There’s This Guy, by Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Rating: DNF @ 41%
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 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 sweet, artistic 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.
Trigger Warnings For:
Off Page/Memories of Abuse
I DNF’d this audio book at Chapter 9, which I determined was roughly 41% in. This book received a great review from Kirstie back in March, which was one of the reasons I wanted to try the audio. I think all the things she highlighted in her book are there, but unfortunately for me I couldn’t get into the narration. I’ve listened to books featuring Greg Tremblay in the past and enjoyed them, so my issues are probably my own and shouldn’t impact your decision to read the book.
My issue mainly centered on the voice and accent of Jake. When the story started off I thought, “huh… interesting accent… where is this guy from?” After listening to the story we find out Jake’s mother was French… um… as in he’s American, born to a French mother… in the United States. So, little known fact, but my younger brother, who was born in Germany, moved to the US for two years and then to Australia, was raised by our French stepmother. My brother sounds Australian and my step mother, having lived in Australia mostly since she was 16 sounds like a French person with some type of weird Australian influence.
Jake would most likely sound American. It didn’t seem like other than his mother he had any other French influence. Plus… well I don’t know… maybe because he was the first born child of a French immigrant living in California he would have some type of accent, but the one on the audio book threw me. Every single time his role came up I thought “IS that French”?
My second issue was Dallas. I also hated his whiny voice. I’m sorry. After struggling with this for months and finding myself just not wanting to finish it, I threw in the towel. I may try the actual book later.
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.