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
Romantic action thriller
I loved the progression of the romance between Miller and Danny and the unpredictable turn it took.
I have listened to many of Paul Morey's performances and I love them all. His range and diversity of voices really makes listening to him a treat.
No, but I have already read the book, I just wanted to hear Paul narrate the story.
This is a great story and I love the MCs. It has lots of action and some very uncomfortable violence, but it is necessary for the story. Drug dealing is a brutal business. I really wish there was a sequel.
I read the book couple of years ago and it struck me as a brilliant piece of writing among hundreds and hundreds of mediocre M/M novels. So, I bought this audiobook the instant I saw it on Audible. I haven't listened to it yet, but judging by the preview it is going to be awesome in audio format as well.
I desperately wish the author would write more!
The way the relationship developed between criminal and fbi guy.
Danny. He was a refreshingly honest about his actions although he had a hard time moving past them.
Different narrator. He doesn't inflect properly. It sounds like he's just reading the book instead of becoming the characters. Shannon Gunn or Chris Patton would of been better.
Yes. I listen at work
I really, really enjoyed listening to this story. It is essentially a love story between a male FBI agent and a male drug informant. Both are masculine men though I wouldn't call either Alpha males in the way they were portrayed in the book. I liked that they weren't Alpha but just rather regular, common-type guys. The story also had a criminal element, but it was not the focus. The dialogue is good, and the situations and reactions were interesting and logical. Everything could happen, I thought, which added to my delight with the story. I absolutely loved the trials and angst. I like stories that indicate that life is not easy and people's choices are not either, and everything has consequences. The narrator did a good job with the story. The only reason I didn't give the performance 5 stars is that the differentiation between the male characters was so slight as to make it hard to know who was talking. And the story and overall scoring resulted in 4 stars because I like a bit more raunchiness in my sex scenes. But they were still great and just numerous enough. They were, by no means, overdone and always fit the story and time. Overall, the story is more romantic than erotic but still very good. I won't tell you if there's a HEA. You'll have to listen to find out.
I love the tension in this story. Every part of the developing relationship is beautiful and challenging and really well handled. The external conflicts and dangers they face keep the story moving and dramatic. But my favorite thing is that this story doesn't present anything as simple. Love doesn't magically make everything perfect. These characters have to work and fight for their happy ending and that made it really satisfying when it all does finally work out. I loved this book.
The narrator was good. He really brought me along with this one.
This story featured Danny Butler, a drug dealer who was pulled over on a weapons charge and the FBI was leaning on him to testify against his boss. After his boss sent some goons to silence him, Danny had to go on the run while waiting for the trial. FBI agent Miller Sutton was the FBI agent who worked tirelessly for 3 years to bring down the Crime Lord Hinestroza, so he wasn't going to let anything happen to his star witness Danny Butler.
While on the run, Danny and Miller got to know each other and soon started sleeping together. There was a lot at stake as Miller is an FBI agent (with a fiancee) and Danny is a felon. The decks were stacked high, and soon Danny and Miller felt the weight of all their past choices, and it seemed like their love wouldn't survive.
I loved the first half of the story, and the second half dragged a little bit. I think it was because the first half was the discovery of their love and while the second half was the discovery of the individuals as "gay" men (self discovery). Danny carried a lot of pain and self loathing, so I am glad he started feeling like he was worth something by the end. Miller had no insight to himself, but Danny's love forced him to come clean to himself and then everyone else. It cost him, but he gained self respect. I enjoyed seeing how they both battled separate demons, but realized they are stronger together.
I wish the author gave an epilogue about Rachel, Miller's fiance...and maybe the crime syndicate Danny was running from.
I definitely have to say this story surprised me on many levels. I loved the development between the main characters and their evolving relationship. It wasn't instantaneous and they had to work through their pre-conceived ideas of each other. I really enjoyed the narrator and I didn't feel the voice changes between characters were too close to identify each character. As for the physical relationship between the 2 men, it was very tastefully written.
If your looking for a book that is action packed and center's around the law and taking down a drug dealer this story is not for you. If you are looking for great character development and an engaging story then this book is well worth your credit. As I was looking for a great story this book definitely exceeded my expectations.
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...
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.
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