Hell and Back Book Cover Hell and Back
Dirk Greyson
Gay Romance, LGBT, Romance
Dreamspinner Press
October 27, 2017
176

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.

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Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Forge Reynolds is going through a bitter divorce from his husband Granger. Granger and Forge were together for ten years but things started changing and not for the better but when Forge found Granger with another man in their bed that was the end. Now they live under the same roof and for the last eight months there were constant fights over money the house and anything else that Granger could come up with. Forge has finally had enough and is willing to accept any deal that Granger wants so he can finally get back to a normal life.

Arriving home Forge found Granger lying dead in the backyard and his office ransacked. This was not how Forge wanted things to end and finding Granger dead was a shock but not the first one he would have that day. Whoever killed Granger and searched the home may not have found what they were looking for and that meant that Forge could be in danger. On his lawyers advice Forge hired a bodyguard and it was the bodyguard that was his second shock of the day because he came face to face with the man he fell in love with seventeen years ago while in the army, Gage Livingston. Gage was hit with scrapnel and a piece nicked his spine leaving him unable to move his legs or arms and it was Forge who sat by his bedside day after day.

Gage owns a security company and when he sees Forge he is thrown for a loop. Gage has never had a serious relationship because no man could live up to Forge but as much as his heart still longs for Forge he can’t get over the fact that he never wrote him as he promised when Gage was sent home and Forge was reassigned. Now seventeen years later Gage finds himself protecting the man of his dreams.

Forge wrote many letters to Gage but when they were returned to him he mistakenly believed that Gage didn’t want him just as Gage mistakenly believed that Forge didn’t want him. All it would have taken was for one of them to take the extra step and make a phone call to ask a simply three word question “why”. But seventeen long years later they finally find out what a mistake they both made.

Someone wants something Granger hid away and the people who want it are not your everyday people, they are mobsters and will stop at nothing to get what they want. It is up to Gage to protect the man he has always loved and for Forge to figure out what it is that Granger secreted away.

This book is filled with suspense, betrayals and sex. It is a book about second chances and it is a search for secrets and staying alive.