My book of the week this Sunday is Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley.
Shades of Gray has been around for a while having been published by Dreamspinner in 2009, so many of you may have already read it, but if you haven't, it's definitely one you don't want to miss out on.
Shades of Gray is one of those books you literally can't put down. It's enthralling, intriguing, and compelling right to the very last page. To begin with the writing was quite simply wonderful. The language was eloquent and evocative. When you read this book you go on a journey with the characters and rather than just seeing in your mind's eye what Danny and Miller experience over the course of their love story, you are able to feel every second of it.
The characters of Danny and Miller and not your typical heroes. Danny Butler is a drug runner for drug lord Hinestroza and Miller Sutton, the FBI agent who coerces him into testifying against his boss.
Now normally I'm not a fan of flashbacks. In fact this is one of only a handful of books I've read in which they work superbly to move the story along and to give a glimpse into Danny's past enabling you to understand the choices he has made. They were essential I feel to help you fall in love with a character that really you should hate.
The pacing of the novel is superb and the tension between Danny and Miller palpable. Even though the plot of the book revolves around Danny hiding from Hinestroza's hitman while waiting to testify, make no mistake. This is a character driven novel. The plot, although important, is completely secondary.
I don't like to give away spoilers so I won't say any more about the story other than the twists and turns were surprising and edge-of-your-seat exciting. For me this book could be summed up in three words or rather one word three times. Incredible.
Shades of Gray can be purchased here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=1571