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Within the Mind

(In the Mind #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Seneca is the complete package. He’s smart, sexy, and confident, much to Chevy’s annoyance. They’ve worked with each other for two years, and even though Chevy might secretly find his partner charming and attractive, playful harassment is all they have.

Chevy was born with a unique gift that allows him to go into the memories of others. As detective, he uses this ability
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published January 28th 2019
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DNF @ 7%

This isn't a review, just notes to myself so I'll be able to remember why I quit:

- Nonstop on-the-job sexual harassment isn't amusing, it doesn't make for charming banter, and it's not an acceptable basis for a romance.

- Contractions. In speech. People need to use them. Or else the dialogue ends up sounding stilted.

- If you're accessing someone's memories, you're experiencing the world from their POV, not some external omniscient POV. So WTF ?
I now know that there is such a thing as TOO MUCH SNARK! While Alice Winters delivers a captivating mystery which is decidedly harrowing, her lack of balance between snark and real dialogue overwhelmed me.

The two MCs—one perpetually chipper, the other always grumpy (stereotypes anyone?) —had perhaps ten sentences of dialogue that was not snark. It was sooooo tiresome! Sure, at first I found them hilarious, but soon I prayed for some normal conversation. Everything. I mean EVERYTHING was snark—e
Amy Aislin
I wanted to like this more than I did. With all of the glowing reviews, I certainly expected to. But while I liked the overall storyline and I thought the author did a good job of portraying a sympathetic villain, a few things hindered my enjoyment.

First, the world-building is nonexistent. I have no sense of geographical location, and I have to assume that that's done on purpose by the author so that the story can, theoretically, be set anywhere. But it didn't work for me because I never got a s
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m a huge fan of this author but...
I’ve held off reading this. The reviews are mixed and I was worried it would be too dark for me. I finally decided to just put on my big girl pants and dive in.

It started well and I was kicking myself for not starting sooner. I liked both Chevy and Seneca. I found the idea of their gifts intriguing.

Why had I waited so long?

And then I found out exactly why.
The mind of a serial killer is not the place I wanted to be. It was creepy and disturbing. I considered q
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice Winters is one of my MUST READ authors. It doesn't matter what she is writing you just know it's going to be superb. Within the Mind was just another one of her stories that had me by page one. The story of Chevy and Seneca is a little different from a typical romantic story. The setting is in an alternate universe where people can have special gifts. And these two do. They use their special gifts to help people. Whether it's to find out who hurt them, who stole from them, etc. There goal ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are there issues in this book! Yes. Did I care? No. WHY? I was too busy laughing my ass off!!😂😂😂 The banter and innuendo between characters is off the charts hilarious, imo! I didn't agree with any of the reviews that said it was blatant sexual harassment. If Chevy had a problem with it, he would've said something as a grown ass man should. If someone makes me uncomfortable... I tell them so... See how adulting works!? I thought it was hilarious. The anti-villain's story brought some tears to my ...more
I really enjoy this author but I struggle with this book. Couldn’t get a flow of the storyline and felt off center the whole time. I didn’t really appreciate the connection between the MCs until 80% in. It was hard work but I’m hoping book 2 is easier to settle into 😊
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Wow, this story totally had me captivated and is one that I can’t stop thinking about, even now that it is over. Within the Mind is sort of a hard book to classify, as it is a thriller, a mystery, a little bit of horror, a shot of romance, and a dose of humor, all rolled into one. First, I’ll say that Alice Winters has created a thrill ride here and this story was hard to put down. It is difficult to explain too much without giving away just what happens to Chevy
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq
So much promise and such great elements and yet, this book was not a total winner for me.
It seems that for every 'like' there is something that balances it out.

.) The scenario:
Going into victims' memories to find evidence of what happened to them is a pretty intriguing idea. BUT: surely if you jump into somebody's mind, you'll see things from their POV, not from a strange 'outside' angle?
I also wanted to know a lot more about this alternative universe. It is all kept very simple.

.) The banter:
Diane Dannenfeldt
OMG I loved this book & hope that this will turn into a series. I would love to watch these two do more investigations. This is a new to me author & I can't wait to read more by her. I have read a lot of books that can be considered paranormal but I have never read one that deals with entering minds to view their memories. Chevy has the gift and Seneca, who I absolutely adored, is his partner. To a certain extent, Seneca can mimic others gifts. Seneca goes in the minds with Chevy as his back up ...more
Kendra T
Whoa!!! This book completely messed with my mind! This was so interesting, intriguing, twisted, smart, and brilliant. Chevy and Seneca are cops with paranormal/psychic type gifts. Chevy can read important memories of someone, and Seneca can mimic the gifts of another. The two of them work together to solve crimes. When they are pulled to work on a serial killer, things go totally wonky. There were moments that my heart was racing for sure! The two guys had a lot of banter and were funny together ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Four things prevented me from fully enjoying this suspenseful ride. 1° The story is written in first person, indicative present, with Chevy as the sole mouthpiece; this means that we are stuck with the least interesting by far of the two leads (the kind of character who feels the need to inform the reader of countless inept details, e.g. of his mother that "her eyes are brown, similar to mine. She wears glasses, so it's hard to see their exact color until she takes the thick lenses off"), never ...more
Carol Flores
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me utterly happy!

Seneca and Chevy have unique gifts that help the police solve cases from the victim’s POV: Chevy can get inside someone’s mind by touch alone, and Seneca can mimic gifts from other people just the same. Only this time, the police wants them to go inside the mind of a killer.

As the case lies in their hands, they’ll have try to stop all these murders because, even though they know who is responsible, people are still getting killed. Apparently, the killer also has
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
This book had potential but it tried to be too cute with the MCs' banter which was juvenile and screamed of sexual harassment. The murder mystery was decent but again ruined by the MCs.

I wanted to like this. I really did.
'Within The Mind' is a treat: intriguing mystery, friend-to-lover trope, over the top humor and romance to wrap it all up in a pretty bow.

There are mixed reviews about this story, and I myself was reluctant to read it... But after The Hitman's Guide series I knew I enjoyed Alice Winter's sense of humor and endless over the top humor. If you enjoyed that series, you'll love this!

Within The Mind is more cohesive than The Hitman's Guide. Winter's sticks to Chevy's first person point of view which
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was messy, chaotic and confusing as hell yet I wouldn't change a thing in it! It was entertaining and utterly engaging! Seneca and Chevy were brilliant together even though I wouldn't tolerate one of them without the other! Seneca was 2 much and Chevy was the perfect buffer for him and in Seneca's words he's a buffer for Chevy's stiffness! Their interactions and the dynamic of their relationship were chaotic yet fun! Page and his mind games got me intrigued from beginning to end! Not t ...more
Audiobook review

4,5 stars

Alice Winters takes to a world where some people have gifts. Chevy and Seneca are two of them. Chevy is able to go into the minds of others and witness their strongest memory, happy and horrible ones. Seneca is able to mimic the talents of the last person he touched. The two work together with law-enforcement to seek justice for victims and put the criminals behind lock and key. That is until another agency seeks their help rescuing the victims of a serial killer. A ser
I've given this an A for narration and a C for content at AudioGals (and the C is probably a bit generous - the plot is really good but the juvenile humour and undeveloped relationship completely tank the book.

Alice Winters is a new-to-me author, but I’m a fan of paranormal romantic suspense stories and the synopsis of Within the Mind caught my eye. Seeing Joel Leslie listed as the narrator sealed the deal and I decided to give her work a try.

Chevy Wright and his partner Seneca Bates (Seneca? Re
K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3 (slow-burn)

A thrilling read with the perfect balance of suspense and steam with an injection of Alice’s unique humour, this book is a sure-fire winner!!!

Again Alice keeps you on the edge of your seat!!

Everything Alice writes intrigues me and draws me in and this book is no exception! This book is set in a supernatural style contemporary world where there are people with unique gifts. This story follows gifted detectives Chevy and Seneca. Chevy is a ‘stick in the m
Lelyana's Reviews
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, 2019
Review soon
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I’d give this a 3.5 outta 5 stars. This book has a lot of issues, but even so, I actually enjoyed it a lot. I genuinely had a fun ass time reading this. The relationship & banter between the 2 main characters is the highlight of the book. It made me excited to read just so I can find out what funny thing they did or said next. As the kids say, that was some funny shit. I’ve read other books by this author & I think she’s really good at writing relationships where the chemistry is off the charts ...more
Seneca is a headache, a beautiful headache, with a smile that Chevy just doesn’t know how to handle. They are partners, Chevy can go into peoples minds and see memories. Seneca is his anchor. When they are asked to enter the mind of a serial killer, reality as they know it is imploded. The mind that they delve into convolutes reality. Leaving them searching for answers to questions they can’t even understand. Putting their lives on the line, time after time.

This was a mind bending book. The char
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read the Arc of this AWESOME THRILLING book and let me tell you... Alice Winters wrote one more master piece...
Seneca and Chevy interaction are so fun and they manage to keep themselves grounded from all the madness happening around them... they also make you smile and laugh even when you're holding your breath during a tense moment...
Chevy has a gift - he can enter into people minds and see their memories... Seneca is his partner... he also has a gift and together they work with
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I was expecting the usual M/M story...this one takes us to whole new places...within the mind. It is paranormal (ish) with the documenting of "gifts" but I, for one, believe there are some among us that have these gifts. Alice Winters takes us on a journey of not only a maniacal mind, but of two men who both for reasons of their own, live without love in their lives. Ms Winters has the ability to take a super serious, suspenseful, sometimes completely mind-bending, story and mixing it with ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I really don't know how to rate this book.
Despite being chaotic , messy and kind of weird I kept going through it because I needded to know what the hell was going on.
I found the idea of going into crime victims' memories to find out what happened to them very engaging , even the idea of slide into a serial killer's mind was a major hook, BUT the juvenil humour and the lame banter between the characters screwed up the story. I didn't know if I was reading a thriller or a bad YA romcom.
All things
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Not surprising, since every book the author produces is.

Only a handful of m/m authors do snark successfully. Alice is one of those few.

I really enjoyed Chevy and Seneca’s journey. Although this book has a lot of fun banter between the two MC’s, it also gets quite dark. There is a serial killer on the loose after all. Both Chevy and Seneca are gifted individuals. Chevy has the ability to go into a persons memories. Seneca can mimic the abilities of other gifted people.

Kathryn Manzella
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Within the Mind by Alice Winters is suspenseful romance filled with humor, mystery, paranormal aspects and some snark.

Seneca and Chevy are such awesome characters...they drew me in with all the flirty banter. Even in moments where I am wondering if the danger is going to take them down, I found myself smile at the tete at tete these two have going on. I love their interactions.

The story is entertaining and intriguing. I couldn't tear my eyes sway from the pages, needing to know how it all will
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chevy and Seneca have a funny, sarcastic working relationship. They also both have special powers.
The banter between them was great.

"Do you want to know what would be fun? If I beat you with my bag. Then I would go into your mind so I can watch myself beat you with the bag. I'd probably enjoy it even more as a viewer." Lol.

It was edge of the seat reading that was disturbing and creepy but also engrossing. I couldn't stop till I got to the end. I had to know how it worked out.
4.5 Stars.
Ana  Nimity
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've not read many paranormal MM books, so I don't have a large frame of reference, but in my opinion, Alice Winters has created an unusual world with this book. It is a suspense novel that happens to include a romance. Chevy and Seneca's banter doesn't have much sexual tension in it, but it does have emotional tension, which in the end is just as satisfying. If you enjoy a good, deep mindfuck, then you'll love this book. ...more
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