In the Gray by Christina Lee; Narrated by Nick J. Russo

Foster & Lachlan are two souls made to meet at this point in their lives to make the other stronger and more beautiful.

From the In the Gray blurb:


I moved to a new city for a librarian job at the university, and though I’m enjoying the change, it does little to dispel the dull grayness of my world. When my dog, Oscar, forms an instant bond with a man living in a yellow tent, my surroundings begin to feel more vibrant and full of possibility. I’m first drawn to Lachlan’s soulful eyes, and then to his kind nature and resilient spirit. I want to know more about him, and Oscar seeking him out on our daily walks provides me with that opportunity.

One split-second decision leads to losing everything and living on the streets. Still, I’d choose my current conditions over being harmed by someone I loved. The only bright spot in my struggle to survive is the handsome stranger and his dog. Despite how compassionate Foster seems, I don’t want any handouts. I need to stay safe and stand on my own two feet after what I’ve been through. But when I find myself in a bind, I allow Foster to rescue me, if only for a night.

Our circumstances couldn’t be more different, and yet I’m drawn to Foster in ways I hadn’t expected. When our attraction skyrockets, Foster assures me that finding comfort in each other doesn’t hurt anyone. But when it becomes something deeper—meaningful conversations and mind-blowing intimacy—it occurs to me that I might’ve met the right man at the wrong time. Story of my life.

*CW: Discussions and depictions of domestic violence, mental health struggles, and experiencing homelessness.

Lesetiger's review:

This was my first story by Christina Lee and I loved the way she writes and brings the characters authentically to life. The author's writing style is wonderful and easy to read and once I started listening to the audiobook I could hardly put it down.

It's about Foster and Lachlan, who meet by chance because Foster's dog Oscar finds a friend in Lachlan. Foster has recently moved to the city, has a job, but has been struggling with depression for years. After Lachlan's last relationship broke up and he lost his job, he eventually found himself on the streets. He lives in his yellow tent and is a very proud man who won't accept charity.

I really liked the fact that the two protagonists are already in the middle of their lives, because I also like to read about "older" protagonists. The author has portrayed life on the street openly and unsparingly, as well as Foster's struggle with depression, which I found very good. In general, Foster and Lachlan are deeply characterized and it was a pleasure to see how they both support and do good for each other and slowly build a relationship.

A highlight for me was Oscar, a dog you have to cuddle and love. And Oscar also realized very quickly that Lachlan is a very likeable man who didn't have it easy last year.

I found the story very captivating and it was great to see how the relationship between the two men developed. The author also created suspense and then it almost seemed that Lachlan's past was threatening to catch up with him. The author has written an interesting and unusual, but very good story with lots of emotion, some drama and romance, which was very entertaining to listen to.

Nick J. Russo has done an outstanding job. He brought the story to life and as a listener you could really feel the emotions of the two protagonists. It was a pleasure to listen to him portray Lachlan and Foster.

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