Neutral Shades (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Neutral Shades
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Release Date: January 31, 2018
Genre(s): YA Romance
Page Count: 84 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Forced to move and change schools just before his senior year, Greg Reese thinks his life is over until he meets handsome jock, Nick Anderson who is his dream guy in every way.

Sparks fly between the two, but neither are out. When they’re caught in a compromising situation, Greg quickly finds himself dumped.

Moving on isn’t easy, but starting a summer job helps keep a devastated Greg occupied, along with forming a friendship with humorous and cute co-worker, Chris.

Chris is out and makes no bones about it. Greg has an instant attraction to Chris, and coming out now seems to be an option. After all, you can’t hide forever, right?

This is a coming of age gay romance. It is about the ups and downs of finally coming to accept that you are indeed gay and that it is OK to be gay. It is also about finding first love and losing that first love just as quickly.

Greg and his family moved back to his mom’s hometown just before Greg starts his senior year in high school. To say that Greg is not happy about these changes is an understatement. For the most part he stays in his room once they move there until one day he ventures outside and runs into a guy around his age named Nick.

Nick is going to be a senior as well and knows all about someone new moving to town. So when he meets Greg for the first time he tries to become friends with him. To say their friendship starts out rocky is an understatement but after giving the friendship a second try they find they have some things in common.

Only problem is Nick lives his life by secrets and Greg is not one to like to hide behind secrets for the most part. Not only that but Nick also tries to tell Greg who he can and cannot be friends with and that does not go over well with Greg.

This is a book about coming into one’s own. It is a coming out and being happy with yourself book. There are ups and downs throughout this read and there is mild heartbreak and new chances as well. I really enjoyed this book. It was a short read but a lot came out in this short love story.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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