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The Rational Faculty

Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords, Book 1
Lu par : Tristan James
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Three months have passed since Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset faced a madman and lived to tell about it. Three months have passed since Emery Hazard resigned from his job as a detective.Three months can be too long and too short, all at the same time.

On Halloween, a professor at the local college is murdered in his apartment, in front of dozens of witnesses. Then, the killer disappears. Somers is assigned the case and a new partner. While Somers investigates the murder, Hazard struggles to find purpose in his new freedom. Despite his decision to stay away, he finds himself drawn to the case. But he’s no longer in the police force, and in the small town of Wahredua, not all of his former colleagues are happy to see him investigating another crime.

When the sheriff’s son and husband go missing, though, the case becomes more complicated than either Hazard or Somers had expected. And soon, they learn that someone else is manipulating events in Wahredua. Someone who is very interested in Emery Hazard.

©2019 Gregory Ashe (P)2020 Gregory Ashe

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  • Julie Whitehead
  • 19/01/2020

Just. . .perfect.

Oh, how I’ve missed these two! This book, like the previous, satisfied all my needs: MM romance, suspense and a damn good mystery. I love how the author has kept me invested in the relationship between these two men both professionally and romantically. As much as I love a good HEA, we all know that a good relationship has challenges and it’s so satisfying to be part of the ongoing love and struggles they continue to endure. Not gonna lie, I like that we are brought into the bedroom a bit more with this book. 🔥👀

And beyond this story, I cannot say enough about this author’s writing. His imagery and choice of prose really drops me into his book. As I read (or listen), I soon forget about the words and actually see the surroundings and deeply feel the emotions of the characters. I wish I was even a pinch the writer Mr. Ashe is so that I’d be able to give him a right proper review.

Tristan James is amazing as always. He’s actually the reason I started with this series as I searched for books he narrated specifically.

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  • Sandra Kirchner
  • 27/02/2020

A rollercoaster of emotions

Another spectacular performance by Tristan James. Hazard ripped my heart out for most of the book, but there is just the right amount of humor to keep it from being overwhelming. I absolutely adore Somers' new partner and the way the narrator performs his voice is epic. The fact that I love him so much has led me to be nervous that he's going to turn out to be a killer in a future book, but that's the price we pay for a Gregory Ashe story!

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 13/05/2020

Hazard has a precious brilliant Neanderthal BF! 😛


A new chapter and Hazard and Somerset’s life. Hazard resigned his job thinking that he’d found his freedom at last but ended up being restless and frustrated. Meanwhile, a new trouble is brewing in the small town of Wahredua. A murderer vanished out of thin air and a couple has gone missing. While Somerset has to adjust the life of having a new partner and investigating the mystery behind the death and people missing, Hazard found himself being drawn to the chaos.

And boy, poor Hazard is in a real bad place in this book. And his legendary grumpiness has reached to a whole new level and I looooved it! 😂 I’m also enjoying his interactions with Dylan and that crow’s feet moment was simply epic. Oh how I love this sappy couple! 🤣😛 The ending is kind of cliffhanger-ish but I’m so lucky that the second audio is already loaded and waiting for me on my Audible. Tristan James did a great job with this foolishly-in-love newest adventures. I thank the day I discovered and picked up Gregory Ashe’s books because it has brought me so much joy reading and riding along the journey of our Hazard and Somerest. Simply enjoyable. 🥰😌


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  • Ronald D. Cathey
  • 04/04/2020

Probably the best

Great story! Incredibly well written.
The story of the relationship was called in such a way that I could feel it.

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  • Retired 39
  • 18/02/2020

Another Great Hazard & Somerset Mystery

‘The Rational Faculty’ by Gregory Ashe with first rate narration by Tristan James, like everything by Mr. Ashe is a great listen.

I listened to this audiobook after reading the first book in the series. Clearly I’d missed some important developments in the relationship between John-Henry Somerset and Emery Hazard, but Ashe cleverly explained what had happened in the interim.

Again, the plot was complicated and, again, I had focused in on someone who turned out not to be the murderer. I won't say more to avoid inadvertently including spoiler. Suffice it to say that the important thing to remember is ‘Someone is very interested in Emery Hazard’

Even though I have a general understanding of what happened in ‘Transposition’ the second book in the Hazard and Somerset series, I will definitely go back to it.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 15/02/2020

Great story. Great narration.

My favorite Hazard and Somerset book so far. Just when you think this series couldn't get any darker.. The mystery was fascinating. As always the characters are engaging. I can't wait for the next story.

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  • Beth I-L
  • 10/02/2020

Great start to new chapter in this series

Tristan James brings these two characters to life so beautifully. This book is an emotional tour de force. It is at times gut wrenching and the angst level is high. There are also points you may want to smack the MCs.

The murder story is different and there is a second plot line, which it appears will be ongoing much like in the first set of books starring Hazard and Somerset.

The story is frustrating at times and I was yelling at my car speakers. Guess that’s a sign of great writing and excellent narrating when the reader/listener is so completely invested!

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  • Journey
  • 29/01/2020

Love these two

I was so sad thinking this author was done with these two amazing characters. I love the storyline and thank you for adding more to this series.

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  • JulieFromMD
  • 28/01/2020

Welcome back!

I didn't know how much I missed these two until I started listening to this return of a series. Hazard and Somerset have quite a history between them, and if you haven't read the first series (started with Pretty Pretty Boys), then I urge you to go back and start there. Although the mystery in this book is new, you would be missing out on too much backstory to start here.

As with the other books, I spent quite a bit of time alternating between wanting to shake them and hug them, particular Hazard. We start with a damaged Hazard, due to circumstances that occurred in the finale of the first series. The men have set up house together and regardless of issues, we get the feeling that this is forever for both of them. Hazard has left the police force and seems to be at loose ends, while Somers is still with the PD and has just met his new partner, a brash young freckle face man who, surprisingly, is also gay. He's got a bit of hero worship for both Somers and Hazard, and can be amazingly annoying most of the time, but the jury is out still on his character. Book begins with a murder at the local university, and the main focus is on this, and further events that stem from this. Somers, from within the PD and Hazard, as an outside consultant (unofficial at first and then official as the story continues) work on the case, sometimes together and sometimes separately. We meet some old friends and a new iteration of old enemies - there is an offshoot of the white supremist group known as the Ozark Volunteers called Bright Lights.

I won't go into any more of the story here, as it really is complex and as usual, has multiple threads as things progress, but I truly enjoyed this book. I was a bit hesitant at first, because the final book in the series had some relatively extreme and graphic violence, and I prefer off screen versions of that. This book, while still not for the weak at heart, particularly at the end, kept most of the violence offscreen and we are faced with the results only. The mystery kept me guessing, and I found myself turning it back on just to find out what happened next, even at work. A word of caution, there are multiple loose ends, part of the mystery is solved in this book, but you get the feeling that there will be an overall story arc throughout the series, similar to the last group of books. That doesn't bother me, but it might not suit someone who prefers a complete ending for each book. I did remove one star from the story because of one issue I have with the last series, and seems to be continuing with this one. Feminists, and women in general, are usually portrayed as two dimensional and in some cases, outright psychotic. Somer's ex-wife is an exception, and the female Police Chief isn't too bad, but too many others are troublesome. But the book is well written and engaging, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The performance, by Tristan James, is spot on, and I enjoyed the new 'friendly puppy voice' of Somer's new partner. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen with him.


Disclosure: Received a review copy of this audio book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Buscatlady
  • 28/01/2020

Winning duet; Tristan James and Gregory Ashe

I love this series with Somerset and Hazard and read by the outstanding Tristan James a winner!