Hell and Back By Dirk Greyson

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents



Seventeen years ago, Forge Reynolds fell in love… and had his heart broken. When Staff Sergeant Gage Livingston was brought into Forge’s Army field hospital, temporarily paralyzed, Forge sat with him, read his letters, answered his mail, and formed a connection he thought would last. But Gage was sent home, Forge transferred to a new post, and his letters to Gage went unanswered. 

Now in the middle of a bitter divorce, Forge is sick and tired of his husband’s manipulation. He’s almost ready to make any sacrifice to get closure—then he finds Granger murdered execution-style in their home. Forge had no idea about Granger’s illicit activities, but the killers don’t believe that. They think Forge has something they want, and they’re coming after him. 

When Forge’s lawyer arranges for professional protection, the last face Forge expects to see is Gage’s. Can he even contemplate a second chance for them after almost two decades, or will hoping only lead to more heartache? Before they can explore the possibilities, they must figure out what information Granger had—that others are willing to kill for—or that possible heartache could become a certainty.

I enjoyed this story. Forge is in the middle of a messy divorce when is husband (Granger) is murdered. He’s already a bit insecure because of the way he and his soon-to-be ex had drifted apart. In the course of the murder investigation, he’s assigned a bodyguard – someone he had fallen in love with years ago – Gage. The attraction (re-attraction?) was immediate, both realising that they still felt the same way about each other. This was a different take on the ‘insta-love’ trope because the MC’s had met before.
The mystery of why Granger was murdered was interesting, I liked the red herring of who was ultimately responsible, although I can’t say that I liked how Forge behaved when he confronted said villain, (but that’s a personal peeve). The other thing I wasn’t keen on, (but totally understood), was Forge’s insecurities with his relationship with Gage.
Overall, I enjoyed the rekindling of the romance between Forge and Gage, there was no misunderstanding or serious angsting once they got back together. The mystery was OK, it kept me interested, but I felt that the bad guys were sort of a backdrop to the story, not a prominent focus.
I liked this good, well written suspense/romance by Dirk Greyson.

4 stars out of 5


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