• The Same Breath

  • The Lamb and the Lion, Book 1
  • By: Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: J.F. Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Teancum Leon, who goes by Tean, is a wildlife veterinarian. His life has settled into a holding pattern: He loves his job, he hates first dates, and he only occasionally has to deal with his neighbor Mrs. Wish’s cat-related disasters.

All of that changes, though, when a man appears in his office, asking for help to find his brother. Jem is convinced that something bad has happened to Benny, and he thinks Tean might be able to help. Tean isn’t sure, but he’s willing to try. After all, Jem is charming and sweet and surprisingly vulnerable. Oh. And hot.

Then things get strange: Phone calls with no one on the other end of the line; surveillance footage that shows what might be an abduction; a truck that tries to run Tean and Jem off the road. As Tean and Jem investigate, they realize that Benny might have stumbled onto a conspiracy and that someone is willing to kill to keep the truth from coming out.

But not everything is as it seems, and Tean suspects that Jem has been keeping secrets of his own.

©2020 Gregory Ashe (P)2021 Gregory Ashe

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Goshdarnit

I hate Gregory Ashe a little bit. I had a full day's work to do today, I got up early to do it, and I found a review copy of this in my email. So I FOOLISHLY decided to listen to a little bit while I ate my breakfast.

Thirteen hours later... I had managed to do about one hour's work. And listened to the whole darn book.

So thank you, Greg, for the copy, and curse you for the hours I'm going to need to make up this week. I don't know whether to hope the next book comes out quickly or not. Dratted amazing slow-burn damaged heroes that you write SO WELL.

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Excellent !!

First let me start out by saying this book was so refreshing, the story entices you right from the beginning. Both MC's are beautifully flawed. Tean is quirky, offbeat, funny and I suspect is on the low spectrum of Asperger's. Jem a caretaker, codependent and hustler. An all around "good guy" in my book. In my opinion Mr. Ashe offers three-dimensional characters and great attention to detail . Knowledge and actual research done in creating these characters, their work, lives and world make this an absolute delight to listen to. This is my first Gregory Ashe book I've ever purchased. The reason being, J. F Harding . He is a fantastic narrator and a definite GoTo for me. I probably own over half the books he's narrated. I'm positive I would enjoy the other books Mr. Ashe has offered through Audible but to be honest I absolutely will not purchase anymore books narrated by Charlie David, and I'm on the fence with Tristan James. Keep using Harding and I'll keep purchasing your books.

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Great start of a new series

This is the first book in a new series by Gregory Ashe. I am a big fan of this author’s Somerset & Hazard series. This book is a little different in tone; it is NOT a slow burn!! GA is known for his torture of his readers with the romance happening over multiple books, this is not that. The book still revolves around a really sad murder mystery, but the relationship between Jem and Tean happens, although complicated by a third presence. Jem & Tean are brought together through Jem’s love for his foster brother. Jem has had a very hard childhood and the bond he has with his brother, Benny, is beautiful. The fact that Jem could love despite all he has been through is a big part of his appeal.

Tean is a “fallen” Mormon (this is set in Salt Lake City, UT) who has “issues” of course. He is very dark, but not like Batman dark, like Deadpool dark. He is fond of spouting negative statistics about most things and is definitely a glass half empty guy. However, despite this veneer, he has a heart of gold and his banter with Jem is priceless. It is obvious Jem is what Tean needs, but things happen. Tean thinks he still loves his childhood secret love who is still in the closet Mormon and has a wife and kids. Like I said, it’s complicated. The mystery is very intriguing and I did not guess the killer because GA throughs a bunch of red herrings.

J.F. Harding delivers another fantastic performance and really brought the story and this romance to life. I look forward to the next audiobook in this series.

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

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I am excited for this new series

I came to know Gregory Ashe's work through a different series featuring two police officers doing most of the sleuthing. That made sense. When I read this blurb, I was trying to figure out how and why a wildlife veterinarian would be asked to help find a missing brother. I was a little incredulous, but I do enjoy all of this author's other books so I was curious to find out when I was offered an audiobook copy to review.

Jem's missing brother is schizophrenic and a big environmentalist. He is known for going to the Division of Wildlife Resources where Tean works, and making complaints about a number of things, some of which might be a condition of his mental illness. He isn't always taken seriously, but upon his disappearance, it brings Jem to Tean's office seeking help. So I guess it wasn't as big of a stretch as I thought it might be when the two work together to find out what happened to the young man. As usual, the mystery this author created was really good. There were many suspects and who exactly was involved in the taking and murdering of Tean's brother as well as one of Tean's co-workers ended up being a surprise to me.

This author usually creates really good and flawed characters. This series isn't an exception. I don't want to call Tean flawed, necessarily. He is a helpful neighbor and a loyal friend. He is involved with a married detective, waiting for the day for him to leave his wife, though, and he is filled with stories of despair about animals and loneliness. You can tell he is unhappy with his situation, but not really eager about changing it. Jem is a former foster kid with history of being abused. He lives his life conning and blackmailing people the way his foster mother did. There were moments I didn't want to like him, but with his past and his dyslexia, I found there were reasons for his bad behavior. After a fight between him and Tean, I ended up feeling all the compassion for him.

Like this author's other books and series, though, despite the attraction these two main characters feel for each other, their relationship will be hard won. I think both Tean and Jem need to learn to love themselves a little more before they can get a romance off the ground. They have solidified a friendship by the end of the book, and that makes me happy. I definitely feel a lot of hope for them and I look forward to the slow burn in future books.

A quick bit about the narration. I have listened to JF Harding many times and I really enjoy his narrations. Overall the story was a winner for me, I liked the mystery and the dynamics between the two main characters. I hope the next book releases on audio soon, I can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Astounding!! I love these two!!

Wow!
Simply, wow!

These two characters are so very different from each other: one a wildlife vet, the other a grifter.

What they have in common is trying to find a missing man: a friend to one, a brother to the other.

The mystery of missing Benny leads them into dangerous territory. As much as this aspect of the story hooked me, what really drew me in was how the two men interacted with each other.

They were awkward, funny, real, and shielded. I kept waiting for secrets to drop, for tidbits of truth to come out & it had me on a wonderful edge.

Tean, the vet, made me laugh with his constant grim statistics. Jem, the con man, delighted me with his quick thinking. Both men held pain in their past, and they slowly, so very slowly let it out.

The two do solve the mystery. The two do get together. Tean does find out about Jem’s past. Do they get past it? In a way.

Are they still together at the end? As Jem said, like two rovers on the opposite sides of Mars.

Can I wait for the next audiobook? No!! I may have to read the next one straightaway!!

Things to watch out for:
1. Tean’s ex/not ex/but is married/and Mormon. He’s a piece of work.
2. Tean’s inability to say no.
3. Jem’s lies & cons.
4. Trivia.
5. SLT traffic.

Great performance by JF Harding, although a few times I had trouble telling Jem and Tean apart.

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Another great series.

I was so excited to see JF Harding was narrating another series by Gregory Ashe. I really liked this book. It had everything you’d want in a Gregory Ashe book. Twisty turny mystery being solved by two broken men. I’m rooting really hard for Gem. I cannot wait for the next book.

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Another deeply entwined and intriguing story

This story takes you to new places with many new characters the author can continue to introduce us to . Hoping they are around for many future stories now that such a good back story has been laid. Very good and interesting topics, not just a typical gay novel… Looking forward to the next one.

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Beautifully narrated by J. F. Harding!

What an incredible breath of fresh air Mr. Ashe gives us with this novel that takes place around Salt Lake City, Utah. We encounter Teancum Leon a veterinarian who works for the Division of Wildlife Resources whose staid life has disrupted a series of disturbing events that start shortly before Benny--a crusader for mother earth--is driven away in a dark SUV. Benjamin Guthall's foster brother Jeremiah (Jem) Berger solicits Tean's help to locate him as it appears a conspiracy is behind his abduction. This book combines so many elements incredibly well! We read of the beauty of the Salt Lake City area where Mr. Ashe invests time and words describing the topography, flora, and fauna. We see two very different men come together and grow through their circumstances, especially their relationship with each other. Each man has experienced and processed life very differently. Tean is a gay Mormon with all the baggage that comes with it including the deeply disturbing relationship he has with a married bisexual Mormon police detective. Jem is an illiterate con man that suffered severe emotional, sexual, and physical abuse as a child. Both find each other and hold on desperately as the mystery unfolds and come to a conclusion revealing greed, manipulation, and corruption.

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Friendship and/or Love

There are no easy answers in this Gregory Ashe book. No clear path to happiness. Relationships require time to build and effort to maintain. But it is a meaningful journey and all major actors gain something at the end. Some of the obstacles are convincing - an old love that translates into a toxic bond, sheer lying, and using a person as a means to an end - and some of them remain in place by the end of the story. Work in progress, this friendship. Moving now to the second book in the series.

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Slower but still great

This series, after coming from Hazard & Somerset, is definitely a little slower. Though that being said, I still THOROUGHLY enjoyed it. I adore how unique Tean is, and the way he sees things always makes me laugh.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 11-07-21

Interesting new series

Any book that starts with the introduction of a dog is a winner in my book. Between Tean’s dog Skippio and the neighbor’s cats named after obscure American politicians, I knew this book was going to win my heart. And it did.

I was curious how a wildlife veterinarian was going to solve a mystery, but this author has steered me in many different directions before. Like the university professor and his student teaming up together. So I was willing to give this book a shot.

I liked Tean. He has a job he loves, a family he can’t always related to, and is gay in the very religious Mormon Salt Lake City. Yet he makes it all work. He’s also patient, which helps both in his work and his personal life. He’s been seeing a married man for many years and I wasn’t happy about the man’s treatment of Tean. Tean definitely has a blind spot.

I liked Jem. He’s not always on the right side of the law, but given everything he went through as a kid, it’s hardly surprising. He’s struggled to make his way in the world, and his concern for his brother is laudable. When the brother goes missing, he turns to Tean for help.

Like I said, an unlikely duo. But as the strange occurrences grow, the men are increasingly reliant on each other. It’s hard to know who to trust. In the end, they are able to solve the mystery, although their personal lives are a whole other story. But this author often makes his characters suffer before they get their happy ending, so I’m not surprised.

J.F. Harding is a great narrator and I certainly enjoyed his performance. Book 2 is out on audio, so I’m off there now.

(One final note - I thought the cover was stunning.)

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 06-22-22

Enjoyable Story

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

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  • BevS
  • 09-11-21

Great start to series by J.F.

Excellent start to the series by JF Harding. Really looking forward to the rest on audio cos they were great improvement on this first 'setting the scene' story.

***Book Review***

4.25 stars from me for The Same Breath, the first story in Greg's new series, set in yet another Mid Western state, Utah this time around.

I didn't particularly like Jem at the start, and I suppose that's because I once had a bad experience with 'con men, scammers, liars and cheats'...anyhoo, enough about that. His character really wasn't very nice, and I did actually despair of finishing the story at one point [unheard of for me and Mr Ashe] BUT then I suddenly got connected to the characters, and by the end of the story, was rooting for both Jem and Tean. The banter between the two was completely daft...like off the charts nerdy, and Tean has more issues than several people put together...which I suppose comes from growing up gay in a strict Mormon household, and here I hold my hands up and admit that the only other story I think I've read that was set in Utah was a really good YA read called Autoboyography.

Anyhoo, back to the story. Ammon I hated...closeted, lying piece of garbage and yes, he just happened to be a cop [do I detect a recurring theme in your stories Mr Ashe 🤔]. I get the whole pining after someone who will say/do anything to stop you going off and finding someone worthy of your love [been there, done that], but Tean just couldn't see the wood for the trees until... hopefully right at the very end, he had a light bulb moment 💡, and will now [hopefully she says] ignore Ammon's calls. Already looking forward to The Same Place.

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  • WallE
  • 03-22-21

He's done it again!

I was given the audio book as an advanced listener.

I have already read the book so you can see my view on the storyline further along in this review. However, I want to focus on the the narration and I want to say that combining Jeff Harding with Gregory Ashe's writing is a combination made in heaven. Harding's narration brings an added richness to an already good story and is the perfect fit for engaging you with the key characters.

As to the storyline, Gregory Ashe has already given me Hazard and Somerset and Shaw and North to live and now he has given me Tean and Jem. I didn't think he could create another pair for me love.

This book was a hard read because Tean and Jem's character were so well developed that although there are some great moments of humour both of them are working through some complex emotions. So I had to read this book over a few weeks which is not normal for me with one of Ash's book but I had to protect myself from swinging emotions such as pain and anger. I was thankful for the lighter moments. Once again even though I knew what was coming the audiobook took me longer than usual.

As always there is a good crime story where the pace is gradually cranked up. Unfortunately, Ashe does a good job of creating some evil and selfish characters that you have to stop and remember that there are many good people in the world. That includes Tean and Jem even if I know Jem does not believe that about himself.

I am hooked and I have already downloaded the next two books in the series to see where the adventures and relation takes Tean and Jem. I hope the next two audiobooks are not too far behind

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  • Jonathan
  • 03-01-21

A great start to a new series

I'm a fan of more flawed characters than the sweeter, happily ever after novels and this had me binge listening over 2 days.
Although it wasn't all doom and gloom, there were some very sweet moments mixed in there, and having the lives of an oddball ex Mormon vet and a scam artist with a difficult history colide made it really interesting, two different worlds indeed.

Such excellent narration really brings the story and characters to life, J.F did a wonderful job.

Definitely looking forward to the others in this series.

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  • Kazza - On Top Down Under/Dark Hints Book Reviews
  • 03-02-22

Jen and Tean.

A good story that’s made better by strong narration.
Jen and Tean are memorable characters, a little different to the usual. The murder mystery is interesting but it’s the connection of the MCs that give The Same Breath real legs.