5 Stars for 18% Gray by Anne Tenino #MM #UrbanFantasy @dreamspinners @AnneTenino


Title: 18% Gray (Task Force Iota #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Anne Tenino (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2011 – 280 pgs


In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.
Rescuing James Ayala isn’t going to be easy: he’s crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that’s granted him psychic power he isn’t sure how to control. That’s the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James’s mental stability.
So they’re on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can’t resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he’s got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there’s the question of how much he’s actually changed?

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**Audiobook Review**
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this book. There was a great world built and wonderful characters that developed. The enemy to lover scenario was well played as well.
There was a lot of fresh and fun aspects to this book which was really nice to read and helped fall in love with the characters as they are fighting to get free from the oppressive red state.
I do have to say the loss of the star goes to the narrator. While I enjoyed his voice and cadence for the most part there were a few very noticeable flubs that were distracting. And since I didn’t read the book I don’t know if it was his fault or if they were in the actual book that way so… hard to say.
Other than that an all around good book.


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Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, with her trusty psychiatrist by her side, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. He has accepted her need for “research”, and looks forward to the benefits said research affords him. He thinks it’s kind of cool she manages to write, as well. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

Anne’s thing is writing gay romance and erotica.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

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