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Badlands

(Badlands #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  218 reviews
Medium and clairvoyant Simon Kincaide owns a Myrtle Beach boardwalk shop where he runs ghost tours, holds séances, and offers private psychic readings, making a fresh start after his abilities cost him his lover and his job as a folklore professor. Jaded cop Vic D’Amato saw something supernatural he couldn’t explain during a shootout several years ago in Pittsburgh and rel ...more
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Darkwind Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I wish I enjoyed this more, considering I already own two more in the series, but I just... didn't.

Most of my friends enjoyed Badlands by Morgan Brice, but I struggled with it a great deal. So many info-dumps and so boring. My attention kept wandering over and over again. I'm being nice keeping this rating at 2-stars because I simply didn't enjoy the story.

I honestly didn't understand why Simon (weird nickname for Sebastian, but whatever) kept insisting that the police wouldn't help when he di
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5 stars!!
Story – 3.5 stars

I would have liked more relationship development. Things happen pretty fast between the MCs. But it was easy for me to warm up to them as a couple because they were affectionate with one another. As for the case, it held my interest. I’m a sucker for cases that involves a serial killer. Add a paranormal/mystical aspect to it, and I’m all in.

New to me author. I’m impressed, and looking forward to more by Morgan Brice.
Simone
Audiobook: ***3 Stars**

Did I miss something? Was this supposed to be twincest? Both main characters surely did sound like that... I'm a bit bummed because Kale Williams can do better. :(

Story: *** 3.5 Stars***

Magic probably stirred up the hormones to do a little samba because these guys hit it off in no time and the epilogue came out of the blue - I would have rather wished for a bit less telling and more showing towards the end -, but other than that it was really enjoyable. On to the n
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fleurette
I am sooo positively surprised. I found this book by accident, read a blurb and quite enjoyed it. Then I started reading and totally sunk into this story.

Vic and Simon - the main heroes - are a very nice and well-constructed characters. You can consider both of them as some kind of a tortured heroes or at least heroes with difficult past but it's not overbearing. This just adds another dimension to their personalities and that's great. Makes them more careful with their feelings, they don't just
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Trio
A captivating supernatural murder mystery, Badlands is the first novel I’ve read, well - listened to, by Morgan Brice and I’m completely entranced! With an exciting and creative plot, plus a stellar romance, Badlands held me captive from start to finish. I’m glad there are more episodes in this series, plus a whole additional series available by this talented author. I can’t wait to get started!

Narrated by Kale Williams, his rich voice adds an alluring atmosphere to this spooky tale, and his ski
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Chris
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great murder mystery with a paranormal twist !
I really enjoyed these two characters - Vic the cop who had witnessed a strange event in his previous precinct with the outcome resulting in him almost losing his job. In moving to a new town, he kept his head down and his emotions closed. Simon was the ex uni lecturer who was eventually shunned by his peers as being too out there with his folklore / paranormal history class. Simon left everything and everyone to start his own little busi
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Cadiva
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first read from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A neat murder mystery with a paranormal twist which was grounded in reality and provided an interesting twist on the usual police procedural by having the cop's boyfriend do a lot of the investigating work!

I liked Simon's character a lot, he'd been through the ringer because of his psychic gifts and had uprooted his life to try and start over. Vic, the detective, was a bit of a harder sell but I understood his reticence given his previo
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~Volha~
This is my second foray into urban fantasy and a first time reading this author's work and I can say that enjoyed it immensely. It had the perfect balance between murder mystery and love story. The characters were well written and their background - solid. The plot line of psychic and a policeman is not new but this has such twists that immerse you into the story and you can't stop reading it. It's very good.

I loved Simon from the start. He is compassionate, friendly and loyal. He is like the g
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Joyfully Jay
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Oh, I really liked this one so much! Morgan Brice has only written two books under this name (she also writes under Gail Z. Martin), but count me as a fan because I am really loving her writing style. She does a great job combining mystery and paranormal in a way that gives her books an urban fantasy vibe that I really enjoy. I was just caught up in this one from the start and still can’t stop thinking about the book. It is exciting, romantic, sexy, and intense,
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Bev
Good start to a new paranormal/murder mystery series for me. Took me a while to get into it, but Simon and Vic make a great pairing, and I like Simon's best friend Tracey too.

There were a few typos [you pedal a bike, not peddle 🙂], but I've downloaded the freebies and bought Lucky Town and The Rising to carry on with the series. 4.25 stars.
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Meep
Blurb sounded interesting but this was soooooooooo boring. Seriously boring. A generous 2*
Very wordy, so much telling and info dumps.

There were a lot of side characters who were inconsistent and had no impact on the story, yet we had to hear their backstory. The serial killer plot was so low impact I'm not entirely sure who of the side characters we met died, but their sort-of-friend didn't care so neither did I.

There was no clear reason for Dr Sebastian, who goes by Simon -for no given reason-
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Sophia
Audiobook Review

A psychic who has the key to dreadful events, a skeptical yet dedicated police detective, and a serial killer with his own agenda on the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand sounded just the thing for a suspenseful, paranormal romance from a new to me author and narrator.

Badlands is the start to a series and introduced a psychic shop owner, Simon Kincade, and police detective Vic D'Amato when a serial killer starts killing the temp and seasonal workers along Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand. T
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Kathleen
DNF 28%

Way too much melodrama and redundant internal dialogue for this reader.
Karen
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR. I enjoyed this one full review to follow soonish.

Good times in the Badlands!!!

It's been years since an encounter of the supernatural kind sent police officer Vic D'Amato away from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach looking for a fresh start. So the last thing he's looking for is an attraction to someone like Simon Kincaide...someone who runs a shop that caters to the those interested in the paranormal with ghost tours, seances and p
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Caz
I've given this a B for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals.

Morgan Brice’s Badlands is the first book in a series featuring medium and clairvoyant Sebastian (Simon) Kincaide – a former university professor and expert in mythology and folklore – and Lt. Vic D’Amato, a homicide detective whose one brush with the supernatural a couple of years before the story opens almost cost him his career. It’s a murder mystery with a paranormal twist, but although the premise was intriguing, the execut
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Daphne
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
4.5 stars. Fantastic start to a new series with a chilling mix of the occult and run of the mill psycho humans. Simon and Vic were both walking wounded, each having been betrayed by the same perspective the other displayed. Because of this, there was a push/pull, should I, shouldn’t I that was very well done. Strongly recommend!
Mike
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was (surprisingly) good. I'd never heard of the author and for some reason this popped up in my recommendations. This is M/M Romance with mystery + supernatural, but it all blends pretty smoothly.

Recommended and I'll read Morgan Brice's next book.

Mike
Carra
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Brice has quickly slipped into my list of go-to authors for paranormal M/M romance. The strong storytelling and solid writing skills yield books that easily capture my attention. Here in Badlands, we’re presented with some great characters who instantly piqued my interest in the romance while still staying true to their selves—a clairvoyant paranormal nerd and a cop good at his job while still being skeptical of all the “woo-woo” stuff…even when he’s had his own personal encounter before. ...more
Liz (Bugetta)
This was underwhelming. There was too much telling and overuse of internal monologues to try to justify bad decisions and reasons for the various misunderstandings that happened throughout the book, plus a TSTL MC. Oh, there also some really weird word choices in the sex scenes Thank goodness for 3.5 times speed in Audible!
Don Bradshaw
This is a favorite trope of mine and Ms. Brice did a brilliant job with it. The characters were believable and flawed. I found the under belly of Myrtle Beach interesting and quirky.
Daesy
**grm**

This book started so well.. and with me being an huge fan of paranormal and mistery, I was sure I'd rate this around 4.5 or more, but once reached the middle of the story, I felt as if the pace slowed too much and it became boring. There wasn't much happening, at least not on page. I still liked the characters and I really wish we could knew more about each one of them and about the killer too, since when we finally reached that discovery, not only one of the MC was a dumb as* by going al
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I really enjoyed this book. Simon and Vic are both great characters and their romance was really cute. I'm a sucker for a good supernatural mystery as well and this one definitely kept me interested. My one possible criticism would be that they seemed to fall in love VERY quickly, but I guess they were in a lot of life threatening situations together so emotions were definitely running high. Also all the sex scenes were really good so I'm definit
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♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
I really needed a good paranormal book and this book did not disappoint at all. And a big plus for the amazing narrator he do have a soothing voice !

This was not just another "I can see ghost" kind of book, with this book you will be pulled into the big and amazing paranormal world with a lot more than just mediums.

And the plus side is the wonderful relationship that unfolds between the medium and the cop.
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Badlands by Morgan Brice

A paranormal M-M romantic suspense.
Someone is targeting and killing psychics in Myrtle Beach. Vic decides to seek psychic help on behalf of the police department, but Simon’s reading gets a little to close to home for Vic. The two grow close and the danger on the Strand gets closer.

A romantic suspense that gets more intense as the story progresses.

I liked that the two started their sexual relationship slowly but thought the first sex scene was rushed and without much h
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Alexis Ames
Sep 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. Soooooooooo much telling instead of showing--all of the characters' backstories could have been folded into the text in a more interesting way than an info dump every time they're on the page. Plus the characters' characterizations were inconsistent, and all the MCs could think about was sex. No matter what. Even when they're being shot at or women are being murdered in horrible ways.
Claudia
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought about reading this book for the last 3 month but it never fit really. Now I am really glad that I read it and I will read the next book as well.

the story and the relationship was well done but ... I had real troubles with Simon at the beginning of the last quarter because he always talked about trust and he definitely did not trust Vic

nevertheless, it was well done and I liked it
Alisa
I enjoyed the characters and the overall plot. I love the paranormal aspect. It was very insta-love though and I really struggled with that. I kept reading the series though and am glad I did as the books get better and the relationship becomes more realistic. (One advantage of putting off writing reviews I guess)


**review copy provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Skirmish
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2019/03/04/...
Rating: 4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

I received a copy of Badlands from Darkwind Press via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Annika
Audiobook review

3,5 stars

I am very partial to the psychic helping law-enforcement to solve a crime trope. It speaks to something inside me and in general is a good way to make me smile.

Simon Kincaide and Vic D'Amato are no strangers to leaving everything behind to start over somewhere else. Simon was forced from his position as a professor in folklore when the wealthy father of a student put pressure on the University. Now he owns a shop at shop on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk where he runs ghos
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Karen Lane
4.75 Stars.
Oh, this was a fun read, we get a little bit of everything in this book. A pinch of paranormal, a dose of suspense, a handful of murder and mayhem, and a whole lot of loving. Simon is the geeky psychic that unfortunately for him is the unwilling focus of a serial killer, Vic is the detective who is on his last chance after an incident had him leaving his home and family to start a new life. To say Vic isn't happy with his second encounter with the paranormal is an understatement, how
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