Title: There’s This Guy
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, homophobia, mental/physical abuse, suicide attempt, acceptance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 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.
TRIGGERS: First and foremost this need to be said, if you have TRIGGERS to suicide, suicidal thoughts, or physical and mental abuse then do not read this book.
Next it needs to be said that this is not a light hearted read in the least. This is a book that I can best describe as a very heavy read. This book that is heavily based around the fact that Jake has issues within himself about being gay.
Jake has lived a life with so much hatred from his father. From the moment he was born from listening to his dad recount it, he has hated Jake and wished he would have rid of him. Hake’s mother is the one who protected him from his father but at the same time she did just as much damage to Jake as his father did but more on the mental front by telling him that being gay is wrong and that two men could not love one another. So it is not a surprise that Jake is messed up with ho he feels about himself.
He is so upset about the way he feels about men and trying to deny his feelings that he punishes himself for it. Worst yet he has contemplated suicide and even tried it a few times. He could just never follow through with it.
So when Jake meets Dallas it really throws things into turmoil for Jake because even though he is ashamed of himself for the feelings he is having for Dallas, he still has them and does not want too.
The more the two of them get to know each other the more Dallas cannot deny that he is faking for Jake but he knows Jake is trying to deny his inner feelings and Dallas knows it.
Can Jake fight his inner turmoil and overcome the abuse, both mental and physical to be able to finally accept who he is and who he wants? Or will Jake continue to self destruct?
This was a good read but it definitely one of those books that you have to be in the mind frame to read. It is a very heavy read. It covers suicide, abuse, and major homophobia. I truly felt sorry for the things Jake had to endure but in the end I think it made him a better man in the end. The things he went through made him appreciate what he ends up with even more once he accepts himself.
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