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    When Auggie Lopez returns to Wroxall College, he’s determined that his second year will be different from the chaos he faced as a freshman. He’s living in the Sigma Sigma house, he’s got a good group of friends, and his social media presence is growing. Meeting a hot older guy on move-in day is just the cherry on top. All he has to do now is avoid getting dragged into another murder.

    That last part, though, turns out to be easier said than done, especially when Auggie’s ex-roommate, Orlando, asks for help. Orlando’s brother Cal has gone missing, and Orlando wants Auggie to find him.

    Auggie knows he’ll need help, but recruiting his friend - and crush - Theo is not as straightforward as he expects. While Auggie was gone for the summer, Theo has started dating someone, and neither Theo nor Auggie knows how to handle the shift in their relationship.

    Finding Orlando’s brother dead only makes their situation more complicated. Although the police are quick to write off the homicide as a drug deal gone wrong, Auggie and Theo aren’t so sure, and Orlando begs them to keep investigating. To learn the truth, Auggie and Theo will have to untangle a web of lies while keeping each other safe from a killer who is determined to stop them.

    As Auggie and Theo dig deeper, they realize that Cal was a stranger even to the people who thought they knew him. And Auggie and Theo both begin to fear that they are also strangers to each other.

    ©2020 Gregory Ashe (P)2021 Gregory Ashe

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    • Global
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    • Riva
    • 27/06/2021

    Two Steps Back

    This is the second book in The First Quarto series. This was a hard read for me as Auggie and Theo seems to have taken two steps back from the one step forward of the first book. As we all remember from childhood, summer vacation often breeds distance among friends, and that is the case with this couple. Both seemed to have “moved on” from their budding romance and I hated it. I also couldn’t figure out why they decided to become unofficial PIs in a case that was only tangentially associated with them. I realize they were helping a friend but they seem to pay a pretty big price for getting involved. I also did not like either of their new romances. The mystery has many red herrings and twists and some hospital bed declarations, so I was able to get my “feels” on. So overall it was a frustrating read for me because I’m really not a fan of angst.

    That said, since I am obviously invested in this couple making it, I know I must get through this time to get to the other side. It was also great to see John Somerset make more than a passing appearance. This is set before he and Hazard get together as he is still with his wife. The author is known as king of the slow burn and I can see this is going to be one of those. However, this story did keep me engaged and there was some pay off by the end. Of course, it ends on a cliff hanger that will keep me looking forward to the next installment.

    J.F. Harding gives another great performance. I can’t imagine any other voice for these men.

    I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

    • Global
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    • Rachel BPG
    • 26/06/2021

    Another great book!

    I love Auggie and Theo. The book was great and the audio made it even better. I don’t know how every book he writes is so compelling, you just can’t put it down! So good!!

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    • Ric
    • 14/06/2021

    Couldn't Stop Listening

    Finished this one in three days. Loved 😍 it even thru the vice & violence. Strong characters. Enjoy the tension between Augie & Theo characters. Can't wait for more to come.

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    • Dana Piazzi
    • 09/06/2021

    Loaded with angst

    I finished this book yesterday and my thoughts and emotions are still all over the place. It feels difficult to organize my ideas into a logical review, but I will do my best. I will start with the narration, because that is pretty easy. J.F. Harding is a good narrator who I have listened to many times and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to again. I think he did a good job bringing the story to life.

    I really liked Auggie and Theo when I met them in the first book of the series. Auggie was somewhat self-obsessed, and trying to make a name for himself on social media in hopes of getting rich and famous. His older brother is the head of their family and provides for Auggie in many ways, and also teases him. Over the course of the first book, Auggie is outed and suspected of murder and these things are humbling. Theo is a widower, who lost his husband in an accident and was left grieving with a child who remains severely affected from the crash. He doesn’t change as much as Auggie, but he does start to realize he might be ready to fall for someone again.

    Like most of this author’s books, the love stories contained within are slow-burn and take a backseat to the mysteries the characters are trying to solve. Though Auggie and Theo had chemistry, the last book ended with them not together. I was okay with that because I fully expect them to get together at some point in the series and I like it when couples have to work for their happy ending. What I didn’t expect was for both of them to hook up with such manipulative and emotionally abusive jerks. Theo is falling for his deceased husband’s work partner who is a closeted officer in the Wahredua police department. Auggie likes the attention he is getting from his older frat brother. In both relationships, Auggie and Theo seem to be bending themselves into pretzels to please these guys and it’s never good enough. At times they seem to realize how they are being gaslighted, but then decide they don’t deserve better. It was killing me and I wanted to yell at them to leave these toxic men.

    Auggie and Theo, together, are less toxic but they are really doing a good job trying to tank things before they begin. For the most part, they snipe at each other while working to help figure out what happened to Auggie’s old roommate’s brother. But when they each experience emotional and physical crashes they turn to each other. Theo is mixing pills and alcohol while yelling at Auggie not to do the same at parties. Auggie gets emotional and reckless and puts his life in danger. I like how they find comfort in each other, but it’s far from a healthy relationship.

    I will admit what these two characters are going through in their personal lives weighed heavy on me during this listen. I will also admit that I am not complaining about it at all. I am a bit of an angst junkie when it comes to books and audiobooks. And even though Auggie and Theo are still single at the end of this book, I am still holding out hope that things are going to get better. Hopefully, soon.

    That leaves me with the mystery featured in this book. I know part of me was highly invested in the relationship part of this book, so it’s possible it overshadowed the missing person/murder investigation Auggie and Theo take on to help Orlando, Auggie’s former roommate. His brother went missing and when they find his dead body, clues unravel that seem to link to the attack on another college student and the police shooting of another young woman a few months before. Auggie and Theo think it might be drug related and have a violent run in with corrupt cop Linder from the first book (and the Hazard and Somerset series.) They almost get put in jail themselves, when a search for evidence goes too far. When they find the right culprit, the explanation of why and how it happened felt a little wild.

    I did enjoy the mystery but after Auggie ended up injured and in the hospital twice in this book, I really felt for his brother who was stressing over Auggie’s safety and the bills he was racking up. Auggie does seem to go through even more change in this book, at least when it comes to his consideration of how his behavior affects others. And he seems to want to be more self-reliant and that can’t be a bad thing. Theo seems to be slipping backwards though and I do think he will have to want to help himself before he can enter into a healthy relationship with Auggie in the future. I am looking forward to finding out how they might get themselves wrapped up in another mystery in the next few books, but am really eager for them to get their problems sorted out so they can be happy.

    For fans of the Hazard and Somerset series we get more interaction with John Henry Somerset and that is definitely fun. I loved the story and the narration in this book so I would definitely recommend it and the series.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Sandra Kirchner
    • 05/06/2021

    The slowest of burns

    After a summer apart, Augie and Theo both struggle to find their way. The central mystery is more emotional than the previous book, probably because I have a soft spot for Orlando now. Although I really want to be angry at Cart, I just find myself feeling sorry for him throughout the book. On the other hand, I didn't think I could hate Dylan more than I did while reading the book, but actually hearing his words spoken out loud made me physically ill. I screamed at the radio in the car a lot.

    The audio performance is much better in the second book, with only a handful of the odd pauses.

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    • Eugenia
    • 04/06/2021

    Another Winner of a Mystery & Narration!

    Auggie and Theo are EVERYTHING! 4.5 Stars!
    Although in this 2nd book they are with other people.
    The men they are dating are idiots at best & abusive gas lighters at worst.

    This is not a stand-alone.
    This is not a love story, although the two fools love each other.
    This is another murder mystery & amateur sleuthing gig.

    Low steam.
    Crazy plot.

    Triggers: dub-con, drug use/abuse, emotional abuse, internalized homophobia.

    The audiobook by JF HARDING was SINFULLY GOOD!

    Thanks to the author for a copy of this audiobook!

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    • kp
    • 25/05/2021

    Such a Treat!

    This is Gregory Ashe slow burn at its best. The tension and chemistry he has created between Auggie and Theo is addictive. I can't get enough.
    Once again these two are caught up in murder and trouble. The murder mystery carries the reader along for the ride, I couldn't put this book down.
    J.F. Harding does a terrific job of bringing this story to life!
    Buckle up and get ready for a rollercoaster of a ride!

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    • Lisa
    • 23/05/2021

    More Theo & Auggie!

    Gregory Ashe continues to age me, because I swear every time I finish one of his books I've stressed, cussed, raged and/or cried enough that I'm pretty sure I've lost at least a couple of years. But what keeps me coming back is the characters that barge right into my heart and stay there. Uninvited, I might add. 😏

    To be fair, I also get the best dialog. No matter what the relationship between his MCs, they're always terrific friends as well, and the banter is always stellar. I was happy to get all that here though it came with a whole lot of complications.

    Theo and Auggie come back to Wroxall College for the new fall semester. Theo's trying to move on with his life and Auggie's just trying to figure out what he wants from his. Almost as soon as Auggie gets settled, Orlando shows up. But he's not there to hassle Auggie, he wants Auggie and Theo to look for his brother Cal, who's gone missing.

    Predictably *and kind of understandably*, Theo is adamantly against this. Also predictably, when Auggie tells him he'll just do it on his own, Theo agrees to help him. He's too protective of Auggie *which I love*, no way he'd let him go off on this alone.

    I love Theo and Auggie for who they are alone but I enjoy them together so much. Mostly. They're funny, and Auggie loves to needle Theo and make him lose his mind. I always laugh when Theo goes "dad" on him and Auggie turns right around and proves his point by acting like a sulky teenager, LOL. Which he actually is. But their friendship is so tangled up with all of the other things they feel for each other and can't *won't* act on that sometimes I just want to smack both of them really hard and see if it won't shake some sense loose.

    In the midst of all this, Theo is trying to build a relationship with Cart, and Cart says all the right things....as long as they're alone inside Theo's house. 😒 Then a careless comment at a birthday party sends Cart running in the other direction. He says some terrible things to Theo, and I am done with Cart. I hope he goes away and never comes back. At the same time, Auggie has become involved with an older student but the situation is abusive and controlling. He hides it from Theo, of course, but Theo finds out. And I have never been happy before that Theo had such a rough upbringing but I was grateful for it then.

    It wasn't enough but I'll take it. For now. 👿

    When they finally figure out what happened to Cal, it's just...a whole lot of sad. Terrible family situations and jealousies end up with unintended consequences.

    And though we didn't exactly get a cliffhanger, the scene at the end was just WHAT? I mean, what???

    Have I said before what a sadist GA is? Yeah, that. It cannot be repeated enough. 🙄

    Ashe's excellent writing and the exceptional storytelling was all present, he always hooks me into the plot and keeps me there until the end. His characterizations are second to none. Despite the fact that some of them just might be the most exasperating book-people in all of fiction *side-eyes, well, everybody*, his MCs are some of my most loved ever and Auggie and Theo fit right in with the rest of them. 💕 I'm super invested in where they go from here.

    And for the audio, as always J.F. Harding can do no wrong with me! 🥰 His voice for these two, as well as every other character is pitch perfect, and his narration keeps me hanging on every word. I love listening to him, every time. I'm so looking forward to the next book!

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

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Leshi Judy
    • 21/05/2021

    Adventures of Theo and Auggie 😍

    Audiobook – 5++++ stars

    Story – 4 stars

    The adventures of Auggie and Theo book 2.

    This series is one that I am growing to love as it progresses. The writing is solid, characters amazing and character growth is evident for both Auggie and Theo, even Orlando could have thought. I love everything about all this. Back to the writing, you know it wouldn’t be a Greg’s book without some angst and frustration, Lawd! I almost went to jail because of Dylan. Ugh what a character. What is more frightening is that I am sure we all know a Dylan or have met a Dylan. Uggghhhh!!! Me = Ragey!

    At this point, I feel like I am friends with Theo and Auggie, the thing is, this is one slow burn that is being built on friendship, and there is just something special about friendships. These two are slowly growing a very special bond. Their interactions just makes me smile. I read and listen while smiling. Gaaah!! That being said, sometimes I want to knock their heads together so hard. If that isn’t friendship and love, then what is it?

    I love that Auggie reads like his age and tries so hard to not be 19 but fails adorably. Theo is Theo! That’s it! There is no one like Theo. I think I love him most of the time.

    The mystery was very interesting and engaging, this one didn’t leave me ragey, it got me interested in the investigation process. Very entertaining, our Sleuths are getting good at this, they should open a P.I office. I would definitely hire them.

    Now for the best part! The humor and the banter!! I was laughing so hard. 🤣🤣 The interactions between Auggie and Theo are hilarious. The other characters are so hilarious too, their way of talking is very sarcastic and weird.

    Fer! gets the best supporting cast, he loves the most. I wonder, who is taking care of Fer?

    Cart needs some serious therapy and soul-searching meditation.

    I am hoping the next book doesn’t take long to come out. I want more of Theo and Auggie.

    Overall I had and amazing time with this book, I laughed, I was ragey, I wanted to kill, I smiled and above all I loved.
    JF Harding did a great job bringing the characters to life. His voice is GAAAAAAHHH!!

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

    Highly Recommended!!

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    • Alicia Z. Ramos
    • 15/05/2021

    Another spectacular win for Gregory Ashe

    Here's the long and the short of it: upon finishing this audiobook, I immediately went back to the beginning and started listening again. This is quintessential Gregory Ashe. Characters i want to read about (or listen to) forever, a twisty-turny plot, and did I mention the characters?

    On the whole, the performance was excellent as well. My only reason for giving that aspect four stars is that the voices were so exactly the same as those for The Same Breath that I found it distracting. However, for people who don't have that book on repeat, it may not be a big deal. Overall, this is excellent across the board and highly recommended.

    My thanks to the author for a review copy.

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    • Rosa
    • 07/07/2021

    Emotional Rollercoaster

    If you feel like having a disfunctional family, listen to this and feel better in an instant! These two... another murder has to je solved and Theo and Oggi get dragged through the ringer. Emotionally. And physically. And they will break your heart at the same time. Can't wait for book 3!!!