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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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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