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Other Half

(PsyCop #12)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Victor Bayne never saw himself as husband material, but after an undercover stint as half of a married couple, he’s willing to give it a shot. Jacob Marks was eager to settle down from the get-go, so once Vic popped the question, the wedding should’ve been smooth sailing.

But new evidence has come to light that casts a pall over the whole affair: decades of psychic experim
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published January 26th 2021 by JCP Books
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In a non-sappy, Victor-Bayne sort of way, Other Half is one of the most romantic PsyCop yet. In the middle of a (view spoiler), Vic and Jacob delivered some of the best moments and words in the series.
Even if sometimes it was a little sad to see (view spoiler)
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The much awaited Other Half came and it didn't disappoint. Vic voice was as good as ever and we finally get some answers. Not all of the ones I would have liked after seeing the long list of them I had after finishing Bitter Pill, but the ones we got were interesting. (view spoiler) ...more
Michael S.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been slacking on reviews, and JCP’s PsyCop stories deserve some attention.

If you’ve been following the series, you don’t need me to sell this book to you; if you haven’t read PsyCop yet, getting started from the beginning would be a great idea!

This is another entry that is very much about character development. I’m looking forward to the action kicking up a bit, but this time with Victor and Jacob in particular is important, and we’re seeing some big pieces of the story’s foundation start t
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series has been a consistent favourite since the first book, and Vic is, hands down, one of the best characters, ever. And this book is more proof of it.

Vic and Jacob are getting married, and they decided that no, planning a wedding is not stressful enough for them, so they will do it all in a month... while investigating if Jacob's family was involved in psy experimentations and all of Jacob's life is a lie. It goes as well as you can imagine :P

“Vanilla frosting is fine,” Jacob said—and he
Joyfully Jay
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Other Half is the twelfth book in Jordan Castillo Price’s wonderful Psy Cops series. I am a huge fan of this series, having started it when I was new to reading romance a million years ago, and Vic and Jacob continue to be one of my favorite couples. This is a deeply connected series that follows the same couple in Vic and Jacob, so you are going to want to read these in order.

While the investigation itself might not have been as intense as some in the past, this b
Mónica BQ
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Let the record state I am here for Vic. Nothing more, nothing less.

I honestly have to confess to not remembering the majority of the subplots finer details in PsyCop anymore. I skim through some things now because I can't be bothered to look up what the fuck we last discovered about Camp Hell or about Dr. Kamal or when we last saw Con Dreyfuss. I can barely grasp the particulars of what it was that Laura Kim did. I waited like 8? books for Stefan to show up, only for it to be meh at best. I miss
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Vic and Jacob are back and (view spoiler) but of course, they can't do anything normal, lol. With the journal they discovered at the end of the previous book looming over them, they decide to kill two birds with one stone and (view spoiler). We actually do get some answers in this one, which is much appreciated after the last couple of boo ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Bitter Pill was so much more then a simple installment in this series. Vic sees and learns to appreciate the wonderfulness around him.
A man who loves him.
A job where he’s not a freak.
A safe place to sleep with the above mentioned man.
An extended family that accept him.
People who care...special.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
I consider anything with Jacob and Victor a good read... need I say more? LOL!!!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
4.75 stars
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh what joy it is to catch up with Vic and Jacob, with this latest addition to a superb series having the added delights of our MCs experiencing the wedding-preparation travails that afflict all couples in this modern age. As per usual, the author gives us a great blend of 'spookiness', humor, fast-paced drama and M-M romance.

The titular reference aptly alludes to Vic and Jacob having to redefine/reframe their professional and personal relationship. Professionally in light of Jacob's newfound a
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Book hangover mojo: fully engaged!

The past 12 months, and counting, qualify as one of the biggest challenges we've all ever faced. For me, the thin layer of focus I've managed to maintain has been mostly reserved for the day job - ya do whatcha gotta do. There hasn't been much leftover to put towards falling into a full length novel.

Until now.

A first. In nearly a year. Thank you, JCP.

On to the story and all the fun: this just might mayhap possibly be the highest level of Vic 'n Jacob-centrici
Terri Jones
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Vic never disappoints, but Vic and Jacob? Perfection. The dual task of trying to solve Jacob's puzzle and dealing with the many, many details of a wedding, including couples counseling--and that is just flat-out clever, author--keeps the plot surprising. Loved it. Awaiting #13. :) ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, lgbtq, 4-star
JCP’s writing and my fondness for the characters made this thoroughly enjoyable, but it was decidedly odd to have Jacob preoccupied with his own stuff and not be his usual protective, solicitous, hot-for-Vic self. While it was nice to see Vic step up to support Jacob, I don’t like seeing Jacob shaken. I prefer him as Vic’s rock.

Using wedding planning as a pretext to snoop into Jacob’s background was a clever way to get them out of their usual milieu and spending time with Jacob’s family. The pre
clear skies
So a quick list of pros and cons here:


1. Castillo has such a lovely way about her writing. The prose is always good and engaging.
2. I love how the story is showing us a new mystery in terms of who is Jacob, what his family were a part of and how powerful is he.
3. The boys got married.

1. I felt like the marriage aspect wasn’t an enjoyable experience because Jacob was having an existential crisis. I just wish we got some truly fluffy moments there.
2. I do love it’s now about Jacob, but I h
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book differed slightly from the previous in the series. Each book had a case both Vic and Jacob solved, but this book didn't have a case per se. Vic and Jacob were dealing with the information they discovered at the end of Bitter Pill and what it meant for Jacob and his family as well as everything he thought he knew about himself.

I like Vic and Jacob as a couple. And I was here for them alone plus Vic's humor which is infectious, self deprecating and oh so well placed. Vic is as irreveren
Jacob what were you thinking when you let Victor choose the colors... white on white with a touch of white :p Honestly.

So Victor and Jacob decided to get married, however they also decided to be sneaky and use it as an excuse to investigate the mystery of Dr. Kamal's research. I was not a fan of Barbara in the previous books, but man that had to hurt. But who knows maybe one day she'll be told about it and maybe she'll get peace.

Jacob was super obsessed.

Hmm also I wonder about Victor's fake fa
Vic and Jacob are one of my absolute favorite couples and everything they’re in is amazing. I’m so glad they finally tied the knot, and now we have more answers, more questions, and hopefully many more adventures with these two!
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, paranormal, series
4.5/5. I love this series! Vic and Jacob are one of my all time favorite book couples. I laughed a lot and really enjoyed Pastor Jill. I’m looking forward the next book.
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really missed Victor so much I was so happy when Other Half was announced! I remember reading Bitter Pill in bed while being sick last year. I then listened to the audiobook a couple times (or more). I love the narrator so much, I can't wait to buy the audiobook and reread this one in audio!

After the cliffhanger of Bitter Pill and the wedding to plan, I was afraid things were going to get unnecessary complicated for my beloved power psych couple, but even if things got a bit hard, they still h
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
God, I was so excited to wake up this morning to find this waiting for me in my kindle library!! This series is absolutely one of my favorites and I always find myself going back to it, whether through books or audio, every few months.

Jacob and Vic are officially husbands and my heart is so full!!
I love that the wedding wasn’t the main focus, it was always present in the background and very much part of the story, but it would definitely NOT have felt like Vic and Jacob to have spent the entir
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
It's the 11th book in this series. In some ways, reading these books is like wearing your favorite pj's--it's comforting to sink into a story with characters that you know and love. And JCP is such a consistently talented author. She has a real knack for writing well-written stories that never seem stale because she is constantly finding way to grow and evolve the characters, plots, and worlds they inhabit. Without spoiling anything, I can share that the two MC's in this series are very differen ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When most series reach book 12, the characters are stagnant even if the plot is still interesting but often both the plot and characters become recycled versions of the previous books. Psycop is such a perfect exception. Each book shows the characters growing and changing; each plot brings in new pieces to the larger puzzles in the series while also covering some familiar ground and working through new mysteries.
This wedding is both a long time coming and one that you never really thought to se
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
But maybe it's just because I expected a little more answers.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy this series, and there is nothing wrong with this book per se, it just reads like a filler installment most of the way through. Normally when reading a book, there would be four or five moments when I know I would be coming back to those pages for frequent rereads, but I cannot think of one for this book. Sorry to say this read felt anticlimactic to me.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Overall = meh

This felt like filler. There's two plots Jacob's past and Wedding prep - they war for attention until I'm not sure what the end game is, am I supposed to be wanting answers or the happy happy? The little action there was seemed pushed into hectic wedding planning, and that seemed like the downtime I personally find missing from much of the series. Here they were clearly a couple and complimented each other (view spoiler)
Grammy 1
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Review by Gloria Lakritz Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild

5 Stars

Other Half (PsyCop Book 12)
Jordan Castillo Price
January 26, 2021
LGBT Paranormal Action Adventure Romance/Ghosts
254 pages

Psy Cop is one of my all time favorite series!!!! Book 12 seemed to me, that Ms Price has given her readers a wedding and a pause.

Yes a wedding ! Our boys are getting married !!!! The setting will be Wisconsin where Jacob Marks was raised. The family church is the place for the I do’s. Pas
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh joy!

Vic and Jacob are getting married, oh joy of joys!

Imagine trying to plan a wedding while at the same time trying to get to the bottom of how your fiancé’s initials ended up in a book involving psychic experiments.

We get a hilarious mixture of wedding cake, wedding flowers, a bachelor party thrown by Crash, and lordy, lordy, a quirky pre-marriage counselor, Pastor Jill. She not only schools Vic and Jacob on intimacy and communication skills but teaches them a new word of the day to add to
I think for most of us who have followed Victor this far, we're going to enjoy more time in the PsyCop's world.

As other reviewers have commented, though, this book does read more like a filler. A lot of scenes in the book make you wonder if they maybe contain clues about the overarching mysteries of the series but end up not progressing the plot that much further--although a few questions do get resolved. I didn't mind that so much.

Price excels at creating a subtle tone of horror in her work so
Wendy Laumone
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I stayed up until 2:30 am on a Monday to finish this because damnit, I had to see Vic and Jacob get hitched after so many books!

I think there was a good balance of the terrifying search for the truth about Jacob and his family, and the hilarity of our guys planning a wedding. They had to go through pre-marital counseling, went on a scrap-booking date as an excuse to dig into family photos while surrounded by middle-aged ladies, there's cake and flower emergencies, decorations to sort out, Jacob
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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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  • Body and Soul (PsyCop, #3)
  • Secrets (PsyCop, #4)
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