Title: Clouded Hell
Author Name & Publisher: J.R. Gray (Gray Gooks)
Publication Date: March 23, 2016
I survive on avoidance. Physical pain to avoid the mental. Disposable flesh to avoid relationships. Work to avoid attachment.
My club became my empire of avoidance. Inside the ring millions are won and lost. The fight is confined to breaths, actions and reactions, fists and pain. Rules don’t exist. Only my opponent exists.
I’d been avoiding my needs for far too long when Remi stumbles into the Inferno and I’m hungry. The promise of a submissive with no attachment is far too tempting. I can’t resist him.
He was only supposed to be a distraction, but I know I’ll never get over him. There isn’t a chance in this clouded hell.
This book left me speechless. It was so much more then what I thought it would be by reading the description of it. It was just wow…..
Dante is a man who lost what he thought was he love of his life and never had any closure with the death. He owns an underground flight club but he also is a fighter himself. Not for the money or the fame but because he likes the pain and likes to punish himself for the loss of his husband.
Remington (or better known as Rem) is the son of a mob boss from Vegas. His dad has many expectations of his son but they are not he same as what Rem wants for himself. Rem hides who he truly is from his father which is a gay man and a switch as far as a Dom/submissive. His true self is submissive though he fights it.
When Dante and Rem meet wills clash, they are at war for dominance with one another, the heat from the two of them just flies off the pages.
This book is a book that gives you just enough information about what is truly going on to keep you pulled in and wanting more. It leaves you guessing what is going to happen next to only surprise you what actually happens. I kept finding myself questioning back in forth whether Dante and Rem should or should not end up together and whether they were or were not toxic to each other. But in the end I found myself rooting for them and hoping they would make it out on the other side. But again, JR Gray kept throwing in surprise after surprise to the very end. Definitely a book that kept you on the edge of your seat.
So worth the read. And will say many people will love this book as much as I did. Great job.
I give this book a 5 star read and more if I could.
Looking for a sexy story that plays with your mind? Here you go. Remington (Remi) just plays with you while he plays with Dante’s mind. Remi is a D/s switch and even though he is one, he much prefers and identifies with the other. Dante is most definitely a Dominant and uses pain as his distraction to what has happened in his life.
JR Gray weaves these two men together like a choreographed dance. One starts to lead then the other leads, both perfectly timed…just to mess with your head. I didn’t know if I wanted to like Remi or not. I hated that he played with Dante’s mind. But as you read each step of the dance, you really feel Remi’s personal pain and struggle and just can’t help but to cheer him on to realize what he has in Dante.
Remi’s bestfriend, Kai, who takes the part in the D/s with Remi, is just so frustrating, that I really hated him, until the very, very, very end. I think even then, Kai just moved up into dislike territory. I think without Kai, who was just a selfish prick in my opinion, Remi wouldn’t have played Dante so much, but then JR Gray wouldn’t have been able to tap into all your emotions while reading.
The steaminess between these two were just…oh my yummy. JR Gray does really well with the visual aspects of these two that you felt like you were in their heads. There was enough mystery and twists throughout the story that kept you reading and on the edge while wanting to get to know Remi and Dante and if they would ever have their HEA.
Even though Remi was playing mind games, you couldn’t help but to keep reading knowing you were getting sprinkles of what was causing him to do that. Dante truly deserved someone special with his heartfelt pain and I was so happy to see that Remi resolved his own mind games and became the man he truly was and for Dante.
This was well written by JR Gray and though it was a first from this author for me, it will most definitely NOT be my last. I am on a hunt for more.
Triggers: Homophobic family, attempted murder, illegal activites
This was an amazing story. Remi and Dante have a great connection – they just seem to understand each other. Dante had a deep seeded desire to inflict control and pain on someone equally willing to accept his pain. It was intense, riveting and the bond that was formed between Remi and Dante was unbreakable.
I did dislike that their relationship was very push and pull. It was an “I love you, I’m leaving you, I need you” roller coaster and it became somewhat tired. I disliked how unsettled Remi was about his life, but could understand why, once all was said and done.
Watching the relationship develop between Remi and Dante was like watching a deer learn to walk – wobbly, unsteady, bu then, it just clicked.
I also really liked the secondary characters in Dante’s life. You learned that perhaps he was not always so hard – past experiences had shaped him, but his friends had stuck it out and stayed with him through it all.
Kai was a pain, for me. I thought he was selfish and I had a difficult time feeling back for him. He seemed so spoiled and ungrateful. However, when it counted, he was able to pull it together and be the friend he claimed he had always been.
Overall, this was a great story with a lot of moving parts. The constant was how Remi and Dante felt about each other.
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