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Shades of Gray

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  3,923 ratings  ·  387 reviews
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 ...more
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Published October 19th 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 1st 2009)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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, friends!). Perhaps 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
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 ...more

3.5 stars (I’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
In chess it's called...

Okay, this one is simply EPIC. And it makes me angry because the author didn't write more books! 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
Jun 17, 2010 Ridley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who liked Zero at the Bone but found the story execution a bit flawed.
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 bit more ambitious, in the end I thought it bit off more than it could chew. Shades of Gray takes a smaller bite and is a bit more graceful 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,
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
***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 the beauty that is 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 a
Buddy read with my mates Gina and Tina. Wow, what an amazing book, I loved it!!

I'm not going to do a long review....lots of other people have quite rightly given this one 5 stars and a full review. To my mind, all sorts of adjectives can be applied to the people in this book, and to the general mood created by the author....tense, gripping, compelling, breathtaking, violent, psychopathic, vicious, hot, sexy....I could go on but won't.

Danny, I liked right from the start, and yes, I know he wa
This book is simply spectacular.

I'm notoriously hard to please when it comes to fictional romances. I just don't buy them. Friends come to me with couples they loved in books or movies, and they leave me stone cold. You see, I was never really brought up to be a romantic type. I was never one of those kids who at ten had decided what cake they wanted at their wedding. At ten, I was really into gory anime and cheesy pasta. I also had an emo phase that went on for longer than it should have. (view
Dec 01, 2011 Mel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zero at the Bone lovers
Recommended to Mel by: Lauraadriana
Shelves: e-book, m-m
I tried to like this, I really did, but oh my God, the melodrama! At a certain point I was imagining violins in the background and my inner reading voice relaying the story with a constant sobby infliction... No, this story wasn't for me.

I wanted to say it started well enough, but it didn't actually. No drama there, I'll give you that, but the whole premise of the story is based on one huge suspension of disbelief. And I know, I know: it's fiction; logic has a lot of leeway here, but really: I'
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OMG OMG OMG! What an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING book! I have read some really good books, but this one is up there with the few that truly rock my world! I am still left a little speechless and I am at a loss to describe how much this book moved me. The rollercoaster of emotions, the suspense all blended together perfectly to take me a ride that made me forget everything but this story and these two great men!

Two men coming from very different backgrounds and experiences. They are thrown toget
Heather C
I loved this book!!

I could not put it down and I have a feeling this is one I'll be thinking about for a while. I only skimmed the blurb so I was expecting this book to be some kind of action/thriller romance, but it is all angsty/emotional romance.

I really liked how most of the story centered around Danny and Miller together. The love scenes were touching and powerful. So much emotion shared between these two each time they were together. It was beautiful every time. They were not overly expli
Macky ~ Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
I've read this twice now and could easily pick it up again. The chemistry between Miller and Danny jumps off the page at you and literally smacks you in the face from the moment they meet. Millers stoic cop and Dannys cocky nature make for an explosive Pairing.
Danny's no goody goody but as the book progresses and you learn more of his backstory you can't help but grow to love him and even though he's done some not so nice things in his life and witnessed many others, he's far from being a career
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.5 stars

So 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.
Written April 29, 2013

4.8 Brilliant Stars - Absolutely wonderful - I just loved everything

This is a book that left me still panting with exertion when the last page was read. It was full speed from the first page, so much desire, tenderness and fear to not be enough to be loved. At times I was so scared and worried - was there any possibility of eternal happiness and a life together for them?

A reading I greatly enjoyed. Highly recommended!


Miller Sutton, an FBI agent, has come to
Rain ~miss kinky knickers~
"Good and evil, right and wrong, innocent and guilty. Stay in the right box and it would all work out in the end."

...or would it?

So, is this book perfect? No.
Is it the best story ever? No.
Does it have flaws? Hell, yes!
But... what's most important - I don't give a damn! It made me laugh, cry, want to hug those two, and - definitely - slap some sense into them occasionally. No way could I, after all that, go for less than five shining stars!

Unfortunately, I never seem to manage to write a decent
Mark ~ Sinfully All Male Romance
WHAT A TRULY AWESOME BOOK!!!! I'm sat here trying to write a review after being left breathless from a real rollercoaster ride of emotion. It's not very often a book keeps me up past my bedtime curfew, but I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading until the wee hours of the morning. Will definitely regret that at work today lol!

What I loved about this book? It's passionate, but not too soppy. The feelings for me were very real. Two guys battling against very different backgrounds and hi
T.A. Webb
Danny Butler is a criminal. End of subject. A means to an end. The lieutenant to a drug lord, he is the key to bringing down the head honcho.

And that is something Miller Sutton has as a fact in his black and white world. He has been building the case against Roberto Hinestroza for years, and he will do whatever to takes to finish the case, put the man behind bars and move on to the next scumbag. That is his life, his mission, and who he is.

But when he has to protect Danny when he enters the Witn

Buddy read with my friends Gina and Bev.

I really loved the book. A lot!

It's about Miller Sutton, a FBI agent who comes face to face with his doubts in his black and white world when he starts to interrogate Danny Butler, a drug runner. Miller hopes to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord. Miller is surprised to discover Danny is not the career-criminal he expected. At the same time Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller. They barely begin to explore the attract
So many people compared this to Jane Seville's Zero at the Bone ... since both books have plot about two people find love when on the run. Miller is an FBI agent. Danny is mid-level drug runner. Miller needs to protect Danny since he is essential in breaking the case. And in the process, Miller finds himself questioning who he is, as he feels attracted to Danny.

I really, REALLY enjoy this book. I think what I love the most is the concept of "Shades of Gray" between the two people. Danny might be
Lilli *slowest reader ever*

Wow, this was intense. What a seriously great book. Gripping storyline, amazing characters. Epic m/m couple. I’m blown away and completely in love with Danny and Miller.

This story basically started as a crime story with an enemies-to-lovers storyline and then turned into one of the most memorable out-for-you love stories I’ve read. The author had me at the first few sentences and from there it was an amazing ride that had me going through a gamut of emotions and then left me smiling like an idio
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
May 10, 2013 Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books by: Ingela
Shelves: m-m
4 lovely stars! “Why," he panted into Danny's neck, "why'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 us.”>

I love Danny this amazing story is about a criminal turned informant. And the lost FBI Agent Miller Sutton who sees everything in black and white. Until he has to protect his witness Danny and keep him al
Awilk -never sleeps-
This book was a real treat. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I never dreamed it would be something this good.
Shades of Grey was a book that made you stop and think. About right and wrong. Good and Bad. How your choices can change your whole life, for good or bad. Can we really deny who and what we are? Would we want to? Just how hard is it for some men to admit to themselves that they are gay.
Both the characters had made choices in this book. Not all of them were good and right, but they were t
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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This wasn’t a bad book overall. There were two major issues though. One, the major WTF moments that had me rolling my eyes instead of concentrating in the story and, two, the feeling that the two heroes were too immature and acting out of character.

About the eye rolling moments. I understand that sometimes you have to ignore certain things in order to enjoy a story. I also understand that some elements may not be readily apparent or seem incoherent (notwithstanding the saying that the difference
Amy Spector
I nearly didn't read this book. Every time I peeked at the description, the whole FBI bit had me changing my mind. Not that I am anti-FBI stories, just that I've read the FBI in the closet story so many times before.

But this was great! I mean, really, really, great.

I loved how we slowly learn about the characters and how we follow almost a bread crumb trail of Danny's past that gradually reveals a man that is more than just a black and white, drug runner, bad guy.

The attraction is believable.
Sometimes when I read romance novels, I get so deeply invested in the central characters that I don't care what happens to them, or what they lose along the way, just so long as they get to be together in the end. When two characters take on the world together and rebuild it according to their own rules, it makes me want to stand up and cheer. I love that kind of story.

This is not that kind of story.

This is the story of how the world takes two already-broken individuals, chews on them for a whi
“That’s the best you can hope for, Danny. That your life turns out like that patchwork quilt. That you add some bright, sparkling pieces to the dirty stained ones you’ve got so far. That in the end, the bright patches might take up more spaces on your quilt than the dark ones.”

Danny Butler is a man who is unknowingly being watched by the FBI. Miller Sutton has been biding his time waiting for the opportunity to arrest Danny. Danny is an employee of a drug-lord, Roberto Hinestroza, and could be a
Kaje Harper
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This is easily one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Captivating and enthralling, Shades of Gray shines with a tight plot and superior characterization. The writing is engaging and the characters have incredible depth. There are no cookie cutter villains or superheroes, only variations of good and evil within each person. The situations created are interesting and complex with few easy solutions and only one or two last minute heroics but even those are tempered by high physical a ...more
This is Miller and Danny's story

Sometimes the line between right and wrong blurs

“Why," he panted into Danny's neck, "why'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 us.”

Sometimes love makes you choose not to do the right thing

...that logic isn't a part of loving someone

“finding what made you happy was only
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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 ...more
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“It's like this old patchwork quilt my momma used to have...Each piece on that quilt meant something. And some of those pieces were the damn ugliest things you've ever seen...But some of the pieces were so beautiful they almost hurt my eyes to look at when I was a kid...That's the best you can hope for, Danny. That your life turns out like that patchwork quilt. That you can add some bright, sparkling pieces to the dirty, stained ones you have so far. That in the end, the bright patches might take up more space on your quilt than the dark ones.” 89 likes
“Why," he panted into Danny's neck, "why'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 us.”
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