Title: There's This Guy
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?
Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.
It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.
When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Ink and Shadows
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Author
Published: March 17, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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Why do I insist on reading these emotional stories so late in the day? I know I’m just going to be up half the night reading them because I have to know. I knew when I started reading There’s This Guy, in the first chapter alone, I was going to be losing sleep. So let’s break this one down on why last night I was up until 3am.
Jake has led a horrid life. Abused by his father, he is now forced to care for him as he lays dying, all because of a promise he made to his mother. Spending every cent he has to take of his father, he’s lost and alone, unable to seek solace in the arms of another man. Dallas takes old buildings and breathes life back into them. He’s unsure about the fatigued Art Deco building he’s looking at until he spots handsome metal worker across the street, a shy smile is all it took and he begins working on the building. Soon Dallas has Jake working to restore the building with him. As Dallas gets to know Jake, he finds under Jake’s broken soul is someone he could love but Jake has been hurt far too long and doesn’t think he is deserving.
Rip my heart out why don’t ya, Ms. Ford! Good God if any person needs a hug it’s Jake. Angst and pain don’t even begin to cover what he is going through. Dallas is the perfect soul for him. Rare smiles, but plenty of smirks, Dallas has a playful, yet caring side that Jake desperately needs. He doesn’t want to be that guy to push and gently helps out Jake in subtle ways until Jake needs that nudge. Lordy, that nudge! *Wipes tears* There’s a slow build to their friendship, that does morph into something more. Plenty of pain, with occasional zingers, courtesy of Celeste, that keeps this emotional rollercoaster going. Okay the ending was a teensy bit predictable and I do have an issue about triggers (see below), but other than that, this book was worth losing sleep over.
There’s additional cast of characters in this story, some that need mentioning and some that don’t. Personally, I would rather not mention Jake’s father except it’s been a long time since I had such a visceral hate for a character. The entire book I kept thinking “Die, bastard DIE!” On the other end of the spectrum is Celeste. I. LOVE. HER. It’s not often I find myself hoping and praying a secondary character gets their own story. We learn just enough about her to fall in love but not enough to see if she gets her HEA. I hear there’s a possible match for her…hint hint Ms. Ford!
I’ve had Rhys Ford on my authors I need to read list for quite some time but never had the opportunity until now. There’s this Guy was the perfect introduction to her writing and I hope to be reading more from her in the future. If you like books that will rip your heart out, leave you in tears, and give you an ending that will linger, then this is the perfect read for you.
Warning to readers: I’m a firm believer in triggers need warnings and this baby is loaded with triggers and no warning. From thoughts (and near attempt!) of suicide to abuse of the physical and emotional kind to forced sex, there quite a few disturbing subjects covered. Sadly, none are mentioned in the blurb and I do get why. They are integral pieces to the story and they need to be discovered and felt by the reader as they occur. However, some people cannot handle those subject matters. Lucky for me I am not one of them or else I would have missed out of this beautiful story. Nonetheless, if you are one of them, then this is not the book for you.