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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  873 ratings  ·  180 reviews
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 sch
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published May 24th 2019 by Hodgkin and Blount
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Louise No, I don't think this really qualifies as a romance. I imagine (hope) they'll get there in the end, but Gregory Ashe does like to make us wait and su…moreNo, I don't think this really qualifies as a romance. I imagine (hope) they'll get there in the end, but Gregory Ashe does like to make us wait and suffer along with the characters. ;)(less)
Sandy MM. The two main characters do date other people and those relationships are explicitly described.

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Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

Not sure why I haven't read anything by this Author before because I really like his writing AND, I'm putting it out there .....Shaw+ North might be one of my favourite couples and they aren't even a proper couple yet!

There's no romance between them(yet),

There's no sex between them(yet),


It's a sexy book if that makes sense because,hello,UST!!!! And it's downright delicious watching them skirt around each other suppressing their feelings.I can only imagine how seriously HOT they're go
Story and the Audiobook - 4.5 stars

I am so happy Charlie David is the one narrating this series. I was afraid it was going to be TJ. Charlie gives the characters distinct voices. Phew! Thank the book gods. I have found another series to obsess over.


I have been a GA Stan, ever since i picked up Pretty Pretty Boys. This book delivered. I loved it from the get go.

The writing is amazing and the story easy to follow. If you enjoyed PPB, you might end up enjoying this one too. Hazard is still one of
~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

I love finding a new series. But what I love more is when that series brings me a new couple to obsess over. OK, so they're not a couple... Yet. Shaw and North are nothing like Hazard and Somerset. But they do have something in common. They all have had strong romantic feelings for their professional partner. Hazard and Somerset had a past that included a lot hurt that they had to overcome. North and Shaw don't have a hurtful past. What they do have is a friendship that has grew stronger
DNF @ 43%

I guess I have to accept that this is not the right author for me.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional carnage.
And so much blooming hurt.

I had a funny feeling Gregory Ashe was going to kill me … again.
And he does.
In his brilliant, inimitable style.

This may well start out on a lighter note than the glorious Hazard and Somerset series, and I do love the witty and intelligent banter between Shaw and North, but the lightness doesn't last too long.
I got sucker punched at 8% for the first time.
I mean ... what? One of the MCs is actually (view spoiler)
Y'all. 😳 I thought, having cut my teeth on Gregory Ashe's stories with Hazard and Somers, that I was ready. Spoiler: I was not ready. Gaaaah! 😩

North and Shaw run Borealis Investigations. They're polar opposites and best friends, since they met in college. They've been through a lot of traumatic, painful events in all those years but there's also a LOT they've kept hidden from each other. And at a difficult time with their business, all kinds of complications they already didn't need come in the
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

Orientation is the first book in a new series of mysteries by Gregory Ashe, and in it, he introduces us to North McKinney and Kingsley Shaw Wilder Aldrich, who own and run a detective agency in St. Louis.  They’ve been friends – best friends – since college even though they couldn’t be more different.  North is from a blue collar family – his father was a construction worker and North himself worked on a fair few building sites before college – wh
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I was lucky enough to discover this great author in fall 2018. The outstanding mystery series with Hazard and Somerset entertained me in the best way until the end of the year. I lost my heart to Hazard and Somerset, I have to admit hereby. When I discovered that there is a new mystery series by Gregory Ashe, my joy was great, as you can imagine. And the best, my anticipation was not disappointed.

The blurb is in my opinion quite sufficient to find out what to expect. I went completely blind into
It took me 10 days to read, then this fucker ended on a cliffhanger.

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 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 💜🧡💙💛💚. 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 abou
Carol (bookish_notes)
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog.


It also affirms that I love friends-to-lovers SO MUCH. All that history between the love interests and the angst at realizing they love each other? *chef's kiss*

Shaw and North aren’t Hazard and Somerset but I suppose their stories are similar, in a way. Shaw and North don't really carry the baggage between them like Hazard and Somerset do, but their attraction for one another really has gone on unsaid for quite some tim

GA books aren't for me! Too fucking annoying.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
I'm still not sure how I feel about this new series though. I sometimes didn't get the humour and I guess that's why the banter felt off a bit. I also didn't get the MCs behavior most of the time. With Hazard and Sommers it was more subtle but these two I don't know why they're reacting to situations in such ways, maybe it's because they're much younger? Besides that, the mystery was Okey but I felt like less would have made the story a lot mot intriguing. Too much was happening and it
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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Loved it! Fabulous start to a new Gregory Ashe series!!!

I adored the push/pull tension between our two best friends. I also loved their complete polarity—the two couldn’t be more different nor more right for each other.

The mystery here was one I thought I had figured out, but the ending had a few extra twists and turns I didn’t foresee!

Lots of hurt for both characters although they try to hide it from each other.

The audiobook kicked ass!
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
OK, I’m in a very small minority opinion on this one. I’ve enjoyed every single one of this author’s books up until this one. Without spoilers, I didn’t care for one single character, found the two main characters highly unlikely to be in their profession, had major issues with actions and emotional reactions from them & many, many issues with the plot & flow of the story. 😢 ...more
I've given this an A- for both narration and content at AudioGals.

Orientation is the first book in Gregory Ashe’s latest series of romantic suspense novels, and it features two long-standing friends who run a detective agency in St. Louis. Mr. Ashe has rapidly become one of my favourite authors; he writes incredibly well-constructed, twisty mysteries and combines them with brilliantly written, superbly developed and complex relationships between his principal characters that just ooze sexual ten
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding read ! I was absolutely hooked - clever writing with so many twists and turns. God I’m hanging for Shaw & North to hook up, this whole first book was one big tease 😬😬. Loved it ! ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Gregory Ashe could teach a master class in writing functionally dysfunctional characters, characters who have suffered traumatic events—sometimes multiple, sometimes ongoing—and then struggle to live their best lives—sometimes they succeed, sometimes they only succeed at failing for a while. Ashe’s characters are never in a good place when introduced to readers, mentally or emotionally, and in North McKinney’s case, physically. They go through the motions of ‘normality’, trying to get there, and ...more
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews


So last year I stumbled upon this wonderful series ( Hazard and Somerset Pretty Pretty Boys ) and honestly it was one of the best reading experiences of my life. I love reading a series BACK TO BACK and Gregory Ashe ticked all my boxes!

• Sarcasm

• Vulnerability

• Sexual Tension

• Wait did I mention the UST???

• A great style of writing

When Alisa (THANKS GIRL) pointed out to me that Ashe had a brand new series I squealed!!! For real!!!! Then I couldn’t stop t
Wow. Just ... wow. So, this is not so much a review but more of a stream of consciousness commentary.

First of all, Pari is perhaps the most obnoxious character I've encountered - she has no redeeming characteristics. I wonder if there's any particular reason that Pari rhymes with hari kari? EDIT: Okay, okay, you can check out the Cambridge English dictionary online pronouncation and it doesn't really rhyme, but you know what I mean.

Now on the other hand, North and Shaw are .... amazing. Their
Vaguely reminiscent of Hazard & Somerset with all that pent-up UST and Teen/YA-originating yearning/attraction with early trauma shaping their personalities.

But the characters were completely different and I'm all in to see how they work it out. Oh, and the case was interesting as well. I thought I had it figured out, and in a way I did but not completely so once again GA kept me guessing. I love that about his writing!

I do have to say that HOLY COW there's some violent peeps in this one; the PA
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Joyfully Jay
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

I have heard such great things about Gregory Ashe’s books that I eagerly grabbed Orientation, the first book in his new Borealis Investigation series. I must say that all the accolades are well deserved and I loved Ashe’s writing style. Orientation does a great job combining a really clever mystery plot with rich character development. I particularly enjoyed the way Ashe slowly unfolds the story elements, both on the mystery end, as well as between the characters
4.5 stars.

“That’s Shaw. A hundred percent. It’s like a fucking free-love commune had a baby with the American Psychological Association.”

I did not expect this book to happen. At all.

I've never read a book by this author and it's very rare that I step out and read a slow burn by a new author. But I'm definitely glad I gave Orientation a chance.

It. Was. So. Good. I loved the characters, the plotline, the humor. Especially the relationship between North and Shaw. I had so much fun readin
Rynn Yumako
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 50%.

Well, that escalated quickly.

I had to stop reading this book, because it was making me so goddamned mad and frustrated, I was actually getting angry at fictional characters. And not the good kind of angry, where I can see their actions making some sort of sense, even if I don't agree with their decisions. Both MCs were so emotionally stunted, it made me want to tear out my hair, there was absolutely no - meaningful! - communication between them, and that's saying something, given tha
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5* I was really enjoying this until the bdsm club scene and then it became too far fetched. Can I just say I hated the assistant and she needed to be fired asap?
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I am aware that I am looking at this book through Hazard & Somerset tinted glasses, but I was not a fan, to be honest. I felt like I had been dropped into the book halfway through a story and really didn't know why things were happening most of the time. It was disjointed for me and the protagonist was relatively easy to spot.

As far as North and Shaw are concerned, the major miscommunication and UST were too much, esp. since North was married. I don't want to spoil anything but I am curious as t
Well that was very exciting. Even though the mystery was not that huge of a surprise I still enjoyed watching it all unfold... plus the bonus of the relationship developments between Shaw and North which is artfully done. I'm impressed with Gregory Ashe's writing, and brought to life by Charlie David's unique narration style Orientation is a nice intro to Gregory Ashe's new series.

Cliffy at the end, and I'm so glad I can dive straight into Triangulation.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

I had expectations, and still my heart was fed into a meat grinder.

Orientation is a story that begins with our characters North and Shaw. These are characters with a history, and you learn about this history in snippets as the story progresses. It does make things confusing at first, but the unfolding of these characters is more organic for it. Their banter makes me smile and their chemistry is a bright light and you, the reader, is the moth that get drawn in only to get scorched.

There isn'
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I'm a long-time Midwesterner. I've lived in Chicago, Bloomington (IN), and Saint Louis, my current home. Aside from reading and writing (which take up a lot of my time), I'm an educator.

While I enjoy reading across many genres, my two main loves are mystery and speculative fiction. I used to keep a list of favorite books, but it changes so frequently that I've given up. I'm always looking for reco

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