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Paternity Case

Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Tristan James
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
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It's almost Christmas, and Emery Hazard finds himself face to face with his own personal nightmare: going on a double date with his partner - and boyhood crush - John-Henry Somerset. Hazard brings his boyfriend; Somers brings his estranged wife. Things aren't going to end well.

When a strange call interrupts dinner, however, Hazard and his partner become witnesses to a shooting. The victims: Somers' father and the daughter of a high school friend. The crime is inexplicable. There is no apparent motive, no connection between the victims, and no explanation for how the shooter reached his targets.

Determined to get answers, Hazard and Somers move forward with their investigation in spite of mounting pressure to stop. Their search for the truth draws them into a dark web of conspiracy and into an even darker tangle of twisted love and illicit desire. And as the two men come face to face with the passions and madness behind the crime, they must confront their own feelings for each other - and the hard truths that neither man is ready to accept.

©2018 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Tantor

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  • ClinD2002
  • 05-11-19

Poor Nico

So the only thing I thought about this book was poor Nico, how dare hazard treat him that way, and It keeps getting worse it comes out that summers has an even more horrible history of abusing hazard, but hazards to weak and pitiful to say “f-you I’m done”

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  • Ally
  • 27-08-20

ADDICTED!

can't wait to read what happens next...these guys have GOT TO TAKE THE LEAP TOGETHER!

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  • L.D.
  • 12-04-20

Deadly Family Secrets

I love this book. However, this is not a stand-alone book. You need to read the other two books in the series. This book happily solves the murder that occurs, but the overall arching plot that began in Book 1 will not be concluded in Book 3. Luckily, the series is complete, so there’s no real cliff hanger since you can move onto Book 4. Also, this is primarily a thriller/mystery book with a romantic subplot – the unresolved sexual tension between the two main characters will not be resolved in this book, so don’t read this if you are looking for a quick instant relationship. But don’t worry, there are still some hot sex scenes and wonderful delicious sexual tense moments. The relationship between John-Henry Somerset and Emery Hazard makes me want to pull out my hair in frustration and squeal in delight all at the same time. Why do I love these two men together?? They are obviously not good for each other, yet, they are perfectly matched puzzle pieces. I never thought I would love a series-long slow burn, but I can’t get enough of these two. Poor Nico, he knows what’s going on, but he’s still sticking with Hazard. Everyone is making bad relationship choices, and I can’t wait to see how this all gets resolved. The mystery was fantastic – a delve into the more disturbing side of familial relationships. It was cleverly paced and everyone was suspect. Throughout the case, we learn more about the secrets both Somerset and Hazard are hiding, and things begin to make more sense while also becoming way more complicated. I loved this book, and I’m obsessed with this series now. I highly recommend this book and this series.

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  • Annika
  • 09-01-20

Intricate mystery

For the last couple of books I’ve been unsure about Hazard and Somerset. Not the series or books, but the characters themselves. It’s been an interesting feeling and journey that’s for sure. In Paternity Case we get up close and personal with Somers’ family. Not only is he and his estranged wife out on a double date with his crush Hazard and his boyfriend Nico. But in the middle of dinner he and Hazard are called out on a disturbance at his parent’s home. One that soon turns deadly when his dad is shot and a young woman ends up dead. The shooter is quickly apprehended, but before he’s questioned he too ends up in the morgue – an apparent suicide. The crimes have no apparent rhyme or reason, and Somers and Emory are hindered at every turn. As more secrets are uncovered the more disturbing and dangerous it all gets. This time around Somers got on my last nerve real quick and firmly ended way back on the dislike side of the scale. For some reason the characters in this book loves Somers, how loving he is, kind and in general a nice guy. I have to say I still haven’t seen hide nor hair of that person. I’ve only encountered the evil twin; the one that’s selfish and childish. Manipulates others for his own ends. The one that purposely hurts others because of his own insecurities and uncertainty. The one that feels sorry for himself, acts like a victim of his own life. His mother nailed it perfectly when she said: 🎧 He is completely irrational. It’s always been like this, pouting, tantrums. /…/ He’s an absolute child about anything that disturbs his perfect world. So yeah, Somers is not my favourite person. He’s far from the worst person out there (hmm, I think I just understood why he comes across as such a great guy; because compared to the rest of people living in town, Somers is actually one of the better ones…..) but for a main character he leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t need him to be perfect, but making an effort to change would be nice. The intricate web of lies, deceit and corruption in this small town is kind of astounding. If anyone asked me I’d tell them to run for the hills and set up camp somewhere else – at least if you’d want to keep your health and sanity. Because frankly, that town really creeps me out. For a mystery series though, it’s a good one, so much juiciness to sink your teeth in it will make your head spin. The relationship – or whatever you call it – between Somers and Emory is one I really don’t understand. It’s one that makes them sabotage each other’s relationships, but also their own. Mutually destructive you might say. It’s neither a good or healthy one, but I still can’t seem to turn away from the oncoming collision. Tristan James has an amazing voice and a knack for narration. If you’ve read my reviews before you might know that James is a hit or miss for me, that I have some difficulties with his monotone narration. However, for this series it kind of works – and no one is more surprised than me by that. It especially works for our two main characters. I mean there’s no great passion or emotional outbursts, that part is toned down here so it really works for James’s narration. The ending though made the book for me in a big way. I saw a glimpse of a Somers that’s matured and putting someone else before him. It was beautiful and I hope to see much more of that guy in the next book. A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Slam
  • 02-04-20

Better but still not quite there

I have finished these first three volumes of this series and I have been consistently disappointed. There is absolutely no need to try to even include any romance into these stories if you are going to stretch it out this long. This is not a M/M romance, it is one long cock tease or gay baiting. By this time, most readers do not really care if the two leads get together anymore, it is all just too EXHAUSTING. At least this mystery was a little more straightforward and not overly complicated. This time they actually did solve the crime instead of everything just falling on their laps while they are praised as the town's sexually ambiguous Hardy Boys. The dialogue is still really bad with inopportune arguments that are rehashed over and over. There is also still a lot of repetition in the writing. This was the last one offered under the Audible Escape romance package so this is where I will leave off because I will not pay out of pocket to be left unsatisfied and completely underwhelmed.

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  • Joan
  • 15-10-20

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Paternity Case Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 3 By: Gregory Ashe Narrated by: Tristan James Series: Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 3 Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins I listened to this book at 1.60x Good story, murder investigation with both Detective being afraid to tell their true feeling about each other. 2 guy that grew up together in school. Went their separate ways. Both became Detective . Both working together in hometown. Murders investigations. Oh and 1 of the Detectives happens to be gay. And the other may possibly be bi. Tristan James did a really great job. Brought the who story to life. Wish more vocal artist were as good.

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  • Jojo
  • 01-10-20

13-yr old cops

I listened to 3 books in this series. Grown me. Blushing, constantly blushing. Flipping each other off, constantly. Other characters...blushing and flipping birds. SERIOUSLY - I JUST SUMMARIZED THE WHOLE SERIES. It was a waste of my time. These 2 perpetual 13 year olds will never figure out life. Just skip it. You wait too long for anything to happen only to realize nothing will ever happen.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 08-09-20

Great Action, Dramatic Relationships

Not even really happy for now, more like status quo or breaking even on the relationship front but the twists and turns of the police investigation and crimes are so worth it. I still want to sort of bang Somerset's head against a wall. I'm. bit exhausted with him at this point but still into it.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 29-07-20

Engaging but frustrating

interesting mystery, very slow burn angsty romance. ACAB, including these guys who let crooked cops go and drive drunk. Nico’s really the only truly nice one. I find it odd that in Somerset’s POV, he never thinks about his kid unless she’s in front of him. Without the birthday party, readers wouldn’t even know she exists. But Hazard & Somerset are at least trying to do the right thing by each other, are somewhat sympathetic, and feel redeemable. I guess that’s why I like these characters enough to keep reading the series. It’s engaging. While I kind of guessed what motivated the shooting in this case, there were a plethora of details that came out in the end to make it satisfactory reading. I like that solving the mystery doesn’t immediately end the book, but we get to dwell in the aftermath a bit. Steam: Low. Buttons fly then cut to dark. This is an M/M book but the main characters only have angst from afar. Oddly, in Hazard’s POV, we don’t get thoughts about how he feels about Nico, only about Somerset. It makes H’s insistence on sticking with Nico frustrating when S is right there taking up most of H’s thoughts. Narration: Voicing is pretty good. Sound volume fades out a little bit more than a few times. It sounds like a ‘sleep timer’ fade, which jogs my attention enough to notice.

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  • tdb
  • 12-07-20

Argh!

That ending! It ticks me off that the first three are on audible escapes but the romance payoff doesn’t happen until book 4. I could handle that if they hadn’t spent the whole book pining for each other but never having the balls to actually be honest with each other. They both needed to grow up and get over themselves. The mystery was ok. It went to a dark place so warning for child abuse. We learn more about both guys history. And I liked the narrator. I’m not sure if I liked it enough to buy the next one.