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Shadow Fray

(Shadow Fray #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Family is worth fighting for—and family doesn’t always mean blood.

No one knows what calamity poisoned the earth and decimated the human population, but living close to the toxic ground means illness and death. Justin is determined to keep his twin sister and younger brother from that fate—no matter what he has to do. To earn enough to keep his family safe in a high-rise, J
ebook, 284 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by DSP Publications
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Tag Team Review with JL!

3.5 Hearts

This post-apocalyptic world Lloyd has created is rife with possibilities. I interpreted it as a cautionary tale involving multiple current sociopolitical happenings and where they could lead if left unchecked. Earth’s soil has been poisoned so much so that most live in high rises (risers). Those that cannot afford to live in the risers will likely succumb to the sickness from being a "groundling", so there’s a very distinct socioeconomic strata at play which ali
Jenni Lea
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tag Team Review with Cupcake

3.75 hearts. A promising start to the series.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this. Was it going to be a dark, depressing read riddled with angst? Or would it be a high-octane thrill ride, keeping me at the edge of my seat with nail-biting intensity? Surprisingly, it was neither. Instead, I got an emotional tale of survival and perseverance, of love and family, of loneliness and discovery, of romance and love.

Set in a future where the planet has be
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

As the blurb suggests, this was a gritty, fight-filled dystopian with a pretty strong focus on the romance. I liked the gritty feel of the world, and I do enjoy romance, so I was glad the book lived up to the blurb in that way.

As for the rest, it wasn't bad, but it felt like (and was, from what I understand) the author's first book. There was some showing but also some telling, and it got rep
3.5 Stars

This one was a little tough for me to get into in the beginning. I'm really not a fan of unnecessary violence. I don't like boxing/MMA etc in my tv life and I'm not a huge fan of it in the written either. With the opening of this story being so much about the actual fights in the Fray, there were a few too many details for me to really love it. Once Hale and Justin finally met though, well then I was on board. The chemistry between them was crazy and the mystery of how everything works
Lisa The Novel Approach
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Gritty science fiction meets one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers, and the incredible pacing coupled with a slow burn romance gives this story a delicious heat. Set in the grungy backdrop of a future Earth, our protagonists are underground fighters, but in a figurative sense, not literal. The soil and air are poisoned, and everyone who wants some sort of reasonable life expectancy lives above ground. Men are becoming sterile, while the birthrate of women plummets.

The politics and plot of
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

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Shadow Fray is book one of a new dystopian style series and also the name of a new craze that’s been gathering momentum over the last few years on new earth. It also makes for the basis of the main storyline, Shadow Frays are brutal, no holds barred hand to hand combat fights. There is however strict regulations to these highly illegal fights and one unusual one, there is no crowd whatsoever. Only the two
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is ot the normal type of book I read. Set in a future MidWest.
Justin looks after his litle brother and twin sister, and to help make ends meet he figts in the Shadow Fray.
In his second fight he meets Black Jim and after the fight Black Jim is left thinking anout Justin and trying to find him.
This book is a long build up. The MCs dont meet properly until around 60% and sex happens much, much later.
I liked the build up here. The back stories of both MCs.
The book ends at a good spot and then y
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Interesting. I thought the vividness of the world was outstanding - like ours, but not. There were a lot of teasers - a lot of unexplained things. I'm not sure how all the characters play a role (or not) and I'm still not really clear on certain plot points. This had the sexiest fight-then-sex scene I've ever read. I was all up into that business.
Joyfully Jay
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

To be perfectly blunt, I was almost dissatisfied with how this book played out. There are a lot of independent elements at work in the plot. There’s the dystopian world that actively affects the life and circumstances of our MCs: Justin and family are just barely able to make ends meet, Black Jim (aka Hale) lives in relative luxury. There’s the secret world of the Shadow Fray. No one officially recognizes this institution, but there are fights in various location
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, mm-romance
Full review is coming at :

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Once I finished reading Shadow Fray I sort of wandered around aimlessly wondering what to do next. I really, really wanted to read more!

The fight scenes are amazing and had me rethinking how I write hand to hand anything. Choreography doesn't always translate well when you're writing that much action, especially the grappling. Bradley does so with ease. The fight scenes are also incredibly brutal and really show how much punishment a human body can take before enough is enough. It's actually qu
3.5 stars
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

This book starts off so raw and violent. Think illegal televised Fight Club in a world where disease has ravaged the human race. Women of birthing age are rare. Babies aren’t born often any longer. Your time on the ground must be limited because of fear of exposure to toxins. The higher you are in your building the better off you are. Both physically and socially. Everyone spies on everyone for money or power. All Justin has in the world are his broth
Nathan Sims
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a tale of two novels for me.

The first half of the book reads like an intriguing and well-developed dystopian future. The earth has been poisoned (literally) and the only way to survive is living above the ground in high rises and scrounging for whatever work can be found.

One of the only forms of entertainment is illegal fights called Shadow Fray. The fighters only learn days in advance where and when they'll be fighting but never who they're fighting until the moment they step in the r
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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From that review: " Shadow Fray (Shadow Fray: Round One) by Bradley Lloyd is a terrific story. It's just the sort of book that gets me thinking on so many levels and that's due primarily to the excellent world building here. Lloyd has created a future earth where a catastrophic event, now called The Thinning, has raised the water levels globally, sinking all coastal citie
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book is hard to rate and the review is even harder to write... *headdesk*

This was an extremely well-written story with more sub-plots than I have ever encountered in a book before... not sure if this will be a good thing or a bad thing as the series continues. And, I am not sure that I will continue with the series...

Sad to say, Charlie was my favorite character in the story and I would love to see how he plays into the future of all of the adults in the book! I found, strangely enoug
Traci Clark
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author, so I'm really excited that this is finally out! The world is great, and BL's writing is so well done. Plus I love the characters. I'll try to paraphrase without any spoilers, but the two main characters--Justin and Hale--are really hot. Full disclosure--I'm totally on Team Hale. The star-crossed, forbidden romance between these two characters pulls at you even when you are taking a break from reading the book. BL sets up a slow burn between Justin and Hale that runs throughou ...more
Dave Ferraro
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The dystopian world that Bradley Lloyd has created in Shadow Fray is one of the best that I’ve come across. The theme of family and what these men will do to protect theirs is one that anyone can relate to, and is a perfect contrast to the cold, paranoid world they live in.

I really didn’t want this book to end. The characters here are fully-realized, and by the end, I knew that I had to know what was next for Justin and Hale, so I’m glad that there will be more coming. The fight scenes had me on
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good god yes!!!

Love everything about this book!!! I have to say though the best part about this ahem...steamy...novel is the fantastic pacing. So many m/m authors rush to gratuitous sex at the cost of that oh so yummy slow burn. Lloyd takes his time introducing you to his characters, building investment in the reader's heart and...well loins. OK OK I'm thirsting hard over these two, but in all seriousness, the main and secondary characters are well developed/multifaceted. This is a fascinating a
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
I like Dystopia. This one is well done. The world is well drawn out. The violence of the fights wasn't glossed over.
This might not be considered a cliff hanger, but I'm left with more questions than anything.

What's going to happen at the fight?
How are they going to end up getting together with so many obstacles?
What about scarecrow?
What about the families.
What, what, what!
Guess I'll have to get in line for book 2.
Secretly Reading
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed the world building and characters in this book! The romance is definitely secondary to the dystopian world and character building but still enjoyable. I BETTER get more in this series--and sooner the better!
B.A. Brock
Gritty Urban Science Fiction and one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers! The pacing was incredible, the fights were intense, and there was thoughtful worldbuilding. All in all, I recommend this first book in what is sure to be a page-gripping series.
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Bradley Lloyd is a Chicago-born author who studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was raised in a conservative religious household but became aware of his sexuality at a very young age—about the same age he learned of his ancestry to Hans Christian Andersen. Inspired by this knowledge, writing became an outlet that helped him cope with inner conflicts and bullying.