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A Borealis Investigations, Book 1
Narrated by: Charlie David
Series: A Borealis Investigations, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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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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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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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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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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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Can’t finish

I could not finish this one. The story was just plain boring and the characters made no sense. The main characters are clearly in love. One you can understand his holding back the other... I have no idea and honestly I couldn’t stick around to find out. I can’t do blatantly oblivious on purpose to push the story forward characters.

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Ashe has done it again

love Hazard and Somerset and now with Shaw and North... Excellent portrayal of the Gays...

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Hands Inside the Car

It’s another bumpy emotional roller coaster with a great whodunnit. Can’t wait to finish; never want it to end.

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LOVED IT!

This was my first Gregory Ashe book. I loved Shaw & North, the mystery & suspense, and all the supporting characters. My heart broke for Shaw when Matty took advantage of him and when we found out the truth about North’s marriage! Ugh! I want them together! I hope they get their HEA. Can’t wait to read book 2.
Charlie David is one of my favorite audible narrators. He brings out the angst, anger, softness, and sexiness in all of his characters so beautifully!

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Outstanding

The book is narrated by Charlie David who does an awesome job bringing this book to life. Sexy smooth voice that matches what you would expect from North and down to earth voice that matches Shaw's authentic self. I loved it and can't wait to hear the next one!!!

knew this series would be another hit with me since I loved the Hazard and Somerset series so much. I'm so in love with Greg’s writing. He has a real talent for drawing you in and keeping you there and I’m a huge fan of his storytelling ability. It’s almost poetic and it flows effortlessly, which I love because it speaks to my heart. The MCs are well developed and come with a lot of baggage however, these 2 had me laughing out loud and they have a very unique relationship.

The mystery element was clever and had me guessing 'til the end.

I'll definitely be continuing on with this series 

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These characters are ADDICTIVE!

Gregory Ashe writes some of the most unique but relatable, dynamic and endearing characters I've ever read; movie screen-worthy action scenes; snappily smart mysteries and deliciously twisty and suspenseful storylines that I've ever read! All of those things are clear in this story. I've fallen love with Shaw and North and am entirely too invested in the development of their enthralling relationship, I think! I laughed out loud at points in this - Ashe's voice is so fun and witty, and the narration of this tale is just perfect. I also wanted to tear my hair out, hung at the edge of my seat and had to wipe my eyes. I think I may have a problem- I didnt want to pause this story for a moment, and now I have to work reading every bit of the series available into a busy week. I'm hooked!

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  • BevS
  • 10-30-19

Great start to this series....

First of all, thanks to Greg for the ARC of this audio. As I said to him, Charlie David is not my fave narrator - Hot Head by Damon Suede I absolutely love...although not too many others unfortunately, but I was very willing to give this audio a try as we're talking about North and Shaw here <3. As far as Charlie's narration is concerned, well we all know that he doesn't really do voices for each character, but he did at least have a fairly distinct voice for both of the MC's, and really, who cares about the other characters, hehe. There were a few little niggles, but on the whole, it wasn't bad at all so I would leave my book review at 5 stars and this audio at maybe 4.25 stars. I will definitely listen to the rest of the series on audio.

***Book Review May 2019***

5 outstanding stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Gregory Ashe...you've done it again. Another fantastic series in the offing, and you're already making the MC's work very hard to a) stay alive and b) actually see each other instead of looking straight through and dismissing everything as 'just friends'. A Gay Fiction whodunit at it's finest, with wonderful banter, this is NOT a friends to lovers romance...yet...she says hopefully 🤞🤞🤞.

Yes, Shaw and North will do anything for each other but North won't admit that (view spoiler) [heads up for domestic abuse] and Shaw certainly won't admit that he's been love with North since college...and that the awful attack he suffered at college, which killed his then boyfriend and left him badly scarred, has also understandably left him with intimacy, trust and flashback issues.

Blackmail, drag queens, hustlers and violence...this story had it all. I liked Pari too, and yes North said some pretty dreadful stuff to Shaw that he wished he could've taken back the second they left his mouth and which he now sincerely regrets, but I think he's mainly ashamed of how much he feels for Shaw, given the fact that he's married to Tucker. As for Shaw...well, we'll see what happens as the series progresses. He clearly deserves some happiness.

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  • WallE
  • 12-04-19

Ashe has another winner with this new series

I was given this book as an advanced listener and boy was I lucky.
After the Hazard and Somerset series, I wasn't sure if Gregory Ashe could create another set of characters I could come to care for. Plus, there is the added bonus of having Charlie David's narration. However, with the introduction of Shaw and North, private detectives I am hooked.
Their complex friendship is an important thread running through the story and their inate need to protect one another informs their decision making but this does not stand in the way of good crime story where there are a number of untrustworthy and downright unpleasant people who you have working at guessing their motives and level of guilt. (This includes the cops).
Charlie David keeps a natural rhythm and the characters are distinct. He helps the characters unfold and you can't help rooting for the lead protagonIsts to obtain the things they deserve.
I already have the next two ebooks in my library as some threads are ongoing. I hope that the audible narrations are not too far behind.