Book: Hell and Back
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2017
Length: 200 pages
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Reviewed by Meredith
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.
This author is known for his mystery and suspense and Hell and Back takes you on a ride of murder, mayhem, and puzzles.
Forge and Gage fell in love seventeen years ago and only the murder of Forge’s husband brings them back together again. So, in that aspect it’s a second chance story as well. Those are always exciting because you KNOW they know each other before they even see one another. That moment when they lay eyes on each other is everything.
This has a strong romantic element to it. I would say this was fifty percent romance and fifty percent drama and mystery so if you’re a fan of both then you will love this.
I knew this story was too easy when a “bad guy” was revealed and I love that I was thinking like my own life depended on it. It’s the greatest when a book can make you do that.
In some areas I found it did drag and that was mostly due to dialog. There was some mild redundancy in conversations that Gage and Forge would have. Like the same conversation a few times. That was the only little thing that bothered me.
I really love this author and the masterful way he tangles romance and mystery together. It’s always so well thought out and clever!
I recommend this book for the lover of a good whodunit and romance.
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