Title ~ Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)
Author ~ Angel Martinez
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ Pride Publishing
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Release Date ~ 16th August 2016
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
Every region has them, but no police department talks about them—the weird crimes, the encounters with creatures out of nightmares. The 77th Precincts exist in certain cities to handle paranormal crime and containment, usually staffed with experienced officers exhibiting psychic abilities.
In Philadelphia, through an odd mix of budget issues and circumstance, the 77th is manned entirely by officers with bizarre or severely limited psychic talents. The firestarter who can’t get a spark when it’s humid. The vampire who can’t drink whole blood. These are the stories of the misfits, the outcasts from even the strangeness of the paranormal community. Call them freaks, but they’re police officers first, serving and protecting, even if their methods aren’t always normal procedure.
After Kyle - a traditional cop - encounters a pile of gloop trying to devour his partner, strange powers come to light. As a result, he is transferred to a precinct of misfits who also have special powers, that deal in the unusual. Then, he meets Vikash.
Kyle’s thoughts on Vikash play tennis in his head. In looks, Vikash is Kyle’s wet dream. He hates him for it, too. The on-going ping-pong game creates a fair bit of repetition of certain phrases, which at the start is endearing, but as the story progresses, gets a touch annoying. Anyhow, the two have to work together, and a mutual attraction develops – nudge nudge, hint hint. They also discover that combining their powers has some spectacular results.
The characters and plot reminded me of, The X-files investigated by alternate, more casual, members of the X-men, with a plot less apocalyptic than world domination and no Blackbird to fly in. This story is set in the now, but in an AU where vampires are known about, Lord Of the Rings and Sci-fi favs exist, yet a witness can be a living, moving, leather jacket. To that end, there were some Sci-fi and film references that I didn’t understand, which I’m sure would have made sense to others. So, with that in mind, I think that this story will be received with higher honours by someone in the know – especially if you get dragon culture.
Several things made me laugh (in a good way). When Kyle absorbs and projects the powers of others, there are some amusing results. Also, one of the characters, Edgar, has a parrot style potty mouth which, for me, made him a star. Individually, the characters are self-described freaks. But, together they form a good unit and complement each other.
Not completely sure what to make of this story, I’m kinda on the fence here. The line spacing and typeface make it easy on the eyes, which is a pleasure. Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters is far from being anything I dislike; I just believe one needs to have a deep love of sci-fi to be able to get the references and thus, appreciate the storyline, more.