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Psy Cop: Partners [Paperback]

Jordan Castillo Price
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12 Sep 2008
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?

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (12 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934166561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934166567
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic m/m story-telling 6 April 2009
Victor is a medium. He sees dead people, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds like. But for a cop, it's a useful skill, which is why the Paranormal Investigation team was founded.

This volume contains the first two (of five, to date) of the Psycop novels.
In Among the Living, Victor's new case pairs him with Jacob, a non-psychic who works in sex crimes. Victor and Jacob have a history, and as they work together to solve a set of serial crimes, they begin to explore the possibilities of a future. 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, Victor's abilities spiral out of control, and he starts hurting Jacob unintentionally. Can he and Jacob figure out what's happening in time to save Victor from becoming a pawn in a dangerous game?

I loved these stories: they are not just angsty romance tales, but have a tense crime story and well-realised characters. Victor is frankly, a bit of a mess: the only way he can stop the dead taking over his life is to take (too many) anti-psyactive drugs, but you can't help loving him and wanting things to work out between him and the wonderfully grounded and protective Jacob.
Oh, and the sex is hot! ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a worthy M/M romance! 10 May 2012
I love love love Vic and Jacob, so much so that they're prob my fave literary couple ever. Someone recommended this book and I thought why not as it's cheap (bought it when it was just an ebook). Although the first story is short, each subsequent story grows in length and I found myself craving more. I wanted to find out more about Vic and Jacob, and not because of the hot, steamy sex, though that's a bonus. It was just great reading about what they go through relationship wise and case-wise. Plus great sense of humour throughout! I like how JCP has researched psychic powers and made it so that Vic isn't some cocky guy. Of course, there's plenty of character development, and that makes you love Vic even more! Jacob's a hottie too. Never stop writing about these guys, JCP!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'M SPOOKED! 24 May 2010
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Delightful paranormal Mystery/romance wuth a weird sense of humour. love it! And Vic's adorable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a M/M romance! 16 Jan 2007
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This is not the usual M/M which focuses merely on the romance and angst. "PsyCop:Partners" which deals with the supernatural and the spiritual has a well developed, suspenseful and exciting plot. Both times (this story was originally published as 2 separate e-books), I was kept late into the night finishing it. From murders to incubus to dead people popping up nearly everywhere to possession, these 2 stories kept me at the edge and I am glad to get them combined in print
The couple are easily likable characters. Victor, the psyCop, who "sees dead people" is endearing. He may be psychic but he is also a very ordinary guy just trying to live a life. Half the times he is in a haze as he is constantly on drugs to keep his psychic power at a tolerable level just to be sane. It is most amazing that Victor manages to develop a relationship with Jacob, another psyCop, who is normal. In their cop world, each cop with psychic power has to partner another without to sort of balance out the stress.
Jacob, the handsome hunk, is very protective over Victor (Victor certaintly needs it) and it is wonderful to read the strengthening of their love over the 2 stories.
Psycop is well written and pretty effective as it is told from the first person's (Victor's) view. It is easy to sympathize with Victor as he is haunted by the dead and used as a medium.
The plot is not consumed by sex but when the sex happens it is erotic and Victor's final surrender to Jacob is intimately hot.
Hope this is a series and certainly look forward to more from this writer and the couple.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series! 1 Jan 2007
By M. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
This series has a fascinating premise that realistically blends the supernatural with the everyday--I found it very easy to suspend disbelief and enter this world. Price has a real talent for creating interesting, likeable characters, and manages a balanced and satisfying blend of mystery, action, suspense and romance. I love Price's writing and would strongly recommend this item to anyone interested in crime drama, supernatural mystery or homoerotic romance--I don't think you'll be disappointed!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining read 13 Feb 2007
By R. Chandon - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked these two novels. Both in one book and both about the same character, Victor Bayne, who is unlucky enough to see the dead every where he turns. At the same time he is lucky enough to find a gorgeous and protective detective as back up when his original partner retires. Jacob Marks is Victor's second "Stiffie", or non-psychic partner, though really there are others who are also 'partners', but Jacob is the real partner both on and off the job. To be honest, I liked the first story better than the second, but both were good enough to read for a relaxing paranormal evening at home. I was entertained by Victor's somewhat quirky personality, definitely a man with more than one problem. I even wished the stories were longer. Oh, and there was sex, too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging paranormal mystery with a romantic flair 8 Nov 2007
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I picked this book up on a whim and was delighted to find an honestly good, hot story. I finished it in the same day I unpacked it from the shipping box.

What pleased me about this book:

Victor has a job he doesn't care much for, a talent that makes his life a misery, and the depressing realization that there isn't much better for him out there. He spends most of his days in a drugged-out haze to help deal with the ghosts and doesn't have any friends. He's also gay in a traditionally homophobic career and not entirely comfortable with that either. He could easily come off a self-pitying whiner who spends pages dwelling on the suffering of his life, but instead he is portrayed as a sympathetic, likable guy who just isn't happy with his life -- and with good reason.

Victor's love interest, Jacob Marks, while not a particularly complex character, presents a perfect counter-point to Vic's awkwardness with his grinning self-confidence. He's handsome, talented, capable, likes his life and his job -- Vic's baffled "and this hunk wants to be with ME?" attitude is understandable and easy to connect with, but at the same time, we can see what Jacob finds so appealing about him. It's enjoyable to watch their relationship develop and Vic struggling to figure out his place in it. I was never left with that annoyed sense of "wish-fulfillment" that I get from stories with overly bland characters attracting overly amazing love interests.

The plot is fun and nicely paced. It's no mind twister, but it will draw you right in and keep you entertained and interested in what will happen next right up until the very end. There are no holes or inconsistence, and it's not constantly put on the shelf for the sake of sex.

Now about the Sex...

This is no traditional romance filled with scenes of ever-building passions leading to a final, firework cumulation between the two characters. Jacob and Victor's relationship is dirty back-room hip-grinding from the get go, and the deeper feelings and connections start developing from there on. The sex scene themselves are numerous and fantastic. They run short, sweet, and hot, and are joyfully free of silly euphemisms or meandering internal monologues on "feelings". They never overwhelm the plot or take place of good character development.

I loved all the side characters; they were as well handled as the main character and were never marginalized for the sake of the main romance.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for a good, fun read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly inventive and completely entertaining 30 Mar 2009
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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I kind of backed into this book. Don't usually read sci-fi and didn't focus on that aspect of the book when I read the uniformly enthusiastic Amazon reviews. So what a revelation to find two terrific novellas in the Psycop: Partners package.

Author Jordan Castillo Price has given these stories wonderful characters, story lines with plenty of zip and crackle and some original takes on gay romance. The two principal male characters Victor Bayne and Jacob Marks are Chicago cops who work for Psyhic or Spook squads. One is a high level psychic, the other a psychic foil. Their meeting and subsequent romantic entanglement are well told and often hit the "steamy" mark throughout these stories.

The first of the novellas, "Among the Living," dives headfirst into the paranormal, but does in such a matter of fact way, that this non sci-fi reader didn't have a major problem swallowing the story. The second story, "Criss Cross," is a bit closer to standard crime storytelling, but also creative and fast-moving.

This book was a happy discovery for me. I'll definitely try other books by author Price.
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