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Badlands

– tekijä: Morgan Brice

Sarjat: Badlands [Brice] (1)

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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 relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal.  But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon's involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can't say no, even if it costs him his life and heart.… (lisätietoja)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 6) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The thing about audio is sometimes it can dull your enjoyment of a favourite book and sometimes it can bump a good book up a notch. And the latter is what happened here.

This is a good paranormal suspense/police procedural with a gay romance thrown in and I enjoyed that side of things as much this time as when I read it originally.

The plot/story line is well crafted, with an interesting paranormal world that could well be our own and based on a lot of existing folklore and superstitions. The similarities and differences between the investigation carried out by the psychic and the police were interesting.

Simon, the psychic, was an engaging character from the very beginning. I liked him and the life he’d made for himself in Myrtle Beach. His gifts were interesting and well explored, and fitted well into the story. Towards the end he veered into TSTL territory, and I wasn’t convinced by his reason for this, but as a character trait it’s one I’ve forgiven on more than one occasion (once, repeatedly by the same character over an entire series) so this didn’t bother me too much.

When I read the book I found Vic, the cop, harder to like but I didn't get that reaction this time around and I think that was due to the sympathetic narration. I still struggled to understand his issue with 'woo woo' considering his past experiences but I liked him a lot more.

Where the narrator really improved matters was in the romance. I really believed in Vic and Simon and their budding relationship.

Good book, excellent narrator. ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Feb 24, 2021 |
This is a good paranormal suspense/police procedural with a gay romance thrown in.

The plot/story line is excellent, with an interesting paranormal world that could well be our own and based on a lot of existing folklore and superstitions. The similarities and differences between the investigation carried out by the psychic and the police were interesting. I don’t want to say too much as I’d rather not spoil this side of things for readers, but this really was the best crafted part of the story.

Simon, the psychic, was an engaging character from the very beginning. I liked him and the life he’d made for himself in Myrtle Beach. His gifts were interesting and well explored, and fitted well into the story. Towards the end he veered too far into TSTL territory for my liking, and I wasn’t convinced by his reason for this, but as a character trait it’s one I’ve forgiven on more than one occasion (once, repeatedly by the same character over an entire series) so this didn’t bother me too much.

Vic, the cop, on the other hand was harder to like and I don’t necessarily think that was the character’s fault. I couldn’t understand why a man who had been transferred from his previous precinct because he’d shot a victim who’d been possessed by an evil supernatural entity, would be so opposed to believing in the things that Simon saw/experienced. Surely Simon’s experiences/knowledge would be something Vic would embrace because it proved he wasn’t crazy. But, no, Vic spends almost the entire book questioning that part of Simon’s character. Also, and this has only just occurred to me as I’m typing this review, but Vic’s past experience with the supernatural isn’t mentioned again (apart from by other cops in a derogatory way as a reason why he should throw Simon to the lions to save himself). He and Simon don’t address it all in the story, or even in the epilogue.

I didn’t feel the romance subplot was as strong as the mystery/PP side, and think the story would have worked just as well without it. It’s a shame because the romance is part of the reason I read these sort of books and not plain urban fantasy. And for me the connection just wasn’t strong enough. But don't let that put you off, I'll certainly be looking out for more books by this author. ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Feb 24, 2021 |
Clairvoyant Simon Kincaide makes his money running a tourist shop on Myrtle Beach. Under wraps, he's a very talented medium and tries to do his best to help the people around him. When he meets cop Vic D'Amato... they become involved in a case... and a relationship.

If you like Supernatural Fanfiction, you'll probably enjoy this book. It wasn't really my thing, the relationship between the main characters went from zero to sixty in about 2 seconds so it was a bit unrealistic. I enjoyed the way the author wove in a few side characters with preternatural abilities. I like the idea of an underground network of people keeping track of all things spooky!

If this story appeals to you, you're in luck because Morgan Brice has quite a selection of books available! ( )
  KinzieThings | Jun 16, 2020 |
Badlands by Morgan Brice

A paranormal M-M romantic suspense.
Someone is targeting and killing psychics in Myrtle Beach. Vic decides to seek psychic help on behalf of the police department, but Simon’s reading gets a little to close to home for Vic. The two grow close and the danger on the Strand gets closer.

A romantic suspense that gets more intense as the story progresses.

I liked that the two started their sexual relationship slowly but thought the first sex scene was rushed and without much heat or arousal. Their next dinner and talking and getting to know each other made it more of a relationship than an encounter which made the couple more interesting. Simon’s dismissal of how the police would react seemed overdone, in particular because Vic is a cop.

A good paranormal romance in the end with fun appearances by characters from the author’s other series. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Nov 17, 2019 |
Clairvoyant Simon Kincaide makes his money running a tourist shop on Myrtle Beach. Under wraps, he's a very talented medium and tries to do his best to help the people around him. When he meets cop Vic D'Amato... they become involved in a case... and a relationship.

If you like Supernatural Fanfiction, you'll probably enjoy this book. It wasn't really my thing, the relationship between the main characters went from zero to sixty in about 2 seconds so it was a bit unrealistic. I enjoyed the way the author wove in a few side characters with preternatural abilities. I like the idea of an underground network of people keeping track of all things spooky!

If this story appeals to you, you're in luck because Morgan Brice has quite a selection of books available! ( )
  Charlotte_Kinzie | Jun 20, 2019 |
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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 relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal.  But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon's involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can't say no, even if it costs him his life and heart.

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