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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  242 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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...more
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Published July 15th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 14th 2013)
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***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...more
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.
Jul 22, 2013 Debra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
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...more
Serena Yates
'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
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
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...more
Jul 16, 2013 Al rated it 3 of 5 stars
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,...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
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...more
T.M. Smith
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...more
Zoe Rider
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...more
Hank L.
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
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
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.
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)


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*.
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May 21, 2014 Idamus added it
Shelves: m-m, did-not-finish

Boring book is boring
4.75 stars. Overall an excellent book!
3.5 stars

I enjoy stories with mystery and suspense and this was no exception. It did take me a little while to get into it though because the stalker portion of the storyline didn't really escalate until about the halfway point. The beginning half focused more on the sad state of Kendall and Johnny's relationship, and I almost wondered if a new love interest would be introduced for Kendall. His relationship with Johnny was somewhat painful to read about because they had grown so far apart. We di...more
Jul 30, 2013 Sandym rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
This is it....I do believe this is now my very favorite Andrew Grey book. No, I don't believe....I know it is!

This is such a huge change from anything I've ever read from Mr. Grey. Just when I didn't think his books could get
any better he goes and blows my socks off.

There are spoilers, so beware....

The story is so unbelievably well told. I could feel Kendall's sadness and worry when he believed in the possibility that his relationship with Johnny was in jeopardy. At the same time I could feel th...more
Aine Massie
4.5 Drops Review

Stranded is a little bit of a deviation for Andrew Grey but he pulled it off expertly. Stranded is a mystery/suspense story where the romance is totally messed up but long standing (as if you can’t tell from the excerpt above, lol). But OHhhh… I loved the story.

Kendall is a musical / stage actor who hits it big when he lands a movie deal, but his longtime lover, Johnny, won’t go with him and may be having an affair. Then you add in his being kidnapped and handcuffed to a car, ab...more

I always enjoy Andrew Grey, his books are fun, sensitive and don’t have a lot of unnecessary angst. I was expecting to enjoy this book and even though I had read the title and the blurb, I was happily surprised by how complex this book was.

Flashbacks are always tricky to write and keep the sense of place, time and forward momentum in the story. Oftentimes the reader finds themselves confused or bogged down with too much information. Andrew Grey wrote them seamlessly. We journeyed throughout Ke...more
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
2.5 stars - Although it was a decent story, I couldn't say I liked it. There were just too many inconsistencies that bothered me, which took away some of the enjoyment for me. (view spoiler)...more
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Published Dreamspinner Press July 15th 2013
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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 wi
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