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Criss Cross

PsyCop, Book 2
Written by: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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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.

©2006 Jordan Castilo Price (P)2014 Jordan Castillo Price

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  • IslandWriter
  • 2014-11-15

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!

Would you listen to Criss Cross again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

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. :-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

Series/Standalone: book 2
Genre/sub-genre: paranormal with a side of romance
Book Format: audio
HEA/HFN: YES
Relatable characters: Hell YES
Abuse/Rape: no
Violence: sorta
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. :-)

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  • Karen ABQ
  • 2014-11-11

Spot-on reading of a favorite series

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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.

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  • mel
  • BOSTON MA, United States
  • 2014-11-12

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!!!

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  • Murphy Irene
  • 2014-11-25

Criss Cross: PsyCop, Book2

Where does Criss Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Criss Cross?

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.

Have you listened to any of Gomez Pugh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I listened to the first in the series and it was great, also.

If you could rename Criss Cross, what would you call it?

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.

Any additional comments?

I love the PsyCop series and am so glad they are being put on audio.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2015-09-08

Story did not live up to expectations

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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!

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  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
  • 2015-08-11

Criss, Cross, Toss... remember that game?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hell yes! Great narration of an utterly engaging story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vic, I just love his sense of humor and the way he is written.

Which character – as performed by Gomez Pugh – was your favorite?

Jacob in this book. That sexy, throaty, growly, groan he does during sexy time. It says so much with just a groan.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.

Any additional comments?


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!

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  • kirakira
  • 2014-12-18

Want to lose your heart over?

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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.

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  • Ardent Ereader
  • 2014-11-26

PsyCop 2 another great narration

Where does Criss Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vic, I would love to meet him

Which character – as performed by Gomez Pugh – was your favorite?

In this book I enjoyed his rendition of Cash

If you could take any character from Criss Cross out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would invite Vic, I would as him to share his inner commentary with me.

Any additional comments?

I really hope we will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to the rest of the PsyCops series narrated by Gomez Pugh.

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  • M. Higgins
  • 2019-10-28

Short but worth it

This was a quick listen but very engaging. The narration is well done and the story is entertaining. I’m looking forward to book 3.

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  • Clau
  • 2019-10-05

Wow! So much happening here!

We learn that Vic and Maurice not only are still in contact, but they go fishing together, although Vic doesn't seem to enjoy the experience too much, and they end catching something else than fish. And that Maurice is still Vic's emergency contact.

After the fiasco with Lisa, Vic has a new partner, the extremely enthusiastic and helpful Roger. Let me tell you this: if I had a partner who cheerfully shows-up at every corner, buys me expensive Starbuck's coffee and will drive me whenever, wherever... I'll be annoyed and a little suspicious about his intentions. But Vic? Vic has a lot on his plate to worry about his chipper new partner.

Because Jacob and Vic are living together at Vic's place, which might or might not be a temporary solution after an Incubus tried to suck Jacob dry in his old flat. And Vic finds (through Caroline, of course!) that Jacob and Crash, an ex-stylist and now empath healer, were boyfriends just before he and Jacob got together. Although, right now, Crash seems to be VERY interested in getting into Vic's pants...

When we add to that that Vic's medicines are not working as they should, his usual doctor is in Japan and the new one Dr Chase, wants him weaned off from Auracel; that, for some reason, he keeps badly scratching to Jacob without recollection of doing so; that the dead are getting kind of solid and grabby; and that Lisa, who is unreachable in a training centre in California, leaves both, Vic and Jacob a warning about serious danger, and she tells Jacob that he is the cause of said danger... well you can see what I mean by a lot.

I think that the best parts of this book are when Vic and Crash are interacting. Because Crash was contentious but he was also in full come-hither mode, which made Vic so uncomfortable, and... not jealous, exactly, but look, Crash is younger, and wild, with tattoos and piercing and great hair and probably more experienced than him, so... And for some reason, he keeps having dreams with Crash in them :P

The story is exciting; full of suspense and humour. We see Vic and Jacob's relationship moving slowly forward. Vic is getting a little bit better about acknowledging his sexuality. And is sweet to see how Maurice is still the one person who he feels he can trust and the one he first thinks when he needs to ask for help and Jacob is not an option.

I simply love these books ♥

And do I need to say something else about how great are Gomez Pugh's narrations? Because they are, always, fantastic.