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
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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