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The Rational Faculty

(Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Three months have passed since Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset faced a madman and lived to tell about it.

Three months have passed since Emery Hazard resigned from his job as a detective.

Three months can be too long and too short, all at the same time.

On Halloween, a professor at the local college is murdered in his apartment, in front of dozens of witnesses.
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published November 28th 2019 by Hodgkin and Blount (first published November 27th 2019)
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~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

Dammit Ashe!!!!

Those are the words I yelled when I read the last line of this book. My heart! How can you end the book like that when my guys were having that conversation! I swiped for the next page only to realize there wasn't another one. You wound me, lol. I can honestly say I am very excited for the next book, but for now, lets talk about this one.

This was probably one of the more emotional books this author has put out about this couple. It's very raw, honest, and sometimes
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret that Gregory Ashe has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I first came to his Pretty Pretty Boysin a “Coming Soon” list at Audible and requested a copy to review for AudioGals… and was completely hooked on the author’s style of gritty, twisty suspense - and even more hooked on the angsty, screwed-up relationship between the two leads and the gradual revelation of their complicated history. I continued reading and listening to the series, which went from strength to ...more
5 Truly Amazing stars from me.

I think that for me, this story may well be the BEST Ree and John story I've read so far. Greg's writing? Absolutely superb. The feels are immense. Yes, there is a shedload of angst too, and yes, there are some pretty gruesome/horrific murders but finally, FINALLY a severely depressed Ree starts to feel alive and valuable again instead of a worthless, useless weight around John-Henry's neck, and John-Henry no longer has to tiptoe around, perched precariously on
Absolutely brilliant.

I must admit I was more than wary about an ‘extension’ of the six-book ‘Hazard and Somerset’ series. With the same two MCs at the centre of action again. I’ve seen spin-offs of wonderful series gone sideways too often, and I really didn’t want to see the original in a ‘watered down’ version.

I needn’t have worried. Gregory Ashe doesn’t only give us progression, but tons of depth and further character development. When we left Hazard and Somers at the end of book 6, they'd
Joyfully Jay
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

The Rational Faculty is listed as book one of new Hazard and Somerset series, A Union of Swords. The first part of their story arc came to an end as Hazard found out details of his high school boyfriend’s death and both Somers and Hazard had their final showdown with Mikey. They are now moving on to life after, with Hazard no longer being a cop. Still, I feel it would be difficult to start here without having read the other series as their current story is built
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these guys ... this series is really developing further and I’m excited to read the next installment the depth of emotion and vulnerability by Hazard & Somers was strong and painful. Both men suffering the loss of each other as partners and being caught up in a depressive fog... however bless their persistence and determination in working through it. A challenging crime to solve and now from different perspectives and positions. Cleverly written - smart & intelligent. Loved it ...more
Em Wittmann
Spoiler alert: The Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords series picks up after the events detailed in Criminal Past (Hazard and Somerset, #6), and there will be spoilers for that series in this review.

Picking up three months after the nightmarish events of Criminal Past, The Rational Faculty is a novel in three overlapping parts: the relationship between Hazard and Somerset; a standalone mystery/case the pair are tasked with solving – albeit differently than they have in the past; and,
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

In these books every time there is some sort of public gathering, the white supremicists turn up to be horrible. It’s not clear to me why inhabitants of this particular town keep taking their little kids to them.

Oh yeah, there’s also a plot.
Victoria Loves Books
I can't get enough of these guys and This series! Review to come...
Gah....I love these two! Full review to come.
Sue~Always Reading~
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr Ashe never fails. 5 stars, as always.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4,5 stars

Yes yes yes, this keeps getting better.
I didn’t have a single moment that I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall, like with the previous books.
And I’m definitely liking it better with Hazard & Somerset not as partners anymore with the PD.

This was, again, a heavy murder mystery. For a small town, it seems to attract serial killers and psychopaths, and a lot of murders to solve. With enough plot twists, that are and aren’t expected. It’s not really realistic, but entertaining for
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great set up for Hazard & Somers's new story arc! I am so thankful for "Off Duty" and "Pretty and Pink and Perfect" for giving our boys some time to just live and love and not give me a heart attack.

Now that they are back to their usual business of solving crimes and attracting untold dangers, the stakes are higher than ever and the changes in their lives are glaringly clear.

I love Somers, but Hazard has always owned my entire heart. As much as he comes off as teflon and unshakable,
Carol (bookish_notes)
I didn't know what to expect from this book. It's an entirely new story arc with Hazard and Somers and things are different now. Hazard is out of the only job he's ever known, really. And what must it have been like to have felt so close to losing everything and then not even going to therapy after?

In a way, I would say that this book FELT like the reader was on a journey with Hazard to see what came next. At no point did I know what was going to happen, and everything regarding Hazard and
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you thought that everything was fine when you finished 'Criminal Past'? You (as I) were wrong :(

Damn! This is probably the best book of these two, but it's so hard to read! Hazard's reaction to the changes in his life are logical, realistic, even expected, and yet... it's so difficult to see him that way. It's raw, heartbreaking, an emotional rollercoaster that got me glued to the story until the end, because, OMG! Ree is in a very dark place in this book, and Somers is at lost at how to
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have I said that I love Gregory Ashe. If I didn't. I'll say here. If I did. I'll say again here.

The Rational Faculty, first book in the second series of Hazard and Somerset, is everything as good as the previous series was - if not better. Here we get to see Hazard and Somers' life after the whole fiasco in the last book, Criminal Past. The tension, the love and the crazies in their life are all present. And a new evil, who remains unknown, has surface to torment Hazard. What I love about
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Are Emery, Somers, Noah, and Rebecca the only regular people in that weird town? I think I miss money and jealousy crimes XDD Anyways, the best part is Hazard's arm being okay! (for some reason I was overly fixated on his injury XD). Second best, was Somers and Hazard investigating together despite the changes in their lives. Kind of made me sad that Emery is not a detective anymore TT But well, it kind of makes sense with his PTSD or whatever going on and Wahredua(idk if I spelled it right)
I am very happy to see that this series is going to continue. Hazard and Somers are complex characters and with each new book in the series something new is revealed about their feelings, emotions, thought processes and motivations that makes me care for them and relate to them even more. Their world is complex too and in this book especially the underlying fear in the whole society manifests more and more into division and hatred, not much of the rational faculty in it at all. It is scary to ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation of wonderful series.

I am greatful to Gregory Ashe for his continuing writing about two characters that rapidly became of one of my favorite pair in written crime world, Hazard and Somerset. There is always a puzzle to solve, to get deep in human phycology, live by characters feelings and unresolved fears and building up hopes along with them. I also love the slow burning romance that was developing over few books till the resolution. But this slowness makes everything so real
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This new arc into John and Ree’s life starts out with an interesting twist. Ree’s at home lost and John has to get a brand new partner.

This book was amazing. It had everything you could want involving Hazard and Somers. Their boundless love and snark with each other. Seriously, the scene involving Crows feet had to be my most favourite interaction between our boys ever.
At heart, this book is about Hazard finding himself again after leaving the force, spiralling into deep depression while
Listened to audio 4.5* on everything.

Do read the previous books in this universe. Great story, as usual the detective plot really pulls you in and Tristan James is such a great match for the books with his style of narration. I also loved that Ashe writes about an established relationship with the same intensity and interest as he did about this couple when they had just met and the romance is even stronger because of it. Do be warned, while not unremitting and quite romantic the Hazard and
Sharon Cox
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and really hope that Mr Ashe is working on the sequel as I type. We know Hazard and Somerset's story as they have already had an entire series devoted to them. My advice is that if you haven't read it get it now and devour the books.
This new series will see the two men pitted against a serial killer - or, at least - I think so. The book ends in a cliffhanger but the story is still complete in a way. Hazard and Somerset are left in a good place but poised to take on this new
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars even though I wanted to give it more. Ree's internal conflict/tensions really did wear me down (I was beginning to shout 'get over yourself' by the middle of the book). The murder mystery elements are intriguing enough although I did guess the identity/methodology of the murderer before the ending / MCs did (but not the motivation behind the killing). The author has quite the knack in bringing back previously introduced secondary/obscure characters from previous books in the series and ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the best! I absolutely loved the first Hazard and Somerset series and was thrilled when Ashe announced there would be a follow-up series as well. The A Union of Swords series is off to a brilliant start with The Rational Faculty. Ashe's writing continues to be well thought out and intelligent; the editing is well done, and the mystery is first class. Combine that with two of my all time favorite MCs and a stellar narration by Tristan James, and you've got a winner. It just doesn't ...more
I'm not really sure why I was surprised to see that the darkish tone set in the previous book, considerably darker than the first five, was continued in this one. Still, the toughest parts for me were, as usual, the guys' inner monologues, especially Hazard's. Which made me appreciate the ending tone all the more.

Not really sure, either, what I'm supposed to do with my reading life before the next book comes out. Well.

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler) and
Swedish Fish
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my heart can’t take these two sometimes. This installment has some darkness and feels very heavy. It had me worried most of the time. Worried I’d see something truly awful happen and it didn’t feel good thinking about that. I think our boy, H, needs more than a deep dicking. Next book maybe? I hope.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more I read of Gregory Ashe, the more I want to read, to savor, to draw out the pleasure of his books. It makes me so happy that Hazard and Somerset are not done, and that they are moving on to the next chapter in their lives. I don't think that this book can be fully appreciated and understood unless the reader has read the prior books, starting with Pretty, Pretty Boys.
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