Title: Average Gray
Series: The Sunset Club #5
Author: A.C. Katt
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (190 Pages)
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC. (July 15, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Grayson Grey spends all of his time either working at Sunset or taking care of his mother who has leukemia. He has a huge crush on Enzo Del Monte but Enzo is distracted with the manager of the Sunset, Mike Green.
Two revelations are going to change all that’s going on: Gray finds out that Mike is not gay, he’s just working Enzo for a large sum of money; and Mike stealing from the Sunset. Gray attempts to ride to the rescue but winds up being rescued himself.
Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=ACKAVGGY
Review: Each book in the Sunset Club collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading this series in sequential order.
I haven’t had a chance to read many stories by this author but I was impressed with the worlds she creates. I am afraid that I started reading this one without reading the others first, so I was a bit behind on who the characters were. Which is why I would strongly suggest reading these in sequential order. Now for me I am afraid that I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I should have. The characters were a hit for me; I loved Gray and Enzo quite a bit. However there was just something to the way it was told that didn’t do it for me.
Enzo is a very wealthy man who comes from a family that is full of love and wonder. However when it comes to men, he isn’t sure if they are there for him or his money. When he started coming to Sunset, he notices Grayson right off the bat. However Mike had informed him that Gray was taken. It wasn’t until later that Enzo realizes Mike was playing him for a fool.
Gray has had a hard life since he was in his teens. His father had left them and his mother was dying from leukemia. He spent his time working his ass off and caring for his mother. However it didn’t mean he didn’t notice Enzo right off the bat. Too bad Enzo did not seem to even notice him. He noticed many things about Mike that Enzo needed to know but he feared his reaction to the news. Thank god a few of the guys noticed the trouble also.
Grayson figured he was named perfect, someone no one would ever notice. Whereas Enzo was what everyone would want, but had no clue if it was for him or his money. Now the problem is they were both too scared to approach each other, then all of a sudden the truth comes out and they are together.
There really doesn’t seem to be that much heat in the story and the romance was a bit dry for me. The story was also not as fluid or flowing at the right pace. I have to admit that the story did not catch my attention like it should have. It jumped from one point to the next way too much. Even the crime of stealing was a bit off. There was no passion in this story which was a drag for me.
The story had great potential however for me it did a flop. You get a great set of characters in the beginning to lead you into this story, however it was not needed. It made it a bit slow for me, which was the exact opposite of what it should have. You don’t see the main guys until a few pages into the story. It seemed to focus on everyone other than our sexy men. I also got tired of hearing about Mike so many times. It felt rushed and just a bunch of stuff added in to make the book longer. If all the added nonsense was taken out and possibly shortened the story, then it would be a hit.
Overall the story is very cute and charming, but it failed to catch my attention. It won’t stop me from reading the other stories though, just to see what they are like. However I am afraid that this story might have blown the chances of the other books being different. I guess I will just have to check them out though.
I gave this book a higher rating then I would normally because it has great potential, and I feel that the author can do better with her next story. She definitely has a gift.