Book Reviews

Forbidden by Jordan Dixon

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 03-May-2021

Book Blurb

I’m the king of mistakes.

Working at a bar as a recovering alcoholic? Check. Waiting until it was too late to tell my dad I forgive him? Yup.


But the most unforgivable mistake? The thing I can never take back, even if I wanted?


Kissing my dad’s best friend.


But I don’t want to take it back. I want to do it again.


It’s been five years since I last saw the silver fox Army Ranger with the striking blue eyes, but I’m still head over heels and Griffin is still straight.


I’ll use his skills to help catch my father’s killer, but I can’t risk my heart again.


Griffin thinks I’m obsessed. He thinks I’m going to get myself killed.


He thinks I need protection.


And one thing is for sure: he hasn’t forgotten our kiss either.


Book Review

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you've made, if they don't realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” ~ Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)


At times Griffin, of ‘Forbidden’ by Jordan Dixon, wonders why he came back to Bright Falls, the small town where he grew up; then he thinks about his best friend, Kyle, and how they were going to start a touring business after he finally got out of the Army. When Kyle was murdered, it ended their dream, but Griffin returns anyway to honor their dream as well as fulfill Kyle’s dying wish that Griffin will look after Liam, Kyle’s son.


Except for his work, Griffin has become a hermit since he has been back. He knows that he should contact Liam, but because of something that happened the last time they were together he hasn’t. Griffin was an Army Ranger and a hero to Liam. When nineteen-year-old Liam decided to kiss Griffin, Griffin pushed him away but not before reacting physically. He was and still is mortified by his reaction. Yet, at the same time, he has never forgotten how it made him feel.


One day after work, Griffin finds Liam on his front porch waiting for him. It’s an awkward moment for both of them. Liam’s relationship with his dad was rocky, to say the least, but losing him has left him with a ton of regret. Liam knows who killed his father and has sworn to bring the murderer to justice particularly because the police aren’t trying hard enough since he comes from a prominent family. Griffin is alarmed by Liam’s proclamation and tries to dissuade him but Liam is determined. Griffin doesn’t want anything to do with the situation but with Liam so adamant, he figures that he needs to go with Liam in order to try to protect him.


Griffin and Liam are an interesting couple whose feelings are so tied up in misconceptions and hang-ups that it makes it almost impossible for them to understand each other – much less become a couple. However, despite all their ups and downs, their love for Kyle is what ultimately brings them together. Thanks, Jordan, for an intense, sometimes frustrating reading experience and for helping Griffin and Liam find their happy ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 205 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-March-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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