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- File size : 1069 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Hodgkin and Blount (May 24, 2019)
- ASIN : B07Q7SRHHH
- Publication date : May 24, 2019
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,558 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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)!*
I generally try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but part of this book hit me pretty hard and it's not really possible to discuss that coherently without spoilers, so...fair warning
Ready? Okay - Shaw is a bad friend.
Likely because my background shares some similarities (unsupportive family, lower income, abusive relationships), I can understand North. He has struggled. A lot. But they aren't the big, neon battles that people care about. They are ongoing and generally invisible. He lives every day pretending they aren't happening, pretending to be okay.
But he's not okay. His spouse is beating him. He is fighting vaguely mentioned lawsuits. His career is in jeopardy. Shaw knows the latter two and, when he becomes aware of the first, he runs off, cries, and then has sex with their client.
Okay, it was a shock. But instead of saying something, offering his supposed best friend support, he gets mad that North has been lying to him. Because of course everyone wants to admit their spouse is physically abusive. That's such an easy thing to drop into conversation.
And this is where my understanding for North falters, because I cannot, for the life of me, see what he likes about Shaw. Yes, the guy has been traumatized, and that is going to have long-term effects. He also has a supportive family, an apparently sizable financial cushion, and a therapist he actually gets along with. So while I can get some of his issues, the fact that he is apparently completely incapable of the most basic adulting - such as laundry or cleaning his bathroom (the description of his sink grossed me out and I live with a teenager so that's pretty hard to do) - irritates me.
I'm hoping the fad-diet crazed hippy displays some redeeming qualities in the second book which, yeah, of course I'm going to read. If an author can make me feel complicated emotions such as *waves at the ridiculous length of this review,* he's doing something right.
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Yes, Shaw and North will do anything for each other but North won't admit that [heads up here 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 and trust issues.
Blackmail, drag queens, hustlers and violence...this story had it all. I liked Pari too, and yes North said some dreadful stuff to Shaw that 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.