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Shades of Gray

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,837 Ratings  ·  489 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

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 from Amazon so 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
Nov 19, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2013 Susan rated it liked it

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
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
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 wanted more. I didn't want it to end.
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 it was amazing
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,
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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.
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
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
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
Dec 01, 2011 Mel rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Zero at the Bone lovers
Recommended to Mel by: Lauraadriana
Shelves: m-m, e-book
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'
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
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
Final rating: 3/5 stars
“So we’re in this together.” Danny’s voice shook but he didn’t look away.
Miller smiled, his eyes calm and steady and sure. “Yeah, Danny Butler, we’re in this together.”

It was ok book. Not bad plot but dragging in the middle, I even wanted to drop at one point (around 50%, thank god I had patience enough to finish it because it ended up being worth it). Despite having what i seek in books i didn't feel any connection with the characters and couldn't care less about them.
Apr 27, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 06, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHY did it take me so long to read this book?? I loved it. I loved the freakin’ crap out of it! Complex characters, interesting storyline, hotter than hot sex. Miller and Danny were so amazing together. This definitely belongs on my “favorites” shelf. 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
Heather C
Jun 04, 2011 Heather C rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2015 Natasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Reread! March 2015.




Got to about chapter 5 and stopped. I think it's my own personal issue. I just finished the Cut & Run series and was looking for something to sedate me until the next book comes out... unfortunately I didn't find it here. I might try this book again at a later date.
T.A. Webb
Jan 07, 2012 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 09, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
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
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.

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 between reality and fiction
Apr 30, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, buddy-reads

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
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
Alicia J
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful story. Danny is a drug runner for Mr. Hinestroza, a big-time drug cartel kind of guy. Danny gets busted and meets Miller, the FBI agent who is determined to bring Hinestroza down. They make a deal, Danny testifies against Hinestroza in return for not being sent to prison for gun charges. I don't want to go into too much plot detail, but suffice to say that this is an edge of your seat story. Not so much for the action, but for the developing relationship between D ...more
Kaje Harper
Jun 04, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m
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4.5 stars : why have I waited so long to read this book ? So great !!!

Danny, a drug runner, just got arrested for a driving offense and the FBI used that opportunity to make him turn on his boss, a big drug dealer. Miller, a FBI agent, is assigned to this case and has to “babysit” Danny, whose betrayal is rapidly discovered and is being hunted for that. Trapped in a safe apartment for several weeks, Miller and Danny get to talk a lot, and not only about the case, but pretty soon about themselves
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 really liked it  ·  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
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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.” 95 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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