Review: Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley

September 16, 2015 Review 1

Review: Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley

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.

Title: Shades of Gray
Author: Brooke McKinley
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 19, 2009
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 246
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

I have so many mixed feelings about this book I don’t even know where to begin with the review. There were many aspects that I loved. Sadly Miller and Danny never interested me as people to care about. It feels weird to say that because I could not get to the end fast enough to see how McKinley was going to give them a happily ever after. For the majority of the book I could have cared less if they actually got one. There is a major turning point though that as a reader all I could think about was for the amount of sacrifice that was given they better get one.

There were many pages where I wanted to cry right along with Danny and Miller. The situation they are in could easily be black and white case of F.B.I. agent and criminal informant. One should never have gotten involved with the criminal. The criminal should have given the needed information that he was supposed to supply, stay under the protection of the F.B.I. until transferred to Witness Protection. That is when the two men should have parted ways to never be seen again.

That is not what happens in Shades of Gray. Lines are crossed, rules are broken, that fine line of good and evil, right and wrong, it is all a tangled mess with feelings and broken hearts. The story seems so impossible that the pages flew by. At the same time the impossibility of it all seemed so far fetched that I’d lose interest.

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One Response to “Review: Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley”

  1. christi snow

    this was the VERY FIRST true m/m book I ever read. It will always be perfect in my eyes because it opened a whole new genre for me. I adore this book…but I definitely understand what you’re saying. smiles…