Turning Tricks is the sequel to 18% Gray and should not be read as a standalone. This book picks up right where book one left off. James and Matt are now back in Oregon and are living on the base/compound with Matt's family. They are trying to figure out more details about the implant in James' brain and how they can save him from it.
Sadly I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first one. The first half was pretty slow and introduced a new character that was a little hard to understand. It was heavier on the science aspect and less detailed on the relationships. I was a little confused in places (which could have just been me) and I found myself wanting to just skim through it to get to a part that moved quicker. Finally about half way through the book the story picked up and it then proceeded at a good pace, much like book one did.
I still liked Matt and James although they had some tween girl moments between them. They were still smoking hot in their sex scenes though.
Overall this book was just OK for me. I hope the next book will follow Lazlo and the soldier he left behind in book one. That is a story I'm eager to hear.
Sequel to 18% Gray
James Ayala thought life would be smooth sailing once he escaped from a Red Idaho reeducation camp and returned to Blue Oregon. He was supposed to get answers about the biocybernetic chip that made him empathic, face the man who implanted it, and then ride off into the sunset with his new boyfriend, Matt Tennimore. Life, however, has other plans: the bad guy dies without giving them any answers, they left their horse in Idaho, and Gramma Anais finds a parasite on James's implant—one that forces James into isolation.
Matt just got James back to Oregon where he wanted him, and extraneous brain hardware or not, he has no intention of letting him go. But James hesitates to move in with him. Despite his hurt, Matt has to man up and do his job, leaving James behind, while the rest of the team struggles to find the real mastermind behind the implant and the parasitic "Trick"—before it takes over James's brain. But will it be too little, too late to save him?