PsyCop Briefs Vol 1 by Jordan Castillo Price ~ Buddy Review by Teresa and Queue

PsyCop-Briefs-Vol-1jpgTitle: PsyCop Briefs Vol 1

Author: Jordan Castillo Price

Publisher: JCP Books

Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price

Teresa’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Queue’s Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/11/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness

Teresa’s View:

Queue and I decided to buddy read this collection of short and not quite as short, stories from the Psycop universe and do our reviews as question and answer. We both answered the same set of questions. My answers are below, Queue’s follow J

Q1: What was your favourite story?

A: Personally, I liked Witness. It showed how different Vic and Jacob are in their approach to investigating as well as how well they are working as partners outside the Police force. It also showed life beyond the last book in the series.

Q2: Which was your least?

A: Probably Jock Straps on Sale. I’m not a huge fan of Crash and I found this story a little pointless.

Q3: Did you enjoy the stories from other points of view than Vic’s?

A: Very much so! I loved seeing a little bit of how the si-no worked for her. I also really enjoyed seeing Jacob’s POV. It added so much to his character.

Q4: Did you find this an important part of the series or is it unnecessary to read?

A: While nothing happened in the shorts that added to the overall story arc, I think they go a long way to understanding Vic and Jacob’s relationship. It showed some moments that really clicked with me and said “This is why they are together”.

Q5: Do you have a preference for the slice of life interludes or for the longer investigation type stories?

A: While I liked the slice of life pieces, I always like longer stories better as I can’t get enough of these two!

Q6: What is your overall opinion of the anthology?

A: A wonderful collection that is a must read for fans of the series! Be warned, you should read all the novels first as some of the content is spoilerish.

Queue’s View:

Q1: What was your favourite story?

A: Inside Out. Not only was it from Jake’s POV instead of Vic’s and it expanded on the overall story of the couple. I loved that Jake was instantly interested in Vic from the minute he saw him. It also adds info about how Jake met Crash, one of my favorite supporting characters.

Q2: Which was your least?

A: Witness. It just seemed to drag on forever. I just couldn’t get into it.

Q3: Did you enjoy the stories from other points of view than Vic’s?

A: So very much. I’m a huge fan of first person POV which is one reason I love the Psycop books but reading tales from a different character’s head was extremely interesting, especially when it led to insight regarding Vic that we wouldn’t otherwise get.

Q4: Did you find this an important part of the series or is it unnecessary to read?

A: It depends if you’re a fan of the Psycop books or if you’re a Superfan like myself. As a superfan I had no choice but to read the anthology. A casual reader of the Psycop series might not see the importance of some of the stories included here.

Q5: Do you have a preference for the slice of life interludes or for the longer investigation type stories?

A: I really enjoyed the slide of life interludes in this collection. One that stands out is No Sale. It’s super short, only a couple pages, but what goes on between Vic and Jacob perfectly encapsulates their relationship.

While I didn’t enjoy Witness, one of the longer investigation type tales, I did like Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns. Though I think this one kind of fits both in both categories. It’s Vic and Jacob being cops but it’s something they stumble upon. Plus, that haunted house was majorly creepy. And their sexy tryst being viewed by a ghost—hilarious.

Q6: What is your overall opinion of the anthology?

A: I thoroughly loved this collection. So many great stories that just served to make me love Vic and Jacob even more than I already do. These guys are one of my all-time favorite MM couples. And this line is one of the reasons why:

Sometimes I feel like I’m nothing more than a bundle of baggage…

It’s so true that Vic is a hot mess, but he’s Jacob’s hot mess.

Links

PsyCop Briefs Vol 1 on Goodreads
JCP Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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