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3.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fade to black/No Steam Fairies Fantasy Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Holiday m/m Mild level angst Morgan Paranormal Part of a Series Secret Identity Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Pixies and Paperwork (Advent Calendar 2016) by Cassia Rose

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Dreamspinner Presents  

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2016-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-bah-humbug-7705-b

 

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Micheal Donovan’s family has kept the peace between mortal and magical realms for generations, but Micheal skipped out on glory for other plans. He finished school, got a nine-to-five, and tried to fit in. When his cousin meets an unfortunate end on All Hallows, Micheal abruptly inherits the position of Riftkeeper, along with all the prestige and responsibility he didn’t want. Estranged from his family, Micheal never learned the details of the job. All the grumpy, ancestral spirit now possessing his goldfish can tell him is that a mistake could be catastrophic. Micheal isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, and coworkers’ attempts to encourage him only add to a headache of magical proportions. To make matters worse, Ryan Nickles, Micheal’s colleague and cubicle neighbor, has assembled enough Christmas decorations to attract more pixies than Micheal can hide.

When Micheal’s attempts to find the Winter Court on the week of the solstice leave him with nothing but a bad cold, he fears he’ll be the first Riftkeeper to break ancient contracts. He’s too stressed to handle Ryan’s attempts to get him into the holiday spirit, but Ryan might know more about the magic of the season than Micheal realizes.

Review

You know how holiday meals are? When you skimp on breakfast and nibble a little all day while smelling all the deliciousness from the kitchen wafting your way? Just waiting for the Big Meal when you can gorge on all the yumminess?

Well, this is a little like that, only instead of a Big Meal to reward and satiate, you end up with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich… that’s half-eaten. That’s not to say you didn’t like it and it’s mostly filling – but it wasn’t what you were waiting for and it’s not satisfying so you’re still hungry even though it’s gone.

The world building is tremendous. We learn about Riftkeepers and The Winter Court and pixies, and fairies and Spirit Guides. Michael is suffering through learning to be the newest (and unwanted position of) Riftkeeper while trying to do his human job at year’s end all the while battling a cold and some sort of magical interference that makes his head ache. The author does such a tremendous job of describing his agony that I felt like taking an aspirin for him!

Then we get some really delicious sexual tension between him and Ryan as well as some funny “Scrooge”-type anti-holiday-ness and all of this if overlain by a sense of urgency as Michael fights to find the needed information to appease the Queen.

Just when it looks like all things are doomed and the world is about to be lost we’re shown the Way AND our MCs begin to realize they might be more than cubicle-mates when *Poof! The story ends. *sigh

Just when I was starting to feel relief from the headache and our MCs had finally found one another, the story ends. Without even ONE KISS!

So… on the one hand this was a really lovely story but it left me absolutely unsatisfied.

3.5 of 5 stars

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6 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book coming of age Contemporary Cop/Crime Established Couple Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Morgan Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Scorching/high heat Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Memento (Psycop 6.2) by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Seasons change, and so do fashion trends. But in this heartstring-tugging PsyCop short, what’s beneath the clothes matters most.
Do clothes make the man? Jacob Marks cuts an impressive figure in his tailored suits, but Victor Bayne is another story. Nowadays, Vic does his ghosthunting in off-the-rack blazers, polyester blend slacks and cop shoes with nonskid soles. But back before he was a PsyCop – or even officially psychic – he rocked combat boots and a beat up biker jacket, and lots and lots of punk T-shirts. When he finds a faded tee in the back of a drawer, he’s eager to lob it in the trash. Jacob, however, finds himself waxing sentimental about Vic’s younger, more carefree days.
This steamy 5000-word PsyCop short in Jacob’s voice takes place after PsyCop #6, GhosTV.

Review

I think this is my favorite of all the little side stories. It is an amazingly sweet look at Vic through Jacob’s eyes and it just GLOWS with his ardor. He loves Vic so, so much. Fascinating and so touching.

Gomez does such a nice job of showing us Jacob’s low key enthusiasm for his man here. It really made me want to cry, I was so touched.

I’m really glad that Jordan has said Gomez is going to do the entire “Briefs” in audio format so we can hear them all!

(I just love the lighting on this cover. It really captures that warm feeling this story evokes. Well done, all around.)

6 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book coming of age Contemporary Cop/Crime Established Couple Gay Geek/Jock Ghost Halloween Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Into the Dark (Psycop # 6.1) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Halloween is fun…at least, it’s supposed to be. Costumes, candy, trick-or-treat, even jaded Victor Bayne can get behind those sorts of antics. Too bad this year’s Halloween is a grownup event. Not only must Vic don a suit and endure a disco-obsessed DJ, he has to mingle with friends of Jacob’s he would much rather ignore.

Vic thinks he has the party’s host all figured out–but as he so often realizes, once he looks beneath the surface, things are seldom what they seem.

 

 

Review

This was a pretty fascinating look both at how Vic sees himself as compared to the rest of Jacob’s friends and a little bit on morality and moral obligations. Really interesting.

4.5 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Established Couple Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Morgan New Year's Eve Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

The Stroke of Midnight (Psycop 3.1) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Jacob Marks has noticed that crimes are committed whether or not he happens to have a social engagement on the agenda. Date another PsyCop, and the likelihood of having a successful night out are cut in half.

Of course Jacob feels sorry for the poor sap in the Fifth Precinct who’s been shot. But did he have to go and get himself offed on New Year’s Eve?

 

 

 

 

Review

Jacob ends up alone at a New Year’s Eve party at his ex’s house. He’s lucky, though, he ends up with Vic at Midnight.

Very cute and the two of them are so sweet with one another!

4 of 5 stars

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http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/stroke.html

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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay Geek/Jock Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Morgan Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Scorching/high heat Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Wood (Psycop 3.2) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Victor Bayne might not be handy when it comes to carpentry, but if there’s one tool he does know how to wield, it’s the tiny metal doohickey that comes with ready-to-assemble furniture from SaverPlus.

The shelves aren’t for the cannery—Vic would never manage to sneak cheap pressboard and veneer past Jacob’s watchful eyes. Jacob’s Uncle Leon, however, is nowhere near as fussy. And since he’s only got one arm, he’ll need help putting together his new treasure.

It’s no surprise to find the instructions baffling and convoluted…but were they always so disturbingly dirty?

This PsyCop interlude is a cute, sexy romp that will delight readers who’ve enjoyed the series through PsyCop #3, Body and Soul.

Review

Even the name is a play on words! So raunchy! These guys are like teenage boys in this! Nothing in this but fun and smexy times!

Loved it!

5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Contemporary Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Morgan Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Scorching/high heat Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Many Happy Returns (Psycop 2.2) by Jordan Castillo Price

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The holidays.

Food. Family.

Returns.

In this short story, Kenneth moonlights part time at SaverPlus to earn enough money to buy himself a state of the art computer system. He just wants to do his job and go home. But a sexy blond customer is looking for service, and he won’t take no for an answer.

 

 

Review

OMG! So. Funny! Again – this is more about showing us who Crash is. He’s crazy, sexy, impulsive and hysterical! I doubt our hapless Kenneth is going to be joining the series in the future but I’d love to find out what happens if he does!

4.5 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Book Contemporary Exploration Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Morgan Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Scorching/high heat Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Striking Sparks (Psycop 2.1) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Andrew’s life is spinning out of control, and he’s desperate for some guidance. He’s heard there’s a palm reader in Wicker Park who’s the real deal: a certified, honest-to-God psychic. He’s confident that she’ll tell him exactly what he needs to hear.

Too bad he didn’t account for how long it would take him to find parking.

The psychic’s gone, but one of the other shopkeepers in the building has a sympathetic ear. He’s pretty easy on the eyes, too.

Striking Sparks is set in the PsyCop storyverse, but it stands alone. Newcomers can hop right in and try it. Veteran PsyCop fans will be treated a good, long look at one of PsyCop’s supporting characters.

This adult novelette is approximately thirty pages long.

Review

This is a book that gives us a little glimpse at who Crash is…. He’s somehow suave, compelling, just a bit psychic, sexy, but insecure all at the same time.

I’m sure this is laying ground for future interactions. I’m not sure if Andrew comes into play again in the future or what…

As always, the writing is phenomenal. So. Freakin’. Sexy. Just wondering what this all leads to…

4 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Morgan Paranormal Part of a Series Psychic Purchased Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words)

Mind Reader (Psycop 2.3) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Fascinating things can be learned on a field trip. Crash has something to prove to one of his internet colleagues. Luckily he knows a level-five medium who can debunk the theory that mummification ties a spirit to the material plane.Vic is perfectly willing to go to the museum with his lover’s ex-boyfriend, but it seems like nothing he says or does will satisfy Crash.

 

 

 

Review

I’m not sure what this was about… but I’ll bet it plays out in the future.   A little (weird) interlude between Vic and Crash.

4 of 5 stars

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http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/mind.html

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Thaw (Psycop Book 1.1) Audiobook by JC Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Victor Bayne is a PsyCop, a psychic medium who sees dead people as plainly as if they were alive. People assume that Vic’s psychic abilities are his only talent, but in Thaw, he shows his boyfriend Jacob that he’s got other secret skills up his sleeve.

 

 

 

Review:
This is just a sweet little story about Vic and Jacob being cute with one another and very loving. Also – ice skating!
Audio:
The audio is free on Jordan’s site and Gomez does another amazing job! His Jacob is still the same as book one, but in book two he changes him a bit – for the better IMHO.
4.5 stars

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Inside Out (Psycop Book .5) by Jordan Castillo Price

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Bureaucracy can suck the fun out of anything, even a PsyCop meeting. Undaunted, Jacob Marks would never miss a chance to meet some of the city’s most mysterious crime fighters in the flesh, since now he’ll finally be able to put names to faces…if Carolyn doesn’t make them miss the whole thing because she’s so focused on fixing him up with a musician from Boston.

 

 

 

Review

Technically this is a pre-quel to the Psycop series but I strongly recommend reading it after book one and before Thaw, so that’s where I’m going to place it. You’ll have already read book one, so you know Crash, Carolyn, Victor and Jacob.

This is the first time Jacob meets Victor and hears about Crash. So interesting!

Very short and free on Jordan’s site.

PS the cover is explained in the story ☺

5 of 5 stars

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