Silver & Black
Series: Silver & Black, #1
Author: Tyler May
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (302 Pages)
Publisher: Hot Ink Press (February 26th, 2015)
Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Does love have a cost?
Brian Silver is CEO of the world’s largest coffee house chain in the world, Silver Coffee. Growing up in a wealthy family, Silver had it all: money, fame, and any man he wanted, but that was never enough. Silver wants more. After a tragic health event that leaves him vulnerable in life, he realizes that business will not bring him the happiness he needs, and he’ll do anything to find that happiness.
Greyson Black is a coffee house barista in one of the Silver Coffee chains in downtown Manhattan. Greyson is finishing school and determined to find the best path for his life. When Brian Silver makes a “surprise” stop at the franchise, he’s more than intrigued by the young, gorgeous Greyson. Silver knows there’s only one thing that he must have now, and he will do whatever it takes to get him.
When Silver and Greyson get together, sparks fly. Silver is perfect in Greyson’s eyes, but is love blind? A mysterious stranger is out for Greyson, and the mind games have just begun. Greyson starts to question everything, including Silver’s advances. When Danger is lurking around every corner, no one is safe. Greyson will have to determine if love is worth the danger and excitement.
Can attraction be fatal, or will attraction be the saving grace Greyson needs? Will Silver’s secrets ruin them or will someone else have the first shot?
Love is blinding, but suspicion is the real killer.
Review: I was completely enamored in the lives of Greyson Black and Brian Silver. I am pretty sure I smiled through the biggest part of the book. Tyler May is a new author to me but I will definitely be following this series. Why did I love this story so much?
Sometimes you just want to snuggle up with a good book that makes you feel good yourself. I like many different types of stories. I like dark and mysterious, BDSM, psychological thrillers, some paranormal, historical, and I LOVE contemporary. Silver & Black is one of those stories that just grab you by the heartstrings and pulls you into their world. You just want to perch yourself in the corner and be carried away and that’s why I loved this story. I was carried away from the first chapter. I connected to the author’s writing style and I felt the characters compassion and strength.
Of course I also want a very good and intriguing plot. I want a storyline that is going somewhere not one that stays stagnant through the course of the book. I want to see the characters grow and mature as the story goes along. I absolutely want to see a strong and magnetic chemistry between the main characters. I want passion and raw hunger as they explore each other’s bodies and I want to feel as though I am right there with them. And I did.
Greyson Black is one of those characters that make you smile. He has suffered and experienced more than his share of tragedies, but he doesn’t let that define him. He makes a point to not be that person. He is a survivor who works hard and earns his own way through life. He doesn’t want handouts or charity. If he has any faults it would be that he trusts too easily. He sees the good in people and gives them the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes that has backfired leaving him unsure and hesitant. Working at Silver Coffee pays his bills but having a fling with the boss, who happens to have been lying for months, is another lesson Greyson could have done without.
Brian Silver…Wow! Who wouldn’t want a guy like him? He is sex on two legs, wealthy, kind and considerate, a leader, a humanitarian, and the list goes on and on. At first glance he may appear a little snobbish and uppity due to his fancy homes, his staff, his personal driver, and he IS CEO of the largest coffee chain in the world. However, he also has had his share of tragedies and health problems but he overcame those setbacks and lives life to the fullest because you just never know. Snobby…he is not. Intelligent, sexy, and compassionate, oh yeah…in spades.
Showing up at his coffee location where Greyson works sets the wheels in motion for these two incredible men to get to know each other. In short order he convinces Greyson to give him a chance. He is intrigued with the coffee barista and wants to expose him to some of the things in his world. Yes, he is wealthy and he likes nice and expensive things but he is not cocky about it. In fact he is the exact opposite always wanting to help others.
Silver, as Greyson likes to call him, is very infatuated with Greyson. Their chemistry is off the charts, they get along amazing, he is extremely attentive to all of his wants and desires and Grey’s biggest obstacle is to keep himself in check for falling too quickly.
Silver is constantly doing things to make Greyson’s life easier. Here, in this example, he puts Greyson on his insurance coverage because he doesn’t want him to be in debt if something were to happen to him.
“What? How can you do that? When did you do that?” The questions keep bouncing at him.
“Ok, just sit down.” He pulls me to the couch and takes my hand. “I noticed you weren’t covered when I reviewed your profile in our human resource department. I put you on then. Two months ago. I had all your information, I just had to fill it out and sign your name.” His eyes wince waiting on me to scream or something. I just sit and stare, speechless, not sure if it’s from anger or gratitude.
“You wanted to have control of it.” I tilt my head.
“If you see it that way, then fine. I see it as helping and frankly I don’t care what you say. I’m keeping the coverage on you.” His demanding persona is a turn-on.
“So be mad all you want. Suck it up.”
“Suck it up.” I smile and shove my shoulder into his. “Ok, sir. Is that what you want to hear?”
“Has a nice ring to it.” He grins.
This banter and humor carry through the whole story and I absolutely loved it.
But, someone is not happy about Greyson and Silver being together. E-mails and text messages start appearing with just enough evidence to be suspicious and cause concern for Greyson to question everyone’s motives. He’s been down this road before so it’s easy for him to think the worst. When the evidence starts pointing towards Silver, Greyson is devastated.
The author has incorporated just enough suspense and mystery into the storyline to keep you on your toes. I was never positive who was behind the threats although there were a couple of people who definitely piqued my radar. I, also, thought Tyler done an excellent job on plot execution continually moving the story forward and I never felt weighed down with boring dialogue.
While there is some angst in the storyline, there is not so much that you feel stressed that things are about to fall apart. The main characters complement each other very well and I loved that she gave each one a voice. I loved the compatibility they had together and I loved the sexual chemistry and connection they shared.
In the bedroom, they were H.O.T. and while the scenes were plentiful,
they were not overdone. Sometimes sex wasn’t even part of the equation. It is okay to fall asleep in each other’s arms with just a kiss goodnight and the author makes this point on more than one occasion. I loved it.
Silver and Greyson could not have thrived as well as they did without some friends and family helping. The secondary characters absolutely rocked in this story. Levi, Greyson’s best friend and roommate is one hell of an amazing guy and deserves his own story down the line. He was hilarious, supportive, and attentive and will have you laughing aloud many times. Silver’s family was another plus and they each added their own value and strength.
For me, this was one of the best stories I have read. It has everything I love in a contemporary story. There is humor and laughter. Banter between them all that keeps a smile on your face. The chemistry was off the charts and will have you grinning from ear to ear or fanning yourself to cool down. The originality and creativity of the plot was intriguing and held my interest from start to finish. It is one of those feel good stories that will stay with you for a while.
There is a confession at the end of the book that was completely unexpected, but it was brilliant. Several times throughout the story, Levi teased Greyson that he was living the movie “Pretty Woman.” And, since I have watched that movie myself two or ten times I couldn’t agree more. I loved it.