The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes, #2)by Published 20 Sep 2016
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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.
The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes, #2) Reviews
Pop culture crunch!
Totally offbeat, amusing Philly paranormal precinct. All those weird things that happen in cities that nobody really talks about beyond legend, yeah, there's a group to handle that. Their talents vary from the cool to absurd, but even they have problems with the newest scourge:
Wouldn't be a problem if it weren't the size of a hot dog truck and time traveling.
Our main heroes, Kash and Kyle, are working on their own relationship issues when Kash falls a foul of the pill bugs. The magic carpet ride has its ups and downs, but nobody wants to come face to face with
The team is entertaining as always. This is fun to read, and the bonus is Kash finally making some personal progress so that he and Kyle can move forward. This is 3.5, but GR sucks with no half stars still, but I was entertained and read it quick so roundup to 4.
Better than the first book (and Leather Jacket is now officially part of the team, yay!)
The case was pretty entertaining, certainly more to my taste than the snapping giant turtle, and I prefer Kash's POV to Kyle's. Although I'm glad this installment was shorter than the first, because I wasn't expecting Kash to be so unnerving.
I get it, he needs a lot of time to process things and maybe I'm short on patience these days, since I usually have a soft spot for repressed characters, but it was still a relief when he finally managed to locate his backbone.
Boundless imagination, a quirky sense of humour and two really likeable MCs.
What a chuckle at some of the 'superpowers' the guys at the precinct have! And at the weirdest 'monsters' I've probably come across. Ms. Martinez must have had a ball coming up with that! Not even talking about Mr. Jacket. He is just pure genius!
And yet the tone of book 2 is more serious and more heart-rending, as we get Vikash's POV. I felt for the guy and all the worries and issues he carries around. The depth of his feelings for Kyle is bottomless, even if he can't quite get them all out there.
Fab writing and so much going on in a relatively short novel!
Another fun installment with this crazy crew. I was glad we got Vikash's POV because if I wasn't in his head and knew he loved Kyle, I would have thrown my iPad across the room. As it was, I was still tempted. I just never understood his behavior. Nothing anyone said or did, well I guess except Vance, led him to believe their relationship wouldn't be accepted. I wish I'd had a little more background to understand his behavior. I hated the way he treated Kyle and at times wanted to tell Kyle to move on. But of course, it all works out. Such fun and crazy characters.