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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

REVIEW: PsyCop: Partners by Jordan Castillo Price

Book: PsyCop: Partners by Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Gay
Series: PsyCop, #1-2
Free or Purchased: Purchased

Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)
Following the theme of genres that I don't read often, PsyCop is about two gay cops and their adventures in what I would assume is the future. I liked the plot, even if the books were a bit short for my taste, as well as most of the characters. The reason it lost the one zombie is that Vic and Jacob were just suddenly in a relationship. There was no 'oh, should we date?' or anything, just sex and then dating, all in the first twenty pages. But after I got over that, it was a great two books, with a really neat cover!

Blurb: (Yes, i is all one big, long, mushed-up paragraph. This is not my fault.)

Featuring two PsyCop novels, Among the Living and Criss Cross, this volume will leave you on the edge of you seat, wanting more! In Among the Living, Victor is a PsyCop, also known as a member of the Paranormal Investigation team. He's not popular with the living, as most people consider him a little odd, but the ghosts of violent crimes can't wait to tell him all about their deaths. His new case pairs him with Jacob, a non-psychic who works in sex crimes. Victor and Jacob have a history, and as they and work together to solve a set of serial crimes, they begin to explore the possibilities of a future. The case is like nothing they've ever experienced, and soon Victor finds that he's the only one who can solve the crime, and save Jacob's life. If he's not too late. In Criss Cross, Vic figures life is pretty good. He's got his lover, Jacob. He's got some time off to go fishing, and his new partner in the Paranormal Investigation Team buys the coffee. Naturally, nothing that good can last. When Vic starts to see ghosts everywhere, things go very wrong, resulting in a trip to his doctor, who says he's got problems. Vic's friends tell Jacob he has to leave for Vic to get better, sex is starting to get dangerous, and Vic's abilities are getting out of hand. Can he and Jacob figure out what's happening in time to save Vic from becoming a pawn in a dangerous game? 

The Book
Victor Bayne is the psychic member of a PsyCop unit, a team with a psychic and a non-psychic to balance each other out. He is a level-five medium, and hears the dead, even sees them every once in a while, but they can get quite bothersome. So what does Vic do? Self-medicate, obviously. A new drug has been developed to keep the ghosties away, at least for a short time, and Vic uses it religiously, claiming that it has nothing to do with the high that comes along with silence of the voices.

At his partner, Maurice's, retirement party, Vic meets Jacob Marks and promptly does him in the bathroom. Very exciting. Then they find out that they'll be working together on a case, and as they do, they grow closer and closer until Vic starts to think that he's falling in love.

Will Vic's be able to save Jacob--not to mention himself--from the paranormal creatures that have made Chicago their newest haunt, or will the beasties get them both? You'll love finding out! 

My Thoughts
Victor was a really nice hero, not the KILLMAIMDESTROY macho man that I've been seeing a lot of recently, and he was very refreshing. I also liked Jacob, and his goatee. Very smexy. And, unlike some couples I've read about, they clicked. I wasn't sitting there going "These two shouldn't be together!!! *HEAD, WALL. WALL, HEAD*"

The mysteries were both pretty fabulous, but seemed to wrap up too suddenly at the end of the books. I don't know if this is because of a word limit imposed by the publisher/editor, or just the author's personal preference, but I would have liked them to go on longer.

I'm looking forward to reading about Vic and Jacob's development as a couple in the next books, and to seeing some of the other character's I've come to love!