The Pill Bugs of Time (Steph’s Review)

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Title: The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 90
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.50 stars out of 5

Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

Ever since I started reading Angel Martinez’s Offbeat Crimes series, I feel like I’m reading a Syfy Original Movie, but with CW quality. As I read, The Pill Bugs of Time, I am for some reason picturing the cast from Firefly with Brooklyn Nine-Nine eccentricity. Of course Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion as Vikash and Kyle respectively.

I still really enjoy the way the author writes and the zaniness of her stories, which IMO makes it fun to read. Not to mention, the witty banter and sarcasm between all the characters. I feel that I am not only invested in Kash and Kyle, but all the characters at the 77th Precinct. Oh, and I am glad that leather jacket reappeared in this book, and by the looks of it might have more of a role in the future.

I know that both Kash and Kyle are on the path to get their HEA (hint: Kyle hasn’t totally given up his apartment), so I am assuming and really hoping that this series will continue. To me, there is more story than romance, but it suits this series, since it is not the main focus. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to know what happens with both of the MC’s in relation to one another, but I really do enjoy reading about the 77th Precinct and the situations they handle.

I really did love the time travel aspect of this book, with her many detailed scenes; it was pretty cool. The only thing that I wish was answered, was if the time travel per person was random, or it there was cause behind it. Other than that, it was a great read and I cannot wait for what is next!

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Galley copy of The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2) provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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