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Into the Gray

(The Color of Love #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Life after college is not what Aaron expected. Isn’t he supposed to have what he wants to do figured out by now? David never expected his marriage to be rocky, let alone about to end. How is he supposed to move on from this? December in Detroit is normally unforgiving, but an unexpected blizzard puts David and Aaron on a course toward each other. Despite the frozen ground ...more
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published March 27th 2019
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Shin Mon Thway
OMG! 😱 OMG! 😱 I should have listened to Trio and listened this sooner because boy, that was stellar! ❤️ Seriously, truth be told, when I started listening this audio, I thought it might take a day or two to finish. What I didn’t think was that this audio would be unputdownable. 😅 Seriously guys, I listened this in one sitting. I was simply blown away. 😳

David is going through a brutal divorce. He found out that his wife has been sexting with his best friend and it wasn’t even the root of his mari
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What starts as a chance meeting changes two men’s lives for the better in F.E. Feeley Jr.’s latest novel, Into the Gray. Beautifully written, parallels between both characters’ state of mind and the wintry weather are woven throughout. The imagery is subtle, and Mr. Feeley artfully crafts the overall feeling of making it through the storm (both literally and in the journey of life) into the story.

While age and circumstances place them at very different points in their lives, both of the main cha
DNF @50%

Way too much dialogue. I never thought I’d ever say that because I love my mc’s talking, but this story had poor use of it. Much of it didn’t serve to further the story along, and there were one too many secondary characters talking a bit too much.

There was also a poor use of dialogue tag issue. I didn’t always know who was talking. A lot of it stemmed from having one mc’s thoughts within the same paragraph of someone else’s dialogue and tags. Maybe if in those cases the person’s name
Not a bad little read from F.E....two lonely guys; one just out of his marriage and the closet, and one who was hiding himself away from his past. Not very keen on the cheesy sex scene language, which was seemingly straight out of a porn shoot...but it didn't put me off reading. Surprisingly, there were quite a few typos although again I glossed over them. A Lighter Shade of Blue is up next. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

You guys. I. Love. This. Book! I’m a sucker for a snowed in story and Into the Gray delivers. I mean…really delivers! The author paints a vivid picture of two men who are lost in the world and are lucky enough to cross paths at exactly the right time. The book has an almost film noir feel to it. It’s moody and atmospheric, and oh so hot. The image of the smoky bar is perfectly detailed, as is Aaron’s apartment, and even the office building. The sex, while not over t
~There's always going to be the circumstances you can't plan for. There's always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity~ J.S.

Into the Gray by F.E. Feeley Jr. is an eloquent , well-crafted , contemporary , age gap , MM Romance . A poignant and candid love story that feels personal and intimate.

Two men, living in stasis . A self imposed emotional, mental and physical limbo. Afraid to move forward, backwards , in or out , of it. Meet one night and their lives , forever change.

Though this is Bk.1 in this series it holds up quite well as a standalone novella.

Aaron is twenty-six, an Air Force Vet, and a Harvard graduate but he's doing janitorial work in a Downtown Detroit office building. He's come to an impasse, unsure how to proceed with his life.

David is forty-one, a lawyer, and has just filed for divorce from his wife, ostensibly because he discovered her sexts exchanges with his best friend, but really because he's finally ready to admit to himself and the world
This was just as good the second time around. I just bought the rest of the series on audible. I need Vance Bastien to read me all F.E. Feeley's words. ...more
F.E. Jr.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Now Available on with Vance Bastian

This was a lovely story of two men meeting by chance at just the right time. It had great flow, a wonderfully gradually revealed plot, and both protagonists were easy to like and relate to.

Slogging through lives that have come to feel shapelessly grey, both men are ready for change. I love stories like this, starting out sombre and working their way towards light. Or colour in this case. The story is packed full of emotions and had a strong ending which delivered me to a happy place. O
Ulysses Dietz
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Into the Gray
By F.E. Feeley Jr
Published by the author, 2019
Four stars

This tender, hopeful short novel is something of a departure for F.E. Feeley Jr. It follows the lines of a classic gay romance, exploring characters and offering a loving study of a new relationship born of misfortune and unhappiness. Feeley writes from his heart, from his understanding of the world as it is. That matters.

Aaron Roberts and David Collins are both lost, adrift in lives that no longer fully make sense. Aaron, a v
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
David's in his 40s & Aaron's in his 20s & both are going through stuff when they meet. Sexy ebook about 2 guys with things that connect them. Doesn't take a lotta time to read while getting to know both guys.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was sweet and I liked both characters but I just don’t feel the need to read the next book.
Lena Grey
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I can recall the day that I felt like I lost everything in the world... Now I can barely breathe... This is who I am now, picking up the pieces slowly... I didn't know I could feel like this. This is where it left me, into the black, into the gray.” ~ Thousand Below (Into the Gray)

After years of lying to himself about being gay, David of ‘Into the Gray’ by F.E. Feely, Jr., simply cannot ignore it any longer. Using the excuse of discovering that his wife is cheating on him, he has his lawyer ser
3.5 Stars!

The writing in this novella is on point: lush and atmospheric in this snowbound Detroit set romance between recent Harvard grad working as a janitor and an older lawyer who is divorcing his wife and coming out.

This book is an ache and very character driven. I wish there was more joy between Aaron and David but the moments they together and how Aaron brings him into his circle of friends. David does begin to lighten as the book progresses.

We know a lot more about Aaron in some ways and
Becky Baldridge
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Age-gap, May/December, Silver Fox, whatever you want to call it, it's one of my favorite romance tropes, and Into the Gray fits the bill. We also get a coming out story with David, so the roles are a bit reversed here. For a snowed in, sexy time, the younger Aaron gets to walk David through his first encounters with a man. The story verges on instalove without quite crossing over, but these guys are just so lovable that you can't help but want them together. This one is erotic, but there's so mu ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. This did nothing for me.

The tone of the writing made it seem like the author is in his sixties. He definitely has no sense of what life is like since 2005. So both MCs seemed much older than their age on the page.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

This romance was the manifestation of the storm that kept these men together for the weekend. Thunderous passion coupled with beauty and gentle moments of sharing and just being.
I'm moving right into book 2.....I'm so invested in this couple. I need the HEA.
Miski Harris
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take a walk with me to a place where second chances happen, hope springs eternal and true love exists. If you do, you will find yourself in a mystical place F.E. Feeley calls “The Gray”
In this story you follow two men, each trying to move beyond his past into a life where he can once again feel whole and full of personal purpose.

Aaron has graduated college and instead of moving into a future full of promise he is rudderless, mopping floors and emptying trashcans after hours in the kind of offi
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. I love forced proximity stories and this was perfection.

Both MC's were in very different places in their lives, but their communication was their strength. They went for the tough conversations first, talked through them and laid everything out.

It was easy to differentiate the speaker because of Vance Bastian's excellent narration. It was emotional and deep and I loved the back and forth dialogue that I could totally keep up with.

Totally recommended.
Ed Davis
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this story, but I didn’t love it and I can’t quite figure out why. The writing was beautiful and the story flowed along effortlessly. However, something just didn’t click for me.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance, age-gap
This review covers both books in this series. I am giving this book a 3.5 star rating (rounding up to 4) and the 2nd book a full 4 star rating.

Just a simple story really. A 40ish lawyer working late at night hears a beautiful male voice singing an Elton John song in the hallway. The lawyer goes out to see who it is and finds a young janitor cleaning the halls not knowing anyone is still at work. During the course of their conversation the lawyer finds out the janitor is a Harvard graduate trying
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audio book review:
Story – 5
Performance – 5

Hot, haunting and wonderful.

This is the first book I've read by F.E. Feeley, Jr. and I really liked it a lot. Vance Bastian's voice was well suited to the book and I enjoyed this one a little better than another I'd listened to.

The story is really hot and is a great age-gap story coupled with a coming out story for the older MC. There's also a forced proximity trope going on as David and Aaron end up stuck together during a blizzard. There's a lot of emo
Esther Alayeto
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great start to what looks to be a promising new series. David and Aaron are each a little broken in their own way and unsure about their future. David is divorcing his wife of many years and just starting to com to terms with his sexuality, and Aaron is coming out of a relationship, recently graduated and not sure what he's going to do with his future. When they meet they have an instant attraction but with so much baggage can they really make it work. The narrator did a great performance on t ...more
Grammy 1
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Novella: Into the Gray
Author: FE Feeley Jr
Publisher:Amazon Digital
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Pages: 136
Genre: Romance
Rated: Adult M/M

I began following this author when I read his first book Haunting of Timber Manor almost six yrs ago. The Wraiths Series continued with Objects in the Rear View Mirror The promise he showed in that first writing, told me to keep up with him……and I was not wrong!!! This talented young man writes horror like King, writes poetry that slays you and now has
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-reads, lgbt
*I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
This book was funny, deep and extremely sexy. We have Aaron, a janitor who is completely letting his ivy league grad qualifications gather dust... and then we have David, a man grappling with a huge life decision: ending his marriage and dealing with the fact that he is gay. When the two meet, there is an instant attraction, but it goes so much deeper and so quick. It is done in a very organic way, too. There is just
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story.
It had none of the usual saccharin sweet hearts and flowers romance which sometimes that’s all some books are about with a little storyline thrown in.
Just two people who meet and decide to do something about it.
Don’t get me wrong it is a romance wrote in a beautiful way.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Into the Gray by F.E. Feeley Jr. This is David and Aaron’s story.

Entertaining, emotional, and hot read. But this story is so much more. David and Aaron each have some really tough issues that they are trying to work through. Their characters are wonderful and loved that I could feel their emotions.

FYI, contains mature content. This is a MM romance. Kindle Unlimited Subscription
suebee ~Always Reading~
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible, age-gap
Audio Review

Unfortunately I did not like this, the narration didn’t work for me. I thought there was barely at inflection in the narrators voice. The story itself was likable enough but I think I will need to read it in order to fully enjoy it.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the characters more than I thought I would when I first started the book. They both have big things happening in their lives and it really wasn't the optimal time to start a relationship, or the hook up that they thought their initial encounter was going to be. What they couldn't stop was the instant and explosive chemistry that they had for each other. Initially the attraction between them started out as selfish lust. A means to an end with a pretty face but that quickly became more. Th ...more
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F.E. Feeley Jr is a believer in magic, in music, in literature, art, and those things that connect us all. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Feeley is a veteran of the United States Armed Services. Feeley has written eight novels in the past six years, including Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, Closer, When Heaven Strikes, The Color of Love, Borderland, and Hallelujah. Feeley has published a collection of P ...more

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