New Shades of Gray author Brooke McKinley – best–books.run

Shades of Gray 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

New Shades of Gray  author Brooke McKinley  – best–books.run
  • ebook
  • 246 pages
  • Shades of Gray
  • Brooke McKinley
  • English
  • 13 September 2019
  • 1615810803

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About the Author: Brooke McKinley

Brooke McKinley has always been practical So after college she continued on to law school instead of pursuing her lifelong dream of writing novels She didn t stop writing but confined it to scribbles on the edges of yellow legal pads and hurried paragraphs during late night coffee breaks After ten interesting and challenging years as a criminal defense attorney, Brooke left the practice of law Brooke McKinley has always been practical So after college she continued on to law school instead of pursuing her lifelong dream of writing novels She didn t stop writing but confined it to scribbles on the edges of yellow legal pads and hurried paragraphs during late night coffee breaks After ten interesting and challenging years as a criminal defense attorney, Brooke left the practice of law to try something new She now divides her time between corralling her children and giving voice to the endless characters in her head And she has decided that practicality is vastly overrated.E mail Brooke at brookemckinley earthlink.net

10 thoughts on “Shades of Gray

  1. says:

    I can t believe I m DNFing this one at 60% This has been on my to read list forever I just didn t connect with the characters This book has a 4.41 rating with my Goodreads friends That is a crazy high rating from a group of very discerning people yes I m talking about you, friendsPerhaps take my review with a grain of salt then I am one of the few that didn t love this book.My issues with this one started pretty much right out the gate For a guy who is used to working with some pretty I can t believe I m DNFing this one at 60% This has been on my to read list forever I just didn t connect with the characters This book has a 4.41 rating with my Goodreads friends That is a crazy high rating from a group of very discerning people yes I m talking about you, friendsPerhaps take my review with a grain of salt then I am one of the few that didn t love this book.My issues with this one started pretty much right out the gate For a guy who is used to working with some pretty shady people and has to watch his back, Danny is one careless mo fo Starting with letting the police manipulate him come one, this can t be your first interrogation room I wasn t even fooled by the stupid police ploys and I m not a hardened criminal Leaving a safe house to meet up with a friend on the street in the middle of the day Don t you think someone could be watching for that The drug lords want you dead, man, you should be paranoid as hit Drawing a gun on some random guy walking his dog and then just standing there like a dummy while your FBI guy has to scramble for a lame cover story Just plain stupid It is no surprise the bad guys were onto you I couldn t help myself compare this one to Zero at the Bone, and you can bet that D wouldn t step one foot in broad daylight for any reason while he was watching his man However, for me, the real killer was the lack of chemistry between the two guys I didn t get why they all of the sudden went for each other I didn t see the spark The awkward sex scenes didn t help either I could definitely tell that this is Brooke McKinley s first M M book I felt a strange lack of heat between the two guys it was like anti sexy Also, for someone as deep in the closet as Miller, he sure went from 0 60 in no time He went from denial to love so quickly it just didn t ring true for me I don t know, I thought that this book would be an easy 4 or 5 stars for me I m really disappointed that it was a miss

  2. says:

    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 fromso 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 t 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 fromso 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 view spoiler Miller has a fianc e during the beginning of the story He does not break it off with her before he starts having sex with Danny. hide spoiler

  3. says:

    4.5 starsSo close to perfect for a book in this genre This had it all two very real, complex MCs, a tight plot, nuanced writing, action, fantastic chemistry, and serious sizzle.I had to keep setting it down, because this was such an emotional ride Yes, I cried, and I m utterly in love with Danny.Why is this McKinley s only book This one is a must read.

  4. says:

    4.75 Black White Stars It s always our mistakes, the things we aren t proud of, that are the first ones to stand up, ready to be counted Where do I even begin to explain how much I loved this book Let me start off by saying that I cannot believe this is Brooke McKinley s debut book This is one of those stories that page by page creeps up on you, digs its claws into your heart and simply doesn t let go until the last word Danny Butler is on the wrong side of the law He works as 4.75 Black White Stars It s always our mistakes, the things we aren t proud of, that are the first ones to stand up, ready to be counted Where do I even begin to explain how much I loved this book Let me start off by saying that I cannot believe this is Brooke McKinley s debut book This is one of those stories that page by page creeps up on you, digs its claws into your heart and simply doesn t let go until the last word Danny Butler is on the wrong side of the law He works as a drug runner for one of the largest drug lords in the world He s been under surveillance by the FBI for over nine months and he s finally been brought in to turn as an informant He s given no choice really Word will spread to his boss that he s been arrested, can he risk saying no to the FBI and take his chances that they ll believe he didn t snitch Or does he try to do the right thing and help the FBI put away the only man who has ever shown faith in him Believed he was worth something, even if it was to do his dirty work Was loyalty still an admirable trait if it lies with the wrong person Agent Miller Sutton has been working on this case for almost a year He needs Danny s help to close the case He ll do whatever it takes He lives his life a certain way, with everything contained in a nice, neat box Feelings have no business at work, and work is the only place where he feels like he isn t failing He s spent most of his life denying any true emotion to creep into his neat and orderly world Everything set out in neat little boxes, all black and white, exactly how he liked it Good and evil, right and wrong, innocent and guilty Stay in the right box and it would all work out in the end Danny and Miller are holed up in a safe house waiting on the capture of Danny s boss In this bubble, the two begin getting to know each other and Danny s easy way starts to get under Miller s skin He finds himself opening up to Danny, something he s never done with anyone Even his fiance Now, for those who have problems with cheating in books I ll put my thoughts under a spoiler and you can decide for yourself Please note that I am one who does not read books with cheating, and frankly I didn t know there would be any in this book view spoiler He s been engaged for five years and both him and his fiance live a life of comfort Their relationship is..sanitary and passionless I didn t have a problem with it mostly because it wasn t just a simple act of careless cheating, but rather a journey of self discovery and finally admitting a truth that has been long buried by fear But for some I can understand if there is no instance where cheating would be ok If you d like to know , please feel free to reach out to me because I would honestly hate for this one factor to dissuade you from reading the book I promise to be honest and unbiased in answering any questions hide spoiler Little by little both men start opening up to each other about their pasts and what brought them to this point in their life But underneath all of that is an undercurrent of sexual tension and the knowledge that the two live their lives on different sides of the law Look at us, right now Miller the FBI agent getting his answers, and Danny the criminal with a lifetime of bad deeds behind him That s all we ll ever be After denying themselves for so long, they take a leap of faith and give in to their desires But what neither expected was to feel so muchHowever, this relationship is blooming under the dark cloud of Danny s past His boss has found out he s going to snitch and a hitman is after them What kind of a life could they have on the run Should they just embrace their moment in time, knowing that there is no real future This is the best, most real thing that s ever happened to me I ve spent my whole life jumping from one bad choice to the next Choosing this, with you, is probably the only decision I ve ever been proud of making I ll never be sorry Miller is starting to realize that maybe the world isn t so black and white Maybe everything can t fit into a nice, orderly box As he learnsabout Danny and what led him to this point in his life, Miller starts to evaluate his own decisions, fears and sacrifices Has he been denying himself endless possibilities because of his own insecurities and single mindedness Could Danny be the person to color his black and white world Danny, whose body made Miller forget the world and whose soul, even marked with shadows, made Miller believe in something beyond the stars That somehow that man, with a felony record and no hope for the future, with a body marked with scars, with a brave, strong heart, was the person Miller had been searching for his whole life without even knowing it Things are easy to dream about when stuck in the safety of motel rooms, just the two of them But what happens when Danny s past catches up with them When Miller has to decide if the actions and decision made in the arms of his lover can shine in the bright light of day Do these two genuinely have a future or is it a pipe dream made by two men who wished they could be what they were when they were together Can they live with the decisions they ve made As you can tell, I could probably gush about this book for paragraphs on end I simply could not put the book down It elicited every emotion from me that I look for in a story I got mad, I laughed, I was frustrated, I cried, I swooned and I screamed that it just wasn t fair This book is easily going on my favorites shelf and one of the best books I ve read this year I can t wait forfrom this author In parting, since this has been such a quote heavy review, I ll leave you with my favorite Why, why s it so goddamn good Because it s us, Miller Because it s us

  5. says:

    So after my fifth read I felt I should write a review that does this book or how much I FRIGGIN LOVE IT justice To start I ll say, that yes this book is not perfect, there are things that are far fetched, some are unlikely for the premise of the book, but I don t care I LOVE IT I come back to it time after time, because Danny and Miller are just such special characters to me This book was an early M M read, and it has not lost its charm one bit It can still make me smile, cry and curl my So after my fifth read I felt I should write a review that does this book or how much I FRIGGIN LOVE IT justice To start I ll say, that yes this book is not perfect, there are things that are far fetched, some are unlikely for the premise of the book, but I don t care I LOVE IT I come back to it time after time, because Danny and Miller are just such special characters to me This book was an early M M read, and it has not lost its charm one bit It can still make me smile, cry and curl my toes and leave me DESPERATELY in love with the main characters.Danny Butler is a man whose poor life choices have finally caught up with him, and the reckoning is coming from the hand of Special Agent Miller Sutton Danny has lead a hard life of crime, prison time, yet he can still open himself to love without reservations, and with a guilessnes and wonder that is just beautiful His character just steals my heart Every Single Time.Miller is a man who has built a life on lies, mostly to himself about his desires, who he is, what he wants And those lies they can t hold up any, because in the presence of Danny He can literally do nothing but fall This book has a simple plot for all its FBI Agent Criminal Saga premise, because what it is, its about love, how to let it take you, how to keep it, how to earn it and how to give it Danny and Miller together are intense and amazing Danny holds NOTHING back, he is there, all of him, and Miller, he s just in awe that something so beautiful can be possible with another person.This book is so special to me, What is it about Danny and Miller that just draws me back Why do I love this book so much I think Danny s words say it bestwhy s it so goddamn good He was surprised at how full his voice sounded, so close to overflowing its steady banks Danny stroked his hair, his lips warm against Miller s cheek Because it s us, Miller, he whispered Because it s usIt REALLY IS them.It probably won t be too long before I m back reading about Danny and Miller and listeting to their song on a loop the whole timeSIGHS I LOVE THIS BOOK Still one of my all time favorite endings.RECOMMEND

  6. says:

    Loved this one It was THE perfect mix of romance and suspense The build up.the sexual tension.the sexual chemistry It was perfect It was believable, it was real.I felt it The suspense left me intrigued, kept me guessing I wantedI didn t want it to end.

  7. says:

    3.5 starsI ve been stuck in 3.5 star ville lately Man, this book had the makings to be great 2 hot characters, opposites attract, closeted g man, danger, hot man lovin , tenderness so, so close Let me just say what I did really, really love about this book So often in the M M books I read, the 2 MC s are so selfish in their love for each other You rarely see that truly beautiful I love you enough to sacrifice for you Protection also a great example But, I loved this in Danny and Miller 3.5 starsI ve been stuck in 3.5 star ville lately Man, this book had the makings to be great 2 hot characters, opposites attract, closeted g man, danger, hot man lovin , tenderness so, so close Let me just say what I did really, really love about this book So often in the M M books I read, the 2 MC s are so selfish in their love for each other You rarely see that truly beautiful I love you enough to sacrifice for you Protection also a great example But, I loved this in Danny and Miller They found a love that was so intense they would give up themselves to protect the other Big props.Ok, here are my issues view spoiler It must be some seriously mind blowing sex to totally transform each of these guys Seriously They knew each other, what, a month And once the sex comes into the picture, you might as well have 2 entirely different characters than what you started the book with BogusI didn t buy the why of the attraction I get that authors love to throw in the insta love but what was it about Danny that Miller would throw all caution and common sense to the wind And, BTW, I m not buying that Danny would so easily give in to turning on Hinestroza Lastly, when all was said and done, Danny started to BUG me GET OVER IT DUDE I know, you re broken I get it, you can t see yourself changing But his reaction to Miller in Chicago made me want to punch him in the face The man of your dreams is in front of you wanting you and you re pissed Good god, boy WAKE UP hide spoiler Despite all this, honestly, I did really love Danny Miller as a couple and I thought their time together was passionate and intense It s an entertaining enough read and I can totally see why so many people loved it For me good not great like not love

  8. says:

    In chess it s calledOkay, this one is simply EPIC And it makes me angry because the author didn t writebooks It s a SHAME She s classified in that imaginary shelf in my mind of ridiculously talented but inexplicably wasted authors sharing seats with the great Jane Seville and G.N Chevalier If they want to be remembered as THE author OF the BOOK they ll become a kind of Margaret Mitchell in the M M genre Maybe that s their purpose But not for my own good.I love this book very much In chess it s calledOkay, this one is simply EPIC And it makes me angry because the author didn t writebooks It s a SHAME She s classified in that imaginary shelf in my mind of ridiculously talented but inexplicably wasted authors sharing seats with the great Jane Seville and G.N Chevalier If they want to be remembered as THE author OF the BOOK they ll become a kind of Margaret Mitchell in the M M genre Maybe that s their purpose But not for my own good.I love this book very much because it was one of my first romances in this genre but that s not the reason why I will always remember it It s because it filled every cup of mine, even those I wasn t aware about If there was a button to be pushed, this book found it If there was a question to be answered the explanation wasthan enough If there was a feeling that I had the feeling that should take place then, the feeling appeared just in time As a angst junkie as I am, I was satisfied with all that distress the book transpired As a cuddling girl as I am I was also happy with all the brushes and grazes And witnessing black and white Miller s world and Danny s grey one crashing into each other was just the icing on the cake But above it all I value connection, and it was provided beyond expectations It was one of those cases in which every ingredient was present, but the personal touch was the secret.So, yes, damn good, this one

  9. says:

    I know it s not fair to compare this book to Zero at the Bone, but, I can t help it It s sort of a similar storyline Where I think Zero was a bitambitious, in the end I thought it bit offthan it could chew Shades of Gray takes a smaller bite and is a bitgraceful about it as a result.The book opens with Danny Butler sweating, and bleeding, it out while waiting alone in a police interrogation room A cop pulled him over for running a red light and bags him on a weapons charge, I know it s not fair to compare this book to Zero at the Bone, but, I can t help it It s sort of a similar storyline Where I think Zero was a bitambitious, in the end I thought it bit offthan it could chew Shades of Gray takes a smaller bite and is a bitgraceful about it as a result.The book opens with Danny Butler sweating, and bleeding, it out while waiting alone in a police interrogation room A cop pulled him over for running a red light and bags him on a weapons charge, dragging him through a broken window in the process, leaving him bloodied and looking at a long stint in federal prison He s a career criminal In the fourteen years since he joined Roberto Hinestroza s international drug smuggling enterprise at 18, he s risen up the ranks and is currently a mid level drug runner He s no stranger to the federal prison system, and he s not at all eager to head back, but he s even less eager to roll over on Mr Hinestroza and take a deal with the FBI Not only is he afraid of getting killed, he has a sense of loyalty towards the drug lord that he s not ready to abandon.FBI Special Agent Miller Sutton wants Danny to take this deal, and he s not above playing dirty to get what he wants He s been on Hinestroza s case for three years, following Danny for over half a year, so he pushes and pulls to get what he wants, implying that he d let Hinestroza think Danny s working with the Feds even if Danny turned him down He knows he s being a dick, that he s placing this guy in mortal danger, but that s just what he does. He s with the Good Guys Sad for Miller that he s not sure he believes his own propaganda any He wins a deal from Danny, so why doesn t he feel like a winner Though the plot is centered by Danny informing on his boss, outrunning a hitman and the like, it s not really a romantic suspense It sof a character study than anything else As Miller babysits Danny in a secure apartment, they talk and form a friendship Approval starved Danny is attracted to the good in Special Agent Miller Sutton Closeted Miller, stressed out by living a carefully guarded lie, is mesmerized by the impulsive, comfortably gay Danny They re clearly attracted to each other early on, but just how would a FBI agent and a drug runner hook up I found the romance gritty, but entirely realistic Not in the way that this is how any of my friends have met their better half, but that if an FBI agent were to hook up with an ex felon informant, this is a completely plausible how. I mean, what they re doing breaks all their rules So why Why these two Why now McKinley s superior characterization answered those questions for me Through dialog, POV prose and bits of deep POV flashback, we get the full picture of both lead characters and what made them who they are today Both have a character arc that spans the length of the book Both are sympathetic, but with flaws and bad decisions aplenty At the beginning, it seems a bit like Miller is the good guy and Danny the bad guy But thewe find out about the both of them, thedecisions they make, thethose lines blur.It s hard to offer examples of the characters without giving away crucial bits of plot Both plot and character are closely intertwined and paced perfectly Suffice to say, I could see how Miller could feel so overwhelmed by his life perched upon one lie after another that Danny was the straw to break the camel s back and make him throw everything away and start over I could also see how maybe Miller needed to do it this way, so that he d have no way to go back to how he d been living before even if he wanted to Those actions and decisions, I thought, turned him into a man only someone like Danny, who is well acquainted with how easily people can screw their lives up, could understand By the end, Danny has begun to acknowledge the good inside him and live with it, while Miller is just getting used to living with his darkness.I m doing a bad job of reviewing this I can never decently review a five star book They ve got a magic quality to their storytelling that I can never quite adequately describe But, to sum it up, this was a great character driven romantic suspense in which the characters personalities, gender and sexuality all played a major role in the plot Both men acted like men neither could have been replaced by a heroine and kept this plot It was a story that could only be told within a m m framework It s a rare book that makes me want to re read it so soon after finishing it

  10. says:

    4 StarsThere s not much to add to the multitude of reviews that have already sung the praises of this book By no means the easiest read, this really brought on the feels and the angst.Miller has lived his life by a set of rules It s made him good at what he does, and there s no room for exceptions, especially as a successful FBI agent who gets the job done taking down big bad drug dealers These rules have guided him on how to act, how to live, and how to be He s bottled up so tight, he hasn 4 StarsThere s not much to add to the multitude of reviews that have already sung the praises of this book By no means the easiest read, this really brought on the feels and the angst.Miller has lived his life by a set of rules It s made him good at what he does, and there s no room for exceptions, especially as a successful FBI agent who gets the job done taking down big bad drug dealers These rules have guided him on how to act, how to live, and how to be He s bottled up so tight, he hasn t allowed himself to contemplate why he s always felt like an outsider in his own life That is, until that one person prickles at his conscience and stirs up feelings he s long tamped down The very picture of how he sees himself is about to be shattered.Danny s life is not his own It has no room for soft desires or comforting caring, let alone love A series of bad choices and unfortunate circumstances have him trapped However, he s a survivor and a fighter, and though every instinct tells him not to trust Miller, he can t seem to stop himself from falling for the repressed G man.These two can t deny their attraction, and despite the million reasons why they shouldn t step over the line, they do This was frantic and desperate and intense There are hard truths to swallow and not so pretty things to be seen When push comes to shove, both these men have to realize what s important and what they re prepared to sacrifice to not only survive, but to possibly carve out some sort of implausible reality where they can be together.Gritty and harsh, peppered with some lovely sexy and tender intimacy, all of which will no doubt make you cheer for these two It s really a shame this author hasn t written

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