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Bitter Pill

(PsyCop #11)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  87 reviews
There’s a new drug on the streets called Kick. The side effects are so brutal, most folks only try it once…unless they’re psychic. Then they do it until it kills them.

Psychic medium Victor Bayne is well acquainted with pharmaceuticals, from the Auracel that blocks his ghosts to the Seconal that offers him a blissful nights’ sleep. But he’s managed to steer clear of street
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by JCP Books LLC
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Let's all just face the truth: Homer Simpson got dumber as the show went on. I know, I know. It's hard to get hit with those truth bombs about controversial topics, but someone needs to have the brevity to say it. But, that's the deal, right? Characters evolve and change in every series. And, if they didn't, it would be lame and ridiculous, like, you know, there might be a hamster that is 40 years old by now. And, what the hell happened to Roarke? We were just chatting about that over at Kelly's ...more
3.5 stars

First thing, a small clarification on the rounding down. The book isn’t bad, at all, and I enjoyed reading it a lot, but it didn’t reach the “Victor Bayne potential.” Not to the fullest, anyway, and certainly not like Murder House did. Understandably so, Vic undercover is difficult to top.

That said…

What I liked:

- The ending. (view spoiler) was a WTF moment if I ever read one. I need the next book, like, yesterday. I’m so glad it’s
Kaje Harper
It's always fun to hang out with Vic again. He's grown a lot from those early days when he was a young, confused and unsure man fumbling to figure out his talent, and had just met Jacob. Now Vic has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and yet, there are always antagonists that challenge his abilities. And being Vic, he's still looking to get a better grip on his abilities and find a new advantage, a new technique, to control and expand what he can do. From chair yoga to drugs he definitely shouldn't ...more
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
3.5 stars

There were things I really enjoyed about this one, but there were also things I was kind of meh about. It was probably too much to hope this would continue on with the highs of the previous book, which took PsyCop - and Vic - into new territory, and thus gave it a fresh, shiny feel. This one goes right back to the grind, and it's a case of been there, done that. Or, more accurately, nearly been there, almost done that. There are a few twists, but they weren't quite enough to pull it out
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

“But, Jacob…if it’s ever a choice between me and you…it’s gotta be me.”
He knew exactly what I meant. If someone’s gotta go….
“Why would you say something like that?”
“You have a family.”
He balled my jacket in his fist. “Damn it, Vic, so do you. I am your family.”

Oh my heart! <3 <3 <3

I was fortunate enough to receive an arc for Bitter Pill and I quickly and eagerly devoured it, despite trying to savour every moment. What can I say? I’m not much good at delayed gratification
Jennifer R
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great to see Vic and Jacob back in action together, after they were separated much of the last book. The mystery is good and I didn't figure out how it was going to play out. I particularly enjoyed that the boys got to work with Carolyn and Zig again, and we also get appearances by Crash and Red. Vic will always be Vic, but it was nice to see his personal growth from earlier in the series when you know he would have made more self-destructive choices. We also find out more about Jackie ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an ending! When you think nothing else can surprise you after everything we've learnt in the last few books, that bomb drops. I can barely wait for the next book to see what all that would imply.
I loved this new more self assured Vic, and his humour. The momment when he realized he managed to close his "white light faucet" doing some... let's call it "yoga", was hilarious. And what to say about Jacob, I like him because he is so good for Vic, despite wanting to throttle him for being
Victoria Loves Books
I am a huge fan of this series so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. This was a fantastic read and a great addition to the series. As usual, JCP really grabbed me and took me for a ride with her great storytelling skills. She had me frantically turning pages till the wee hours of the morning. I love the humor, wit, and twists and turns this book took.

F-pimp still plays a big part in Vic’s growth and it was nice to see Vic & Jacob working a case together, again. It’s so refreshing to
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 4-star, lgbtq
A solid installment. It was nice to see Vic & Jacob work a case together, along with some familiar faces from previous books. But I'm getting impatient for more info on Vic's past. It's time for more than tantalizing teasers.
Joyfully Jay
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Bitter Pill is the 11th book in Jordan Castillo Price’s wonderful Psy Cops series. This is one of my all time favorite series, one I have been enjoying since my earliest days reading LGBTQ romance, and getting a new installment is always a treat. While each book has a discrete mystery, the overall plot builds across the series, and you are going to want to have read earlier books to best enjoy this one.

This latest installment gives us an engaging mystery that
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, paranormal, ebook, lbr

4.5 stars - Vic and Jacob are back again with the story continuing on from the previous book. They are engaged now but just can't seem to find the time to make a wedding happen yet. They are still working together, and this installment has them on the case of the Bitter Pill, a drug known as "Kick." Kick is a highly addictive and deadly drug where you are not likely to live past a few hits. It can apparently enhance psych abilities, so the victims are both psych and regular people as well. Jacob
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone wants a magic pill… it’s unlikely you’ll find such a simple solution.”
Oh, Victor… nothing has ever been simple for you, has it? With this 11th installment of PsyCop, my beloved Victor Bayne certainly does find himself facing some difficult challenges as the investigation touches a personal nerve. Victor’s internal monologue has always been a source of fascination to me and Bitter Pill is no exception, his quick wit and insightful observations about the world around him made this book a
Melissa Brus
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victor Bayne fans!! He is back!!! Yep, our favorite surly empathy is back in action and this time his history with self medicating with any and all options to control his abilities is front and center. The entire fantastic cast is back as well in this newest installment. Jacob is the rock that Victor depends on and truly steps up when it counts. Jordan Castillo Price has such a gift at communicating her visions to the reader. The ghoulies and ghosties that inhabit this series are truly ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2020
I wish I hadn't started this when I had so much going on because I really would have loved plowing through it beginning to end. If I didn't know the audio would be released soon, I'd probably plunge right back in and re-read it.

One of my favorite parts of this series is the character growth, so often when a series has been going for a while that dies off, but not here. I love that the last book was all about Vic and Jacob longing for each other and their life together. This book was all about
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a whole lot more than Murder House.
A lot of action and a lot of Vic and Jacob which was seriously missing last time.
An interesting end which will probably be the story for book 12.
Super nice to see some old faces - I especially loved that we got Jackie's story (). Vic & Jacob were as wonderful as ever. All in all, another solid instalment in a favourite series. Yay! ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the following is my true and honest review.
I love Vic and Jacob, and I've been eagerly anticipating their next book. I love that we've really seen Vic develop as a person through the last few books. I really like the man he has become. The story is a real nail-biter this time around. The action is good and the story of Vic's past really takes some twists. JCP is a true storyteller and I feel like every Psycop book gets better and better.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, a-2020-read
Good to see Vic and Jacob again.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back, my beloved Victor!! And the gang!! This review will obviously contain spoilers from the previous books so if you haven't yet started this magnificent series, stay away!! And go buy the books asap!

I was so excited about Victor and Jacob's big news after how Murder House ended and, even if we of course didn't have the event in this book, there were hints about the planning. I loved the catalogues and the "fiancé" and "future husband" just slipping into normal conversations; Victor
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow... just Wow !!!! Another great addition to the Psycop series. Bitter pill brings back some favorite characters from previous books, answers questions that were left unanswered in other stories. At the same time brings up other unanswered questions and leads you to a whole new set of questions as of yet unasked. If it was the Authors intention to hook me like a fish ... job well done. I cannot wait to see what comes next. Lets hope the wait isn’t too long.
Chris Owen
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book left me reeling. Both Vic and Jacob are at their most vulnerable, and at their working best. The reintroduction of (spoiler :-) ) into their investigation thrilled me, and at several points I found myself composing messages to the author about how specific scenes affected me — a first for us, and we’ve been in messaging terms for a decade.

Essentially, read the series and relish this book. I read chapters a second time just to enjoy them again.
Lin Clar
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great story in the series. The mystery kept me guessing right until the end. The characters in this series are great and it was wonderful to see Carolyn and Zig working with Vic and Jacob again. If you haven’t read the series before, go grab the audio from the beginning and catch up so you can enjoy this latest instalment.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enjoyed having Vic and Jacob back. Loved seeing the changes in both men in their jobs and relationship. Looking forward to the next book.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series, Vic is one of the best characters I have read. This book was fantastic, in long running series it is hard to maintain my interest, Bitter Pill may be my favourite in this series.
The plot is classic JCP, small hints dropped sparingly and the last chapter has blown the series wide open for so many new developments into Vic and Jacob's pasts.
The supporting characters are as crucial and fascinating as ever, and the murky FPMP and Camp Hell are still terrifying.
I received an
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mystery heavy and a bit slower - Vic has gone through changes - interesting ending. Hope we see more of Erin. Full review to come.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
PsyCop #11
I truly look forward to the ongoing PsyCop saga and the overall development of its characters as they live and work and love and grow. I have especially liked the growth of Victor Bayne's character and his progression as a Medium. I'm very glad that this is not the last book and that according to the author she has no plans to end the series anytime soon. I look forward to the next installment. Enjoy!

January 27-28, 2020 – Kindle Edition

My preferred reading order is chronological
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This installment cannot be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read the other books in the ‘PsyCop’ series yet, start with ‘Among the Living’. If it’s been a few years since you’ve read the first part of the series, you *might* want to go back and reread the first books.

This story felt like a return to the ‘PsyCop’ books I fell in love with a decade ago. Yes, I own these in paperback! This was before e-readers, pre-Goodreads, and oh my goodness has that much time passed? I enjoyed every moment
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vic and Jacob are at it again, this time as professional partners as they hunt down the source of a new and deadly street drug called Kick. Along side them in the hunt are two familiar faces, Carolyn(I cannot tell a lie) and Zig. There’s a lot of whodunnit mixed with tons of action. This is another cat and mouse where I thought I knew where the cheese was hiding but as usual I ended up with egg on my face. Everyone was suspicious as far as I was concerned. Little did I know.

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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Any disembodied noises, she’s decided, will be blamed on the ice maker.

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PsyCop (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Among the Living (PsyCop, #1)
  • Criss Cross (PsyCop, #2)
  • Body and Soul (PsyCop, #3)
  • Secrets (PsyCop, #4)
  • Camp Hell (PsyCop, #5)
  • GhosTV (PsyCop, #6)
  • Spook Squad (PsyCop, #7)
  • Skin After Skin (PsyCop, #8)
  • Agent Bayne (PsyCop, #9)
  • Murder House (PsyCop, #10)