- File Size: 6983 KB
- Print Length: 565 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075W8D5F4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#29,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #117 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Bisexual Romance
- #419 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Gay Fiction
- #425 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Gay
Gray For You (8 Million Hearts Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I fell in love with Gray in Adam's Song. He has a prevailing sense of strength, humor, and a hint of mystery about him that drew me in right away. His story is unique, but still relatable, with a troubled youth, broken dreams, an emotionally abusive ex, and an award winning career in pornography. Totally relatable, right? He may have no problem dropping his pants to the awe and admiration of his new film crew, but it takes a struggling former child star looking for redemption to tear down the walls he’s spent a lifetime building. And when we finally see the man behind the walls? Breathtaking. And in Tyler, we find someone who is trying so hard to do things right, and who often finds himself falling short of his father’s unhealthy expectations. He’s funny, quirky, determined, and absolutely adorable. I mean, how many young men struggling with their sexuality and history of addiction are willing to go ‘Full Monty’ to prove themselves? Not that he doesn’t have a few issues along the way, but with Gray, his brother Luke, and the entire film crew supporting him, he blossoms and finds his strength.
I received a free Advanced Reader Copy for my honest review. And I honestly HIGHLY recommend this book! I couldn’t put it down, except for when I was blushing so hard that I needed to get my heartrate back under control.
I think this is the 3rd or 4th Spears book I’ve read where the father is complete crap and the mother is MIA. I detect a theme… Tyler’s dad was too horrible to be believed. I would have liked Gray to stand up to him more on Tyler’s behalf. Spears drew very clear parallels between how Tyler’s dad treated him and how Ethan treated Gray. But Tyler and Gray never seemed to see themselves in each other. I wish they had, so they could have supported each other more effectively.
Gray and Tyler’s lack of self-worth was really heavy near the end of the book, and it did get hard/sad to read. They kept beating themselves up, again and again. Their pasts had done a number on them and they both felt broken. But neither looked at the other as broken, which I thought helped give their relationship a light at the end of the tunnel. It was what kept the book from being depressing overall.
The Big Reveal with Tyler’s dad was pretty obvious from early on. But at least Spears did it with a throwaway sentence rather than telegraphing it with a neon sign like she did the fire in Strawberry Moon. There was definitely a lot dumped on Tyler at the end of the book. It might have been a bit too much (couldn’t dad have done just one of the BAD THINGS? One would certainly be enough). I felt bad that Tyler had to be so tortured before he found his HEA. I liked that Spears linked seemingly unimportant things from the beginning of the book (the car repair, for example) with plot points that happened near the end of the book. It gave the book a good flow.
The sexytimes were super hot.
I liked the “book within a book” concept. I liked the POV with 4th wall breaks - speaking to the reader.
There are some very schmaltzy passages/dialog near the end. Which is unfortunate as the rest of the book had been pretty much schmaltz-free. But you can’t write something like “I had a sudden image of my body as a violin, being played expertly by Gray, his fingers and lips plucking and strumming sounds and resonances out of me that harmonized into a wash of sensation” without expecting me to throw up a little bit in my mouth. Fortunately, the overwrought passages were few.
I liked Gray For You a lot. Good characters, good plot, great sexytimes, very little reliance on overdone tropes (there was only one little coincidental wrong place/wrong time scene), and fresh ideas. The covers for this series are fairly cheesy, though.
I am always amazed at how 'family' can be depicted in novels. Some loving. Some cruel. Some abusive. Some mentally and physically disabling. Luckily there are those out there that balance all the hurt...even if they aren't bound by DNA but only by the desire to help while giving comfort, security, love and support.
When Gray and Tyler meet on a movie set, they are both working through personal issues that quickly take a back seat to the attraction they feel for each other. Unfortunately, these same conflicts manage to insinuate themselves into their new found relationship and test it's limits.
The is a great story with wonderful main, and supporting, characters and a plot that resonates within the heart of anyone who loves a romance.
I found this book extremely difficult to put down. I just had to see where it was going next.