Title: Shades of Gray
Author: Brooke McKinley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2009
Page Count: 310
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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.
I actually read this book in 2012. I remembered next to nothing about it. (Old lady brain syndrome, which is great for re-reads.) It was in the handful of my first M/M romances. I bought it from Amazon so it saved my old bookmarks. I bookmarked all the sex the first time I read it. Who does that? Apparently, 2012 Gigi does.
What can be said about Shades of Gray that hasn’t been said before?
That this story is riveting and edge-of-your-seat worthy?
That the romance is magical and swoon worthy?
That the sexual tension is intense and gut wrenching?
That is sex is spectacular and hot as hell?
That the ending is all rainbows and unicorns and fluffy bunnies?
That it’s huge bummer that Shades of Gray is author Brooke McKinley’s only published novel?
I absolutely loved this book and recommended it with all my might to M/M romance fans who haven’t read it yet. Fuck yes, 5+ stars.
Brooke McKinley, come back!!
ETA: Cheating alert: Miller has a fiancée during the beginning of the story. He does not break it off with her before he starts having sex with Danny.
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