MtSnow reviews ‘Skin After Skin’ (PsyCop Book #8) by Jordan Castillo-Price, published by JCP Books, LLC, Released June 25, 2017. 399 pages
Why MtSnow reviewed this story: Well duh… Crash!! We get his story and everyone else’s from a different perspective.. And I love anything and everything PsyCop. Note: a copy of this story was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Crash Prequel
Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can’t be bothered to settle down. He’s too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails.
The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon’s hotshot colorist, Red Turner. Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he’s oblivious to Crash’s flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over…so Crash thinks.
Thanks to his refusal to trust his gut, Crash not only tanks his career—he allows the one man who truly holds his interest to slip away. While he insists he doesn’t need a relationship to complete him, would sharing his life with someone really be so bad?
Skin After Skin is a sweeping saga that begins two years before “Among the Living” and ends just after “Spook Squad”. Experience PsyCop like you’ve never seen it before, through Crash’s eyes. Discover new facets of characters and events from the span of the entire series and beyond, all from the viewpoint of an extroverted empath.
Wow. Okay. So just finished this one. Enjoyed seeing Crash’s emotional growth, and learning about PsyCop’s other supporting characters as well as our main guys thru a different lens.
We start off with Crash as a young, mouthy, goth-type hair stylist who enjoys getting laid. It was very interesting to see how much he loved what he did, while at the same time building a repoire with his coworker’s and clients. I didn’t realize how introspective he really was, and how someone who seems kind of a jerk could be so sensitive to others around him. From the very beginning I struggled pinning down his friendship with Pilar, though, and if she was really a friend, or just looking out for herself. But honestly, later on we saw her in a different light.
This whole book had many female supporting characters that played a distinct role in Crash’s personal development and maturity, and it was good to see. Not many MM romances spent a lot of time on developing the women in the MCs life and showing how they are just as important as the male characters. As an example, I was fascinated with Maxine, Crash’s well meaning and quite well off but clueless mother trying to fit Crash into a mold that he did very well resisting. At first I thought she was just manipulative and self involved, but she redeems herself later.
We saw Lydia, our jaded, downstairs neighborhood tarot card reader as Crash’s ‘mentor’ of sorts giving him advice, but being kind of backwards and sneaky about it. We saw Caroline as she first met Crash, and it was great to see her as more of a real person than we saw in the other books as Jacob’s staid and serious work partner. And we also get a different view of our lovely little ‘si no’ Latina, and how she fits right in with Crash when things seem awkward with Vic and Jacob.
We saw Jacob and Vic in a completely different light, and I almost didn’t like Jacob in some spots.. it was hard not to feel loyalties divided. Vic, well he was so sweetly, yet awkwardly clueless and kinda messed up that it was better to see how Crash dealt with him on introduction and how a grudging friendship started between them. And we see Con Dreyfus in a completely new capacity… sneaky guy that he is.
And the new character Red? Sigh. He was very interesting. He was like the bookends to what was Crash’s life. Now we know what is meant by the term ‘the one that got away’ and JCP did a fantastic job in teasing us, and hinting at things that weren’t readily apparent.
Anyway, this book was a FAN-Flipping-Tastic addition to the Psycop universe. Just as addicting as the rest, and I read it all in one sitting. And of course I’m so ready for it to come out in audio too! Thank you for such a great story dear author. Highly recommended, and you won’t be sorry. Not one little bit. Really.
10 of 10 pots of gold
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.
Website ~ http://www.jordancastilloprice.com