Bitter Pill

MM Urban Fantasy (PsyCop, Book 11)
Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
Series: PsyCop, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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 night's sleep. But he's managed to steer clear of street drugs…so far.

Jacob Marks has a medicine cabinet filled with every over-the-counter remedy known to man, but none of them are doing much for his mood - and his long, fruitless days of combing through records at The Clinic are taking a heavy toll. 

But their lackluster investigation does have one silver lining: a front row seat at The Clinic when the first Kick overdose comes in. And as scary as the drug might be, if it truly does augment psychic ability, the appeal is not lost on Vic.

Because the very first hit never killed anyone.

Where did Kick come from? Why is it so addictive? And why is everyone at The Clinic acting so darn shady? That’s what Vic intends to find out. And if he's lucky, he can also expose a shadowy figure from Camp Hell. 

Unfortunately, the demons of his pill addiction might prove just as deadly as his long-buried history. He thought he'd managed to ditch that pernicious habit. But what if it was only lurking in the shadows, waiting for the best time to rear its ugly head?

PsyCop is an ongoing series filled with supernatural action and delightfully awkward humor - with a steady undercurrent of gay romance. It's best listened to in order, so if you're new to the series, start with PsyCop Book 1, Among the Living...and prepare for a hauntingly good listen.

©2020 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2020 Jordan Castillo Price

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Fantabulous!

Jordan and Gomez have another hit here. And clearly, I have acquired some habit demons as I’m addicted to this series.
In each book, I feel Vic and Jacob loving each other more and more. But theses books are truly plot driven too. They are a brilliant meld of a fantastic storyline and romance.
This book had the tense fighting of the things/people who needed to go beyond the veil. And then there was Jackie and Trinity. My heart just broke.
Love this book. Love Jordan’s stories. Love Gomez and all the different and distinct voices. He captures emotion so brilliantly.

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Bitter Pill Indeed

The Psycop series is one of my favorite of all time. Fell in love with Vic, Jacob, Crash, and so many more of the characters in this universe. The growth happening in these stories is so refreshing. I have taken to reading the last few very slowly because I know I’ll have to wait for the next one. The ending of this one is a Bitter Pill, indeed. Definitely didn’t see the twist coming and now we have to wait !!!

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Still going strong.

Not gonna lie, there are very few series that I stick with for eleven books, but PsyCop keeps getting better and better! I love Vic and Jacob working together as a team. Their talents compliment each other so well. And those nasty little Habit Demons! I can’t bite my nails without thinking they might be attached to me. :) But my favorite part of Bitter Pill has to be Jackie’s story. It was only a subplot, but it was told with so much heart. I love that this side character finally got a chance to shine.

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Loved it!

Jacob and Vic always make me happy. I loved this book. The style works so well for these characters and they fit together so well. They both continue to grow throughout the series and its lovely to see them continue to deepen their relationship and support each other in dealing with their personal demons. Also, loved the pharmacist, it always makes me happy to see helpful pharmacists in books though. Great book, great narration!

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  • Caz
  • 03-25-20

This series goes from strength to strength

Gah, I love this series so much, and it seems to get better and better! So much going on here besides the actual plot, about the investigation into a deadly psyactive drug (Kick) that is killing psychics. I’m loving Vic’s character growth, especially over the last few books as he’s finally realising what it’s like to work with people who respect him and is really gaining in confidence as a result. He still can’t quite believe it, and is still as endearingly self-deprecatingly shambolic as ever, but we – and Jacob of course – see it and appreciate it. And I like that we get to see Jacob’s more vulnerable side; he’s one of those people who, by virtue of his good looks, imposing physique, intelligence and charisma has come up against little in his life that he hasn’t been able to deal with, but that’s changing, and although he’s still very much the Jacob we all know and love, that extra dimension to him is great to see.

Vic and Jacob’s relationship continues to grow and their love for each other to deepen; they get to work with Zig and Carolyn again, and we get some closure for one of the characters who’s been around since book one; Jackie, the ghost who spasmodically haunted Vic’s old appartment. Her story is a tragic one, and the author does an amazing job in the scenes where Vic and Jacob find out the truth of what happened to her and then help her to move on – they’re incredibly poignant and Gomez Pugh is simply brilliant in them and captures every single drop of emotion.

On the subject of Mr. Pugh – his portrayal of Vic is so absolutely perfect that it’s easy to forget sometimes just how good he is at the rest of it. He can produce an amazing variety of character voices for what is, after eleven books, a large secondary cast, many of whom have appeared in several books throughout the series, and his inventiveness (and consistency) is remarkable.

And – whoa, that ending! When’s the next book out?!

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  • Geraldine
  • 03-19-20

I simply cannot get enough of Vic and Jacob

It’s no secret that I love these books, have read and listened to them many times because the writing is superb. Vic has come a long way in 11 books, more comfortable in his skin, in his talent and more secure in his relationship with Jacob. Jacob has grown too, he has always been a great cop, great agent for the FPMP, but it’s also good to see his talent develop. With great characterisation, dry wit, suspenseful plot and cameos from Carolyn, Zigler and the pathos of Jackie’s backstory, this is another book you don’t want to miss.