Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills.
Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.
Jacob's ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor's pants than in providing any actual assistance.
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a good story nonetheless as it gives us more insight into Vic's ability and also highlights that thete are people out to get him.
It also shows that his Camp Hell training leaves a lot to be desired and builds on his relationship with Jacob a little more.
Gomez Pugh's narration is clear and there's good variation in the character voices so you don't struggle to differentiate between them.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jordan Castillo Price never disappoints me.
Thirty -eight year old Victor Bayne has a special talent ' he can see dead people'. It's a very handy talent to have as a cop, and you would think his investigations would be straightforward, as the victim could tell him who had committed their murder. But in the world of the paranormal nothing is as it seems, and when Vic's talent is suddenly ramped up and ghosts are coming at him on every street corner and getting grabby, Vic turns to the only thing he knows that will keep the visions at bay- drugs.
Vic's new cop partner Roger is way too friendly from the start, but Vic is too high and messed up to see what is really happening, and his ex partner Lisa is sending cryptic phone messages to add to Vic's confusion.
Vic's boyfriend, fellow cop Jacob Marks continues to be his big dependable rock of love, who will do anything to make his man happy. I adore the slow pace of their relationship- and it makes the sex scene at the end of the story incandescently hot.
Gomez Pugh continues to amaze with his wonderful narration. How many voices does this man have? I am in awe. Therefore, I am definitely continuing with this series and would highly recommend.
Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.
I hadn't read any of the PsyCop books before I listened to the series on Audible. I throughly enjoyed each story and Jordan's distinctive storytelling. I loved the premise of the series and thought the chemistry between Vic and Jacob was sizzling throughout. Gomez Pugh's performance was fabulous. His narration was spot on for each character. He differentiated each person clearly and made them come alive for me. I pictured everything going on in the scenes and recognized each character when they spoke. Jacob's voice was husky and so sexy. UNF! The production quality was excellent. I will definitely listen to all five superb stories again.
Writer and reader
I'd definitely listen again. It's a favourite series and the narration is good.
Vic's first freak out with the "heads in the bush" and I love the whole sequence near the end when Vic's held prisoner by the bad guys and who comes to rescue him.
I listened to his readng of the first of the series and like this one more, as I wasn't as keen on some of the other voices in the first one as I am on his Vic narration. But the tweaks he's made to the performance this time really work for me.
I hope the audio of the series continues. Criss Cross is great. I like it beacause Vic is suffering even more than usual and I'm a terrible sadist about characters I like. But my all time favourite book of the series is yet to come.
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!"
YES. This is one of my top favorite books in this series. In fact, it probably IS my favorite in the series and the narrator does a super fantastic job with all the voices of the cast. LOVE IT. I can't say that enough.
Crash. In this particular book, Crash gets introduced and I love his voice, and his personality. Of course, Vic will always be my top favorite character in the series because I love his voice, and his personality. Some of his inner thoughts are things I can easily relate to. LOVE Vic.
He does a fantastic job with everyone's voices. Even Jackie the dead black prostitute ghost. He seemed to subtly alter Jacob's voice in this book and I did like it better than in the first book. He sounded less like a radio DJ I used to listen to a lot. :-)
YES and NO. I wanted to listen to everything because I love this story. Yet, I wanted to make it last as much as possible. I was very sad when I got to the end and there was no more! This is one of my top, all time, favorite series, so yeah.
Series/Standalone: book 2
Genre/sub-genre: paranormal with a side of romance
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: Hell YES
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: YES, YES, YES!!!
Personal thoughts: I loved this story. This one is my favorite in the series so far. The narrator does a fantastic job with ALL the voices and the writing is superb. Couldn't ask for something better. Though more would always be nice. :-)
"Spot-on reading of a favorite series"
This was a wonderful reading of Criss Cross, book 2 in Jordan Castillo Price's Psycop series. Gomez Pugh has really hit his stride here, and is a pleasure to listen to. Jacob's voice is perfect now (very toppy), but the way we hear Vic's thought process in this narration it's clearer how they are equal partners. That last love scene it one of the best read and hottest I've heard. Pugh also does a great job with Roger Burke's Stepford Husband obsequiousness. Victor is a nicer guy than he can admit to himself and that doesn't always work to his advantage. The side characters are fully drawn, also well read, and worth getting to know better. This is a series I've re-read a few times. The audio version is a must-have for JCP fans and hopefully new readers/listeners who are intrigued by paranormal detectives and thoughtful, witty, well-written m/m.
"Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book2"
It is very good. I think in a lot of ways asking this question is trying to compare apples and oranges. I love the book and the author. It is a very good audio of the book.
When Victor's body gets taken over by the ghost of his old doctor so that the doctor and help him put Roger out so that Vic can escape.
Yes, I listened to the first in the series and it was great, also.
I don't know, it kind of describes part of it. The problem with his partner, Roger really gets caught up in the mess with the Criss Cross Killer.
I love the PsyCop series and am so glad they are being put on audio.
"Even more pushy dead people... and sexy Jacob!"
I never thought I would enjoy this series, but I am pleasantly surprised.
I find Vic so very amusing. His inner commentary has me laughing out loud the majority of the time. Gomez Pugh does a great job of portraying a primarily bored, over medicated, wise ass cop. And the accents he puts on for multiple minority characters continues to amuse me. While the 'mystery' isn't very complicated-- I figured out who was involved before the big reveal-- I enjoyed the old gang getting back together-- with the introduction of 'Crash' and his rebel self-- to help Vic.
As a HUGE fan of Jacob, I enjoyed every scene with him. Vic is one lucky man.... and when they finally got their 'bow chicka bow wow' on... I pressed rewind, and listened all over again...
I'm ready for book 3.... BRING IT Castillo Price!!!
"Story did not live up to expectations"
Wow, I'm just gonna say it. The story did not live up to my expectations.
The stupidity of what was previously a pretty smart character made me shake my head on multiple occasions.
I just wanted to grab Vic, shake him, and slap some sense into him.
All in all though I (as always) enjoyed Gomez Pugh's narration, and the shower scene at the end? Mmm hmm...yummies!
"Criss, Cross, Toss... remember that game?"
Hell yes! Great narration of an utterly engaging story.
Vic, I just love his sense of humor and the way he is written.
Jacob in this book. That sexy, throaty, growly, groan he does during sexy time. It says so much with just a groan.
Yes, and I did.
Victor and Jacob’s relationship is steadily moving forward with this next installment in the PsyCop series. After the events in the last book, Jacob refuses to stay at his apartment and has basically moved in with Vic. They still have a few ups and downs which are only intensified with a recent influx of pushy spirits. Vic can’t seem to shut them off like before and his meds are no longer agreeing with his body. Add to that Jacob’s snotty, but sexy, ex-boyfriend and Victor’s new partner that is too eager to please, Vic only finds true solace when he’s with Jacob. Then even that is threatened.
This story concentrates more on Victor and his abilities than the previous book. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see a more in depth look into that aspect of the stories. Everything becomes strained when Vic’s ability goes haywire, but he refuses to lose the one good thing in his life, Jacob. In trying to figure out what’s wrong with his wiring, he lands himself in a little hot water and winds up with an unlikely ally in the end.
Vic’s usual sarcasm is in rare form in Criss Cross. I liked the twists and turns in this story that kept me guessing, kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat. There is the issue with Vic’s psychic ability, and why are the spirits being more forward than normal? And then there is that sort of suggestion that there could possibly be a haunting, or a possession. The romance between Vic and Jacob escalates as the mystery does, partly because both men are hell bent on staying together, but still wind up very far apart.
I’m loving this series, just blowing through these books. Of course Gomez Pugh is back to tell the story of Victor, Jacob and a pissed off ghost hell bent on revenge while we, the reader, try to figure out who you can and can’t trust. I have to say, Pugh has this certain noise he makes when voicing Jacob, this raw, throaty, groan during play time with Vic that is so goddamn sexy… seriously, just that groan conveys so much about the character and his relationship with Vic. Very excited to dive into book 3!
Definitely a must listen series. If you have been toying with the idea of venturing into audio books, start with this series. It’s dark and dangerous, but sexy and fun as well. The shower scene at the end, yowza!
"Want to lose your heart over?"
I'm a huge fan of Jordan Castillo Price and have read most of her titles. Now I can enjoy them as audio books. This is something like a dream come true!, especially because I'm Japanese and my first language is not English. I listen to books both for fun and learning the language.
As for audio books in general, I'm not that thrilled to listen to them because I often enjoy Japanese audio books DramaCDs more, which are played by several professional voice actors accompanied by a sound effect and background music. Each character is played by a different voice actor. So I'm sometimes baffled by the struggle; just one narrator tries to act several roles in audio books. But fortunately I didn't find anything strange or off with Psycop audio series.
I was able to connect Gomez Pugh's voice and Victor in my mind quite smoothly. His narration really conveys the unique persona of Vic; serious, unstable, flippant..., but irresistibly adorable all together. Listening to Jordan's work with a real voice, and I was reminded again and again how captivating and unique her voice, wording, and tones are. I wholeheartedly recommend the second Psycop audio book, Criss Cross.
"PsyCop 2 another great narration"
I love the PsyCops series and Gomez Pugh is an awesome narrator, his renditions of all of JCPs amazing characters is spot on. In the top 10 of the audiobooks I have enjoyed.
Vic, I would love to meet him
In this book I enjoyed his rendition of Cash
I would invite Vic, I would as him to share his inner commentary with me.
I really hope we will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to the rest of the PsyCops series narrated by Gomez Pugh.
"Such an amazing combo: Jordan and Gomez"
(slight spoilers included)
If the first book in the series was kind of campy and funny this one is definitely more eerie and creepy. Vic ends up possessed by a killer Jacob witnessed being executed. Luckily it was due to some nefarious dealings by Vic’s new partner Roger– a total skeez who has an agenda for Vic that puts him into danger.
The secondary characters in this story take more of a front seat: Crash plays a prominent role, as does Maurice and of course the new partner, Roger. I missed Lisa, but we still hear from her and I know we get more of her in future installments.
The story is far more scary than the first and it was hard to read/listen to at times. I don’t like it when my boy is in danger ;) It was hard when Jacob woke up with scratches carved by Vic under the control of the vindictive ghost or when Vic is being held captive by Roger and the evil doctor.
However, the deepening of the relationship between Jacob and Vic is gratifying and the delving in to the more paranormal aspects of Vic’s powers is entrancing. The final make-up scene is uber-hot.
I am loving this series and each book gets better and better.
Gomez Pugh is AMAZING! He has improved even since his last amazing narration of book one. I love the changes he makes to Jacob – he’s lest skeevy and more romantic and growly. I also love his secondary characters: Jackie the hooker is amazing!, Roger-psychotic, Crash- sort of hippie meets Brooklyn, Carolyn- pedantic yet comforting, Lisa-sorta of Jenny from the block, Maurice –staid but caring… each are individual and unique – wonderful to listen to. Like a radio show from days of old.
This is one of those cases where the listening puts the images in your head almost like a movie. Just terrific! (I’m running out of superlatives…)
This is absolutely the best way to enjoy this series – Vic is just addicting and the others in the story are icing on a perfect cake.
I can’t say enough for this, it’s fantastic.
"Excellent narration! Great continuation"
Audio edition, narrator Gomez Pugh.
I've actually listened to this story a couple of times now! I love this series!
What stands out to me, is Price's ability to give life to these characters through words, and Pugh's ability to narrate life into them. He's got Victor Bayne down to the letter, in my opinion. His dry, sarcastic tone, is perfect. Victor really "pops" off the pages.
In Criss Cross, Vic, has got a new partner, Roger Burke. This overly friendly and enthusiastic guy, is a polar opposite of sourly, grumpy Vic. Vic wonders if this guy is for real.
Vic's boyfriend Jacob Marks, is the perfect guy for neurotic Vic. He's strong, dependent, steady, and he really grounds Vic. They're perfect for each other. The sex is soo hawt! It's definitely steaming in audio. *delicious shiver* I love to see Vic and Jacob's relationship evolve and build.
We get introduced to Crash in this book too. Crash comes across as a bit of a dick, but the presence of Miss Mattie made me like him. Crash is also in the next books, so I know him a bit better now than the first time I listened to this. Vic and Crash's interactions, also including Miss Mattie, was so good. Vic's view of the world is so totally different from everyone else because of his ability.
Speaking of his ability. There's no shortage on ghost in this book! They're literally crawling out of the woodwork, and the won't leave Vic alone. They're everywhere. And grabby! I don't look down at Vic's self medicating habits at all, to make the world livable. He only wants to have a little peace and quiet.
A great continuation of the series. The only fault is that it was a little short, but so full of great story and twists!
Highly recommend the audio, to really get a feel for Vic through Pugh's excellent narration!
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