Friday, October 27, 2017

Hell and Back by Dirk Greyson

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 hope 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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this book. There was suspense, angst, and hot guys who lost each other and found each other again and fell in love all over again. Forge's soon to be ex-husband is murdered and Gage is hired to help protect him. They used to be in love 17 years ago. I enjoyed the story, the chemistry between Gage and Forge and the hot sex. What bugged me most about this book was Forge's feelings towards his ex. He wanted that divorce to be over so he could move on, then when his soon to be ex is murdered he seems to have feelings for the guys still. Forge’s feelings kept flipping and flopping to me, I mean I get that you wanted the divorce but you never wanted Granger (his soon to be ex) to die, but just because he was killed doesn't make him a saint now, remember all the crap things he did to you? He seemed to push all those crap things to the side at times and it made me want to scream. The book did keep you on the edge of your seat; however, when everything was finally figured out, everything moved so fast it was like the author was trying to hurry up and end the book. That part I didn't like. Overall, good book.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M Thriller/Second Chance Romance
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Forge and Granger have been having a difficult time as of late – but when Forge comes home, he finds something he never thought he'd see. I really enjoyed the reader's introduction to this story. You are really seeing this through Forge's eyes and I like how the story is told.

Forge then turns to his attorney for some protection because whomever has hurt Granger is still waiting and wanting certain information that they were unsuccessful as getting. In walks Forge's old love, someone he never thought he'd see again, Gage.

Gage and Forge had fallen in love several years prior, but with their feelings jumbled, miscommunication – on purpose – these two never thought they'd get another chance.

With the bad people still out to get the information they want, it's up to Forge and Gage to fight for their relationship and Forge's life. There is plenty of chemistry, some flashbacks, and a lot of making up.

I also really enjoyed the police officer in this story and Gage's friend, as well. This is a second chance romance where both men need to decide if their past needs to stay there or if they can once again, have a future.

DIRK is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a master’s degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century-old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hell and Back by Dirk Greyson to read and review.


  1. Those all sounds like deal breakers, but I think an abusive/manipulative partner is harder to work past/fix than if someone cheats or does something illegal.

  2. That is a tough question. It depends on exactly what the illegal activity was...if it was bad enough, that would be it. Otherwise the abuse.

  3. This is diificult because cheating and verbal abuse/manipulation are the main reason that I would leave a relationship. Murder and illegal activities etc I'd still leave but it does depend on the circumstances.

  4. That is tough -- but I will go with abusive/manipulating behavior

  5. Tough question. Abusive behavior would be first although illegal activities would be a close second.

  6. All of them are bad, but verbal abuse and illegal activity are tied for me. Don't come to me if you've done something illegal and expect me to help you out.

  7. Drug abuse of any kind, abuse of any kind, murder, illegal activities, anything that I consider wrong.

  8. All of those behaviors would be a catalyst for me to leave.

  9. All of those are deal breakers, I can't be with someone I can't trust.


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