Release Day Review: SUN AND SHADOW by Dirk Greyson

Title: Sun and Shadow 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight 
Genre: M/M, Action/Adventure, Erotic, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9th, 2015
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase 
Length: 210 pgs 
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Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.

But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.

Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.

Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.

I’d nearly forgotten how much I love Knight’s acerbic self and how well Day handles him. Day and Knight are true to form again in this wonderful, at times gritty and fast paced, and always yum story. I loved when stories bring in real worlds things like the tie into the real art theft of the WWII Nazi’s and the art destruction they brought. The fact art is still turning up and *fingers crossed* will continue to do so.

Watching as Knight tries his damnedest to continue down his self-inflicted spiral of pain and self-denial is hard, just as in the first, but no, it’s not a rehash, don’t worry. It’s all logical and very real. Very painful for Knight, and for Day as well. I hurt for them both as I turned the pages for so many reasons but loved every minute of it.

As for the mystery… now that was fun! I love reading books like this. Love finding the clues and putting it all together, finding the goods, and saving the day (especially if we get to show up the ‘bad guys’ while we’re at it… lol). And yes, I’m certain there’s going to be more from Day and Knight as we as still left with more clues on the path of the mystery of who killed (ultimately) Knights family. I can’t wait!

If you love love, you know this is for you, even though the happy isn’t exactly traditional, lol. But the story is sweet, hot, powerful, and one of overcoming and coming to terms, of reality and realism. Don’t miss this one! Period. It’s a fun yet powerful read for any that enjoy a little adrenaline and mystery Winking smile

“Fuck you,” Knight ground out above a whi
sper. His body tightened enough that Day could have attached strings and played him like a cello. “You don’t know shit about anything.”
Day wasn’t sure that was true. He’d thought plenty over the past week about his time with Knight and what they’d done together. But there was no way that he wanted to announce to the office—or to anyone else—that he was gay. Hell, an announcement like that would likely be the end of a career that he had fought for. He’d just gotten his first assignment, and he’d taken a bullet to help make sure it was a success. “You think.”
“I know.” Knight put his hands behind his back and slowly came closer.
If Day hadn’t known better, he’d swear he was being stalked. “You can put the Marine intimidation tactics away. They aren’t going to work on me. I’ve seen you naked, remember? You don’t have a lot to hide.”
That stopped Knight in his tracks and seemed to throw him off guard. He scoffed. “I didn’t come here to fight with you.”
“Well, showing up after a week of your hiding and egotistical wound licking wasn’t going to get you much else.”
“So we fucked a few times when we were on the ship. We were surrounded by gay guys all day long, and they….”
“What? Locked us in the room together? Poured the booze down our throats so we’d let our guard down and screw each other into the mattress? Just admit we had a good time.”
“Fine,” Knight said. “But it can’t continue. And no one can know,” he added sharply enough that Day jumped slightly. “People in the organization cannot find out.”
“I agree with you. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be civil to each other. This ‘turn away and pretend nothing happened’ shit is for schoolgirls. We did spend a week sleeping in the same bed.” Day stood. “And I know things about you that no one else on earth knows.” He immediately wished he hadn’t said that because an image of Knight in bed, mouth open, eyes wide and filled with heat, reflecting Day’s own, flashed into his mind’s eye. Day swallowed and blinked, pushing it away because those memories wouldn’t do him any good.
“I know the same things about you too,” Knight said.
“Yes, we’re even.” He went into the kitchen and grabbed a couple beers from the refrigerator, then returned to the living room and handed one to Knight. “Just the one.”
Day knew they needed to do something normal instead of going deeper down this path. He sat back down on the sofa, and Knight took the chair.
Knight opened the beer and took a small sip. “So how is your shoulder?”
“Not bad now. The doctor said I should use the sling when I feel I need to, but it’s getting stronger. He said to use small weights to strengthen it. I was very lucky.”
“That’s what I understand, and I’m very glad you’re doing well.” Knight’s words said one thing, but his tone…. Day swallowed hard at the slight rasp under the simple words. There was no deceit in it, just some hint of something more that Day couldn’t put his finger on. “You were a great partner on the assignment, and you had my back in a way that….” Knight seemed nervous, which was something very new for the usually stoic Marine. “I’m sorry I….”
Day wanted to ask what was really bothering him, but Knight stood abruptly.
“Finish your beer,” Day said softly. “We don’t have to talk about… everything.” He’d seen Knight under fire and knew he could be both cool and ruthless. But he’d also seen him behind the closed doors of their cabin, and he could be just as strong and ruthless, but in a completely different way. Day had seen him in the throes of passion, at a loss for words. Hell, he’d been rendered speechless more than once by Knight.
“Don’t we?” Knight asked, breaking Day out of his thoughts.
“Not if you don’t want to.”
Knight was the first visitor he’d had in days, and Day had just about had enough of his own company. If he sat here at home, alone, for much longer, he was going to go out of his mind.
“Good. Tomorrow we’ll both go back to work, and things will get back to normal. I suspect they’ll put me back in Records and Research. I proved I could return to the field and do what was needed, but they put up with a lot from me over the years, so….”
“Is that what you’re afraid of?” Day asked.
Knight bristled. “I’m not afraid of anything.” He took a huge drink from the bottle. “Fear in general is pretty useless, like worry. It doesn’t change the outcome of anything and only manages to make something that’s unpleasant worse.”
Day laughed. “God, I forgot how fucking sanctimonious you can be.” He had to keep the smile off his face, especially at the way Knight clenched his jaw ever so slightly. He’d almost forgotten the pleasure he could get by getting under Knight’s skin.
“I’m right, and that’s what matters.”
“Is that what always matters?” Day countered. “Is being right more important than being happy?”

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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