Title: There’s This Guy
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 17th Mar, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Broken/Damaged Hero, Healing
Page Count : 220
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
‘There’s This Guy’ is a broken/damaged hero, comfort/healing contemporary romance By Rhys Ford. The read gets very difficult to read at times when the feels gets too much. But the struggle to fight through the darkness is worth it as the MCs get their sweetest HEA ever.
Jake Moore has been a constant victim of domestic abuse at the hands of his homophobic father. Years of abuse has left him broken and battered inside. He does not believe that he deserves a life he actually wants and lives in a deep closet and constant denial that has eaten up his will to live one darkness-filled day at a time. Jake’s father is in the hospice dying of cancer and even though he hates him, Jake can’t let him die alone. He is afraid of his purpose in life once he is free of his father’s malice. Jake needed healing and someone to love him unconditionally to get out of the quagmire that was his life poisoned by his father’s hateful venom.
Dallas Yates comes from a very loving and accepting family. He spies the sexy and gorgeous metal worker for the first time opposite the building he has bought to turn into a club, Bombshells. Dallas with his best friend, Celeste works their butt off to ready the building before the grand opening. For specialized metal work to be done in his building Dallas hires Jake. There was already a simmer of attraction between the guys from the moment their eyes met across streets for the first time and now continued closed proximity cranks it up sky high.
But before a boyfriend, Jake needed a friend for healing, understanding, support and most of all love and Dallas signs up for that position wholeheartedly. Their friendship blossoms into something much more and deeper as Dallas helps Jake navigate his life towards the light and acceptance for the first time. The passion between the couple was extremely high as they finally fall in love and get their much deserved HEA.
“I’m just tired, Dal. I just want to… be. I’m tired of… running, but there’s so much crap I can’t fucking deal with. Not now. I want to… fuck… I can’t… but I want to. With you. I just need someone to know. Someone I know won’t hurt me with it.”
“Then that’s how it’ll be, then. You’ve got me, Jake. However long you need me with you. No one’s going to hurt you. I’ll fucking kill anyone who tries.”
This book is more about Jake’s struggle and trials to get free from his poisonous past to a better and brighter future with Dallas by his side. The healing is beautifully done here with the romance being the next significant thing that happens to Jake. The story is heavy and dark at times when Jake’s past comes up but it gradually gets less agonizing as he heals and falls in love. There is not much denial in the story; Jake was just scared of accepting his sexuality because of the conditioning he goes through due to his dad’s fists. He gradually but steadily takes back control of his life and the end result was very rewarding.
“Dallas was home. A shelter in the storm Jake’d been caught in since the moment he drew his first breath. Every step up until the moment he’d lost his heart to the smirking, lanky Dallas had been a slog through broken glass and torn dreams. Dallas wasn’t salvation. He was something more. A lifeline for Jake to grab, a man who’d known Jake needed to find his own strength. Dallas had thrown a rope to a drowning man, a lifeline to help Jake find the shore in what he’d thought was an endless bitter ocean.”
Besides Jake and Dallas, I completely loved Celeste. She was such an awesome friend with such a big heart. I loved her meddling which initially pushed Dallas towards helping Jake. I missed her as the story progressed. I would have loved to see her more as Jake and Dallas becomes more than friends.
“Jake’s… I don’t know, sweetie. I just… think he needs us. Needs you. Like I needed you but… different. Take it from one damaged, fucked-up kid—we recognize each other. I can feel him hurting, hidden where he thinks no one can hear him cry. I don’t want that for him. I don’t want that for anyone.” ~ Celeste
This book was heavy as I said before but it has enough healing with a beautiful HEA to make the suffering worthwhile. ‘There’s This Guy’ is an emotionally taxing story with a lot of anguish but also boasts a sweet and comforting romance to sweeten the pot. I really enjoyed the writing and would look forwards Ms. Ford’s upcoming works.
“I just wanted you to know that I love you, Jake Moore.” Dallas cupped his face. “I think I’ve always loved you. I just hadn’t found you yet. And now that I have, I never want to let you go.”
“You peeled away the dark I lived in, and if I cry, it’s because I’m happy… so damned happy, Dal.”