by Gregory Ashe
Charlie David (Narrator)
The Blurb: After a recent case with a treacherous client, North and Shaw are ready to go back to work building Borealis Investigations. They’re also ready to go back to dodging their feelings for each other, with neither man ready to deal with the powerful emotions the Matty Fennmore case stirred up. Everything is getting back to normal when their secretary asks for help: her girlfriend’s boss has gone missing.
Shep Collins runs a halfway house for LGBTQ kids and is a prominent figure in St. Louis’s gay community. When he disappears, however, dark truths begin to emerge about Shep’s past: his string of failed relationships, a problem with disappearing money, and his work, years before, as one of the foremost proponents of conversion therapy.
When Shep’s body turns up at the halfway house, the search for a missing person becomes the search for a murderer.
As North and Shaw probe for answers, they find that they are not the only ones who have come looking for the truth about Shep Collins. Their investigation puts them at odds with the police who are working the same case, and in that conflict, North and Shaw find threads leading back to the West End Slasher—the serial killer who almost took Shaw’s life in an alley seven years before. As the web of an ancient conspiracy comes to light, Shaw is driven to find answers, and North faces what might be his last chance to tell Shaw how he really feels.
Series: A Borealis Investigations Book 2
Author: Gregory Ashe
Narrator: Charlie David
Publisher: Gregory Ashe
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 1/08/2020
Genre/ Trope(s): Gay Contemporary; Mystery/ Thriller; Slow burn Romance; Workplace Romance; Second Chance; PTSD
Listening Length: 12hrs 48min
SteaMMy Swordplay: 2 out of 5⚔
Audible AVG: 4.8 🌟
MMy Thoughts and Review:
Ohhh MMy Goddess! That Ending!😱
What the… Oh My @#$%&!!! I have no words! How…Why…I mean how am I supposed to go on now, with that ending? Sheesh! Why why?!?!😭😭😭 Oh I hope there isn’t long to wait. The good part about waiting is it gives my finger nails time to grow back.😂
I am telling you right now, if you enjoy mystery thrillers, you will love this series. While there is a lot of snark, and back and forth banter, it isn’t a fluff and stuff series. There are some pretty heavy elements and scenes. Some may even be triggering, so mind any warnings.
While I enjoyed book #1, the mystery behind the mystery in book #2 is what I found thrilling and kept me enthralled. I also enjoyed that I wasn’t able to figure out who the “bad guy” was this time. That’s always a plus for me.
I did want to crack North and Shaw’s skulls together a few times. They also managed to make me tear up, and it takes a lot to make this old broad’s eyes leak. All the struggles these two men go through as individuals, business partners, and best friends, is staggering, but they speak to me because they remind me of a friend I have who seems to have the same type of luck in life they do…if one would call it luck. **sigh… Anyway, I can relate to them and I think that’s why they move me so much.
The author, Ashe also writes in such a way that the emotions from each scene just bleed off the page and sink into your skin. You begin to consume the story rather than simply read it.
As with book #1, this is a continuing series, and as such it ended in a way that leaves you in dire need of your next fix. If we are lucky Ashe won’t make us wait too long to find out about the bloody man left on Shaw’s stoop as a “message.” I’m crossing my fingers and toes! 👣
The Story: 5.00 🌟
The Narration: 5.00 🌟
Sharonica Stars: 5.00 ✨
I received an ARC audio version of this book from LesCourt. The thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine.🎉