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Psy Cop: Partners Paperback – 12 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (12 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934166561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934166567
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,945,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Minabird on 6 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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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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By Ventura Angelo on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not just a M/M romance! 16 Jan. 2007
By R.Parklane - Published on
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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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful series! 1 Jan. 2007
By M. Bennett - Published on
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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
an entertaining read 13 Feb. 2007
By neichan - Published on
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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
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
Intriguing alternate universe with well-developed characterization 4 Jan. 2009
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I was actually shocked at how great these two stories were. Having read quite a bit of gay fiction and romance novels, I've come to the sad conclusion that we are living in an era when poor writing, non-existent character development, and borring sex is the norm. What a relief to enter Price's alternate universe and find creativity and real characters.

In this world, those with psychic abilities are certified by the government. Victor is old enough in his late 30s, however, to have been one of the earliest certified psychics and prior to governmental and societal acceptance of these abilities, he had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic and institutionalized. Released only to be remanded to the government's Heliotrope Station for 'training', he found it to be 'Camp Hell.' Upon his release, he returned to Chicago and becaome a cop, part of a Psycop unit, in which a psychic is paired with a 'stiff' or non-psychic. Victor's ability to see and hear dead people is so high, that he resorts to various drugs to try and dull the voices and faces before him.

The first story opens with the retirement party of Victor's long-time 'stiff', at which -- to his astonishment -- he is cruised by one of the hottest men he's ever met, a fellow cop named Jacob. This mystery focuses on solving the case of a serial murdered who can take on the form of the most desirable person to anyone seeing him. Eventually, Jacob is taken by the murderer and Victor has to try and save him. The story introduces Jacob's psychic cop partner, Caroline and a new friend, Lisa, also a psychic.

The second story focuses on Victor's struggles with increased psychic abilities, while trying to create a real relationship with Jacob.

Both mysteries are engrossing, but of greater interest to me were the characters the author develops. Victor is the best-drawn of the bunch and luckily, he is quirky and totally likable. I felt like I'd met people with whom I'd enjoy spending time and I was glad to see that there was a sequel to this book. I hope the author keeps writing!
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