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They killed a girl to keep their secrets. They won’t stop there.

A new home, a fresh start, a chance to do things right this time - and Shaw and North are determined to make it work. But the night of their housewarming party, things don’t go as planned. A reporter arrives, wanting to talk to North about his ex-husband, his father, and a criminal syndicate. No sooner have they gotten rid of her than another unwanted guest appears: a street boy named Nik, whom Shaw met months before, begging them to help him find his missing friend, Malorie.

Retracing Malorie’s steps, North and Shaw learn about the dangerous demimonde of runaway teenagers. Their investigation takes them into the path of men and women who have learned to profit off the suffering and abandonment of children: shelters, clinics, labor brokers, and pimps.

Meanwhile, North’s Uncle Ronnie is set on revenge, and his target this time is North’s father. As North struggles to track down Ronnie and put an end to the danger, he finds himself considering a deal with the devil, and the offer might be too good to pass up.

When North and Shaw find Malorie’s body, evidence suggests she was murdered - and that her death is connected in some way with a truck stop halfway across the state. But as they draw closer to the truth, the danger grows. The people who killed Malorie have the Borealis detectives in their sights, and North and Shaw must race to save their own lives before the killers can strike again.

©2021 Gregory Ashe (P)2022 Gregory Ashe

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Love the character growth and interesting mystery

There was a lot of action at the end of the last book, Redirection. It had me on the edge of my seat and I could almost feel my own adrenaline pumping along with the characters. There was also a reunion for North and Shaw. Sure they still saw each other at work and were acting like friends with benefits, but their romance, their emotional relationship was repaired and I thought, “Well at least they have each other, now.” I knew they were going to need each other after the threats that came from “Uncle” Ronnie and the damage Tucker did to them.

Snarking at each other and exaggerating/making up faults that the other has is the usual for North and Shaw. Even though their relationship is back on track, this doesn’t change, but I felt a solidness between them that was new. Maybe I was imagining it after what they had been through, but I don’t see them breaking up again. They don’t seem to be hurting each other as much, knowing what is an appropriate joke or not. The title of the book Codirection, direction by two or more people working together, is so fitting for the two of them, since they seem to be more in sync than ever.

On to the mystery… When a teen boy asks North and Shaw to find a friend of his that went missing, Shaw wants to help him, and North reluctantly gets pulled along. Nik and his friend, Malorie, are teenagers living on the street, who often see each other at the same shelter. Malorie left to go to a doctors appointment and never came back. What unfolds is a very sad picture of teenage homelessness. There are several people who seem capable of having something to do with Malorie’s absence. Even the ones not involved are guilty of having taken advantage of the teens in need. It is disgusting and sad, and slightly confusing. I wasn’t completely lost, but there was so much uncertainty I couldn’t guess who the real culprit was, and I don’t know if North and Shaw did until own lives were in danger.

Not to fear, the people responsible for her disappearance and murder are exposed and North and Shaw make it through unscathed. There are also a many number of problems they are dealing with in the aftermath of the last book, so it doesn’t seem like they really have time to relax. North’s ex, Tucker is still causing trouble, even from his jail cell. North’s fatally ill dad is arrested and attacked in jail, and the person behind it seems to be his dad’s old friend Ronnie. Ronnie has been a problem throughout this spin-off series and North can no longer let him keep threatening his and Shaw’s safety as well as the safety of his dad. A threatening meeting ends in a way that no one will suspect.

I can’t reveal anything else, but this story is definitely worth reading, or listening to. Charlie David does a great job voicing these characters. I feel like he embodies them so well, especially Shaw. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I do recommend starting from the beginning, the mysteries are individual to the book, but the relationship drama needs to be experienced in order. Bonus: If you are a fan of the author’s other series featuring Hazard and Somerset, there is an exciting cameo as well.

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Complex storyline-excellent North & Shaw!

Gregory Ashe takes all the twists and turns in this wonderfully complex mystery. North and Shaw are well...North and Shaw! North is trying to figure himself out, and Shaw is giving him space to do that(NOT). The dialogue is amazing as to be expected from Greg-how he comes up with some of the stuff that Shaw spouts...*shakes head. All in all another fabulous book in this series. Charlie David brings them to life. Gregory Ashe takes all the twists and turns in this wonderfully complex mystery.

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It's North and Shaw..

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Highlight of the book... Squeee Hazard.

I am torn about this one, the writing is still typical Greg, in your face, gritty and engaging.

Buuutt.. Buuuttt... this whole book felt like a filler. First of all we just ignored the previous book events. This kept me waiting for the other shoe to drop but it never did.

I still like Shaw and North and at the same time I don't. Their actions tends to be infuriating most of the time. Their chemistry is off the charts so at least that helps. Their relationship? hmmm! I don't know about that. They deserve each other but then again they suck together. Lol! Shaw needs to learn boundaries and North needs to learn to open up.

The mystery was... omg! brutal, sucks that this happens in RL an dreading about it was heartbreaking. I liked how it was all handled.

The Ronnie bit??? I am still on the fence. It was unbelievable.

Overall, it was an okay read. I am sure Greg is holding on to some angst, book 3 is still one of my faves.

A copy of the Audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Most frustrating couple ever!

I can’t think of two characters in the Ashe-verse (possibly the actual universe), besides Emery Hazard at times, who frustrate me more than North and/or Shaw. Every book it’s like stumbling from cute, playful arguments to endless amounts of irrational behaviors and actions. And increasingly, I find myself not at all following how they survived each day, let alone solved the case! Why do they never learn and change even a little??

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Another great installment

This is book 4 of the Borealis: Without a Compass Series. We pick up, after the last traumatic experience in Book 3, with a backyard BBQ. Shaw and North have purchased a house together and are having neighbors and friends over to celebrate. However, the picture of domestic bliss is soon disrupted and ultimately, we see, a façade. The couple is STILL struggling to understand each other’s wants and needs. Add to that, an annoying young man that barges into their life, and home, to ask for help finding a missing friend. We met Nik in a previous book and I don’t think we have seen the last of him as he still has some wrongs that no doubt Shaw will want to right.

I’ll be honest, this book kind of annoyed me. I always get annoyed when the guys do stupid things; and IMHO they do a lot of them in this book. I think the guys are heading for very rough waters. Also I was annoyed that Tucker didn’t get his comeuppance in this one. I’m sure (hope!) it’s coming, but he is not really present in this story. We also get a cameo from Hazard, Shaw’s best, best friend. I love seeing Hazard but couldn’t get use to Charlie David’s voice for him when I’m use to Tristan James. It was just weird.

The murder/mystery is another disturbing one involving homeless teens. I actually did figure out one of the bad guys early on. But as usual, not the “big picture” which was way more involved. Shaw really flexes in this story. We see a side of Shaw that we have only seen glimpses of in previous books. I think the trauma of his attack in college has left a mark on him that he has compartmentalize and brings out when necessary. It could also be some Master Hermes mojo. I was really shocked when it came out at the end and suspect the blowback will be fierce. Also, we see that North is really the “softie” of the pair, despite appearances.

Charlie David put in another masterful performance. And three cheers for the extra effort he put in the pronunciation of Wahredua!! Bravo!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review

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Always Want More!

Gregory badge is one of my favorite authors. He writes complex plots and nuanced characters and this book is no exception. The mystery, with its many threads, is intriguing and kept me listening. Watching, well listening to, Shaw and North on the case is compelling and I love the thought tangents they sometimes go on. I am invested in Shaw and North and so it was hard to see the family dynamic that's developing for North in particular. I keep having to remind myself Nick is a kid still and needs to be given a little slack but gah! he did frustrate me. Still, as with any great story, I was thoroughly engaged. Charlie David does a great job narrating this series and I've enjoyed each audio in this series.

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Definitely need more!

This one left me wanting more North and Shaw. I loved the mystery as always!! The narrator was also great!

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Without a Compass indeed

This is the perfect example of another great story by Gregory Ashe. Some of those qualities include - a great mystery, a convoluted relationship, and a story that keeps you on your toes. These are all true here. Although I enjoyed the mystery in this story, I especially enjoyed the relationship part. Shaw is just a mess, and his craziness continues in this story. Him and North continue to have a wealth of head banging issues, but this is a nice wrap up in this storyline. I should also call out that there is a wealth of side characters that add to the story. Some new and some old friends that help the flow of the story along.
Charlie David did an amazing job on the narration. His narration of the neurotic Shaw is just amazing. I've really enjoyed listening to this series and can see myself coming back to it again.

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Shaw ftw

Shaw and North are my couple goals. I love their dysfunctional relationship. I love their arguing. I don't think there is better banter between characters than North and Shaw. I laughed so hard. Great great sexy times. Oh man. I think I'm going to need to relisten to this sooner than later.

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Definitely worth a listen

I continue to struggle with North and Shaw. Especially Shaw. It's hard for me to tell what parts of his OTT-ness are put on and what parts are real. Nevertheless, after all the trauma North and Shaw inflicted on each other throughout this series, it was nice to read a book where they're... not happy, but largely functional together? Still broken, but trying to heal (and making progress). The mystery aspects of the story were, as usual, less important to me than the relationship ones. I felt that the big bad (Ronnie, et al.) ended up being resolved a bit too easily—though I did like the resolution. A LOT. Overall, I give this a solid 4 to 4.5 stars. Greg Ashe is always worth reading (and I thank him for a complimentary copy of this audiobook).

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  • 06-16-22

Enjoyable Story

A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is very good.

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  • L.D.
  • 05-11-22

Shaw and North - I Adore Them

Codirection was such a wild ride. Shaw and North have one of the most fascinating and interesting relationships, and I can’t get enough of them. The plot was not only interesting, but completely enthralling and had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next. So many twists and turns with nothing happening the way I predicted. I absolutely love it. The best part of the book is the banter between North and Shaw. It’s hilarious and completely bonkers - to the point where I can’t help but laugh out loud. (Plus I love the mini appearance of Hazard!)

The audiobook was narrated by Charlie David who does a fantastic job as usual. The audiobook production is superb.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 03-04-22

The final curtain for my fave couple?

The final curtain for my fave couple? (an audio review)

Codirection (noun) – direction by two or more people working together
Shaw’s note – like that time North was trying to drive the golf cart on campus and then I tried to drive the golf cart because he was doing a terrible job and he hit the gas and I hit the brake and then we weren’t in the golf cart anymore.

North’s elucidation – I broke my aviators, thank you very much and I was doing perfectly fine driving the golf cart. Shaw grabbed the wheel because he wanted to see if Howie Gallagher had a stiffy or just really solid pleats.

Shaw’s correction – Actually, we both wanted to see if Howie had a stiffy because Howie had this spiky hair kind of like if Pikachu had a special adult relationship with a hedgehog and one time, after I watched Lord of the Rings, I had a dream where he was washing my elbows with water from a silver ewer. Oh, and he had great chi.

North’s gloss: From Shaw speak – he was hot as F@@k.

Erryn’s note – hang on, it’s going to be a ride to remember


I have loved North and Shaw from the first moment I met them. They’re quirky, they’re fun, they’re a little nuts. Their on-going antics have brought me great joy (and a little sorrow, because, hello, that break-up was epic). Now they’re together in their new house making a life for themselves. Only there are a few glitches. Like North wants to get married and Shaw doesn’t. Like the business they run isn’t always smooth sailing because of Shaw’s aversion to paperwork. Like Uncle Ronnie, North’s dad, and a bunch of other people don’t want them to succeed.

The reporter who comes sniffing around isn’t a good sign either.

Then a young man Shaw met some time ago shows up needing help. The young man, Nik, has a friend Malorie, who’s gone missing. He wants Shaw and North to find her. Iffy proposition given the girl’s a runaway who sometimes bunks down in a shelter of dubious quality and who apparently had a stash of money with no clear explanation of where it came from.

Finding Malorie is just the beginning of an investigation that leads them down a dark path to some pretty horrific people. Good mystery, disturbing story.

Everything gets resolved and still Uncle Ronnie is out there. I’ve wanted him to get his comeuppance for everything he’s put Shaw and North through. I may or may not have gotten my wish. If I did, that would tie up the series nicely. Part of me is sad and part of me wants this couple to get their forever happy ending. But this is Gregory Ashe and he can never quite let his characters go. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more to come…

And what can I say about Charlie David? He’s a brilliant narrator who hits all the right notes bringing the humor to a very dark story. I can listen to him all day long. He and Gregory are magic together and I hope there are more collaborations to come.

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  • WallE
  • 02-26-22

Phew

I was given this audiobook as an advanced listener.

Well what can I say. I didn't see that coming and I will give no spoilers. So you will have to get listening

Some of the issues in Shaw and North's ife; parents, a dangerous uncle and their own complex past relationships were making their everyday lives difficult to read about. However, Gregory's Ashe has created characters that you care about and that you want to be there for them.

What appears to start off as Shaw finding another young person down on their luck to bring home, ends up with Shaw and North been dragged into a dark place where it is made explicit that we don't all give the same value to human life and challenging such action could be dangerous. However, this does not stop Shaw and North trying to do the right thing even if they are still been hampered by uncle Ronnie continuing with his own agenda which brings harm to the people around them

Charlie David as always is able to capture the nuances of every mood and use Ashes pacing accurately.

However, although the ending lets you see that even though Shaw and North have more to give us and have grown in unexpected ways, it's time to give them a break so that they have the time to contemplate their next steps including reappraising some of their closest relationships.