Clouded Hell by J.R. Gray
Released on March 23, 2016
Published by Gray Books
Page count: 300 pages
Cover art by Rebel Graphics
Sales link: Amazon
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.
I’m always drawn to the unique. If a novel doesn’t fit into a neat little box, then it’s usually something I’ll like or enjoy. JR Gray’s Clouded Hell definitely breaks the mold. There is nothing mundane and ordinary with this novel. A story of dominance, submission, hate, jealousy, self-hatred with a dose of self fulfillment.
Remi sets out to find a mark, he finds Dante. He wants a guy he can manipulate and use for his own needs and then discard afterward. Remi needs to submit. To get this need out of his system and go back to his perfectly constructed life. Remi never expected to feel more as he knelt before Dante. Dante was tough, a fighter who never backed down. He’s Dominant and controlling over everyone and everything. Once Remi is submitting at Dante’s feet, he wants to control him but that proves to be harder than he thought it would be.
Remi is struggling, pulled in so many directions by his father, best friend, and now Dante. He’s spiraling out of control and in his world that could lead to danger. The son of a homophobic Vegas crime boss, Remi must always be at the top of his game. Protecting his secrets is priority number one.
The D/s scenes are not weak or watered down BDSM. Dante takes Remi at his word, no hard limits and willing to go hardcore in a scene. Dante is unrelenting and makes Remi soar into subspace every time. Remi’s defiance is just enough to get more of Dante’s wrath without ruining the scenes. They’re usually ruined for other reasons, like a promise to another or holding back.
As Dante struggles to come to terms with having someone new in his life after loss, Remi struggles to let go of a less than desirable relationship. One where he’s manipulated and used but his loyalty prevents him from ending. That’s until he discovers that life just isn’t worth taking the backseat anymore, he deserves so much more. He’s becoming comfortable in his position at Dante’s feet and just might fight harder for that spot than he ever thought he would.
Gray keeps us wondering what/who Dante and Remi will choose. Then the crime boss father becomes deranged and all goes a bit sideways. I liked being kept on the edge through this book. So many twists and turns. So many emotional battles. So many fights to navigate. When the sweet, soaring moments show up, they’re that much sweeter.
A truly unique novel with a cover to die for. One of my favorite types of endings, the open kind.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!