Friday, March 17, 2017
There's This Guy by @Rhys_Ford @dreamspinners #REVIEW
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.
Seriously one of the hardest first chapters I have ever read. It's so graphic, I felt Jake's pain reach out and grab me by the throat, and I choked on my tears. Ms. Ford writes broken characters better than anyone I have read.
To say that Jake hasn't had an easy life would be the ultimate understatement. From an abusive father to both parents being homophobic, the amount of self loathing that Jake has is understandable and explains the very heart wrenching opening chapter. But you can also see and feel the caring that he has in his heart by the way his does his job and the artistry that comes from his soul.
Dallas Yates couldn't be more different. Coming from a supportive family that not only accepts him but encourages him to follow his dreams, he was the perfect person to bring Jake out of the darkness and into the color. He has to work at pulling Jake in and seeing the feelings develop was beautiful to read.
Great secondary characters that rounded out the story and added so much depth. Not sure if this is supposed to be a stand alone book, but I know I would love to read more about Celeste. I become so invested in the characters that I just want the stories to go on and on.
For me this was a beautifully, emotionally cathartic story.
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