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Reasonable Doubt

Hazard and Somerset, Book 5
Narrated by: Tristan James
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After almost 20 years, Emery Hazard finally has the man he loves. But things with his boyfriend and fellow detective, John-Henry Somerset, are never easy, and they’ve been more complicated lately for two reasons: Somers’s ex-wife and daughter. No matter what Hazard does, he can’t seem to get away from the most important women in his boyfriend’s life.

While Hazard struggles with his new reality (changing dirty diapers, just to start), a bizarre murder offers a distraction. John Oscar Walden, the leader of a local cult, is found dead by the police, and the case falls to Hazard and Somers. The investigation takes the two detectives into the cult’s twisted relationships and the unswerving demands of power and faith.

But the deeper Hazard looks into the cult, the deeper he must look into his own past, where belief and reason have already clashed once. And as Hazard struggles to protect the most vulnerable of Walden’s victims, he uncovers a deeper, more vicious plot behind Walden’s murder, and Hazard finds himself doing what he never expected: racing to save the killer.

Only, that is, if Somers doesn’t need him to babysit.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2019 Gregory Ashe

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  • Nikki
  • 14-07-2019

Hazard & Somers keep getting better

I’m so invested in these two that I don’t think I could dislike any book about them. They’re together finally, but still working through some personal doubts and insecurities. The crime they’re solving in this one is straight up crazy with the religious fanatics. I adore Hazard’s love for Evie and I’m absolutely thrilled that Cora wasn’t written as the vindictive ex. The three of them trying to figure out how to co-parent is everything. Idk I really just love everything about this series

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  • Wild Pig
  • 14-02-2020

A total and complete delight...

Gregory, you have put together an intriguing tale with twists and turns, philosophical quests, and just a plain old excellent piece of work! I commend you for the intricacy of the plot and the thought behind the many different aspects of life's questions. Your're writing is refreshing, as well as, intriguing. Bravo!

Tristan, no one else could do this like you. You are these characters and I so appreciate listening to your adorable tones and tenures...

Listener, get ready to listen because there are twists and turns that if you don't pay attention, you'll miss the story. You'll think, you'll feel, you'll laugh...and even though the best course of action is to listen to each book leading up to this one, I rarely ever say this, but you could listen to this one all on its own and find an excellent piece of work.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 07-02-2020

Great story. Great narration.

So much emotion and stress and stupid people.... I gave this book five stars because the author and narrator together do a great job of showing how certain choices that we make in life can heavily impact others in both positive and negative ways. A decision that Hazard's father made in the past is haunting Hazard's present, but may help him solve a complicated case.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-09-2019

Enjoyable

I was looking for a good book and found this author his books are great

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  • Amy Begnene
  • 01-08-2019

Best series ever!!

Gregory Ashe is a genius and Tristan James is narration perfection. Story telling at its finest!!!!

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  • BrattyOz
  • 30-07-2019

Quite amazing

I am filled with awe at this book. The story was extremely interesting, quite complex, lots of characters and it was a lot of fun to read. For me the biggest problem was that it was so verbose. He used 25 words to say what could have been said in 10. Way too sophisticated for my pea brain. I am glad it was audible because I would have fallen asleep if I’d been reading it.

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  • Vicki
  • 09-07-2019

It all makes sense in the end

Many times while reading each book in this series, I have wondered why I enjoy them so much. Why am I so eager for each new book to come out. There are so many possible theories. Possible conclusions. So many doubts and questions. Not just about the crimes committed but also with regards to John and Re. Their thought processes, their relationship, their interpretation of events and things said by one another. How can John think Hazzard is so smart when I'm shaking my head thinking he is 'tstl'? How did the people in positions of authority ever get there with the way they behave and their reactions to events? I am so confused by the twists and turns of each possible reason for who and why and wtf that I can hardly think straight anymore. By the end of <i>this book</i>, I had my answer. Because I believe. I believe that it will all come together as it should. I believe that behaviours and actions will make sense by the end (well, all except for the thought processes of the higher-ups). I believe that John and Re's relationship will survive their doubts and misconceptions. And I believe that I will get it. To paraphrase John 'belief comes from the heart not the head'. And I heart these books.

Tristan James does a good job with the narration. He is very good at capturing the correct inflection and emotion needed. There are many characters and while some of the minor characters are hard to differentiate, the main characters are always recognizable. His female characters could be better. That said, I enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to those that like listening to books.

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  • Texan2
  • 05-07-2019

Fantastic Series

This is a fantastic series. Gregory Ashe is an amazing writer. Tristan James brings it all together with a bang. An incredible experience all the way around

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  • Annika
  • 13-06-2019

Back and forth...

I’ve been going round and round with Somers and Hazards for the previous four books. Not knowing what to think of them or their relationship. So this time I figured I’d go into this book with a clean slate and forget that I’ve had issues with them in the past for things that they either did/said or didn’t say or do. For the most part that actually worked. Then again this book brought its own set of issues and this time the mystery wasn’t enough to fully engage me.

This time around Hazard and Somers are investigating a murder in a cult. And investigating cults or within a cult is far from easy as they tend to be tightlipped, unfriendly and not willing to help. However the more they uncover about the people around the victim the stranger it all gets, and in the end they don’t really know who they are supposed to protect and who they’re going to arrest. As you might have guessed, there are many twists and turns in this murder investigation, and it also brings up painful memories of the past for Hazard, things he’d buried a long time ago.

Somers and Hazard are exhausting. They are finally in a relationship – with each other. A relationship they’ve both been longing for since high school. They are open about said relationship – to everyone but each other. What I mean is, we get a lot of internal monologues, and freak outs “what if he doesn’t love me” “Is he still in love with his ex?” “Will he go back to his ex and just haven’t told me” and so on. They haven’t really figured out that talking to each other might be an idea – admitting their feelings to others doesn’t seem to be an issue, but to each other… that’s a whole different story. Some of it was fine and fit, but some just created unnecessary drama and this constant back and forth got old real fast. That might just be me though, so don’t take it as gospel.

There is no doubt that Tristan James is vastly talented when it comes to audio narrations, I mean he almost has it all; different accents, voices and passion. And he’s also able to consistently keep them throughout the length of the book. Well for one exception, there was one (minor) character that when first arriving was talking with a lisp which seconds later magically disappeared. Sure it’s minor and easy to overlook, and personally I do prefer grownup characters to not have a lisp.

I haven’t decided yet if this is the time I part ways with this series or not, but I think it might just be. But then again listening to gay fiction instead of m/m romance is refreshing, so might just cave when the next audio is released and pick up the next one.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • averi54
  • 10-06-2019

Not Usually into slow burn...but this story...

Gregory Ashe's Hazard and Somerset series wasn't easy to find. I didn't come across it until I was searching for a crime/thriller, detective book to read. The book is listed under crime fiction rather than Lgbt romance. Reading it, I get why it's listed as such. This isn't a romance. Rather a fiction, a story of build up between two unlikely characters with a tormenting past. It really is a slow, slow burn. And usually I'd give up but Mr. Ashe's characters manage to grab me by the first book and the only thing I could think of was, was to charge through the rest of the series. Now, I'm left waiting for the next. Arg! I really hate unfinished series. This pair compliment each other in a way where one is dark and the other light. Something like the storm and the calm. And each book has an intriguing case to solve. This fifth book being the best.

I love Tristan James. He really did captivate both MC to the best. It's also why I got hooked on the book. The right narrator goes a long way.

I'd read the next book in text version if I had time but I don't. I don't get to sit around and read an actual text-book so audios are the best of all. So HURRY up audiobook 6!!

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  • Glynis
  • 26-05-2019

The Story Continues.... brilliantly

Although this was a gift from the author - it is my honest review.

The romance between Emery and John-Henry continues in Reasonable Doubt. It's a mystery intertwined with the continued doubts both characters have about their new relationship. We get the story from both POV's - including their unspoken thoughts and worries they have about each other. WE know they are both deeply in love with each other but communicating that - not so much! It is exciting to see how the relationship continues to develop from enemies to lovers.

Book 5 is another involved/convoluted mystery and police procedural story. I loved it!. It has a great story line with humour that resulted in some real 'laugh out loud' moments. Gregory Ashe is one of my favourite authors - he is a great storyteller! And he does not disappoint in this book. There is a 'fullness' to the story which mean it has real depth.

It is not a quick listen (which, for me, is a bonus). Tristan James does another great job in narrating the story. When he reads it, the story comes to life. He has the skill to bring different voices to the characters which is so important. Only one observation. His voices for Emery and John-Henry are a bit alike at times. So... I did get a little confused about who was speaking, but only on a couple of occasions. Otherwise it was another success.

I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is great that we get to follow the same 2 characters thorough the 'adventures' they find themselves in. Reasonable Doubt is currently the penultimate book in the series. And a worthy book/audio to add to the collection is it too.

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  • Mary
  • 23-05-2019

Angst overload

Goodness! These men are a mess! I'd hoped that things would calm a bit after the last book but the doubts and second guessing of each others intentions started to grate on me.
The case involved a cult and religion, two subjects that give me the heebie-jeebies. While I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the story and the new, unrestrained intimacy between Hazard and Somerset, the internal monologues became repetitive and dampened my enjoyment a little.
All in all, this was a very intense, angsty book, and the most difficult of the series so far.