Among the Living (PsyCop, #1)
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Among the Living (PsyCop #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,303 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can chan...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 118 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Torquere Press, LLC
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 ended-my-book-funk stars.****Review completed January 3, 2014

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I 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.

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"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.

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Victor B...more
Jul 08, 2014 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancy by: M/M Romance Oct. Pick It For Me Challenge
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 part...more

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. Check
Hot cops. Check
Hot cops with guns. Check
Quirky anti-hero MC. Check
Something scary. Check
Something funny. Check
Something sweet. Check
Makes fun of itself. Check.
Great writing. Check.
Potential for more (series). Check

I love, love, LOVE VICTOR BAYNE!!!! (and I honestly have no idea why) He hears dead peo...more
Jordan Castillo Price
Sep 29, 2009 Jordan Castillo Price marked it as wrote  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
⚣ Marco Manganiello ⚣
What a great way to kick off a series!

Um, unlike that...

I enjoyed every page and every word here!

I loved both MC’s equally: Victor, the grumpy and sarcastic one with issues

and Jacob, the stiff cop hunk

("stiff" meaning non-psychic, you pervs!)

Wait! Why does that sound so familiar? Hm, let me think a minute...

Oh yeah, I know: both MC's reminded me of the Adrien English books!

But there is an eensy-weensy difference:


Here, both MC's were LIKEABLE and NICE TO EACH OTHER! I just wished th...more
julio is a red panda
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.
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.

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 ir...more

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...more
“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...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**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!
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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 peop...more
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 commit...more
I've wanted to read this forever and I was thrilled when I got it as a Christmas present.

I had a couple of issues with this story, the first one being that it felt too short. But it's a series so maybe that can be solved quite easily.
I also couldn't picture Victor very well, I only got that he was tall and dark-haired. I had no such problem with Jacob, who by the way was yum! Why did Jacob fancy Vic that much was another head-scratching moment. The intimate scenes were kinda mediocre but that w...more
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 lin...more
Heather C
1st Read November 2010

I finished this book in only a few hours. Its way to short. Before I realized it, I was finished and I just wanted to read more of Vic and Jacob. The ending was very sweet but too abrupt leaving a lot of stuff unexplained!

I like Vic. He's cute and quirky and I never know what silly thoughts will run through his head next. Sometimes I found myself laughing at him.

Every time Jacob spoke to Vic, I got all mushy inside. So sweet! I really wish we could see what's going on in h...more

2.5 Stars

I've been wanting to read this for a while now and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. I like the premise of the book. Vic is psychic cop who's partnered with a non-psychic. He can see and correspond with the dead. It’s a fun world with a lot of possibilities but unfortunately the MC, Vic fell short. He shows very little emotion and always seems indifferent about everything in his life. I never got a good sense of how he felt about Jacob. I just didn't connect with him. I liked Jacob...more
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 gia...more

This was a Buddy Read with Deirdre, many thanks sweetie....and I have to say doing a buddy read with that huge great pond called the Atlantic in the way is challenging, but manageable!! 4 stars

This will be a shortie review. I was sufficiently intrigued by the premise of the story to think about reading it, and was then persuaded by several 'friends', who will be named and shamed...Ilhem, Laura and give it a go, and I'm so glad I did!! Victor and Jacob will hopefully make a cute coup...more
Kaje Harper
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.
Jun 29, 2010 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mel by: Rossy, Nichole
Shelves: m-m, e-book, favorites
Among the Living is the first of the PsyCop series which is about Victor Bayne, a cop with supernatural powers. Vic can communicate with the dead. Well… up to a certain point because the dead are hard to communicate with; they’d rather show up at inappropriate times and talk your ears off your head when you aren’t interested.
So it’s safe to say Vic doesn’t embrace his powers. Or his life for that matter because when we meet him in the beginning of the story he seems really indifferent about ever...more

Buddy read with sweet Sue :)

Victor Bayne, a gay medium and psychic cop – he sees the ghosts of the dead and can communicate with them - hooks up with handsome „hot es hell“ Jacob Marks, a non-psychic detective from another precinct.

Jacob is my hero! Tall. Perfectly muscled. Gorgeous. Sexy. !!! :D

Soon both of them and their partners have to work on a new case. A serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy. This killer’s not leaving...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
3.5 stars. I guess I could say that I did a buddy read with Leea, Wendy F and Regina of this book, but truth be told, I sort of slacked and read it a couple of days after they had already finished and dicussed the book, so instead, I did a tag-along read.

I think there were cops in this book. I think there were psychic goings-on and magical stuff and succubi and crimes to be solved. My brain failed to register most of it because...oh yeah...uh...there was kind of some hot m/m action going on. Bwu...more
4.5 Stars

O.M.G. I HEART Jacob Marks. I luuuuurve him! Vic Bayne is an unusual protagonist and while I like him enough, he isn't cuddly. I don't want to sidle up to him; I'm not even sure what he looks like, exactly. He doesn't engage me in a holy-bejeezus-he's-sexy-smexy-hot kind of way. Vic is engaging because he's independent, witty, and, frankly, freaky (in a wow-that's-interesting sorta way). But, for me, the best thing about Vic, so far, is Jacob.

The I-see-dead-people aspect of Victor's par...more
There's a great big world out there, and somewhere there are police with special psychic abilities who are battling crimes on a city force. These special cops don't have it easy in this world. They suffer because if you communicate with the violently dead, you're always seeing them and hearing them. They offer poor conversation and poor company. Having these downers around all the time would be a drag for any normal guy, which, understandably perhaps, Victor (our hero) is not. He's been seeing t...more
Kelly  Maybedog
More of a novella than a novel but a good first book. I enjoyed it immensely. The love story is sweet and all the characters are interesting. I love the main character's insecurities, although he makes himself sound like he isn'5 good at anything except seeing ghosts which is just automatic not a skill in his mind. I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him everything is okay and that he has a million things to offer the world. I didn't like how closeted he is but I think it's probably pre...more
Jenni Lea
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!
For a book about psychic cops and soul sucking villains this book is remarkably bland. Vic as a character is ok, but I didn't really connect with him. Jacob, the love interest, is just a cardboard cutout to rub off on. For about half of the book I thought he was the disposable one and the real love interest would show up and there'd be, like, actual sparks. Or some UST. That would have been nice. But no. It was what it was and that was, at least for me, not all that fascinating. Forgettable.
I really, really liked it. The small thing - it's too damn short!
I liked the characters, the plot, the writing. Off to the second installment.
Good beginning, but too short! I am intrigued enough to continue onto the next one in this series.
After speeding through what's currently available in the Psycop series, starting with #1, Among the Living, I find myself now dazed, winded, and wondering what life was like before I found this series. What did food taste like before Psycop? Was the sky always that color blue? How did I get this far in life without reading Victor's awesome voice before?

Among the Living is the first part of Victor Bayne's story--a cop in a world where psychic abilities exist, and his talent, the ability to see an...more
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check...more
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