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Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert.

Is this life imitating art or art imitating life? The only thing he’s sure of is that the situation he finds himself in is a copy of a scene he filmed earlier, only this time, there is no director yelling “cut” and no crew to rescue him. Terrified for his life, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his long
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Published July 15th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 14th 2013)
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Ilhem
Jul 18, 2013 Ilhem rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, mystery
***mild spoilers ahead, perhaps***

Not my kind of book. My bad.

Kendall is a handsome, talented and successful stage actor in Broadway shows. In his private life, he’s been partnered for a decade with Johnny, a handsome, talented and successful writer. As the story begins, Kendall is giving the last representation of his current show and is expecting to spend quality time with his beloved Johnny who‘s sadly showing a serious lack of enthusiasm.

Later on, Kendall’s agent gets him a big role in a fi
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Debra
Stranded is an enjoyable mystery/suspense story. Kendall is an established Broadway actor who signs on for his first movie role that will take him to LA for a few months. His longtime partner Jimmy, an author, will remain in NY. Kendall is aware that their relationship has been in a rough patch for a while now, but still loves Jimmy and wants to work things out, hoping his fears that Jimmy is having an affair are wrong.

After several weeks away, Kendall begins getting unwanted anonymous attention
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Enny
Jul 19, 2013 Enny added it
I have contacted DSP about the similarities with Smokescreen so I deleted my review for now till I've heard from them.
Serena Yates
Sep 13, 2013 Serena Yates rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
'Stranded' is an amazing combination between an intense thriller-like stalker story, a sizzling romance, and a character study which, through tension and drama, brings out the worst and the best in both main characters. It is also a highly entertaining account of one Broadway actor's experience making his first movie while being stalked, and a look at a writer's career taking a slight detour as he figures out what's really important. The central event, Kendall being stranded in a car in the dese ...more
Cindi
Aug 10, 2013 Cindi rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.


I've read quite a few Andrew Grey books and I have to say that this one is much different from his norm. This is not a bad thing as I always applaud authors when they take chances and try new things. While this has the love story that one would expect from this author, there is also so much more. There is a lot of suspense and mystery as well. I wasn't sure where the author was going early on and I admit to being a little stumpe
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Chris, the Dalek King
I don't read a lot of Andrew Grey's books since they are a bit hit and miss for my own personal taste, but I am glad I gave this one a chance. While the two MCs don't spend a lot of time together on page (minus flash-backs) I found that this actually really worked for the story. And even if flash-backs are usually something I find annoying, they made this story have a life and a romance, even if it was like looking at old photographs back in the 'good times'. The juxtaposition of the falling in ...more
Melissa
Dec 10, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
This book just didn't work for me. It started out with Kendall ending a successful show on Broadway. He was ready for some alone time with his partner of 10 years, Johnny. We meet Johnny ie.....the self absorbed ass. There was zero connection between the two of them.

Kendall becomes convinced that Johnny is having an affair he sees the guy get out of a taxi and then kiss someone else!! But instead of confronting Johnny and talking about their fucked relationship, he takes a movie part in Hollywoo
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Syfy
Aug 26, 2014 Syfy rated it liked it
Really nice story, really nice characters... not too complicated or angsty even with kidnapping, stalking and (view spoiler) in the mix.
I wasn't quite sure if these guy's long term relationship was going to survive, but *yay* for love! They made it thru with better appreciation for each other and all that jazz.
Susinok
Feb 20, 2016 Susinok rated it it was amazing
A strained relationship, a long separation, a stalker, a kidnapping, and recovery from the entire ordeal... This story had a lot going on and it kept me guessing all the way to the end.
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Nov 22, 2013 SheReadsALot marked it as to-read
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Becky Condit
Jul 15, 2013 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
Andrew Grey’s Stranded is completely different from any other of his books that I have read. That isn’t a complaint. It’s a compliment because he can write so differently and yet it is still a wonderful book. How does he do that?

Stranded is made up of at least three subplots. The first subplot is about a Broadway actor who is hired as the lead in a movie. It is his first movie and he isn’t completely comfortable in either this medium or this role. The second subplot is about a long-term gay rela
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Al
Jul 16, 2013 Al rated it liked it
Shelves: boring
This is supposed to be a thriller/suspense but I don't see it. I loved that Andrew Grey wrote something so completely different than his past books, but I just didn't care for the story. The synopsis really only describes about a chapter of the book, toward the end. Still, the writing is as usual solid and the characters have many dimensions.

The beginning paragraph is set in the future, with the rest of the story set 1 year before. It was an awkward beginning. I did really enjoy the flashbacks,
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Romanticallyinclined
Dec 16, 2013 Romanticallyinclined rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! The plot was engaging and Johnny and Kendall's story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The plot felt appropriately paced with fantastic details and really believable dialogue. My heart broke for Kendall when he was in LA and thought he was losing his lover and best friend. His trips down memory lane were so beautiful and also so sad. My one problem was that I felt like Kendall and Johnny never settled into their roles - at the beginning Kendall is very authoritat ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Kendall Monroe, a talented, well-established Broadway actor, has just finished a successful musical when he’s offered a part in “Stranded”, a movie which will require him to relocate to LA for several months. He’s hesitant to accept the role, since it will take him away from his life partner, Johnny Harker, a successful novelist. Johnny won’t go with him, because he’s completing a manuscript and prefers to work with his current research assistant and with the New York research libraries with whi ...more
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Jul 17, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Kendall Monroe is a star. Well, on Broadway, anyway. He just finished doing his last show, and wonders what will come next for him. I’m pretty sure had he known what was in store for him, he would have said no, and he would have said it while running in the other direction.

There are three different plots in this story, which come together quite nicely.

First we have the movie: Kendall was just offered the star role in a movie called Stranded. The mo
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T. Smith
Jul 15, 2013 T. Smith rated it it was amazing
Something fresh and new from the king of M/M romance, Andrew Grey. Mystery, intrigue and suspense overflow in Stranded.

Kendall Monroe is an accomplished stage actor taking on his first movie role. The director is not his biggest fan and makes him painfully aware of this from the start. Kendall is determined to show not just him, but everyone that he has what it takes to be a serious actor. He has no idea just how serious this role is about to get.
The story starts as Kendall's latest play is endi
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Zoe Rider
Jul 25, 2013 Zoe Rider rated it it was ok
I wish they had rating system where I could choose "poor mismatch between book and reader" rather having to select a star.

I read the first line in this book's description - "Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert" and my hand went immediately to my wallet. This book sounded like my soul mate! Here I was ready, for an m/m thriller version of Gerald's Game, with the main character spending the majority of the book cuffed to a car and trying to use his wits to survive. What I got was
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Maritza
Review - This was the third book I read by the same author and was plesantly surprised. It was a deviation from the previous book as it had a mystery involved. Whodunit. I never guessed. I thought it was the obvious character. Johnny was an a**hole in the beginning but redeemed himself nicely when it counted. Kendall had some serious issued he was able to work through by the end of the book. And they lived happily ever after. I gave it a 3 as I really wanted to finish it and I would recommend it ...more
Hank L.
Aug 06, 2013 Hank L. rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible
DNF at 25%. I read one other book by this author and I thought it was perhaps the most poorly written book I've stumbled across. That is until I stumbled across this one. I read some of the 5 and 4 star reviews for Grey and they come across as something a mom would say to her children to encourage them: "Good, boy! You're a good writer, yes you are! You make me proud, my precious!" LOL! What's with that? Why are they encouraging him to keeping writing, at which rate he seems to come up with one ...more
K
Sep 14, 2013 K rated it really liked it
This is, I think, the first time this author has attempted a mystery story - and in my opinion it was well done. Kendall and Johnny are in a long term relationship, but the spark has gone out. When Kendall's run in a Broadway show ends he takes a leading role part in a film - which means relocating to the other side of the country for three months. Insecure about the state of his relationship he strikes up friendships with the cast and crew.. only to end up with a stalker. There is a good level ...more
Amber Fueston
Nov 03, 2014 Amber Fueston rated it really liked it
wonderful story!

When Broadway star Kendall Monroe is offered the lead roll in an actual movie he decides to give it a shot. After all things between him and his partner have kind of fizzled out and he needs to reevaluate the path his life is on. His heart belongs to Johnny but hes not sure Johnnys heart is his anymore. Along with his new movie roll he seems to have gained a stalker as well. Things start out innocently enough with a few flowers here and there but it quickly escalates and the line
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jules0623
Andrew Grey is pretty much an autobuy author for me and I'm generally satisfied once I've finished one of his stories, but this one was an odd duck. It seemed quite different to his usual tales. There was an emotional disconnect for me as a reader which is always the kiss of death for a book.

And apparently, I've learned more about how to treat heatstroke from ER than Grey did in his research for this story.

Just... weird.
Wende
Aug 29, 2015 Wende rated it liked it
Why I did not like this book. (view spoiler) Why was not the police called there to the car? This story had so many loopholes that ...more
Mandi
Feb 27, 2014 Mandi rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-mm
While I enjoyed most of the story, I really just did not like Johnny for...well, basically almost all the story. (view spoiler)

Would of rated this higher if I actually liked the romantic aspect. (Kendall could've done so much better)

Sam
Dec 05, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-male, dsp, 3-5-star
3.5*

I liked this, I did, but it wasn't faultless. I'd have preferred a bit more depth in the character development, as well as more grit to the plot/mystery/drama. It did keep me turning the pages though until I reached the end, so for that I rounded it up to 4*.
Idamus
May 21, 2014 Idamus added it
Shelves: m-m, did-not-finish
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Boring book is boring
NancyM
4.75 stars. Overall an excellent book!
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This book is both boring and heart breaking. It's so slow moving. I was promised a thriller. What I'm mostly getting is a guy clearly whose partner is clearly having an affair. I'm really claustrophobic to the point that I had a panic attack and screamed having a CAT scan which is shaped like a donut.

But the back end was dark and I couldn't see and my head was getting closer to the inside. But even I am not scared of being in a car on a flat not dangerous surface (e.g., not about to pitch over
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Arlyn
Jun 11, 2016 Arlyn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. The writing was great, the character development was thorough and the storyline was well developed. Johnny and Kendall were as believable as a real life couple that could live just down the street. Like a lot of long term relationships, both parties loved one another very much, but after 10 years together, they lost their spark...and nobody really noticed until it was almost too late.

A lot of this story took place through the introspective internal dialog that spun through Kendal
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Suze
Jan 19, 2015 Suze rated it it was ok
Recommended to Suze by: DSP Tweetaway Nov 13 free read
Well, not my favourite Andrew Grey book.
I liked the idea, just wanted it to be more tense and more about the whys and hows and whos.
It was a sentimental telling of Kendall and Johnny's relationship - initially through Kendall's day dreaming then through his almost hallucinations whilst kidnapped. Once he was rescued, flashback and reality caught up and we went forward in their relationship. Most of which was just too sentimentally sweet for my tastes.
I didn't have too many thoughts on Johnny, a
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