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Shades of Gray Audiobook

Shades of Gray

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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

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-21-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Morey Narration"

    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...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 11-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An intense and sweet love story"

    Miller is placed in charge of a criminal informant, Danny. From the beginning, Danny challenges Miller’s strict “by the book” life and philosophies. In addition to making him wonder about his life in law enforcement, he also opens up cracks in his identity he’d thought long buried.
    Eventually, the heat between them rises to the top and almost burns out of control. But life can’t just work out for these two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the law. When Danny is faced with the decision to protect himself or his lover who will he choose?
    **
    I recently re-listened/re-read this after having read it originally over a year ago. I warn you now this is an intense book. It is full of emotion and pain and really, really hard decisions.
    What I loved about this, is the connection between Danny and Miller. It’s intense and full of chemistry and angst and most of all a deep love that really does feel like Romeo and Juliet when faced with life and death decisions.
    Another thing I loved is that the author didn’t tie things up in a pretty make-believe bow. There was ugliness and bloodshed and life changes that had to occur in order to get these guys together. They aren’t going to have it easy – but they are going to be together. That’s what’s important.
    I will tell you that it’s a hard book no matter how you experience it – for me – reading it let me control the pacing and was easier for me – but, it’s a great audiobook and if you have what it takes to let the story just unfold over you and roll you in the waves – I’d recommend doing that.

    Audio:
    Paul Morey narrates this and he does a great job with Danny and Miller. I wish he’d done a bit more with the secondary characters, emphasizing their Hispanic accents, but it’s a great way to experience this book, nevertheless.
    5 of 5 stars


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Childers Texas, USA 07-29-16
    M. Childers Texas, USA 07-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "M/M Romantic Suspense"
    If you could sum up Shades of Gray in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet M/M romantic suspense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Gray?

    Can't think of any one moment. This is one of my favorite older m/m romances.
    One of the first of this genre that I read many years ago. I love this premise, it has all my favorite tropes, Law enforcement hero. Bad guy with a good heart. Slightly older protagonists.
    I loved Miller and Danny both, and liked that the author let them both be tough, with
    vulnerablilties that were only apparent to each other. To me this reinforces the intimacy of the deepening relationship.


    What about Paul Morey’s performance did you like?

    I really loved the deep, slightly southern intonation that he used for Miller's voice.
    I thorougly enjoyed his entire performance. And I am very picky about my narrators, a narrator that I don't like can turn me off on an entire book, Even if it is a book I have previously read and enjoyed, I will turn off a poor audio performance.
    Paul Morey did a great job with this novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and i almost did, I did listen to it in 2 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, read it many years ago, and only wish that this author was not a one book author. As far as I know, this is the only book she has written, which is a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-20-16
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    "Great Story Diminished by Narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 03-04-16
    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book and wonderful performance!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RETIRED AND LOVIN' IT 02-28-16
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    "One of the books I read over and over . . ."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lawrenceburg, KY 02-17-16
    Amazon Customer Lawrenceburg, KY 02-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this story!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 02-15-16
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    "Love this story"
    If you could sum up Shades of Gray in three words, what would they be?

    DARK, SEXY, CARING


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that the story unfolds and you get to know the charecters.


    What about Paul Morey’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and did a great job here .


    If you could rename Shades of Gray, what would you call it?

    Shades of Gray is perfect for it...


    Any additional comments?

    Great story with amazing sexy charecters here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 03-16-14
    DK 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "My First Brooke Miller - I Doubt I'll Try Another"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Brooke McKinley? Why or why not?

    Probably not, the story was weak - in my opinion.

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but his narration and voice are great.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure how I ended up buying/listening to this book. It was o.k. story-wise but nothing exceptional.

    There is a gay romance and rather flimsy plot. Not my cup of tea but others may like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Twitterpated 11-03-13
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    "Surprisingly good story; horrible narrator"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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