Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years.
Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence. But he reluctantly agrees to cooperate, and as he suspects, it doesn’t take long for Hinestroza to figure out the betrayal.
Miller is surprised to discover Danny's not the career-criminal lowlife he expected; at the same time, Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller's innate goodness. They barely begin to explore the sparking attraction between them when Hinestroza's hitman tracks them down, and then they're on the run, both for their lives and for any kind of love.
©2009 Brooke McKinley (P)2013 Brooke McKinley
Danny, Danny, Danny
The scene when Miller shows up in Chicago
The scene when Danny talks about how he got his biggest scar
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I am really getting into Paul Morey's narration lately. I like this story alot. You have to be a fan of m/m romance. Drug informant and cop start a relationship under a sting. I like a m/m romance with a good storyline and nice smexing.. but that don't take forever to get to the smexing. This did a nice job of story building with smexing thrown in with a ending... Great. plus with Morey's narration..wht could be better...
I love this book. Cop and suspect. Slow burn. So good. I read it 3 times at least before I added the narration. But, buying a book you love can be tricky because you already *know* how the characters sound in your head, their intonation, inflection, even the timbre of their voices . For me, the narrator was great with everything but the dialogue, which really missed the mark for me. Both characters are originally from Kansas. But, the Special Agent sounds like he just escaped from a summer stock production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," or "Suddenly, Last Summer." The suspect is a smart ass, clearly a charmer, but sounds more like a thug in this rendition. In this instance, I think you're better off without the narration -- at least on your first go around with these addictive characters.
I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.
FBI agent Miller Sutton, finds himself in the role of questioning and protecting Danny Butler, A mid-level criminal involved in an attempt to capture a drug lord. Miller gets more than he bargained for once Danny gets under his skin bringing out Miller's most secret and hidden emotions. Miller starts seeing another, deeper side to Danny than just the drug dealing criminal. The two cross the line into a for bidden love affair from different sides of the law. Danny forces Miller to face a question he has avoided all of his life – is he gay? Miller has known this probably all of his life but has denied it until Danny shows him that this is something not to be feared but embraced. Each of these main characters has a lot of soul-searching to do, coming to terms with their past lives and what direction they will take in the future. Can there be happiness for the two of them? You'll have to read or listen to the story to find out. It would be great if there could be a sequel for this book!
As for Paul Morey's narration it took me a little bit to get past the voice and accent he used for Miller but once I did I thought he was great. He really brings out the emotion in the story without the reader getting caught up in the fact that this is being narrated and acted out by one person. Overall, a great performance!
This is a beautiful romance and a well written story - Paul Morey can read a phone book and make it dynamic and interesting - don't miss the book or the audio version - both are great.
I have read this book tons of times over the last couple of years and it never gets old. I was so excited to find it on Audible. The narrator does a great job! But can I just say....wth is with the cheesy porn music between chapters?! It totally would take me out of the story!!! Frustrating. Anyway...Miller and Danny...*sigh*. Fantastic.
DARK, SEXY, CARING
The way that the story unfolds and you get to know the charecters.
He has a great voice and did a great job here .
Shades of Gray is perfect for it...
Great story with amazing sexy charecters here.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Shades of Gray was very well written. After reading Cinderella stories in the m/f romance and erotic categories that usually left me feeling ugly and wholly dissatisfied with my life, it was quite a different experience to read a romance that was actually believable. Danny and Miller were very real to me. Their story was not an easy formulaic tale. It was gritty, heartbreaking and, in the end, life affirming.
I almost did not buy this one because I was already familiar with Paul Morey. I have never liked any of his work, and I really had to concentrate very hard on the story in order to overlook his horrible narration (especially of Miller's accent). But I'm glad I put my dislike of his narration aside and listened to the story anyway.
The other annoying thing (only minor compared to Morey's narration) was the dumb music they played at the beginning of each chapter. Really not necessary or enjoyable.
I might listen to this again when I can get myself into the right headspace to tune out Morey's narration (not an easy thing to do!) because the story was so good, but for the time being, I will just keep Danny and Miller's story in my heart.
This story was more of a homosexual love story with a little thriller thrown in. The central part of the story seemed to be about a policemen's struggle in dealing with his sexual attraction towards a bi-sexual man in his custody and coming out of the closet. I felt deceived and disappointed that the description and the sample of the story did not even touch on this theme that was such a very important part of the story. Although parts of the story was very well written and the read did a good performance, I felt duped in purchasing a book that I won't have purchased if the story have been honestly described.
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