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Into the Gray

The Color of Love, Book 1
Narrated by: Vance Bastian
Series: The Color of Love Series, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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Life after college is not what Aaron expected. Isn’t he supposed to have what he wants to do figured out by now? David never expected his marriage to be rocky, let alone about to end. How is he supposed to move on from this? 

December in Detroit is normally unforgiving, but an unexpected blizzard puts David and Aaron on a course toward each other. Despite the frozen ground and battleship gray sky, these men find heat together. It’s intimate and illicit, stretching what was supposed to be a one night stand into something more. Sometimes, the touch of a stranger, however forbidden, is just what we need when we enter the gray.

©2019 Frederick E Feeley, Jr. (P)2019 Frederick E Feeley, Jr.

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You really colored my heart and my happiness

OMG! 😱 OMG! 😱 I should have listened to Trio and listened this sooner because boy, that was stellar! ❤️ Seriously, truth be told, when I started listening this audio, I thought it might take a day or two to finish. What I didn’t think was that this audio would be unputdownable. 😅 Seriously guys, I listened this in one sitting. I was simply blown away. 😳

David is going through a brutal divorce. He found out that his wife has been sexting with his best friend and it wasn’t even the root of his marital problems. Over the years, they’ve been drifting apart. And there’s the issue of his sexuality. He’s always been faithful to his wife but he’s always been attracted to other guys. So he’s either gay or at least bi. And he just reluctantly accepted it himself. And he has decided to finally serve his wife with the divorce papers and planned to spend the first night alone in his office. Nobody needed to know his sorrows. Suddenly, he heard the most beautiful voice singing around his office. And when he finally saw the man the song is coming from, the young man is as beautiful as the song he’s been singing. Aaron has been lost, drifting .. not knowing what to do or where to go. He’s been running from his past and now, he’s back in his hometown Detroit, working as a janitor just to pay the most basic necessities. In order to move forward, he has to let his past go and he doesn’t know how to. When he met the gray haired silver fox in the firm he’s been cleaning for the past couple weeks, he knew they were attracted to each other. The older man seems so lonely and sad and he just wanted to console his sorrows for a night. And of course, get some pleasure for himself. But David is a lot more than just a sexy silver fox. There’s a kind, caring, loving but lonely man beneath his cooperate facade. And when they are snowed in for days from a sudden snowstorm, both men realized that they don’t need to go through this alone since they have each other.

Beautiful, poignant, mesmerizing and simply breathtaking. 💜 I simply couldn’t put this audio down for a minute. Two lonely, sad men from very different worlds (or are they? 😉) found the happiness, love and acceptance in each other arms. 😍 It was just a gorgeous love story to witness. I also loved the fact that despite Aaron being the younger guy, he’s actually the mentor in this relationship since our David was a “virgin”. 😂 And boy, was that cherry popping smoking hot or what?!?!?!?! 🔥🔥🔥 Damn, I swear I could listen Vance Bastian saying “baby” all day long. This is my very first book from F.E. Feeley Jr. and I’m soooooooooo sooooooooooooo impressed! 😱👏 The romance and all the feels! 😳🥰 It really isn’t easy to write a simple contemporary love story that beautiful, that poignant, that breathtaking and that emotional. ❤️ Really, kudos to F.E. Feeley Jr. for writing such an extraordinary story. 👏 I AM hooked! 😁 I will be starting book 2 immediately because I need me more Aaron and David in my life. 😉💜😘


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Hot !<br />

Sweet, short and hot.
Great audible,
good characters
good story.
Nice to listen to.
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Not black and white

This is a new author to me and I’m glad I took the plunge to snag this audio. I could relate to Aaron who is well-educated but lost. He knows he’s not up for some challenges and instead of taking any big risks at this point in his life, he opts for something safe. I have respect for someone who can recognize his need to re-evaluate his life and make changes. He’s crammed a lot of living into the first twenty-six years, for sure. Being ex-military is tough. Having a clingy ex is a challenge. Taking on student debt? Well, many of us know what that feels like.

David is also an interesting character. He’s in the process of ending a twenty-year marriage and there’s a lot of pain there. Also there is uncertainty as to where his life is heading now. He’s successful, but is that enough to carry him? He isn’t sure. Then he meets a dynamic young man who shows him there’s another way to live.

The people in Aaron’s life are amazing. Through his personality, people feel protective of him and are therefore leery of whether this new guy is good enough. David doesn’t shirk the responsibility of proving he’s worthy. He embraces it, showing he cares about Aaron. He wasn’t sure he was gay, but after a weekend with Aaron, he’s ready to embrace that part of himself.

Into the Gray takes place over just a couple of days so there is an element of insta-love, but it works. These two men are each at a crossroad in their lives and when the right person arrives, they’re willing to seize the opportunity to fall in love. It doesn’t solve all their problems, but it does go a long way to bringing them a sense of peace and happiness. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

Vance Bastian is a narrator I’ve listened to before and I’ve always enjoyed his performances. He doesn’t have a very deep voice but that works with these two characters. He also handles all the women as well as the older men with aplomb. This was a great listen.

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Sexy and full of feelings

This was a great story of instant attraction quickly turning to real feelings. I loved Aaron and David, and I wanted each man to find the happiness that he deserved. The side characters were fun and interesting, but the two main characters owned the spotlight from beginning to end, and I believed every word they said and experienced every pain they felt. This story was short but very sexy and emotional, and the narrator did a wonderful job bringing it all to life. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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once again F.E. Feeley Jr. amazing work

once again F.E. has offered us and amazing piece of writing. i have yet to find a book of his that i have not fell in love with.

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oooo yum

very good.. yummy and sexy.. so much fun.. this narrator i think is new to me.. he did good..i havent read this book so i didnt have any feelings before hand of how people "should" sound to me. hah

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Emotional Age-Gap

A great start to what looks to be a promising new series. David and Aaron are each a little broken in their own way and unsure about their future. David is divorcing his wife of many years and just starting to com to terms with his sexuality, and Aaron is coming out of a relationship, recently graduated and not sure what he's going to do with his future. When they meet they have an instant attraction but with so much baggage can they really make it work. The narrator did a great performance on this one and truly enhanced the story, I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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Hot, haunting and wonderful.

This is the first book I've read by F.E. Feeley, Jr. and I really liked it a lot. Vance Bastian's voice was well suited to the book and I enjoyed this one a little better than another I'd listened to.

The story is really hot and is a great age-gap story coupled with a coming out story for the older MC. There's also a forced proximity trope going on as David and Aaron end up stuck together during a blizzard. There's a lot of emotional stuff going on for both MCs and Vance Bastian was able to convey that with his narration. The story has a satisfying HFN (happy for now).

I didn't find out that there's a sequel to this until after I'd already listened to Into the Gray and formed my opinion of it. I am really happy to learn that I can read more about David and Aaron.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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Easy Going, romantic fun Story

I loved this book! A tiny bit of angst, lots of “firsts” and a happy ending. The characters are interesting, and easy to fall in love with. I hope the author expands their story into a multi-book series. They are so fun and interesting. The sex isn’t bad either!

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lots of heart and feels

This couple was so cute once they took the plunge together. It was so sweet how Aaron ( the younger man) was the voice of reason. No angst, just open honesty from both men, and I enjoyed that aspect. This was an unexpected pleasure from this author. I love the tender tentative way this author brought the couple out of the gray and into the bright light together. Lots of feels and heart. I hope there's more where this came from. The narrator was very expressive and enjoyable.

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  • DML 🤓
  • 07-07-19

Loved it

So I have read this book and when given the opportunity to listen I jumped at the chance.
It’s a super little easy listening story.
F.E. Feeley Jr did a fantastic job when writing this.
A gentle story of when two people meet and how their romance progresses. If you want drama and angst this is not the listen for you. But definitely give it a chance.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 06-29-19

Short and sweet

David is a Lawyer who has just given his wife divorce papers is heading back to his office. The janitor Erin is new and David hears him singing and goes to see who the voice belongs to. It is attraction. on first sight as they hit it off and David decides to not hide who he is anymore. Really enjoy the narrator