Ash Gray Blurred Clarity by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde
Publisher: Torquere Press Color Box
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
What happens when good and evil don’t so much collide as merely annoy each other? Which, when young men are involved, quite often means that they really want to get to know each other.
Ash, a low level demon, and Cas, a low level angel, become aware of each other -- in more ways than one -- and set out to prove that good and evil can exist in close contact, even complementing each other. They blur the lines and cross them frequently with surprising and almost devastating results.
Life is not always as black and white as it seems, and the shades of gray can sometimes be so much fun. Aszebizel (Ash) has always seen things in black. How else is a demon suppose to see the world? Casimir (Cas) on the other hand has lived his life as white as possible. When both of these men meet, their black and white starts to seep and blur into one another creating a beautiful gray connection.
The age-old battle of good versus evil has always made for an intriguing romance story and this is no exception. I really think Ash and Cas complimented the light and dark of one another perfectly. Both were willing to go out of their comfort level for the other and even sacrifice themselves. This is something unheard of in the battle of angels versus demons and made the relationship much more significant. I felt the internal battle of each character from beginning to end. I also enjoyed the emotional drama that came from their difficulty in accepting their relationship even though they'd taken the baby steps to accept one another as they were. I found myself rooting that they would be able to show others how accepting they could be of each other.
While this story is labeled erotic there was little to no sex through the story. There was no intercourse, just some heated make out sessions, and some touching. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of a physical or sexual relationship. Yes, I could tell the characters were physically attracted to one another, but I wanted to see them act on those feelings more. If they had, it would have just solidified the relationship for me.
This story gave me exactly what I would expect from a story based around a demon and angel falling in love with a few twists and turns along the way. If you are looking for a story to help you understand the shades of gray better, this is the story for you.