Title: Silver & Black
Author Name: Tyler May
Publication Date & Length: February 27, 2015 – 302pgs
Brian Silver is CEO of the world’s largest coffee house chain in the world, Silver Coffee. Growing up in a wealthy family, Silver had it all: money, fame, and any man he wanted, but that was never enough. Silver wants more. After a tragic health event that leaves him vulnerable in life, he realizes that business will not bring him the happiness he needs, and he’ll do anything to find that happiness.
Greyson Black is a coffee house barista in one of the Silver Coffee chains in downtown Manhattan. Greyson is finishing school and determined to find the best path for his life. When Brian Silver makes a “surprise” stop at the franchise, he’s more than intrigued by the young, gorgeous Greyson. Silver knows there’s only one thing that he must have now, and he will do whatever it takes to get him.
When Silver and Greyson get together, sparks fly. Silver is perfect in Greyson’s eyes, but is love blind? A mysterious stranger is out for Greyson, and the mind games have just begun. Greyson starts to question everything, including Silver’s advances. When Danger is lurking around every corner, no one is safe. Greyson will have to determine if love is worth the danger and excitement.
Can attraction be fatal, or will attraction be the saving grace Greyson needs? Will Silver’s secrets ruin them or will someone else have the first shot?
Love is blinding, but suspicion is the real killer.
Silver & Black is a gay mystery romance. 18+ for gay sexual content, language, and some violence.
Honestly, Levi was my favorite character. He reminds me of the happy-go-lucky friend that everyone wishes they had.
Fifty shades of gay? Almost.
Greyson Black is working as a barista, attempting fund his way through his last year of college. At the age of thirty-one, Brian Silver is a trust-fund-kid-turned-entrepreneur-turned-billionaire.
Greyson is excited when an attractive stranger spends an evening in a club buying him drinks. He is shocked when the stranger turns up at his workplace the next morning, the owner of the whole chain. A fiercely independent man, Grey finds himself running from Silver’s somewhat domineering infatuation. But Brian Silver knows he’ll never let Grey go.
This is a simple story that has been told before. There isn’t any BDSM here, but if you swapped genders and traded the coffee shop for a hardware store, you’d be left with a plot strikingly similar to the most famous erotic story of the past few years.
May’s characters are interesting and well crafted. Grey is alone after the death of his mother, determined to finish and use his education. Silver has endured much physical suffering that even his money couldn’t protect him from. Grey’s best friend Levi adds levity and Silver’s family gentles the reserved man.
This story covers an extended period of time. I found some of the time jumps difficult to follow. A couple of sub-plots are added to create suspense and intrigue. Grey’s relationship with his father is written honestly and tenderly, but the more explosive sub-plot only seems to create caricatures of supporting characters and drive the story towards farce.
Ultimately, this is a sweet story in the style of Pretty Woman or Fifty Shades of Grey. The characters are complicated, attractive and likeable.
Tyler May was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, and still happily resides there. She is a stay at home mom to her three beautiful children. Tyler’s passion for reading came later in life when she found a love in romance novels, more specifically the male/male genre. After drawing inspiration from some wonderful authors and encouragement from friends and family; she penned her first full length novel: Angel of Darkness. Tyler draws inspiration from the simple things in life and will never take that for granted. Since Tyler is a LBGT author, she has three hopes when a reader picks up her book(s): She hopes that her books will teach tolerance and equality. She hopes to convey the truth behind the infamous saying, “love is love.” She hopes that the book is more than a story―that’s it a journey with an important message. Tyler’s favorite quote and something she always has tucked in the back of her mind as she writes her fictions: “Everything you can imagine is real.”―Picasso.