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The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2)

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Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But
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ebook, 2nd Edition, 96 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Pride Publishing (first published June 27th 2015)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm SO into Angel Martinez right now! First came Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which totally charmed me, and now this follow up? So good! If you are into quirky, short sci-fi romance reads, you HAVE to give this series a go.

In this story, we get Vikash's POV, which is a change from the first book. I think I slightly enjoyed being inside Kyle's head more, but it did give me a lot of insight about Vikash as a character. He is more serious and less funny, but seeing things from his perspective w
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Ami
3.5 stars

The Pill Bugs of Time is the follow-up to the delightful Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which introduced me to the quirky (and sometimes WEIRD) characters of the Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct. In this follow-up, Vikash Soren takes over the narration from his partner/lover Kyle Monroe. Bisexual Kash always has trouble to express his feelings, especially when he is with a male lover. He is still in the closet for that particular relationship, which makes it a bit tough since he doesn't
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Serena Yates
Sep 20, 2016 Serena Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, psi-powers
Philadelphia’s 77th Precinct, in this world where paranormal abilities can be defective – a mixture of not controllable, entirely useless, or just plain strange – is the setting for a second hilarious action/adventure in the lives of police officers Kyle and Kash. Both of them are cops, partners in fact, and between Kyle’s uncontrollable talent for absorbing anyone’s ability if they get too close to him and Kash’s problem of making bad things happen when he gets angry, they are a pretty capable ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
This was so freaking good. I don't think I've enjoyed time travel this much since I've read C.B. Lewis series. I enjoyed this so much. This picks up a little bit after book one. We are in Vikash's pov. I loved reading from his pov. He is dealing with so much and then he's the victim of the pill bug weird time travel.

I loved the writing in this one, and I could definitely see myself reading this in a full length novel. I loved reading about Vikash vulnerabilities, and seeing the time travel conce
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Tess
Oct 17, 2016 Tess rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

More fun!
Breann
4.5 hearts

So much fun! I think I said that about the first book... well, it still applies! I am 100% in with this series after this second installment. I liked the first book, but I loved this second book.

Read my review here!
Dan Mitton
Sep 26, 2016 Dan Mitton rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the author / publisher for an honest review.)

I’m really liking this Offbeat Crimes series from Angel Martinez. I missed it the first time it was published, but now that the stories have been expanded and re-issued with a new publisher, I’m all over them!

In The Pill Bugs of Time, we catch up once again with Vikash and Kyle, who you will remember from Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, Book One in the series. If you haven’t read tha
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Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2016 Joyfully Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Honestly, author Angel Martinez just makes me laugh! Her Offbeat Crimes novellas have got to be the most unique creation of a cast of the most lunatic characters ever assembled in a paranormal series. I want to visit Philadelphia’s 77th precinct just to watch this incredible crew in action. Her second story, The Pill Bugs of Time, gives us much more insight into the ongoing struggle poor Kash has with his growing affection for Kyle. If you have not read the first no
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Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewer: Diane
Genre: M/M Cops
5 Hearts

Review:
Vikash (Kash) Soren is perceived as the perfect police officer – aside from his odd paranormal ability fueled by his temper, which he strives to not lose as a result. However, appearances are not always what they seem and he is conflicted, wanting to have a real relationship with Kyle, but afraid of outside judgment which he has encountered most of his adult life. However, his silence creates a chasm between him and Kyle. Rather than talk it out, he r
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The Novel Approach Reviews
Sep 20, 2016 The Novel Approach Reviews rated it really liked it
I had such fun reading the first book in this series, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to dive back into the lives of officers at the 77th Precinct and see more of Vikash and Kyle… and, if I am truly honest, Leather Jacket (how I fell in love with an animated jacket I have no clue, but Angel Martinez made it happen in book one, and that’s what I would call talent).

I really delighted in consuming the newest addition to the series as Vikash and Kyle both deal wi
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Beth doesn't write
Loved it!

Love this series and cannot wait for more!

Seriously, the title itself is enough to make me want to read the book.

Humor, bizarre characters, love and odd occurrences wrapped up together make a wonderful read!
Pete W
Oct 23, 2016 Pete W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time Vikash is the narrator instead of Kyle. Which is a good thing since Kyle could barely read Vikash.

To put it bluntly, Vikash was quite a mess, despite the stoic shell he cultivated. (view spoiler) There was also issues with Vikash's seemingly inexpressive exterior (which never explain if this was his natural state or someth
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Julesmarie
The zaniness continues! I loved that so many of the fun elements from #1 were here still, like the leather jacket, and all of the various malfunctioning paranormal abilities.

And the new elements were just as fun. I think Tim might be my new favorite character. Vikash's descriptions of his time in the future were fantastic. Very fun.

Some Favorite Quotes:
"Shh. I'm trying for a bit of self-delusion here. Don't spoil it for me."

replaced his heartbeat with thunder

"Your weird matched up with my weir
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Blaine Hall
Sep 28, 2016 Blaine Hall rated it it was amazing
OMG!! Just finished this book and, as usual, Angel Martinez has completely wow'd me!! I was going to ask where does she think these things up when I read a review on: sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com
Now I get it! I truly enjoy reading her works. Every single thing I have read is unique, the style of writing is incredible and her characters completely fleshed out.
Love, Love, Love her books!
(Thank you Angel Martinez for the hours of wonder and entertainment you have given me. Looking forward t
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Katherine
Jan 04, 2017 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making it work

Taking place a few months after the first book, Kyle and Vikash are working well as working partners and continuing to be romantic partners- though that is quite a bit riskier. Vikash has too much difficulty showing any bit of public acknowledgment to Kyle and it is wearing down their relationship; the end is coming unless Vikash can change.

It was interesting seeing this new POV for the story. Vikash is so very different from Kyle as he thinks and overthinks everything. He has buil
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Chris
4.5 out of 5 stars

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Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash strugg
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Shymsal
Oct 23, 2016 Shymsal rated it liked it
Light paranormal police m/m romance. This one from Vikash's point of view. It was nice to see Kyle from the outside, but I liked Kash better when I wasn't in his head. He was a lot less confident than he seemed from Kyle's viewpoint and I liked him less for waffling and hurting Kyle. Time traveling pill bugs was odd; it was good to see Leather Jacket again and I loved the inclusion of Tim - though I have no idea what he was. If Ms. Martinez writes another I hope we get to see see more of the oth ...more
Dark_Shadow
Dec 29, 2016 Dark_Shadow rated it really liked it
I really liked it. I wish there was more information on the other characters, because they're really interesting. I'd love to read their book. especially the vampire's.
and I got the feeling that the relationship between Kash and Kyle was on fast forward. I would have liked more.
And I adored Mr Jacket and Tim! So cute!
Karla
Nov 01, 2016 Karla rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series primarily because the romance was not such a big part of the story. Still it was fun and offered plenty of wacky action.
Molly Lolly
Dec 22, 2016 Molly Lolly rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four stars!
I’m so glad we get to see more of Vikash and Kyle. They’re so good together and I really enjoy the world created that they live in. We didn’t get as much world building in this story as the last so I still have some questions I’d love to have answered. But they’re not major ones so I definitely enjoyed this book. I was fascinated by Tim and the whole Pill Bug of Time. I really liked how the timelines and moving between them was written. It made me feel li
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Kristin
Sep 18, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it
The Pill Bugs of Time picks up right where Lime Gelatin and other Monsters leaves off. Not meant to be read as a standalone.

Kyle and Vikash are navigating a new relationship that could very well get them both in trouble at work, or so Vikash believes. Vikash insists he and Kyle keep work and relationship completely compartmentalized to the point of not even mentioning anything remotely related to a relationship at work – no ‘what do you want for dinner?’, driving separately, no PDA’s of any kind
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Love Bytes Reviews
4.5 Heart Review by Vicki

I would love to rummage around in the brain of Angel Martinez and see what’s in there…. She has got to be one of the most creative authors I have ever read. Seriously. A pill bug that causes people to jump around in time? An animated leather jacket that helps fight crime? Who the fuck comes up with this?? Angel Martinez. That is who.

I hope I’ve got this right: This book is part of the AmberPax collection called Reeling Through the Years, which seems to be books about tim
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Dee Wy
Oct 05, 2016 Dee Wy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - Crazy paranormal action keeps you guessing and Vikash finally realizes just what Kyle means to him. Amen. Not quite as good as the first one, but kept me involved.
Hollis Shiloh
Sep 23, 2016 Hollis Shiloh rated it it was amazing
<3
Jaymie
Vikash Soren has a tight grip on his emotions. While that can work well in his line of work as a Police Detective, as a love interest it sucks. Never losing his temper, never getting overly excitable, he's always in control. But there's one person who has the ability to make him lose that perfectly honed composure, his partner on and off the job.

Kyle loves him and wants more from their relationship. Vikash has never been able to please his significant other when it comes to his emotions, or lac
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Andrea
Sep 19, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok
I wasn't loving the first book but decided to read book 2 just to see if the series would take off for me. It didn't. The characters weren't growing and the whole world is too out there for me to jump into for a novella. If another book comes out, I won't be reading it.
Melissa
Sep 20, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this one so much better than the first! Great read. Can't wait for more.
Steph
Sep 15, 2016 Steph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
***4.5 stars***

Ever since I started reading Angel Martinez’s Offbeat Crimes series, I feel like I’m reading a Syfy Original Movie, but with CW quality. As I read, The Pill Bugs of Time, I am for some reason picturing the cast from Firefly with Brooklyn Nine-Nine eccentricity. Of course Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion as Vikash and Kyle respectively.

I still really enjoy the way the author writes and the zaniness of her stories, which IMO makes it fun to read. Not to mention, the witty banter and
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multitaskingmomma
Original Blog Post: Review & Excerpt: The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

I am truly loving the Offbeat Crime Series, it's a refreshing sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal romance, quite a change from what we are used to. This series reads as separate episodes in the life of Kash and Kyle, two Offbeat Crimes cops/detectives/paranormals who battle legitimate weird stuff thrown their way either by nature gone awry or by something else entirely.

In
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Leigh
Jul 21, 2015 Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really I loved the first book in this series and this was the same. It wacky and kooky and just plain fun. The imitation Angel Martinez has to come up with these off the wall situations is amazing,

I mean Pill Bugs that have the ability to transport in time. Scary freaking cook. Plus Leather Jacket is back, and now they have a new friend they call Tim. Adorable.

Then there is the ongoing relationship of partners Vikash and Kyle. This time Kash needs to face up to his issues with admitting his feel
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Angel Martinez currently lives part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head. She has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

Angel's alter ego writes the all-ages science fiction - Sandra Stixrude.
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