Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
I really like how this one opens. I learned more about both Vic and Jacob in an unexpected setting.
Just as in book one, Vic’s telling of his stories is unmistakably that: his voice telling his stories.
Price is so good with intimate detail, the important details that make settings vibrant or dirty or surreal or whatever their intent. She made it very easy for me to see both the physical place and how the people within that place adjusted to and dealt with and manipulated it.
I settled myself between his legs with my feet sticking off the bottom of the bed and I kissed him on the stomach again…
His feet. Sticking off the end of bed. Who hasn’t done that? Those are the kind of details that give a story it’s three dimensional expression, the emotion, the handles on which I can land a grip and hold on for the ride.
This is the sort of paranormal story I like. Instead of dealing only with external forces (zombies are the exception, love me some zombies), Vic and Jacob and everyone are affected directly and internally, and in the spaces between each other, the ones that end up becoming a part of us anyway. It’s personal. Very.
The mystery is pretty good in this one. I figured out one of the major spokes in the dastardly plan wheel rather easily. However, having knowledge of it actually worked to ratchet up the tension, waiting for it to go down.
Maurice, Vic’s former partner, plays a very important role in this story. I like him. A lot. Muchly. His character is like an amplifier, making it easier for Vic to see some things. Ironic, right? Both in that Maurice is anything but a loud box of a man, and Vic has quite the vision… just not always of himself. Actually, Jacob helps in that sense, too.
He pressed his chest to my back and I sagged into the shower wall. His lips slid on the back of my neck, wet kisses, and he cupped his hand protectively over my spent cock.
And… I’m undone.
Simply put, this is wonderfully enjoyable fiction with solid and engaging characters, and a plot that kept me turning the page. Add in a dash of creepy and a pinch of possibility (actually, way more than a pinch, more like a truckload), and you just can’t go wrong with a book like this.
What about the TV? Lisa? Crash? Vic’s health? Jacob? Carolyn? I’m excited to see what’s in store for everyone. 🙂
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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