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“There isn’t always a clean beginning and ending to every story. Instead of something being black or white, it’s a mixture of both, forming a nice shade of gray.”

Writer Lori Stevens was eighteen when she was assaulted by her mentor, learning people aren’t always what they seem the hard way. She’s found solace living in the gray, keeping everyone at arm’s length with her se
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Ashley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

I love supporting Indie authors, especially authors who were inspired to write books by my favorite authors! A.D. McCammon is one of the authors I have followed for a long time, but have failed to pick up books by. Through Kat Savage's reader group, I was lucky enough to score a copy of McCammon's upcoming release, In the Gray (In This Moment #3). Though this book is part of a series, it is a great place to start with A.D. McCammon's work a
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Fabiola Francisco
This book surpassed my expectations of what I thought Lori's story would be like. AD McCammon brought her A-game with this one. I truly love this entire series, but this story made me self-reflect, feel things I sometimes don't allow myself to, and all the while fall in love. The path these characters take can be identified as unconventional, but I see it as real. We all have experiences that have shaped us and ways we cope with them, but it's how we choose to grow from it that brings healing.

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Ebru
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a heart breakingly beautiful story!!! Such raw emotion, so much love, hope and longing, a beautiful story of survival. 💕💕💕

A more detailed review for this beautiful story will be out in a couple of days on my blog. (www.ebsandherreads.com)

Wow guys!!! This book was amazing. At first, when I started reading it, I thought that it was going to be a sweet romance, but could have never imagined the ride it gave me. It's full of raw emotion, love, hope, despair and a beautiful story of survival. I
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Stephanie
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I had no idea this book would end up where it did when I started it. McCammon did a fantastic job of writing a book that deals with issues that are rather dark but she does it so well. She wrote it in a way that made you really feel what these characters were going through.

Lori Stevens- I adore her as a character. She's quick witted, sarcastic and a little insecure. She has faced darkness, true darkness and found a way to continue on. However, i
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Bookish Kat
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excerpt from In The Gray: People aren’t only talking about a topic no one likes to talk about, they’re changing the dialogue.

This book is a romance, about two people coming together but the priceless take away from this story is its message. Abuse isn’t black or white and victims living in the grayed areas can often feel isolated. They might believe their pain is meant to be overlooked because of the unclear picture most of society has of abuse. I appreciate the author taking time to tell the s
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A. Lewis
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So where to start with this book.. I'm going to be honest I was a sobbing mess by just reading the prologue. Not because it was this horrible tragic thing (I mean it has its areas) but because I felt like the prologue was written by me they were my emotions bleeding out onto a page. I have never been that effected by a book before. A.D McCammon is that good with expressing her words to get you to that emotional state. Lori is a hard character to love but from the beginning I did she is such a sm ...more
Beyond The Covers Blog
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celeste
Lori Stevens doesn’t do relationships, she doesn’t date, she does one night-stands to scratch an itch then she moves on. Yet when she sees the gorgeous police officer at her favorite coffee shop she can’t help but be drawn to him, but Officer Steven Duncan wants a date not just a fling. Steven knows that there is a reason that Lori has a thick wall built around her and as he dates Lori’s best friend he slowly starts to break down that wall. Lori tries to keep her distance and let her friend Cat ...more
Brandy Roberts
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this it would be the first book I've read by the author and I know i'll be reading more i the future . My emotions were all over the place it felt like a roller coaster that I didn't want to get off on . You don't want to miss this one
Mary Kazen *Rabid Readers Book Blog*
What a powerful story! And a story that needed to be told. This is the story of Lori Stevens who is a writer and known to have heart of stone when it comes to love. Little does everyone know it's because of trauma she experienced and has kept secret. She meets Officer Steven Duncan and she thinks he will be fun to hook up with. But Steven isn't interested in just hooking up with her. He wants more. Lori doesn't do more and runs. Then he starts dating her best friend Cat and as they become friend ...more
Leila
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes in life we build barriers and put up walls to protect ourselves from the world around us.

It’s easier to have control when there is a mutual understanding that long term, and intimacy is simply not an option.

So what happens when you meet someone willing to climb that wall and abseil down the other side for you?

All your instincts tell you to fight it, to protect yourself and that’s exactly what Lori did. Until fate intervenes bringing Steven back into her life, but this time as her bes
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Cait's Creatures



First, Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. I don't normally read love triangles, because they're messy. I like romances because I escape from reality, and I've got enough mess in my life. But when I read the blurb for this book, and had an opportunity to read it, I asked for the chance. Something I forgot about emotional reads? They can rock your world, rip you apart from the inside out, and still leave you wanting more at the end. 

Lori Stevens was not a like-able character. God, I wante
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Michelle Austin
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In the Gray was a great 5 star read told in alternating POVs.
Lori is a writer who has decided to write about something that really hits home for her. While at the coffee shop writing she meets a really hot cop, Steven. There is something about him that gets her attention.

I’m damaged goods-fundamentally broken in ways that prevent me from living the life I dreamed of as a girl.

A few weeks pass by and the next time these two meet is at the police station,
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Jennifer Pierson
I want to start out by saying that this powerful story had all of my emotions all over the place throughout like it was my own life, so no matter what I say in my review, this is why I gave it the perfect rating. It takes a truly special and talented author, like A.D. McCammon, to bring such extreme emotions out with their writing that it was hard to separate reality from fiction by the end of the story. Lori finally gets the biggest break of her writing career, but she must face her demons from ...more
Ariadna Basulto
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was so unexpected. I didn’t think it would take it in the direction that it did, but I’m so glad for the ride I went on.

First of all the writing is beautiful. The emotions drip off each page and had me feeling every emotion right along with Lori and Ethan. Together they were a beautiful couple in the sometimes chaos of emotions. Ethan was absolutely perfect for Lori. His patience and unwillingness to give up on her had me in a constant state of swoon. Lori doesn’t make it easy for him
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Stacy Wray
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a powerful, honest and pertinent story - especially in a time where women all around the world are finding their voices, speaking out against the ugly that has wronged them. It's sad that Lori's story and Ashland's story reflect a staggering number of women who have suffered at the hands of a predator. AD McCammon, you have woven a delicate ribbon between truth and fiction, and the outcome is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful story of how to get to the other side. Bravo to you for your ability ...more
Jennifer Bielarz
Absolutely loved Lori's story! I appreciate that the author doesn't make everything all butterflies and rainbows with her writing. It's real life ups and downs and not knowing what will happen next.
Lori and Steven we're obviously meant to be, but Lori won't let herself find happiness. Still holding the emotional scars from her sexual assault, not feeling that she is good enough for anyone. Steven's friendship helps bring her out of her shell, but it isn't until Lori talks to Ashland that she ca
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Wendy Livingstone
This is the 3rd book in this awesome series. Lori and Steven have both got pasts which have shaped them into the people they are today. This author has written a truly beautiful story, which is raw, gritty, emotional, sweet and hopeful, which all lead to a powerful storyline, which had me intrigued and enthralled throughout. This author has certainly given her heart and soul into this story, and I cannot wait to read more from her.
Jamie
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the the first page of this book. Lori feels she is broken beyond repair , because of events in her past that were beyond her control. Steven is a great support system to Lori as she balances all of the obstacles that are holding her back from being worthy of love. The characters were well written , I enjoyed Darla's character a lot. It takes a whole book for Lori to feel loved , and worthy of more , but the ending will leave a smile on your face .
Patti Biesemeyer
I got this book as a ARC, I am soooo touched by this book. I can really connect with the characters.I will add more to this review..just need a day to collect my thoughts. yes this book touched that deep.. now that I have had a few days to really take this book in I can add more to this review. I can connect with this book so deeply because I am a survivor of sexual abuse. it happened when I was young but to this day I still have issues. books like this help me to know I am not alone.
Melissa Ledet
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal

“You’re looking for a great love story, and I’m a tragedy.” ~ Lori to Steven

This story will pull on your heartstrings. A phenomenal read that sucks you in. In the Gray is written in dual point of view and I fell in love with Steven and Lori very quickly.
CK
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book to read and finish and I loved every moment of it. The tenderness taken to such a difficult topic brought me to tears. This book has a soul. The undertaking itself is inspiring. This is a book that will haunt you and want to re-read.
Theresa Alberts
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. The story of Lori Stevens is one that is profoundly intense and captivated me from the very first chapter. This story is one of fear, love, loss, self-doubt, and self-realization. Lori's story will move you in ways that you cannot begin to imagine and you will be yearning for her to reach the happily ever after that she most definitely deserves, regardless of what form that HEA may look like.

Lori Stevens is a writer with a secret that she has kept deep insides for over a decade. A victim of
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Heather Merriman
Wow! This is my first read by AD McCammon and I really enjoyed it! It contains a very serious topic of rape and tells about all the series of emotions that someone goes through after going through this, from the blame, to the guilt and being able to eventually forgive oneself.
Lori takes on a reporting job to tell the story of a lady, Ashland, who is in a psychiatric ward for murdering the man who raped her. After the interview, Lori decides to write an entire book rather than just an article
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Kristina Simkins
Almost nothing is Black & White, leaving it to be Gray!
A.D. done a fabulous job with ‘In the Gray’, this book includes great detail of a not so easy topic, and I think she captured it perfect.
Lori Stevens is a journalist with a horrible past that causes her to push men away. She doesn’t date and believes she isn’t worthy of someone caring about her enough to ever be in a relationship. When she meets Office Steven Duncan he throws her emotions into a chaos. She can’t understand why he is ef
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Karen
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stark and honest, with dual POV, this was a raw read in many parts. Many people have a not-in-my-backyard attitude when it comes to abuse, be it sexual, physical or psychological. Lori's odds were stacked against her; who would believe her word over a well-known and beloved member of the community?

Lori's journey was long and painful; with little to no self-esteem, she carried on with life, emotions adrift when she met Steven. Her detached personality failed to deter him and this was where Steve
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I Dont Get Sundays
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lori and Steven. Steven and Lori. These two will give you gray hair before the end of their story. You will want to shake Lori and hit Steven in the forehead with the palm of your hand. Their story is so complicated, you wonder if they even belong together.

This book was amazing and beautifully told. It hits subjects that may make you shutter in disgust and want to punch someone but it is done so well. We are told of a story that involves strong women. Women that are trying to find their way in
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Amy  Crull
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot going on in it. It was Lori and Steven's story but it had more to it then that. The secondary characters had a big part in it as well. I must say at first I wasn't the biggest fan of Lori, partly because she threw him away like trash and then got jealous when someone else had him. I realize she had to overcome her issues and let the healing process happen but she could have been honest with him and told him. She just kept running away. Steven, I loved him from the beginning. ...more
Rae Bousum
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more than your average "romance" novel.  

"Sometimes instead of something being black or white, it’s a mixture of both, forming a nice shade of gray. And, in reality, that’s the way most of us live— in the gray."

I couldn't have said it better myself.  Lori's journey, to excepting that she deserves more than what she has limited herself too, is a painful but necessary one.  This story is not just about two people falling in love.  It is about Lori releasing the crushing guilt
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Clare Harrison
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and whilst they could be read as standalone I wouldn't recommend it as the same characters are in all the books and you won't fully understand all the references to past events so if you haven't read "in this moment" and "crushed" you might want to do so.

Before I go any further this book covers sensitive and possible trigger issues.

In the grey follows Lori, the sister of Julianna and best friend of Cat.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and getting to know what m
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Brandie Breaux
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was probably my favorite of the series, which completely surprises me. I was not a fan of Lori's in the first two books, but I completely misjudged her. Character development was strong in this story, and I grew to love her! She runs from every relationship due to issues from her past...until she meets Steven. Oh, she tries to run still, but Steven, with some help from fate, doesn't let her get far. I loved the feelings between these two characters and the buildup to them both admittin ...more
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