has now more knowledge of his talent but it’s still a mystery for them both. Jacob being in the action, worrying about his Vic and helping him however he can, it’s precious and I love how far his character has come. I would’ve hated for him to be only Vic’s sexual relief since it was obvious how much he meant to Vic and how much potential his character had. The last book is going to be amazing, I’m sure of it.
Apparently my bitterness was so pronounced I could use it to deflect empaths.
Next is going to be Crash’s book. I’m so curious to see things from his POV and have his side of the action and how he perceived all the emotions Victor couldn’t have possibly hidden from him from their first encounter to their wonderful friendship. Vic cares a lot about Crash, he worries about him not eating, not being happy, so seeing things from his head will be interesting.
Don’t miss this series. PsyCop has been so far an incredible reading experience and if you like paranormal stories, ghosts, murders, a few weird stuff, and mystery, then you must read it.