TITLE: There’s This Guy
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance;
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
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.
This is another sweet story from the author.
You can’t really categories Rhys’s style. She writes about bad boys who have romantic hearts, an inner poet who murmurs them sweet nothings…
When Dallas Yates buys the new building just across the street, Jake Moore knows that the days of running from himself is over. Reading Jakes story, his upbringing, I wondered how he could still breathe. With an asshole for a father, he grew up tortured, beaten regularly and when the so-called father finds out that he’s attracted to men, his life becomes even darker.
Now Jake’s a grown up, but he’s still under the claws of his father, even though his father is dying. He spends all of his money to cover his father’s health care. He’s resigned that he will never know a man’s touch again (and that one time ended up as badly as you can imagine), when the fulloflife Dallas burst in his life. Jake struggles between the promise he made to his mom and the feelings tormenting him. Dallas is all he ever wanted, all he ever hoped for.
Dallas Yates comes from a loving, supportive family. He doesn’t know what Jakes goes through, but his friend Celeste (Stephan before) seems to know what Jake might suffer from. Dallas is more than ready to be there for Jake when things are getting bad. Jake owning his father’s gun makes him afraid for Jake because he sees that Jake is at the verge of breaking down.
The story is beautiful, about a man who struggles with his past and the other who would do anything for the love of his life. For Dallas, it was love at first sight, for me was love at the first row.
For those who already know the author, I can tell that she will not let you down with this book, and for those who don’t … now would be a good time for you to discover a great author!
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***