Review: Camp Hell (PsyCop #5) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: December 10, 2008
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 292 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.

Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?

This is my favorite out of all the PsyCop books so far. Also note that this is the longest PsyCop book of the first five books. Even though this is my favorite of the bunch, I do have a few concerns that I’ll address later in this review. After all the secrets in Secrets and Vic not getting the answers he needed, he decides to go to the one person who might be able to help him out. From prison.

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Review: Secrets (PsyCop #4) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: June 1, 2008
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 169 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.

Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party. Can’t a guy catch a break?

On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either. Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.

What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

***Note: Books 3 and 4 on paperback are bound together under the title PsyCop: Property.***

This is the fourth book and you can tell that something is about to go down in this series. So far, there have been nuggets of information about Vic’s past in Camp Hell and Vic and Jacob have been pretty solid up to this point. The book starts off with Vic and Jacob preparing all their items (well, mostly Vic’s since they’ve been sharing his apartment) for the move to their new place. And is it just me or do Vic and Jacob’s sex scenes get hotter with each book? In any case, they’re definitely more intense than ever before and leaves Vic hiding behind a turtleneck for half the book.

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ARC Review: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai

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Author: Alisha Rai
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 384 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.

What are words, even? This book is just…everything. It’s fun, it’s sexy, and it has SHAKESPEAREAN REFERENCES. *squeal* Hate to Love You is a second-chance romance between the daughter and son of two families. Their families had once been great friends before one accident, one night, had ended everything. Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler had been lovers when they were young, but the accident had wrecked their families and tore them apart. They made a deal. An arrangement of sorts. For one night, every year they would hook up no matter what part of the country they were at, what they were in the middle of. Even though their families were torn apart, they couldn’t quit each other.

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Review: Body and Soul (PsyCop #3) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: October 20, 2007
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 125 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Thanksgiving can’t end too soon for Victor Bayne, who’s finding Jacob’s family hard to swallow. Luckily, he’s called back to work to track down a high-profile missing person.

Meanwhile, Jacob tries to find a home they can move into that’s not infested–with either cockroaches, or ghosts. As if the house-hunting isn’t stressful enough, Vic’s new partner Bob Zigler doesn’t seem to think he can do anything right. A deceased junkie with a bone to pick leads Vic and Zig on a wild chase that ends in a basement full of horrors.

***Note: Books 3 and 4 on paperback are bound together under the title PsyCop: Property.***

This book is a key example of what makes me squeamish. Actually, having phantom limbs bobbing about totally just freaks me out. But at least, Vic is right there getting sick with me. Body and Soul starts off with Vic and Jacob at Thanksgiving dinner with Jacob’s family. Everything is going as well as any Thanksgiving dinner could be expected to go, when Vic gets a call back on a missing persons case. Vic meets his new non-psychic partner, Zigler, and his first impression isn’t good.

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Review: Criss Cross (PsyCop #2) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date: November 11, 2006
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 163 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren’t any more effective than sugar pills.

Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he’s willing to spring for the Starbucks.

Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor’s pants than in providing any actual assistance.

This book freaked me out. I don’t really do stories involving ghosts, or the supernatural in general, but the PsyCop series is so good, and I just find myself reading the books anyways. I like a good mystery, and I love Vic’s voice as he tells the story. Vic is adorable and I love him a lot. Vic is very entertaining, and I never feel like I’m missing out on not having POV chapters from other characters. The story starts off with Vic and Maurice, his now retired non-psychic partner, on a fishing trip. Vic, as we recall, is a psychic who can see and speak with dead people. And a little ways into the trip, with both Vic and Maurice out on a boat in the water, Vic sees the images of dead people rising to the surface, clamoring to speak with him. As one might expect, Vic gets properly freaked out by this incident.

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Review: Strays (Urban Soul #2) by Garrett Leigh

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Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 249 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

I feel like this was such a quick read because I just couldn’t put it down. I was kind of worried about how much I would like this book after reading Misfits (because I LOVED that book), but Nero and Lenny managed to hold their own.

We first met Nero in the first book as a grumpy chef who works diligently and steps in whenever he’s asked. And when Cass asks Nero to look after a friend of his, Lenny, Nero takes him in, because he wouldn’t ever say no to Cass. Lenny has been stalked by a man at his previous job as a waiter at one of the Urban Soul restaurants, and practically any place he goes. His paranoia is getting to him, and the police aren’t doing much to step in and arrest the man. Lenny has no place to hide, and when Cass offers Nero’s place (living quarters above the restaurant Nero works at), Lenny jumps at the chance.

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Review: Misfits (Urban Soul #1) by Garrett Leigh

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Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: March 16, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 277 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book. I had seen this cover around and I remember people recommending this series, but I didn’t know what this book was about. And true to form, I also didn’t read the blurb before I decided to dive into this book. I was delightfully surprised to see how much I liked this book. Some disclaimers…this is not a book about cheating. No characters are ever cheating at any point in this book. Misfits starts off with an open relationship between two men, and while I didn’t know this was going to be a M/M/M ménage novel, I really loved it. I really loved reading Tom, Jake, and Cass’ story. As emotional as it was, there was something human about their stories, and I couldn’t wait to read more in the Urban Soul series.

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