Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Review: M/M ~ Among The Living Book One in the Psycop Series by Jordan Castillo Price ~ (E-book and Audio book Review)

Book Review: M/M ~ Among The Living Book One in the Psycop Series by Jordan Castillo Price ~ (ARC Review)
Book Information:
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Name: Among The Living
Series: Book One in: Psycop Series


Victor Bayne, the psychic half of a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. surfaces--and no one agrees what he looks like.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.

Tracy and Mari's Review:

Tracy's review is of the eBook
Mari's Review is of the Audio Book
* Both the eBook and the Audio Book were kindly provided by the Author in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Tracy: I really enjoyed this book. Victor is a psychic cop or Psycop, he has psychic abilities that he uses as a police detective partnering with an NP/Non-paranormal police detective, to solve crimes. He meets Jacob at his partners retirement party. Jacob and Vic hook up. They are later thrown back into one another's lives as they work a case together.

This was a really interesting read. It was mysterious, and exciting, yet funny and hot. We spend most of our time with Vic. He is definitely the main character. The case they are working on is the main plot of the story with the romance between Vic and Jacob taking a back seat. FAR in the back of the bus.

Vic is an entertaining MC character. He is kind of goofy and awkward. He can't believe Jacob wants him. What we see of Jacob, he seems sweet and a big teddy bear, yet he pursues what he wants, and what he wants is Vic.

The story was action packed and exciting and kept me I the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, and if they would catch the bad guy. I look forward to reading more of this series and seeing where Vic's adventures take him and Jacob in the future.

I personally would have liked to see more of the romance between Vic and Jacob, but this is my second book by Jordan and I just don't think she is that type of writer. If you're looking for a m/m romance, this isn't your book. If you're looking for action, comedy, mystery mixed with a little hot sexiness, this is your book!

Rating: 5 Stars!

Mari: I really loved Gomez Pugh narration of this book. He does all these different voices, with different inflections, tones and even accents that pull you even further into a story that is already engaging and so interesting.

As Tracy, I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how it will all play out, especially as more details of the main plotline emerged. 

I absolutely adored Vic, and Mr. Pugh's impersonation of him endeared him to me even more. He felt so real throughout the audio and I just loved his self-deprecating humor. 

Jacob was so sweet and really interested in Vic, despite Vic trying to pull away from him, he just kept trying. You gotta love a guy like that! 

The other characters were equally appealing, and the narrator made it so that it was easy to follow who was saying what with just the different nuances in his tone, quite a feat in my opinion.

Definitely an audiobook that I hope to listen to again, it was really awesome! Fun, interesting and action packed, a great mix! 

Rating: 5 Stars!!!

The Series

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin'-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.
Now he's part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one's ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now ?

PsyCop debuted in the early days of m/m; Among the Living was published in 2006. The series' popularity is still growing with its release in French, German and Audio, and with the expansion of the genre overall. Currently there are 7 main novella/novels in the PsyCop series, plus several shorts. One more main novel and one side-character spinoff novel is planned. 


Click on the story title for extended blurbs and samples, as well as page counts, ISBNs and buy links.
#1: Among the Living
What good is being a psychic detective if your murder victims aren't talking?
#1.1: Thaw
A heartwarming glimpse at a cold winter's day
#2: Criss Cross
Mysterious messages from Lisa lead Vic on a wild ride.
#2.1 Striking Sparks
Andrew's got cold feet about his upcoming wedding. He figures a palm reading is just the ticket.
#2.2 Many Happy Returns
It's the holiday season at SaverPlus, and customers have become incredibly demanding.
#3: Body & Soul
Three missing people. No bodies. No ghosts. At least the case gets Vic out of an awkward family dinner.
#3.1: Stroke of Midnight
For a PsyCop, missing out on festivities to process a crime scene is all in a day's (or night's) work.
#4: Secrets
Is someone watching Vic's every move, or is he imagining things? Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
#5: Camp Hell
Vic delves into his repressed memories of Camp Hell and dredges up more than he bargained for.
#6: GhosTV
Lisa's gone missing, and Vic and Jacob head to PsyTrain for some answers.
#7: Spook Squad
Victor has been avoiding the exorcism he owes the FPMP. Now it's time to pay up.
#0.1: Inside Out
(Takes place before Among the Living, but best to read it later) The first time Jacob saw Vic, he was covered in red.
#6.1: In the Dark
Halloween is supposed to be fun. 


PsyCop:Partners (contains Among the Living and Criss Cross) Amazon - Book Depository
PsyCop: Property (contains Body & Soul and Secrets) Amazon - Book Depository
Camp Hell Amazon - Book Depository
GhosTV Amazon - Book DepositorySpook Squad - Amazon - Book Depository


Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Among the Living - Audible -  Amazon -  iTunes 
Criss Cross - Audible -  Amazon -  iTunes
Body & Soul - Amazon -  iTunes - Audible
Secrets -   Amazon - Audible - iTunes
Camp Hell - Audible -  Amazon - iTunes
Thaw (free flash fic) - JCP Books
Also, check out the interview with voice actor Gomez Pugh

Author Bio

Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, "light as a feather, stiff as a board," and boys in eyeliner. 
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are client at a time.

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