Badlands (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Badlands
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 296 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

I have to admit that even though I read a lot of supernatural and paranormal books, I have not read a lot of books that involve mediums, or books about someone with psychic abilities. But I have to say that this book was a fantastic read. I was sucked into this book and could not put it down even though I knew I had to be up early.

Simon is psychic. He can talk to ghosts and can sometimes see things that are going to happen before they do. So when a serial killer starts killing people in Myrtle Beach that are not only part of his team of psychics that he works with but also other people with abilities similar to his, he knows that he needs to do what he can to help solve this mystery. The fact that the killings are happening closer and closer to home is another reason. Not to mention it seems as if someone is trying to scare him with bad magic on his own home front.

When Simon meets a man in line at his favorite coffee shop that seems interested as well, Simon is thrilled. Turns out the man that he meets name is Vic and he has had his own run in with supernatural. So because of how things turned out for Vic when he had his encounter, Vic is very leery of getting to know Simon even better.

Vic is a homicide detective and is also investigating the murders that Simon is investigating on his own. Though Vic is skeptical about Simon’s abilities at first, the more he gets to know Simon and the more Simon reveals to Vic about what the ghosts are saying to or showing him, the more Vic is starting to believe that Simon is the real deal or worse involved somehow with the murders.

Though Vic tries to keep his distance from Simon he can’t do it. It is like Simon and Vic are drawn to one another. The closer they grow to one another the more the murder investigation also heats up. When it becomes inevitable to Simon that he is on the killer’s radar, Simon knows he has to do something and he cannot involve Vic in it. What Simon does not realize is, he may just be handing himself over to the killer to die.

This book was such an amazing read. With each new twist and turn I found that I was more and more invested into this read. I found I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. I truly enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more books by Morgan Brice in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.