Bitter Pill by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

Barely nine and I already needed a nap.

Title: Bitter Pill
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #11
Number of pages: 257 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: VICTOR IS BACK!!
Bad things about this book: I need more Victor!
Do I recommend it? Yes, always yes to Victor.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I glanced down at myself. I wasn’t exactly a fashion plate, but I suspected there’d be subtle cues that I’d leveled up. My sleeves fit me now, for instance, and my haircut didn’t scare small children.

Welcome back, my beloved Victor!! And the gang!! This review will obviously contain spoilers from the previous books so if you haven’t yet started this magnificent series, stay away!! And go buy the books asap!

I was so excited about Victor and Jacob’s big news after how Murder House ended and, even if we of course didn’t have the event in this book, there were hints about the planning. I loved the catalogues and the “fiancé” and “future husband” just slipping into normal conversations; Victor has really come a long way from his grumpy self of the first book. 40 has really changed him, he’s a new man. Almost.

I’ve been called plenty of things in my life. “Adorable” had never been one of them. Until I’d started ingratiating myself to the backroom staff of The Clinic.

Old habits are hard to die, and with that new drug going around, our Vic is remembering the good (but also very painful) old times when he used to take pills at all times, every single day. I love how far he’s gone, and seeing him struggle was breaking my heart. I wanted to hug him!

It was nice seeing Caroline and Zigler. I was wondering what happened with her and Jacob and I hope things will get back a bit like they used to be. And Zigler may be quiet but he’s a valid member of the gang, even as a non psychic. He gives the dynamic a bit of chill, and they really need a bit of chill when everything is going to hell!

As usual, I didn’t guess who the culprit was and I tried real hard to understand the mystery! New characters were introduced in The Clinic and I liked them and the whole Victor making new friends by letting the clinic workers to feed him their desserts. Can I love Victor more than I do now? I didn’t think it was possible, but I love him more now.

The last couple pages were wild!! A revelation was made! But we still had another revelation of previous books to uncover. I want to know about Victor’s past. It seems there’s a lot to know! Can’t wait for the next book and many many more adventures!

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Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I guarantee that once you learn the ropes, everything will click, and you’ll be happy there.”
Happy? That seemed awfully ambitious. Awkwardly useful, though? I supposed that would be a step up.

Title: Agent Bayne
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #9

Number of pages: 279 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: VICTOR BAYNE, always.
Bad things about this book: To wait for more Victor Bayne.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I love this series and everyone should give it a try.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It seems I’ve just said goodbye to Victor just a few days ago and now he’s back! It must be because of my impromptu re-read. I always find an excuse to read the whole series all over again. When I saw the author was writing book 9 I was so excited I checked every single day the website to see if I could preorder the book already. The cover is as usual worth of our beloved detective now agent Victor Bayne. His scowl is right and it gives me joy.

Victor is no longer a detective for the Chicago police; he is now a federal agent working for the infamous FPMP, the agency that has been observing (read: spying) on his life for years. Is he going to fit in or is he going to feel the way he felt during all 14 years as a detective? Is working with Jacob going to be too much and they’ll grow sick of each other? Victor will have to face new people and ones from his past, and will have to learn to work in a team to make the world safer for psychs, and for mediums like him.

“You’ve got some poor habits to unlearn.”
Story of my life.

There wasn’t anything I was afraid of while reading this book. I knew things were going to be all right with Jacob, fights may happen but in the end they were going to be happy, like they deserve to be. I was curious to see how were their lives like after all the mess with Jennifer Chance and I was sad to see the gruesome affair had left a few scars on poor Jacob. I think, with Victor’s help, he’s going to be okay but not soon; these things can’t be easily forgotten. There were also a few surprises and a lot of guessing going on. Who was the murderer? Was there more than one assassin? Were Victor and company going to be fine? I sure hoped so! New talents unveiled, new friends to get to know better, I loved every single bit of this book. I love guessing and putting my bets on someone being the one behind everything; I’m not usually right but I’m also pretty good at guessing correctly at some point. Here I guessed right one thing but was completely blindsided by others that I hope are going to be explained better in the books to come.

Jacob was so used to being the strong one. It might seem like I’d revel in the turnabout when he finally got a stiff dose of reality. But no. It actually broke my heart.

Some of the things left to future explanations were the many flashbacks of Victor’s past. My boy has never had a quiet simple life, hasn’t he? He has always dealt with ghosts and every repercussion seeing ghosts had on his already not so perfect life. We had more insight on what happened during Victor’s adolescence, also a few of new very interesting episodes during his stay at Camp Hell, and I wonder how much more are we going to learn about him in book 10.

Murder House!! That’s the name of the 10th book in the PsyCop series and I’m impatiently waiting here, by myself, in my room, to be able to read it. Or better, to devour it! A murder house, you say? Colour me super interested!

Not gonna lie. Seeing Jacob in his sweatpants and reading glasses, unwilling to disturb a stranger’s cat… it was disconcertingly cute.

I didn’t know I could love Victor more and then JCP made him interact with smartphones and she put three cats in the cannery with the lovebirds. Vic with cats was the most adorable thing that could have happened in my ordinary life. I didn’t think I needed to see Victor cuddling cats, being puzzled by cats or reading about them sleeping on his head. Victor with cats will be my favourite thing from now on, probably until the end of my human life. I can’t thank the amazing author enough for giving me that. I will be forever grateful and I will give her my loyalty, although she already had it, from book 1.

b>“Long time no see, Agent Bayne. Look at you and your fancy new phone. Bet you hate it.”
“Uh… jury’s still out.”

Agent Bayne is the perfect PsyCop book. Victor is not afraid to be who he is, he isn’t hiding his talent anymore and he likes that other people admire him and are not scare of him or worse, make fun of him behind his back. Agent Bayne has the right amount of sexy times and the love between those two is now so strong that I no longer feel like Jacob is only used to make Victor be naked and horny. They have an amazing chemistry. Perfect couple for a perfect book with the most perfect medium the book world could ask for.

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Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price

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4stars

“Look at you, all angular and pissed off.”
Yeah, a diet of ramen and disappointment will do that to you.

Title: Skin After Skin
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #8
Number of pages: 387 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: How Crash becomes the Crash we know is interesting.
Bad things about this book: Quite long and the part with Jacob was too long in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the PsyCop series, I can’t recommend it enough.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I have been postponing this review for days and it’s not only because I started re-reading the entire series from book one; I suspect it’s because I am angry a little bit about the truths in this book. I have read of Vic having impure thoughts about Crash and about Vic’s memories of his time with ex-boyfriend Stefan, but none of that had made me as angry as seeing first-hand how Jacob and Crash met each other and how they were together. Seven months worth of anger. I was scowling the whole time. I couldn’t help it, it just felt wrong.

“You know what they say about regret. That and fifty cents will buy you a cup of who-gives-a-shit.”

When Crash was introduced I didn’t like him very much. Not because he flirted a lot with Vic (maybe it was also a little because of that, though) but I didn’t really like how he behaved, how he doubted and diminished everything. I didn’t know much about him, his backstory, but what I saw was something I could have lived easily without. Things changed little by little and then Crash became an important friend to Victor and a valuable character who contributed plenty to the story.

For all that Vic has the self-esteem of a teenage girl at fat camp, the minute he wants something, he becomes the center of the universe.

I have to admit that it was kind of nice, different, seeing things from Crash’s pov: his stylist career, his misadventures, the Sundays with his mother, what is going on inside his head, how he start seeing and feeling his talent. Seeing him with Jacob, though, that was hard for my heart because I love Victor to the moon and back and Jacob with someone else was really painful to read. The after Jacob bit was of course better and it was Vic’s appearance that got me going until late at night, or early in the morning, to see how things were going to end. I’m all about Victor Bayne.

Who was I to rob him of his hard-earned discomfort?

Vic from Crash’s eyes was everything I imagined and more; all his anxieties, his many mood swings, all of what makes Vic the man we all love, the man that I adore! Crash feeling Vic getting a “vibe” every time he does some flirting and Vic backing up because he is not on the market was just what I needed after those wrong lovey-dovey chapters. Oh my, those really messed up with my head. I wish I had skipped them altogether. I will now have those images in my head and I won’t be able to unsee them. Just like Victor after finding that camcorder that I now know where Jacob got. Some things are better left unknown. Now it’s just too late.

I’d suspect it wasn’t really Vic and just some bizarre pre-death hallucination if not for the look on his face, the same petulant scowl he gives me whenever I offer him a hand-job, a gemstone cleanse or a veggie burger.

As much as I love Crash as the shop owner, without a shop for now, I really liked him as a stylist. I saw how he understood what the person wanted and he was able to give them that and so much more. A whole experience, not cheap, but that could really change someone’s day or maybe someone’s life. I like people who are like that: they do so little but it changes so much. Like a compliment on a very bad day and a cheer when you feel like everything you do is wrong. I can’t hate Crash, I just can’t. I will just erase those images from my mind and I will pretend that they didn’t happen.

The one that got away, not that’s a plot line that I’m willing to explore fully. We didn’t get much; at first there was attraction for this mysterious new colorist called Red and it didn’t go anywhere. Crash was smitten, that was obvious, but there was more to the story and it didn’t end with the “all sweaty in bed happily ever after” I was envisioning but knew from the other books that it wasn’t going to happen, not yet. Crash wasn’t a stylist anymore, he was broke and in search of the one thing that’d change his life for the better. One bad thing after the other and we get to see how Crash came to be the person I hated at first and liked later on.

“Apparently my Saturn is fucked.”
“And you wish it was Uranus?”

(This made my laugh so hard I can’t barely still keep it together!)

There was so much more to him but he is cocky and stubborn and it was hard for me to relate until I saw how much of that was appearance to hide his fragility and self-doubt. I knew he had potential but he kept kicking himself down, declaring defeat before even trying. It dragged his bad luck; he could’ve had more chances if things weren’t left unspoken, if he had given people the time to explain themselves. He just gave up easily and it made me mad. I was glad when he woke up because I was almost trying to reach inside the book and slap him real hard!

No, Gaydar wasn’t one of the six official psychic talents.

There are so many parts in this book that were merely mentioned in the other Psycop books and it was wonderful to see, for example, how awful Vic types on the computer, how is it to be on the other side when Vic speaks to ghosts, how Caroline is around Crash and some margaritas, and the involvement of Constantine Dreyfus in everything! The guy was literary everywhere. I was surprised, pleasantly surprised, by how things were so much clearer now that I got this other point of view to analyze. Things make so much more sense now.

I now realize that this review is more about Vic than it is about Crash but when there is Victor Bayne there is me, crazy about him, not being able to reason when he is around, even for a short amount of time. I’m not even sorry it turned out this way. It is what it is.

Long story short, this book was really nice even with the hard parts that I’m already pretending to have forgotten. It was refreshing and different from the other psycop books. I’m glad we got to see this much about Crash and I wish him only the best. Now, please, can someone kindly tell me when the last book of the series is going to be released? I’m not ready to say goodbye but I’m missing Victor so badly it hurts!

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Spook Squad by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“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.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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.

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GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I’d blow someone for a valium,” I said in Jacob’s ear.
“Maybe he’s got one… but try offering a hand-job first so you retain some leverage.”

Title: GhosTV
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #6
Number of pages: 379 (ebook)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne and all his new paranormal misadventures.
Bad things about this book: There’s one thing I thought important that wasn’t explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the entire series and short stories.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It all started with a bitchy remark and a very bad haircut. Doesn’t sound very paranormal and it’s true but that’s how this whole adventure with slimy hands and lack of ghosts begins. Victor is everything but an athletic human being: he is just like me, straining a muscle doing the easiest of tasks. His lack of self-esteem is causing him to take physical activities into consideration. Can you believe it? My Victor running? My Victor doing weights? Are you crazy? He’s perfect the way he is. That damn woman putting weird ideas in his already overcrowded head!

“Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”

(^^^ I laughed so much! Tell me about it, Vic!!)

Victor had the wonderful idea of getting his hair cut by a newbie with a disastrous outcome. Thankfully, Crash saw the horror and fixed it giving my Vic a sexy haircut that he admired every time he found himself in front of a mirror or any reflective surface. Jacob also seemed to appreciate it. Lucky him! Being as insecure as he is, I was so happy seeing Victor giving himself some credit; he is a beautiful almost 40 year-old man with amazing abilities and he deserves all the happiness the world can give him.

But this book wasn’t about Victor’s haircut or his lack of upper or lower body strength: this book was about Lisa missing and Victor teaming with Jacob and an improbable Dreyfuss to find her and the other women missing in PsyTrain in California. We find something more about Jacob’s talent and also something more about what the hell that FPMP does and who is the one spying on Vic.

“I tried not to look too puzzled, since everyone could see everyone else in all those mirrors, and I like to keep my bewilderment to myself when I can help it.”

There aren’t ghosts in this book, barely one and not important to the story. This book is all about the GhosTV Dreyfuss has found and given Victor and astral projections. The GhosTV is capable of amplify or diminish psychic activity in its vicinity so Vic was able to see ghosts more or less solid. That was really useful to avoid using all the million pills he usually takes to calm him, to sleep, and to avoid ghosts. But this time the GhosTV is inside PsyTrain and this place has something going on that is not what usually Vic faces. So the TV might make things accidentally messier! For the best? That depends.

First the lack of ghosts, then the disappearance without trace of Lisa and her roommate, with no connection to nothing they did in the facility whatsoever. But is it really that way? Is this place truly different from Camp Hell? What exactly do they do in this place? There are mysteries and Victor meets again a “friend” from Camp Hell, he discovers new things he can do now, maybe increasing even more the level of his talent. He can astral project himself and, contrary to other people doing it, he can actually remember what did he see and talk about during his travels.

I loved everything paranormal that happened in this book. I loved the new abilities and the prospect of being able to grow more as a medium for Victor. I loved that he showed he really cared about Lisa and he did everything in his power and more to find out what happened. I loved how he showed how much he loves Jacob and how much he means to him; they are in this world together after all.

“You got to ask yourself what’s more important– to try to do everything your own way and lose it all, or to ask for help so you can get what you need, when you need it. Always remember, you not here in this world alone. You got friends.”

Can’t wait for Spook Squad after that ending!! Not really a cliffhanger but now everything can and will change and I want to find out how Victor will face this new life setting. Can I say again how much I love Victor and his scowls, his smiles, his sloppiness, his new hair and his beautiful heart? I love everything about him and I know that, by reading the PsyCop series, you too will find yourself falling hard for him. It’s inevitable! Let yourself love that man; he deserves it! As you do!

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Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“However fucked-up I thought my life was, at least I wasn’t a bike messenger in subfreezing weather.”

Title: Camp Hell [PsyCop #5]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, always!
Bad things about this book: Nothing really bothered me about it.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I love all things supernatural and the concept of these books, this story, has me hooked up since the very first book. I love that this is not a romance novel per se and the romance is often put on hold while other things come up in Vic’s everyday life. It’s nice because Victor and Jacob get together almost immediately so you get to see them grow closer, more in love, you see them fight and make up, you see them cook and laugh and be there for each other every single day.

I will miss my Victor when the series will end. I don’t want to think about it, not now. NOT NOW!

There are so many interesting things going on in this book like all the flashbacks of Victor and his former boyfriend in Camp Hell, Stefan. A lot happened when he got out of the mental hospital and I had my confirmation of something I suspected since the last book but didn’t think I was right. Things are going to get really interesting now, and also pretty dangerous with the FPMP being everywhere and with little people Vic can really trust.

“If only I had a practice ghost to exorcise. I could hunt down Tiffany, the dead girl in the alleyway, but it seemed rude to exorcise someone I knew.”

I love Victor and everyone knows it. He scowls, whines all the time, is frail yet brave, and even if he doesn’t want to admit it, he loves Jacob very much. They have some issues at first due to Victor not sharing what’s wrong with him, but then like grown ups they talk about things and make up.

“You’re a wreck, a disaster waiting to happen, and only someone as reckless and arrogant as Marks would chain himself to a sinking ship like you.”

I don’t like when Jacob is used like a comedy relief but of sex. We don’t see much of him and when he’s around Victor the only thing they do is have sex in various very hot ways. I don’t complain, I like a couple with a healthy sex life but they aren’t only that. They talk, they share, they cook together, they take care of each other: they are a couple of adult men who love each other in a very peculiar world.

“Nowadays, the only thing “hardcore” about me was the DVD selection next to my bed.”

Jacob did have his role as the sex relief in the first half of the book but there was also an interesting an unexpected twist that shows he is going to be a very important piece of the puzzle Victor is trying to solve. They did things together that weren’t the kind of things you do naked so, yeah, I think there’s an improvement here and I am so thrilled to go on and discover everything that it’s still a mystery.

Camp Hell was longer than the previous books but, with Victor being his sloppy charming self, it could be a thousand pages and I would still think there wasn’t enough of him. I always want more and it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye. Am I the only one in love with the model that portrays Vic on the covers of the books? He’s the perfect Victor!

Btw, I still see this as the perfect tv series. A much more adult Ghost Whisperer with a hint of sense8 and a little bit of “insert random cop show here”. Netflix, make this happen!

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Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

I’m not sure which part was weirder—that it had taken me so long to find someone I was that serious about, or that it had even happened to me at all.

Title: Secrets [PsyCop #4]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, but not when he thinks about Crash!
Bad things about this book: The secrets. Are there more of them? Should I be worried?
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Victor Bayne and Jacob Marks are living together and things are a mess: tons of boxes lying around and useful things cannot be found. Victor is supposed to organize everything since he has time off from work but let’s face it, he is a lazy beauty and we all know it. Jacob knew it; in fact, I don’t think he was surprised that Vic didn’t do much to take their stuff out the boxes. He’s just like me, a master procrastinator.

When things go well you know that bad things are just around the corner and, guess what? That’s exactly what happened. And when things go bad guess who is always in the middle of it all? Yeah, that’s right, it’s Crash. I already didn’t like him and now my feelings towards him are even worse.

Jacob brushed my hair off my forehead and stared down at me like he was about to scoop me up in his arms and ride off into the sunset with me.

I want to blame him for what’s going on Vic’s mind every time they talk or see each other. I want to blame him real bad and I hope he stops whatever he’s doing because as much as I trust Vic and his perverted mind, sometimes we are weak when we’re not at our best and I really really really don’t want him to make mistakes he will certainly regret. Because he will regret it and he knows it! Jacob is a great guy, not flawless but they are perfect for each other.

“You need to take a bath in High John the Conqueror, make sure you clean and all your thoughts be pure.” Pure? Oh, great. I’d be in the tub until April.

This book’s mystery/crime is a tough one and, as the title suggests, this book contains many secrets that will come out and many that still needs to be uncovered. Like Vic or his friends at Camp Hell not being online, or the weird cops following Vic around when he works a difficult case. As much as I understood the reason they didn’t want to publicly reveal Vic’s identity for his safety, they at least could’ve told him all of that. I think he would’ve understood.

I don’t know if I’m ready to read about what went down in Camp Hell and all the bad stuff they did to my Victor, but I want him to face what happened and come out stronger, for Jacob, for his relationship, but above all for himself because he deserves all the best and right now he feels unworthy of the happiness and maybe he will unwillingly sabotage it. Victor needs cuddles, hugs and a happily ever after.

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Body and Soul by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“Maybe I needed therapy. Scratch that. Obviously, I needed therapy”

Title: Body and Soul [PsyCop #3]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, ghost whisperer!
Bad things about this book: Crash; can’t help it, I don’t like him even if he appears in just a few pages.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Vic and Jacob are looking for a new place to live; a place with possibly a nice view, a wide kitchen, no roaches and zero ghosts. No ghosts, that’s a must. It seems that people pretty much have died everywhere and this house hunt is becoming stressful for our Vic who has a lot of issues on his own.

“He coordinated very well with my apartment, when he was mostly naked. He made it look kind of classy”

Victor still thinks Jacob is going to get tired of him, of his abilities and peculiarities and throw him away. I don’t like seeing Victor so down and full of insecurities. After that short story, the awful one with Crash crossing the line and kissing Vic, I’ve been feeling anxious. I don’t want Vic making mistakes because he thinks he’s not worth the happiness he’s clearly experiencing. He doesn’t want Crash, never will, and he needs to set his mind into going full throttle into his relationship with Jacob.

“I was a boy scout.”
“That’s creepy. And hot. At the same time.”

The mystery in this book was not as interesting as in the last two but it has something the last books didn’t have. We see Victor interact with ghosts in a friendly way, more or less. We have only seen annoyed Victor and scared Victor but now the ghosts are truly useful to solve the crime they’ve been assigned to.

There are missing people and since the police don’t know whether they’re still alive or not, Victor’s squad is called to help. But Victor is half a squad right now, given that his last partner kidnapped him and is now behind bars. So, new partner for Vic and, after finishing this book, I have to say that he is a nice one and I hope he’s not going anywhere for now.

“My stomach clenched up and I fought back the urge to tell Zig that I was just kidding, and laugh, and give him a hearty, heterosexual clap on the back.”

Zigler, aka Zig, is the name of Vic’s other half at work and he is proving himself the right man for the job. He doesn’t make fun of Victor’s abilities, he trusts him, and he didn’t make remarks or faces when Vic told him about his sexual orientation. Are we going to see more of him in the sequel? Let’s hope so. I think Vic needs someone else to confide in.

I’m throwing myself into this series hoping not to have to deal with the dreaded love triangle or the miscommunication. I hope that both of them, being adults, will handle whatever problems they may face the right way. Let’s just hope there won’t be many of them. The more I see my Vic smile, the more I smile, the more the world will smile.

My anger didn’t last because the ending was so perfect, just what I was hoping for but didn’t dare of saying because what if I jinxed it? No way. I want my boys living happily ever after.

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Criss Cross by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

I was straight most of the week (in the drug sense, anyhow) because it made working easier.

Title: Criss Cross [PsyCop #2]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Detective Victor Bayne always and forever!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

My new book crush, Victor Bayne, is having problems with his ability. His powers seem amplified and ghosts appear to be more solid, can move from where they died and they are trying to grab him. Victor is troubled. He is scared. His house, his safe haven, is compromised, too. He sees faces when he turns on the tv and he is scratching Jacob without realizing it. He can’t catch a break. Poor Vic!

I was still too fixated on Jacob to really give a damn if Roger Burke slept with men, women, or inflatable farm animals, for that matter.

Victor has a new partner, Roger, kind of bland, but he buys him expensive coffee from Starbucks every single day so he’s not really complaining. Lisa is still at PsyTrain and she is always unreachable but the few times she leaves Victor or Jacob a message is cryptic and ominous and with all that’s happening with his abilities, the situation is getting out of hand.

One scary episode of ghosts trying to grab Victor ends in him being told his liver is a mess, that he has to start eating healthy and that he has to stop taking his beloved Auracel, the only pills that keep the ghosts at bay. Carolyn takes him to Crash, Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, who is an empathic healer to see if he can help Victor get rid of the dead making his life hell. Let me tell you, Crash is a peculiar character and I still don’t know if I like him or not. He dared doubting Vic’s abilities and I was fuming, I was so angry!!

Did straight guys eat salads? Maurice never had one unless his wife made it. That was about the extent of my knowledge of the eating habits of the heterosexual world.

There are many things happening that lead you to make a few guesses as to what the hell is happening and then it all falls into place; flashbacks appear in my mind and I think “well of course, I should’ve seen it coming” and I got mad and I wanted my Victor to be happy. I wanted Vic to be able to sleep with Jacob without scratches incidents and I wanted him to get home to a place without ghosts bothering him.

I wondered if that was something like being ambidextrous, the ability to speak and write at the same time. I’m lucky I can walk and breathe simultaneously without choking.

I think I won’t be able to stop reading this series now that I have started and I know it’s not finished yet, that after the Crash’s prequel book there’s going to be a final book with I hope a perfect ending for my Victor. I will fight whoever wants to harm him, I swear!

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Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

Title: Among the Living [PsyCop #1]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Detective Victor Bayne!
Bad things about this book: It’s too short but there are so many other books in the series to it’s not a bad thing after all.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

A guy who can see dead people? Yes, please. What if he can also see dead animals? Interesting. And what if he can also talk to dead people? Even better. After knowing what this was about I was sure there was not going to be anything about this book that I wasn’t going to like. As usual, I was right.

Victor Bayne is a medium and he is a detective in the PsyCop program of the police. He works in murder investigations since he can ask directly the spirits of the victims who was the one who kill them. It’s really easy that way; everyone should think that, right? Wrong. People are scared of him and talk bad about him behind his back. That’s rude. He is adorable and sloppy and funny and I love him.

Victor was as surprise as me when Jacob Marks, the super handsome detective from the sex crimes unit, kissed him in the bathroom during the retirement party of his former partner. That kiss was followed by a full-on make out session and hands in very good places. Sexy places, OH YEAH! That was a good party, no doubt in that. Wish I had gone to more parties like that one. Lucky Victor; he is finally ending his centuries of abstinence and he is ending it with a very fine man.

A new serial killer is in town and thanks to him Victor has to collaborate with Jacob and his partner to catch him. Unfortunately this killer is more mysterious than anticipated and using the usual methods isn’t going to help them solve this crime. The ability of the killer, already explained in the summary was intriguing. I guess that if I’m going to be killed while having sex it is indeed better to go while looking at the hottest person I can picture.

I can already say that I love Victor. He is my favourite but all the other characters that were introduced were just as nice. Jacob is still a bit of a mystery, he is sexy as hell, and has passion to sell. Jacob’s partner, Carolyn, is a human serigraph so you can’t lie to her and she won’t be able to lie either. Then there’s Victor’s new partner, Lisa, and she is a surprise and I can’t wait to see more about her in future books.

I’m so glad I finally decided to start this series of books. They are short, interesting, sexy and funny and there’s nothing more I’d like to keep me smiling and happy when work and life give me a hard time.

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