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Victor Bayne, la moitié psychique d’une équipe PsyCop, est un médium gay qui préfère de loin passer inaperçu que de faire des vagues. Son ex-partenaire prend sa retraite et au cours du pot de départ, Victor a une aventure avec le beau Jacob Marks, l’un de ses collègues non-psychiques (également baptisés « Raides ») d’un arrondissement voisin. Il semble que sa chance pour lVictor Bayne, la moitié psychique d’une équipe PsyCop, est un médium gay qui préfère de loin passer inaperçu que de faire des vagues. Son ex-partenaire prend sa retraite et au cours du pot de départ, Victor a une aventure avec le beau Jacob Marks, l’un de ses collègues non-psychiques (également baptisés « Raides ») d’un arrondissement voisin. Il semble que sa chance pour le moins incertaine ait enfin commencé à tourner. Mais c’est justement à cet instant qu’un serial killer décide de faire surface. Ce dernier a le pouvoir de se métamorphoser, prenant ainsi l’apparence de la personne la plus sexy au monde suivant les goûts de chaque témoin. Résoudre des meurtres est un jeu d’enfant quand on peut demander « kikafékoi » aux victimes, mais ce tueur ne laisse aucun fantôme sur son passage....

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parmi les vivants Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-01-19 14:29

    Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.Finally. This book has been rooting on my TBR pile for a little more than a year before my impulsive hand saying, ‘‘Oh, and what the hell.’’ finally decided to grab it, read it, love it and review it. I didn’t quite exactly love it, but it without a doubt was a short, light enough and entertaining read. Like watching The Mentalist: it’s serious, but humorous too from time to time and you can’t help but enjoy your time while you’re in front of the TV and comfortable on a couch. Needless to say, my subconscious is probably laughing at me right now and aching to burst out a ‘‘I told you would like it. Don’t you dare doubt me again.’’ I’m slowly diverging to off subject, so let’s get to the actual opinion.I wish I could say that this took me by surprise but, except for the fabulous twist - more like ‘revelation’ – this was a pretty banal paranormal + mystery + romance story in which the main character is a cop, however psychic, and has to discover the truth behind some murder cases. What was interesting though was of course his ability and how important it was to his job, but also how this is one of the first book I had read with a society that is well aware that ghosts exist and the people that can see them. The world-building shall be more developed in the sequels, because it really does have much potential, but I can admit that, for a novella sized book, this was a good read.Many scenes were sadly rushed though. As was the romance. Ah, I foresaw it to be more exciting and swoon-worthy but it was mostly physical and romance free. After all, the story did start and end with a sex scene. Their relationship and *love* for each other was as convincing as an absolute book lover/geek swearing to stop reviewing for a while in order to concentrate on school projects more. That’s me. Not convincing. So that was an underwhelming part of the book, but never fear! the author probably developed it better in the sequels, which I cannot wait to start. And the sex scenes are very okay, but I prefer when there is actual romance that goes with it and perhaps no sex before…hum, a date?The pacing was just right – fast, and the main character wonderful. His sense of humour appealed to me and I simply fell for his personality. I imagined him to be the kind of person who would always listen to what you have to say and laugh at your jokes. Really someone easygoing, unlike his partner, Marks.It is rare that I find some good paranormal M/M romance series out there, but I just did and would recommend this to anyone searching for the perfect Friday night and relatively action-packed read with a good deal of mystery to keep you interested.

  • Baba
    2019-01-29 16:21

    4 ended-my-book-funk stars.****Review completed January 3, 2014I opened my eyes again to keep myself with Marks, anchored in the present, among the living."Stop it, Marks. You're killing me."He sat back on his heels, still fully clothed, and licked his lips. "Why don't you call me Jacob?" he suggested."New partner lined up yet?"I wondered if "partner" was also supposed to be flirtatious, as in "sexual partner." But even my Auracel-addled mind figured that'd be a pretty far stretch.Victor Bayne is a psychic medium and part of the PsyCop unit solving murders. A pair of opposites forms a Paranormal Investigation Unit. The Psychs--psychic cops--do the psychic stuff, just like you'd expect. And the Stiffs--look, I didn't name 'em--are oblivious to any psychic interference a sixth-sensory gifted criminal might throw out there.Vic is at his soon-to-be-ex partner's home, celebrating Maurice's retirement when he's on the lookout for the bathroom and runs into hotshot Detective Jacob Marks, the golden child of the Twelfth Precinct Sex Crimes Unit."So," Marks said, deftly swerving his bulging pecs around my shoulder as he maneuvered past me. I stood there gaping and trying not to choke. "Lost your stiff."A comment about the crassness of calling Maurice a Stiff stuck somewhere around the last Auracel, as I realized that Marks not only knew who I was and what I did, but that he seemed to be flirting with me. Detective Marks--queer? Who knew? And besides, he was a Stiff, too.Baba drools a little bit now because that dude is sexy as sin! Jacob is big with a ripped body, dark eyes and close-cropped dark hair, a neat goatee and olive skin. As a nice bonus, he sure knows how to choose the right clothes that emphasize his delectable body. It's easy for him to do the switch from a classy and expensive suit to cool jeans, a sexy T-shirt and a leather jacket. Ok, back to the story before I get lost here.Vic and Jacob did not waste any time in that tiny bathroom and got down to business by jacking each other off. I must admit that I didn't know if I should be annoyed or amused but I got stuck with the latter. I was actually hoping for some kind of build up when I started Among the Living, but I got over my irritation fast enough. I couldn't help and smile all the time. It's fascinating to try and keep up with Vic's quick mind and Jacob took care of my need to ogle at something someone scrumptious. As many of you know I'm so not into that PNR stuff and I'd be lying if I said I didn't need a little bit of time to get used to that part of the story. The soul-sucker villain wasn't quite my cup of tea. Oh well, what did interest me the most are Vic and Jacob anyway and I'm happy that I can have my fill in the near future.There is something to say about reading bad books. Don't throw any rotten tomatoes at me now because I'm not talking about the PsyCop series. As a matter of fact, without having read two books in a row that didn't appeal to me, I would not have jumped on Vic and Jacob. I did browse Amazon and my GR shelves for an hour and had a hard time to decide what to read. Eventually though these two guys did end my book funk and I'm happy that I had such a great start to my new reading year.Jordan's writing is great and kept me glued to the pages. Vic is totally endearing, witty and hilarious and Jacob's hot physique is the icing on the cake. Boy, I can't wait to see what's going to happen when they actually do the deed because what I've witnessed so far was extremely sexy and enticing, i.e. the scene against the window. I'm really looking forward to getting to know these two MCs better because I WANT more background information. I'm back among the living. My book funk is over.Recommended read.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-02-13 11:26

    *FREE today at Amazon US!! 1/29/18!!***4.5 stars**I am very very excited about this series. I love the character of Vic and the psycop world that Jordan Castillo Price created. This review won't be very long because I only have generalized gushy, lovey stuff to say about this series thus far. My main complaint is that I wish the book was longer. I could have used another 100 pages. I'm going to keep reading each book in the series because this first book just left me wanting more!

  • Nancy
    2019-02-17 14:20

    Posted at Hearts on Fire Reviews Among the Living is told from the perspective of Victor Bayne, a cop in Chicago’s Paranormal Investigation Unit. He is a Class 5 medium, with the ability to communicate with the dead. At the start of the story, Victor is attending a retirement party for his former partner, Maurice. He nearly crashes head first into Detective Jacob Marks, who eventually becomes his lover, and gets called in to investigate a very unusual homicide. Victor is assisted by his new partner, Lisa Gutierrez, a cop who is not quite what she appears to be, Jacob, and his partner, Carolyn, a psychic investigator who is able to detect lies. This is a very well-written, fun, fast-paced and suspenseful story that is the first in a series. Victor is not very comfortable conversing with the dead and takes pills to suppress his abilities. He is flawed, lacks self-esteem, hates shopping for clothes and is self-centered. Jacob is gorgeous, sexy, a sharp dresser, and hot for Victor. These two very different guys made a perfect pair, and I enjoyed every moment with them as they successfully solve a series of homicides and develop a relationship. There are a few well-written sex scenes, but Among the Living is not a traditional romance where the main focus is on the physical and emotional relationship. Jacob and Vic are busy guys...there are crimes to solve and wayward spirits to deal with, but they do make time for love.

  • Susan
    2019-02-03 12:12

    I’m so mad at myself!Why, WHY, did I wait this long to start this series?! If a book could tick off every checkbox of what I find entertaining in a read, “Among the Living” does just that.Cops. CheckHot cops. CheckHot cops with guns. CheckQuirky anti-hero MC. CheckSomething scary. CheckSomething funny. CheckSomething sweet. CheckMakes fun of itself. Check.Great writing. Check.Potential for more (series). CheckI love, love, LOVE VICTOR BAYNE!!!! (and I honestly have no idea why) He hears dead people talking, and is sloppy, and is unsure of himself, and is traumatized, and drugs himself up to shut out the voices...he's a hot mess. But there's something just COOL about him (<-I realize I sound like uber-dork…but he IS…SO COOL!)In Vic’s shadow, Jacob Marks is a bit on the bland side. BUT, I think there’s some potential there. And his crush on Victor is adorable (predictably, I’m the sucker that awwww’d at his response to Victor’s jealousy of the incubus). I like this pairing better than Adrien/Jake, better than Tony/Mac, better than Jory/Sam…better than any of the other wimpy-weird-dude/hot-alpha-cop couple out there…and that’s saying a lot for me.Just the concept of the PsyCop is FUN...and the different "gifts" that each of them has ("si/no"...I want this!) is clever. Ok, so the whole white ball of light thing kind of threw me…but even Victor makes fun of it a bit when he’s doing it…so I can live with that. Strong characters, original storyline, amazing writing...and so much more to inhale! As Jay-Z would say..."on to the next one..."

  • Jordan Price
    2019-01-23 17:12

    Writing tidbit: I was initially going to make Vic more dramatically paranormal. First idea was he could be a genie who wasn't allowed to do wishes for himself. Then, a half-demon. But I found the more "normal" I made him (if you could call him that), the more the story came alive.

  • Shurrn
    2019-02-14 17:31

    You know that moment when you read the first book in a series, and you do a little happy dance because you just discovered something amazing?I'm so there right now. The only thing better than reading this book was the realization that there is a whole series ready and waiting for me :)It was a stupid idea anyway, trying to scare off a demon by putting him in a bubble like Glenda the Good Witch. What I needed was to a house to drop on him. It is rare for a book to hook me as quickly as this one did. Perhaps it was the anticipation... I've been ready and willing to read the PsyCop series for ages, but you know how out of control a TBR can become. I'm so glad I finally picked up these books!The paranormal aspects were rooted in a world so well-crafted and believable, I think even those readers who aren't fans of fantasy could easily find themselves enthralled by this series.There was a sweet connection between the MCs,...but no insta-love.We were treated to copious amounts of incredibly hot sex,...but the plot took center stage.Everything was perfectly balanced to create an amazing story. I will absolutely be continuing this series.Victor BayneI was a fifth-level medium. That was almost as high as you could go [...] So I could hear, and sometimes see, the dead. And they seemed to sense it and be sure they talked my ear off. Thing was, they never knew shit. Medium, Introvert, & Charmingly Neurotic.The story was told from the sole POV of Victor, and I quickly fell for his character. Vic talks to dead people, or rather, dead people talk to him... Whether he wants them to or not. Turns out ghosts are regular chatterboxes when they come across a human that can hear them.Vic's talents have made him an indispensable homicide investigator as the psychic half of a PsyCop team. Unfortunately, his partner, Maurice, has just retired from the force, and Vic finds himself faced with the prospect of being paired up with a new 'stiff' i.e. a detective without psychic abilities.Victor Bayne might be a gifted psychic, but he's just about hopeless in every other area in life. He's a walking calamity; he has no friends, no family, no fashion sense, and he has a habit of popping pills to keep the ghosts quiet.He's awkward... Adorably awkward... He knows it will be a challenge to cultivate a working relationship with a new partner. He doesn't make friends, can barely make living acquaintances, and lovers? Ha! This explains why he is completely blindsided when he winds up on the receiving end of a gorgeous detective's attention.Jacob MarksHe knows who I am. And he knows what I do. And he's willing to jack me off anyway. Detective, Golden Boy, & Surprisingly Adorable.Jacob is the 'stiff' in a PsyCop partnership in a completely separate precinct from Vic. He's a star detective working with his partner Carolyn - a human polygraph.When Jacob runs into Vic at Maurice's retirement party, there's a whole lot of heat between the two. Their brief hookup in the bathroom ends with a knock on the door - It's the Sergeant - before either man can process what just happened between them, it's back to work.There's a murder to solve...When a serial killer strikes on the border of two Chicago precincts, Vic and Jacob wind up working the case together... Awesomeness ensues...Looking back at the page count - a brief 89ish pages - I can hardly believe Jordan Castillo Price managed to pack so much into this story. It didn't feel rushed, and not a word was wasted. The pacing was perfection.The story flowed beautifully - a combination of detective work, sex, suspense, paranormal, and the perfect amount of humor.The world-building was brilliant, the characters were well crafted, but it was definitely the humor that hooked me.I'll always be a sucker for a book that can make me smile and laugh.I really hate threesomes when one of the participants is dead. I could have plucked a dozen little quips like that to illustrate the quirky humor that saturates the book.This is the kind of story that leaves you smiling, satisfied, yet excited for more!I'm off to read the next book!READ ALL MY REVIEWS IN THIS SERIES:I'll update the list as additional books are published.0.1 - Inside Out - Read my Review here.1 - Among the Living - Read my Review here.1.1 - Thaw - Read my Review here.2 - Criss Cross - Read my Review here.2.1 - Striking Sparks - Read my Review here.2.2 - Many Happy Returns - Read my Review here.2.3 - Mind Reader - Read my Review here.3 - Body and Soul - Read my Review here.3.1 - The Stroke of Midnight - Read my Review here.4 - Secrets - Read my Review here.5 - Camp Hell - Read my Review here.6 - GhosTV - Read my Review here.6.1 - In the Dark - Read my Review here.7 - Spook Squad - Read my Review here.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-19 14:16

    I mostly loved this. My one complaint would be about how Vic and Jacob’s relationship starts. Between there being no build up to it and not having Jacob’s pov, I had a hard time feeling the chemistry between these two. Since both MCs are very likeable, I’m hoping that will change as I continue with the series. I’m very much looking forward to more crazy, spooky cases.

  • Julio Genao
    2019-02-02 15:21

    Well, hullo there, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Occult.Compact. Funny, clever, sexy. Original, and accomplished. Looking forward to more. ...More of my bony-arsed Bayne.

  • Rosa, really
    2019-02-11 11:15

    Vic is my everything and Gomez Pugh (the narrator) is perfection.And I'm upping this from 4 to 5 stars. When you've reread/listened to a book 2, 3 or, perhaps, 10 times, it's a 5 star read, friends.[WARNING: The following may be a bit of a spoiler if you've never read the series or, you know, a romance.]Every time I read or listen to any book in this series I find something new to love. In this one it occurred to me for the first time exactly why Vic allows himself to fall so in love with Jacob. Vic may have a low opinion of his own attractiveness but I don't, and while I do think that there are a lot of men out there who'd be freaked out by his abilities, there are a lot who wouldn't be, or who'd at least go along with it because they loved Vic. To them it'd be like a bad habit they had to accept. But that the thing, Jacob doesn't JUST love Vic, he truly believes in his abilities.JCP gives a big hint about that in Among the Living, the first book in her Psycop series. I was listening to the audio, so I didn't mark where it happened, but Jacob and Vic have a conversation about what Vic needs in a non-psychic partner. (If you haven't read this series, psychics are always paired with "Stiffs" or non-psychic partners.) Vic thinks about his old partner Maurice and what he did for him--which is that he believed Vic saw ghosts. When Vic stood there and it looked like he was talking to the air or himself, he truly believed that Vic was conversing with the dead. And that's one reason Vic and Jacob's relationship will work. When Vic says there are no ghosts in his apartment, Jacob believes him unquestioningly. When other plotty stuff comes up in later books, Jacob simply believes him. (view spoiler)[Of course, this might have something to do with Jacob's psychic kink, which occasionally worries me, but I'll leave that for another review. (hide spoiler)]It makes me so happy for Vic. He truly deserves that kind of love. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-01-21 18:30

    Re-read 6/18/16: still just as good as the first time I read it.**********************Just one book into this series and I’m hooked! I love Vic’s voice and I absolutely adore Jacob. Off to read the next one!

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2019-01-19 19:28

    4.5 Stars!Picked this up as a freebie (thanks Line) and it was really good. I don't read a lot of paranormal but sometimes want something different. Nice mix of romance and suspense. I am really intrigued by Jacob and Vic. Despite this one being short, there was some nice steam. And good banter. I'm definitely intrigued and plan to continue on with the series.

  • Fabi
    2019-01-25 15:20

    Now that we pretty darn good! I enjoyed the premise and the world building.Two drawbacks for me and my tastes:1. It's short. A novella I'd say. I find it very difficult to really immerse myself in a short story.2. Both MCs seemed older. 40's, 50's ? I'm not sure since it wasn't really stated. My preference is for younger characters.But, I don't know... I really liked the world created here and I think I might try more in this series.

  • Ingela
    2019-02-16 17:23

    Written November 29, 20143 1/2 Stars - A great start - I'm convinced!!Book #1The first novella in the PsyCop paranormal crime series about Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team (a gay medium) and the tough gorgeous (quite sexy) cop Jacob Marks.*********************************************************** I listened to the audiobooks (this one 3 hrs) narrated in a perfect way —for me— by Gomez Pugh. I started these books on a vacation trip and finished this first one next to two weeks ago. I more or less listened to both of the first two in one go. — The second one was even better (#2 - Criss Cross (4 stars)).It's a little too late for a proper review now, so short and sweet:I LIKE - just to put on the play button for part two immediately

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-02-15 15:32

    Excellent. I think one of the pleasures of JCP's work is her sense of proportion. These stories have an unerring balance between the logical and the paranormal, the humorous and the dramatic, the romantic and the hot and sexy. I was going to try to save them up and read slowly, like Christmas chocolates. Who am I kidding? I always finish those by Boxing Day, and these stories are just as addictive - I finished the second before even taking time off to review the first. Highly recommended.

  • Laura
    2019-01-22 16:27

    I’m addicted! And hell…a bit in love too. Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price blends day to day hassles and routine with the creeps and chills of the paranormal. A story and world that had me smiling one minute and shivering the next. ”Nothingness had never been so scary.”Victor Bayne is a PsyCop with the ability to see and communicate with the dead whether he feels up for chatting or not. The dead drop by his apartment, haunt his days & nights and every move. Hell he can even conjure up the spirit of a dead goldfish! Detective Bayne investigates and solves crimes by talking to the victims. *shiver* Think about that for a minute. He interviews people just murdered. The creeps were so matter of fact here, but whenever I stopped to think about the crime scenes, emotions, and souls---the shivers would dance up and down my spine! Ordinary errands were filled with ghosts in store aisles, highways littered with spirits, or echoes of the dead at parties. Voices, feelings, and sights followed Victor around nonstop. How can he keep it all straight? Alive or dead? How does one stay alive inside when he hears more from the dead than the living?Then we meet Detective Jacob Marks! He’ll keep the heat and heart pumping! ”He was a big, strapping guy with a deep voice and a piercing gaze that could nail you to the wall.”Jacob and Victor end up working a serial killer case together. A killer that leaves no traces or souls behind. Can Victor and Jacob solve the crime before another victim is taken? Will Victor ever buy a suit that fits? And will Victor find a partner to work and play with? Haha….You are going to have to dive in to find out!My only disappointment with this little gem was the Big Bad showdown. That’s it? That's all you've got? Haha…A little anti-climactic. But I got over it in a hurry because the killer didn’t hold my heart. It was all about Victor. He got under my skin in such a quiet way. A very addictive, fascinating mix of power and sadness. I can’t get a handle on him. So lonely and unsure of himself. The dead show more emotion than he does at times. What’s going on in his head and heart? I need more! I need to know.A quick read and introduction to this world that had me diving for the BUY button. More! More please.

  • Simone
    2019-02-11 14:05

    ***3.5 Stars***I wonder if I would have loved it more if I had read it instead of listening to the audioversion...Gordon Pugh's narration itself was a bit flat and monotone and I had to struggle not to be miles away, needless to say getting tired while driving is not the best idea ever. What he did great, though, was giving Jacob a sexy as hell voice and that was to die for.The story was okay for me, albeit nothing to write home about. This is the first in a series, so I guess the worldbuilding will develop over time, but since it was the first book I would have enjoyed more explanations as an introduction into this world. I loved Vic's dry and sometimes sarcastic humor, though.

  • Gigi
    2019-02-03 18:08

    Wow, excellent start! I really enjoyed Victor and am already in love with big-softy Jacob and the whole idea of the Psychic Cops is incredibly fascinating. One small issue with this book in particular is that the actual murder case they worked on didn't hold much interest for me. But with so many books in this series, there are many, many more to come, so I'm not at all worried.I'm moving on to the next book! I plan to do a more comprehensive review of the characters when I am finished with the series, unless I end up losing interest, like I did with the Matter of Time series.Big fun! Thanks for your comments of encouragement GR buddies!

  • Shile loves books
    2019-01-18 18:12

    It was scary, sexy, sweet and my favourite loved it on to the next.“I really hate threesomes when one of the participants is dead.”

  • Emanuela ~plastic duck~
    2019-01-27 13:05

    I loved this book. Victor has one of the most fascinating voices I've met.He is not bothered by his flaws and moderately interested in what happens around him if he's not involved. Things and people almost happen to him. He is absorbed in himself and at the same time he doesn't take himself too seriously. His psychic powers are an annoyance and he would clearly get rid of them if he could. Although he's been trained to use them, it's clear he didn't pay much attention during his classes and people around him always seem to know more than him. He tries to turn down his psychic abilities popping drugs like candies, but he's never hiding himself and he doesn't seek for excuses. He is what he is.At the beginning I thought the unconscious way he attracts Jacob Marks, who is his exact opposite, elegant, smart, sexy, was impossible to understand and I felt the author owed us some sort of explanation. Now I know it's not necessary. Jacob falls for Victor like I fell for him as a reader: fast, hard, with no apparent reason.This is the first book of a great series. I give it only four stars out of frustration because it's too short!Re-read: it's still as amazing as the first time. I'd like to add that the first time I was so fascinated by Vic that I didn't really pay attention to the investigation, but on this re-read I realized that Vic is a brilliant investigator. Jacob is a sexy beast, but he's incredibly tender and sweet and so smitten he made me smile every time he looked at Vic. His fascination with psychics is very apparent and I didn't catch the extent of it the first time I read the book. I'm changing my rating to 5 stars because it's an amazing book and one of the most wonderful beginnings to a series.

  • Shelley
    2019-01-17 11:22

    I absolutely love the premise of this series; psychic cops in an urban fantasy world with an m/m romance arc. Oh yes! I’m paying attention.Vick Bayne is the voice of this story; a PsyCop who see’s and speaks to dead people - a handy talent for the homicide division. But Vick has issues.Duh!Of course he has issues, who wouldn't! He sees dead people for goodness sake.Low self-esteem, a drug addiction, an inferiority complex and a haunted past are what seems to shape our MC. Oddly enough I’m not irritated by this at all. It gives him greater depth and credibility with a shadow of mystery. I also find him funny, sexy, remarkable and quite loveable; all these characteristics give him the potential to become a favourite of mine.Detective Jacob Marks is the other half of the m in our m/m arch. He’s big, dark and extremely hunky with a craving for Vick. Why? Is not yet made clear, but the man is clearly smitten, and I like him … a lot!There is one character that really bowled me over in this too short novella. Lisa Gutierrez: a woman cop and Vicks new partner, and I really liked her.Whoa! ... What? Yes I know ... a female character in m/m that I actually like! It's an anomaly, and I can't quite believe it either! I’m amazed to find myself searching her out and wishing for more about this woman.Overall this book is fast paced, quirky and well written with great world building, unique characters and just the right amount of angst ridden suspense. My only real issue was that it was too short.There is so much scope for this author to build on. I'm excited at the possibilities and find myself seriously invested in this series.

  • Sara
    2019-01-17 18:08

    Quick review. First; I am not one to read paranormal books. I am a self proclaimed lazy reader and do not want to spend time on the world building. That being said, HOLYMOTHERFUCKINGSHITBALLS I am in love with this story! It was nothing like I expected. I was so easy to settle into, inside Vic's head and what was going on both inside and out of it. It was so veray easy for me to fall in love with Jacob. How could I not? That man turned me into a huge pile of goo more than once but those last lines of the book were just so damn swoony. Ugh. The paranormal aspect is intriguing and the whole thing is just written so well. The medium aspect is something I have watched on TV before, when I watched TV, so it was fun to see the odd bits and hookers that show up nagging Vic when he doesn't need it. Talk to the hand. I have no idea where any of this story will go. If Vic will get to work with Jacob again or not but those two are smoking together. ~I put this on my list of new authors I haven't read. ~I put this on my list to challenge myself to read outside my comfort zone. I put this on my list hoping that I would at least be able to "get" what all the fuss was about. ~I put this on my list after many others but it was the right time for me and I am hooked. Oh so very hooked.

  • Ann
    2019-02-11 15:32

    So, I completely loved this. I'll write more later because I'm too busy right now starting the second one :).OK - taking a brief break to share the love . . . An actual review:First, I'm lame. I hate starting a series that is totally established and multiple books in before I jump on board. I have literary OCD and once I start a series and I like it, I can't stop until I've read them all, in order (whether they need to be read in order or not).This book is why. I totally loved it. Now I'm committed to the whole series and if I could get away with locking myself in my panic room (my closet) with a jug of sangria and power through all of them I would.The premise is unique and totally hits how I like paranormal books. They touch on our reality quite a bit, but so much is just 'off' enough to make it feel that much more edgy. Victor is truly a hot mess and while I don't feel like I got to know Jacob well yet, I love how he's totally enamored of the clueless Victor.I have a feeling this is one of those series that's even better on the reread (great - like I'm not already behind as it is), you know, once you get a true handle on the characters.Now, my closet, my sangria and my Kindle are waiting . . . .

  • Isabel
    2019-02-12 17:32

    I won this book in a Boys in Our Books giveaway, and now I can't thank them and the author enough! I love Victor Bayne and Jacob Marks! They are hot and funny! I love the plot and all the paranormal scenario. It's intelligent and captivating, and now I want more!

  • Trio
    2019-01-28 13:20

    What a great start to a series, I can't wait to read the next one. Extremely well written, this is my first time reading this author and I really love her writing style.

  • Regina
    2019-01-23 13:08

    “Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voice, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting others. Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.” Have you ever wanted a psychic power? Communicating with others telepathically? Making objects move? Being able to speak with animals? Well, I used to want to move objects with my mind. Reading Firestarter by Stephen King when I was a kid made me imagine all the possibilities that I could have available to me, if only I could learn to end a spoon. Unfortunately, spoon bending was not an ability I was able to master and I had to develop other skills to make a living. But the idea continues to intrigue me. The world of crime solving urban fantasy novels is saturated and there is quite a bit of overlap in world building and supernatural talent. That is not the case with the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price. The stories take place in present day Chicago with a twist. Psychic talent is widely acknowledged and utilized by police forces; there are psychic pairs of police officers – one without psychic talent (the “stiff”) and one with psychic talent; but the talents vary - -and Ms. Price has come up with some unique talents. I do not want to spoil anything for new readers, but I will just say that the talents she writes about are nothing I have seen in other supernatural based television shows or books. The main character of the book –the story is told from his first person point of view – is Victor Bayne. Vic sees dead people. But he does not only see them, he can talk to them, hear them and they follow him around and generally make his life miserable. Vic uses his talent as a member of the Chicago police force, but when he is not on the police force Vic medicates himself with prescribed drugs that help dull his ability. Kind of, the drugs kind of work. Vic is a flawed character, definitely not perfect. In Among the Living, the reader follows Vic through his day and investigation; poor Vic stumbles through most encounters and his inner monologue is unintentionally funny from his perspective – Ms. Price is a genius at writing witty inner monologues. Here is an example, the story starts off at a retirement part for Vic’s partner. Vic heads through the house and passes his partner’s child and some friends as Vic debates saying something to the kids he thinks this, “I quelled the urge to go back into the rec room and tell Maurice’s kid that his dad would probably shit a brick if he heard that expression in his home. But that’d lead to a long-winded discussion of civil rights, yadda yadda yadda. Plus I’d be absolutely certain to come off as a creepy, white asshole then, in case there was any doubt at all.” This is typical of Vic’s inner thoughts. Another example of Jacob’s messy life and his thoughts on it (this scene takes place as Vic’s new partner drives Vic’s car), "I rummaged around my glove compartment and found an old pair of shades crusted with mysterious dust. How did things get dusty while they were shut inside a glovebox? .....Gutierrez' eyes were on the tiny GPS navigation screen. Also dusty, I noted. …I stared through my dusty plastic lenses at a string of Indian grocers and sari shops and noted that I could kind of see over one lens but not the other. Therefore, the shades were probably crooked as well as dusty. Charming.”Other great examples:“I sat in the passenger seat of my car and picked the brim of a Styrofoam coffee cup into a dozen small, ragged pieces. I hesitated before letting them fall to the floor, and then I realized that it was my own damn car and I could do what I wanted.”“I went out to my car with the intention of grabbing a very late lunch when I saw there was someone sitting in my drivers’ seat. Since Guitierrez still had my keys, I realized that was a good thing.”“I swung around to grab her and shake some sense into her, but the seat belt caught me by the neck. I swore at it and clicked it open, but by then I’d calmed down enough to stop myself from acting like a lunatic.”Vic is not the only interesting character in Among the Living. There are three other characters introduced in Among the Living, Vic’s partner Lisa and two other detectives partnered together – Carolyn and Jacob. Each of the characters are complexly written, funny and add to the story. Warning I absolutely love this series, but it is not for everyone. The main character is gay and there are some explicit gay romance and sex scenes. The story and the series involves the developing romantic relationship between Vic and Jacob, like everything else in the story, it is well written and purposely layered. During the ins and outs of Vic’s daily life, he pretends he is not gay, “I fixed my gaze on a completely irrelevant nail hole on the wall and pretended they weren’t talking about anything gay. I always figure I’m going to get some kind of telltale look on my face and tip somebody off about my own lifestyle.”This book is a fun mystery, intriguing urban fantasy world, interesting characters and a sweet romance that does not dominate the story line. Among the Living is a novella and a quick easy read; I highly recommend just picking up this story and taking the dive.My favorite line of the book, which is a bit of a spoiler (view spoiler)[“‘You really don’t know, do you?’ He pressed a gentle kiss onto one of my eyebrows, then the other. ‘It was you, Vic. He disguised himself as you.’”(hide spoiler)]Ms. Price has written a number of books in this series, the main novels and novellas are for sale, but she offers the in between short stories free (for the most part) on her website:More of my reviews at Badass Reviews ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • haletostilinski
    2019-02-01 16:24

    3.25 starsSo, at the end of this just now I came up feeling...not sure how to feel about this. In some ways I really enjoyed it. Especially the last third of the book, where it really picked up and got into the action. Also, the three smut scenes we got between Vic and Jacob were really hot. But in some ways, it left me with a "meh" feeling. There was hardly any world building - this is an alternate universe, one that readers don't know much about except that it's almost like ours except for a supernatural element - and it kind of just goes into the story. While we learn more information as the story progresses (which is good) sometimes a story needs telling, a few paragraphs, maybe even a page or more, to explain where we find ourselves. Like maybe Vic could have told did the world come to accept psychics? What made billions of people believe those who had supernatural powers instead of thinking they were crazy as they had before? How was it that Vic was a pioneer for psychics being accepted in the police force? And if there are supernatural creatures like the incubus in this, when were they discovered? (these aren't just psychics. Also apparently this world has vampires *shrug*)Also, maybe this is because the story is fairly short as a novella, but I don't think so - the fact that we barely get to know Jacob, at all. Which sure, might come in later books, but to connect to him I wanted more of him. Instead we just kind of...get him there, appearing in front of Vic, then they hook up, and then pretty soon after that Jacob asks him out on a date.I personally didn't get at what point Jacob started to feel that way about Vic or what his intentions were. Yeah, we found out they're not bad intentions and he's truly interested in Vic at the end, but I'm talking more about the beginning when he and Vic after a conversation just kind of go at each other. We get Vic thinking Jacob's hot, but where have they met before? And not even that, maybe, just more scenes of them connecting. Half of this is the detective/crime/supernatural part of the story, 25 percent is Vic by himself dealing with his powers and thoughts to himself, and 25 percent goes toward Jacob and Vic and i just needed more to be able to connect at all with Jacob. So far all I really know about him is that he works out of a different precinct (where? What city do they live in? LA?), he's older than Vic (i don't know how old), he's out to his friends, cop partner, and family, and he's a non-psychic. Oh, and he really likes Vic - enough that the (view spoiler)[Incubus looked like Vic to Jacob (hide spoiler)]. Plus, I didn't feel like Vic was in tune with a lot of other people, and so he felt really distant from everyone, and not having that connection between him and other character had me feeling mostly "meh" about everyone else. I mean, Vic would say he liked his new partner, per se, but I didn't feel that. Or he's attracted to Jacob, yes, but does he even like him? They barely talked enough for me to figure that out. And at the end he's jealous of who Jacob could have seen via the Incubus even though he didn't see Jacob himself with the Incubus? Uh huh...So...the story held my attention - mostly in the second half, because I found the first half to be slow going for me - and it got exciting enough that I didn't want to put it down in the last third, and Jacob and Vic did have great sexual chemistry from what I read. Vic's new partner Lisa was interesting enough for me to be interested in (It felt like we got more characterization with her than Jacob, honestly) her, but for the most part this was very...okay for me. Will I read more? I don't know. When I think about reading the next one I get kinda..."eh" about it. But I'm not completely in the "no" category because I do wonder if this series can get better. So...not completely discounting continuing this.But if you haven't read this series yet, then...I honestly don't know. Maybe give it a chance? But also a part of me feels like saying it isn't worth it. I don't know, you guys will have to judge whether or not to read this on your own with this one. Because I can't decide on this book. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2019-01-26 12:11

    **** 4,5 PsyCop stars *****This was great! Great world build and characters. Intriguing and captivating! And creepy and scary!A continuation of the series is a definite! :D¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤Status updates:8%I really hate threesomes when one of the participants is dead.Yeah, I draw the line at dead people too. Threesomes are okay, dead people no. Especially if they're standing around the bed staring. LOL14%The victim was splayed buck naked on his red velvet bedspread like a piece of fucking performance art. Shards of mirror surrounded him, at first it appear that a disco ball had taken vengeance on an unsuspecting naked guy. 15%A psycho who lubed. How considerate.*wince* indeed...22%Great. I'd have a pair of superstitious flatfoots following me around (...)LOL. "Flatfoots", that's one way to describe your uniformed cops. ;)26%..a Psych and a Stiff are like salt and pepper, yin and yang, or whatever metaphysical bullshit you want to call it."Ham and eggs, my brain said. Ernie and Bert. Shit and shinola. My brain could just go on and on for days. Probably me too. Kindle and Amazon. Ty and Zane. Brad and Kyle. Frisky and Friday. Marco and Marte.Yes? ;) LOL41%"My sister and me call it sí-no.""Sí-no.""The yes-no game. We played it all the time (...)""Limited pre-cog," I said.50%"C'mere," he said. He put his arm around me, led me to a floor-to-ceiling window and pulled open a set of vertical blinds. (...)I tried to turn around and face him, but he had me spread up against the plate glass window and there was no way I'd be able to move unless he let me.62%He raised his head to look, breaking the kiss (...)Oh my god!(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]77%*gasp*Run PsyCop run!92% "It was you, Vic."Awwww! :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Deeze
    2019-02-11 11:19

    This is a second time reading this series, and I’m loving it all over again.Even knowing the outcome I still found myself on the edge of my seat. The suspense and paranormal of this book is brilliant. I love all the different psychic aspects we get introduced to.As for Victor and Jacob, well they just work for me on every level. They have a chemistry that just feels right to me. Victor’s voice throughout the book draws me in, I love his sense of humour/sarcastic wit. Jacob is more the gentle giant, I love the way he takes charge but yet still seems just a touch vulnerable. ETAOne of the best parts to re reading is you pick up on things you missed the first time around, like (view spoiler)[ knowing the little pauses with Lisa are her using the Si/No lol.(hide spoiler)]

  • Maya
    2019-02-09 13:27

    So good!I'm starting the next book right away.