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Badlands

(Badlands #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  151 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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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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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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~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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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.
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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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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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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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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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!
Trio
Whoa, SO Good!!! Review to come...
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
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.
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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Skirmish
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.wordpress.com/2...
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.
Victoria  love books
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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!
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.
Karen
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 pri
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Caz
Good narration bumps this one up a bit...

Review to follow at AudioGals.
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
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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Darrell Grizzle
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second novel by Morgan Brice (pen name of award-winning author Gail Z. Martin) is just as much a page-turner as the first one, Witchbane. I liked Badlands even more, because I found myself relating more to the characters, especially Simon Kincaide, who leads ghost tours and can actually see ghosts himself. Simon is attracted to Vic D’Amato, a police officer who is skeptical about ghosts despite his own experience of the supernatural, one that changed his life but which he is still in deep de ...more
B
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audibles
Preatty good audible.
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
3-3.5*

I really enjoyed this story. I loved that Simon was a Ghost Tour Guide in Myrtle Beach and the fact he is a huge history buff to boot. I didn’t love his circumstances for ending up there, just a reminder that not everyone is open minded. In this case with the supernatural, not so much his sexuality.

Vic is a homicide detective originally from Pittsburgh. Again, his circumstances for being transferred to MB aren’t that great. Not everyone believes in mediums, and what he saw he couldn’t exp
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Maria Vickers
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had to marinate on this one for a bit and then go back and listen to parts of it again to make sure I could write this review correctly. I flip flopped between 4 and 4.5 stars, but in the end, decided to give it the higher rating because once I started listening, I didn't want to stop.

Story: 4.5 stars
Simon and Vic are attracted to each other, feelings are developing, but something could come between them. On top of that Vic has to find a killer and Simon is caught in the middle. The story is
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caroline wilson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc from the author for an honest opinion.
I've read from this author before and enjoyed there style of writing and this was no different.
Vic, a homicide detective is on the case of the slitter serial killer who is leaving bodies in his wake. There at a dead end which frustrates him. Simon is a medium that communicates with the dead. Friends of his that he keeps in contact with start turning up dead, victims of the slitter. Vic is desperate for some clue and after experiencing a pa
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Suzanne
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Gail Z. Martin's fantasy books so I decided to give her Moran Brice books a try.
This was such an absorbing read which I really enjoyed! It had the perfect blend of murder mystery and paranormal romance.
Simon is the sweet intelligent psychic medium. He feels a great responsibility for those he cares about and is willing to put himself in harms way to help people. I really loved his character. Vic is the jaded cop who asks for Simon's help out of desperation even though he's a bit sceptica
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Ng
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Vic is a homicide detective who has been exposed to some paranormal stuff and had been under investigation for shooting the victim related to that incident. He moves to Myrtle Beach to escape ridicule and distrust. Simon, who possesses psychic power was a professor who was let go from his position because a rich donor did not like him teaching about occult and mysticism. He moves to Myrtle Beach and sets sets up an occult shop and conducts ghost tours and psychic readings. Both get involved whil ...more
Susan
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon, a gay nerdy medium, has a quiet life running his bookstore and ghost tours on the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach. He landed there after losing his job as a professor at a university. There he meets Vic, a cop, who has also ended up in Myrtle Beach after losing his job and boyfriend in Pittsburgh. Vic is pursuing a serial killer and consults with Simon to see if he can add insight from the dead. Little did they expect to also find themselves attracted to the other. This story takes off like ...more
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