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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (10 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607377500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607377504
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By daydream on 11 Dec 2011
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From the very first page I absolutely loved this book and had to race home from work to finish reading it - it's that good!

Terry has been in love with his best mate Marc for years, so when Marc brings home a young and beautiful homeless boy Dan, Terry (being the selfish and jealous man that he is) does whatever he can to ruin their 'relationship' and get Dan out of the house so he can have Marc all to himself. Terry hates Dan's angelic virgin act, and believes he has exposed him as the manipulative slut he really is when he sees how eagerly Dan allows Terry to 'seduce' him. Soon Terry and Dan are at it like rabbits behind Marc's back but Terry realises (too late) that he can't expose Dan's motives without also landing himself in it pretty deep with Marc.

The story is written in the first person, through Terry's eyes and this works extremely well, with Terry's incredibly self centred character coming across perfectly. Although Terry starts off as quite an unpleasant character, as you get to know him you start to see him in a different light. He becomes more lovable as you get to hear all those sarcastic comments that we all think but we don't say out loud. Because of this, the book is quite often laugh out loud funny.

Dan is a fantastic character too, I absolutely adored him. At first he comes across as a manipulative little rich boy, but as you get to know him you realise there is more depth to him and also how vulnerable and needy he really is. Incidentally I think the cover of the book is excellent, the portrayal of Dan is (in my mind) absolutely spot on.

This is not a sweet, sugar coated romance. The sex (and there's lots of it) is squelchy, messy and downright dirty, and because of this it's great!
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By Caro Mio on 21 April 2013
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I read this in a couple of hours and didn't get involved with the characters. I was vaguely irritated by Dan; Marc didn't feature enough to be anything more than a cartoon figure and Terry was too pantomimic a villain for the bulk of the story to ring true. Fleeting moments of plot intruded on the many, too good to be true, sex scenes.

If you've got a quiet afternoon with little better to do, and enjoy Tom of Finland type perfect sex descriptions, go for it. If you want a read which is a bit more involved, maybe it's not for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mack55 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2012
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This book reminded me why I fell in love with m/m romance. It's fresh, snarky' sarcastic and full of snappy dialogue. The blurb to the book more or less covers the basic premise but when you get into it - and I defy anybody to be able to put it down once started - its so much more than that!

There are three main characters in this book and each one in his own way has attributes that wouldn't normally belong to the normal male leads in a gay romance. Terry is vindictive, sarcastic, down right nasty at times and manipulative in his quest to drive Dan away from Marc and resorts to crude seduction and sex to do it, Dan is gauche and naive but is just as manipulative in his own way and isn't averse to using Terry's sexual advances to turn things his way and Marc, the catalyst of their 'feuding' is sort of wallowing in his own self pity having lost his brother and his relationship with his last boyfriend ( sabotaged by Terry in his ' if I can't have you, then nobody else will' MO ) therefore straining his friendship with Terry and adding more fuel to Terrys instant dislike and jealousy of Dan. BUT........ and here's the really clever part... the way that Ash Penn writes them, despite all the negative attributes they are still endearing, multifaceted and very likeable!! By the time I'd read the first page I was totally hooked and fell in love with everything and everybody involved in it.
The interplay and dialogue between Terry and Dan is priceless , the scene outside a club when Terry has to fetch Dan back because he's gone off in a huff, is classic, and its only one of many!

There is lots of down n' dirty sex that ain't hearts and flowers but its relevant to the plot and fits the situations perfectly. Still hot and sexy though!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By acd on 21 Jan 2011
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Ash's prose is smooth, her dialogue authentic, and she has a gift for bringing her characters to life from the moment they enter the stage. If you like angst, this is not the book for you. I like the fact Terry is a bit of a cad and unapologetic, and Dan goes after what he wants without guilt.

Stray is M/M erotic romance, and unlike some I've read recently, the sex is, shall we say, definitely not boring. As a matter of fact, if I didn't know better, I might think Ash was short for Ashton.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Stray--It's a winner! 11 Oct 2010
By D. L. Vaughan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Terry and Marc have been friends since they were kids, specifically when Marc saved Terry's butt, literally, now adults ( not so sure about Terry) they are platonic housemates. Terry would like to change that. He's seen Marc through a lot of rough times and many relationships, that all ended badly. Marc's last serious relationship, with his therapist, is over and Terry steadfastly plans to pick up the pieces of Marc's broken heart, at last having Marc all to himself. At least until he comes home to find Marc has brought home a stray in the form of a golden haired, angelic waif, Dan.

Determined to prove Dan is only using Marc, Terry allows himself to succumb to Dan's considerable charms-- again and again, telling himself all the while he is doing it for Marc's own good. Did I mention Terry is a serial slut? So, as Terry vies for Marc's affection, Dans seeks Terry's and Marc seeks Dan's.

I found Terry a lovable jerk who did all the wrong things for the right reasons, redeeming himself in the end.

The story is told through Terry's eyes and is hilarious at times while poignant at others. Stray is wonderfully written and boldly told with true British flair.
Put it on your must read list! *****

Kudos To Ash Penn on her debut. Where is my sequel?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stray by Ash Penn 19 Nov 2010
By acd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ash's prose is smooth, her dialogue authentic, and she has a gift for bringing her characters to life from the moment they enter the stage. If you like angst, this is not the book for you. I like the fact Terry is a bit of a cad and unapologetic, and Dan goes after what he wants without guilt.

Stray is M/M erotic romance, and unlike some I've read recently, the sex is, shall we say, definitely not boring. As a matter of fact, if I didn't know better, I might think Ash was short for Ashton.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stray is a Keeper 21 Nov 2010
By Evanne Lorraine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A fresh voice in m/m romance, Ash Penn created a memorable love triangle without ever resorting to empty sentiment or trite story lines. Lusty, fun, and genuinely moving Stray has found a permanent home on my Kindle.
Stray 15 Mar 2014
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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3-3.5 stars

At first, I really liked this book. The situation in which the three characters are arranged was intruiging and I loved Terry; he was charmingly sarcastic and amusing throughout, although his constant usage of Dan and then pushing him away grew a bit wearing. The other two characters, however, were not as endearing. Dan, while humorous and a bit awkward at first, started to seem manipulative regarding Marc (behind the scenes) and obsessive bordering on stalkerish regarding Terry. Marc was my least favorite and it was difficult to understand his motives. He and Terry have supposedly been best friends for fourteen years and yet he found it extremely easy to repeatedly choose Dan, someone he just met, over Terry, resorting even to extreme actions. While it is much later revealed why he has such a strong, immediate, unwavering attraction to Dan, I felt Marc's attitude and behavior toward his best friend was unredeemable and he had already lost my sympathy.

The sex scenes were abundant and, while in the beginning they did well to contribute to the story and move it along, they quickly became superfluous and a bit tedious to read. For the most part they were written well, but better scenes were written in other books by other authors, and a couple contained terms that were mildly repulsive.

I also thought that this book moved awfully fast, with the entire novel encompassing about a month. So many events happened, emotions and feelings evolved quickly, and conflicts and resolutions transpired in a matter of days that the pace seemed unbelievable. The ending also came abruptly and it seemed the author resolved things a certain way simply to tie up loose ends and create a happily ever after for everyone, specifically Marc, not because they seemed particularly plausible. And Marc's role in the ending was a little unbelievable given his earlier actions.

Overall, this book had a good underlying storyline and could have been better had the author focused on that and fleshed it out more, as well as toned down on the sex scenes. Penn has a definite talent for writing and based on this novel can come up with unique ideas unlike others in this genre, but the flaws in this story kept me from rating it higher than three stars. I lover Penn's cheeky British wit but this isn't a novel I would immediately recommend.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My Wife Adores This Book 14 Nov 2010
By "Sunday Awakening" by KevaD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My wife loved the cover of "Stray."
She read it, fell in love with not just the story, but the author's writing style.
Now she makes me regularly check Amazon for any new titles by Ash Penn.

So, please, Ms Penn. Finish your next book soon!
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