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    Shaw and North are best friends, private detectives, and in danger of losing their agency. A single bad case, followed by crippling lawsuits, has put them on the brink of closing shop. Until, that is, a client walks into their Benton Park office.

    Matty Fennmore is young, blond, and beautiful, and he’s in danger. When he asks for Shaw and North’s help foiling a blackmail scheme, the detectives are quick to accept.

    The conspiracy surrounding Matty runs deeper than Shaw and North expect. As they dig into the identity of Matty’s blackmailer, they are caught in a web that touches politicians, the local LGBT community, and the city’s police.

    An attack on Matty drives home the rising stakes of the case, and Shaw and North must race to find the blackmailer before he can silence Matty. But a budding romance lays bare long-buried feelings between Shaw and North, and as their relationship splinters, solving the case may come at the cost of their friendship.

    ©2019 Gregory Ashe (P)2019 Gregory Ashe

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    • Colleen M
    • 20/10/2019

    The first book in a new series by Gregory Ashe! ❤️

    The new series features Shaw & North as private detectives. They are long time friends who know and can read each other like a book. I enjoyed this book because I adore Gregory Ashe’s writing style and he is amazing with a mystery.

    If you like Hazard & Somerset, you will love North & Shaw. Now I’ll wait for the next book to be done in audio-soon, I hope!!! ❤️

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    • Sadie G
    • 18/10/2019

    King of the Slow Burn

    I swear to God that Gregory Ashe is the King of the Slow Burn! Ugh. I loved it. I loved Shaw and North's relationship. There are a few thing that I'm on the fence about but they are too much of a spoiler to say. Great story. Can't wait to see where it's going next. Charlie David isn't my favorite narrator but I still enjoyed it. No heat level. :( There are some trigger warnings that should be looked up.

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    • Gaia
    • 20/10/2019

    A Great Start To Another Great Series!

    Gregory Ashe is one of my favorite contemporary authors. His writing is crisp, smart, funny, and impressive in its ability to make you *feel* something. After falling completely, maddingly in love with his Hazard & Somerset series, I was excited embark on a new Ashe adventure.

    North and Shaw are complex, endearing characters. Their relationship is beautiful, deep, complicated, simple, and--at times--infuriating. They are friends who care deeply about each other, each wishing, in their own way, that they could be more. Shaw naturally seems like the more fragile of the two, but by the end, one wonders if it isn't North who might fall apart in a brisk wind without Shaw as his anchor.

    The mystery in this novel is wickedly smart.
    It's hard to express just how smart it is without spoilers, but It's like if a Sherlock novel and Macgyver had a baby and that baby took classical piano lessons from the age of 3, kind of smart. You might think you have a bead on what's going on, on the culprit/s behind it, and you might be right... For a while at least.

    Charlie David does a nice job narrating the story, giving each character their own, unique voice and setting the tone throughout the entire book.

    In summary, you really should get this book if it sounds like something that's up your alley. You won't be disappointed, but you will be swept up and carried away into North and Shaw's daring, dangerous, and intriguing world.

    It's Gregory Ashe's world, and we're all just living in it.

    *I would be remiss to not take this opportunity to also plug his Hazard & Somerset series as well. Both series are amazing (Sorry Gregory I had to)!*

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    • Rachel BPG
    • 18/10/2019

    So Good!!!

    So good! I was a big fan of his Hazard and Somerset series so I was hoping this would be just as good. Well this was better, yes there’s a slow burn but it didn’t bother me as much as it normally would because the story so good. The chemistry between the MCs was really good! The story made me laugh and cry. I thought the narrator did a good job. I can’t wait for the next book!

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    • Trio
    • 26/03/2021

    Exciting Mystery

    Well that was very exciting. Even though the mystery was not that huge of a surprise I still enjoyed watching it all unfold... plus the bonus of the relationship developments between Shaw and North which is artfully done. I'm impressed with Gregory Ashe's writing, and brought to life by Charlie David's unique narration style Orientation is a nice intro to Gregory Ashe's new series.

    Cliffy at the end, and I'm so glad I can dive straight into Triangulation.

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    • RV
    • 21/09/2020

    A highly entertaining mystery featuring two fascinating gay PI's

    With Orientation, author Gregory Ashe brings us another pair of inwardly tortured gay detectives, but with none of the awkward edges of his Hazard and Somerset series. The personalities and inner conflicts of his Borealis private investigators, North and Shaw, have a coherent emotional dynamic missing in the earlier series. Not that I dislike Hazard and Somerset; I enjoy those books quite a bit. But Hazard’s inner psyche has a stitched together, Frankenstein quality, as if characteristics from radically different people were pieced together In a way that’s left the disjointed seams showing. Both North and Shaw have deep seated emotional scars, some of them raw and open, but I can easily accept them as two unique, coherent personalities, each of whom have experienced different kinds of trauma but who’ve held on to their individual identities.

    Set in contemporary St. Louis, Orientation finds North and Shaw on the trail of a blackmailer in possession of videos of members of the LGBTQ community in compromising positions. A core dynamic of the book is that the two PI’s are clearly in love with each other, but, because of missed opportunities, misunderstandings, and their own private demons, neither can acknowledge this obvious truth. Worse, North is already married and Shaw is still dealing with a violent assault from his past.

    You might expect Orientation, given these plot points, to be a dark and angsty novel. In fact, it’s hilarious. The banter between North and Shaw, both in private and when threatened, is inventive, funny, and wonderfully entertaining. It lets the novel breath, creating space to understand the Borealis PI’s in multiple ways, but also provides the reader with a greater range of emotional experiences.

    With Orientation, Ashe has found a way to give voice to his multiple gifts as a writer, allowing humor and tragedy, the absurd and mundane, and decency and violence to careen off each other. The result is a cascade of sparks that keep this story lively and engaging from start to finish.

    The narration by Charles David is outstanding; his characterizations are superb, as is the emotional range of his voice. I can’t imagine anyone bringing this book to life as beautifully and seamlessly as David.

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    • Lisa
    • 22/07/2020

    Straight through the heart

    Y'all. 😳 I thought, having cut my teeth on Gregory Ashe's stories with Hazard and Somers, that I was ready. Spoiler: I was not ready. Gaaaah! 😩

    North and Shaw run Borealis Investigations. They're polar opposites and best friends, since they met in college. They've been through a lot of traumatic, painful events in all those years but there's also a LOT they've kept hidden from each other. And at a difficult time with their business, all kinds of complications they already didn't need come in the form of a new case.

    If you read any of Ashe's books, you know one of the hallmarks of his stories are knotty, complicated relationships, and oh man, North and Shaw are about as complicated as it's possible to get. They're funny, the best friend banter is unparalleled and they hilariously bicker like only people who know you inside & out can. They're both super protective of each other and they take care of each other. Shaw is as organic-hipster as he can be, and his efforts to "healthy" North up make me laugh. North is a huge, rough guy that grew up on construction sites and whose relentless, amused teasing of Shaw can bring on a sputter worthy of Gustavo Tiberius. ❤️ They're both very good at their jobs. And they're also both hiding what they really feel for each other, and always have.

    I'm not going to lie, as this started, I did like North and Shaw and they absolutely did crack me up. But they also frustrated me so, SO badly that a couple of times I might have given up, had I not learned my lesson with GA's other stories. Shaw has had it so rough for many reasons for the last few years, and he wants so badly to see the good in everyone, and have something good for himself. In that effort, he makes some of the worst decisions ever. North believes his life ruined, for reasons that he won't share with anyone. He's trapped in a way he can never be happy, but he wants to make sure Shaw is and he just about tortures himself *AND ME!!* with it. 😭😭

    Parts of this were honestly so very hard to read and my Lord, GA can bring the feels like nobody's business. Let me clarify that by no means are those feels necessarily good. And I learned many books ago that I do love his writing but this time? He wrapped me up so tight I literally forgot what was going on around me. I sat down about 6:00 to finish the book with my headphones on, intending to get up shortly to make dinner and feed my dog. When the book ended, it was 9:45, I hadn't eaten, drank anything or fed the dog *who was very unhappy with me, I finally noticed, LOL*. The world outside of this book had literally disappeared. It was worth it.

    The chemistry between these men, the UST, is so bloody intense it burns. The emotion sometimes takes over from where they keep it tightly hidden and they both do & say some things that are hard to take. Also as usual for Ashe's stories, there was a LOT where I was unhappy with how things played out. Though there was lots of teeth-grinding going on *again, as usual* I did understand why things had to happen the way they did. They were realistic to the story and felt true, if maddening, for the North & Shaw. The story was utterly compelling and I'm once more, annoyingly, hooked on GA's infuriating men.

    I also have to add that I very much enjoyed Charlie David's narration, and I loved the voices he gave to North & Shaw. 🥰

    You better believe that when I finished this *and fed the dog*, I jumped right into Triangulation!

    Disclaimer: A copy of the audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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    • Sandra Kirchner
    • 26/01/2020

    Great mystery and perfect narration.

    I loved everything about North and Shaw when I read this book, but Charlie David's narration just makes the whole thing better. Best friends who run a private detective agency specializing in helping LGBTQ people together while secretly pining to be more than friends is definitely something I need in my life. Beyond the absolutely sublime way the narrator performs their banter, the underlying mystery is well thought out. I had inklings throughout but was still shocked when it played out the way it did.

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    • Aethena Drake
    • 17/04/2021

    Great story. Great narration.

    There is a specific type of story that gets an automatic five stars. This book had all the requirements.

    1. A good mystery with some unexpected twists that the reader had enough clues to solve but probably won't. This story was all that with an extra layer.

    2. Great characters both protagonist and antagonist that I can empathize with on some level. North, Shaw, Matty, and Regina all fit into that category.

    3. A believable setting that I can immerse myself in. Every scene in this scene felt real.

    4. Tension amongst characters that moves their relationships along. Romance is acceptable but not necessary.

    5. A resolution that is satisfying, but still leaves me interested in more. Yes this definitely happened.

    6. Engaging language and dialogue. Ashe definitely has a decent mastery of the English language.

    This was one of my favorite Gregory Ashe books. I didn't think anything would surpass the Hazard and Somerset books, but I think I was wrong....

    Oh yeah. The narration was excellent too.

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    • Janet Gibson
    • 23/03/2021

    Pretty good

    sometimes the banter is to much between these 2 but I keep going! Charlie's good!