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The hardest thing a rebel can do isn't standing up for something - it's standing up for himself.

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After Gus spends years running from his past, present, and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, karma delivers the one thing Gus could never - would never - turn his back on: a son from a one-night stand he'd had after a devastating breakup a few years ago.

Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family's tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together...until the firefighter who'd broken him walked back into Gus's life.

For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn't the strength or flexibility to hold on to. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt, but Gus hadn't wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.

When Gus's life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.

©2017 Rhys Ford (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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Great start!!

What a great story to start off a new series! Wonderful combination of writing and narration -- Rhys Ford and Tristan James are a perfect twosome!! You can't find better.

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Great narration!

Get ready to have your heart broken and pieced back together.

There were two things I absolutely loved about this audiobook - Tristan James's narration and the cameo of narrator Greg Tremblay to voice an established character from Rhys Ford's Cole McGinnis series.

Gus Scott hasn't had it easy. In fact, in the grand scheme, once could argue he's never had anything easy. He's had his heart broken by almost everyone, including firefighter Rey Montenegro. Three years ago Gus was shattered after a devastating break-up with Rey. It was just one more time that he was disappointed by someone who should have been there for him.

"I’m sorry I wasn’t what you wanted me to be, but you know what? You weren’t what I needed either, even if you were all I wanted.”

Gus left town six months ago, but he's back and ready to pick up the pieces of his life, and Rey is determined one of those pieces is going to be him. Told from both Gus's and Rey's third-person POV Rebel focuses on Second Chances, found family, loss, and love. There is some romance here but it's not the main focus, though Rebel does offer up some heart-melting moments.

"Listen to me carefully. I’m not going to spend my life anyplace other than with you, and I love you. With all of my heart. All of my soul and most of my sanity… I love you."

Tristan James provides a nuanced, textured, and beautiful interpretation of Rhys Ford's text.

Quite a bit happens off page, many of which I think could have added more depth to the story overall, but in the end I enjoyed Rebel and I'm looking forward to getting the stories for the supporting cast of characters here - especially Bear and Ivo. Looks like Mace is up next and (hopefully) we'll also get a feature for Luke.

I, for one, really hope Tristan will be back to narrate the rest.

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Good Series Opener

This is an engaging and heartstring-tugging story with the strong character work for which Rhys Ford is known. “Rebel”, the opener for the new 415 Ink series, is about found family, confronting demons and stepping up for people even when it seems impossible and features a second chance, slow burn romance.

Gus’s childhood is ugly and traumatic and in multiple, sometimes horrific ways reinforced the idea that he is unworthy and disposable, a belief that contributes to his inability to recognize the good things about himself and being open with people he cares about, even family. After discovering he has a child, Gus is forced to examine who he is and who he wants to be in order to be a good dad, a task that also involves confronting his unresolved feelings for his ex and close friend of the family, Rey. Unbeknownst to Rey, Gus was in love with him and in Gus’s mind, the breakup was just another nail in the coffin of his disposability.

To me, the story is more about Gus opening his baggage and being honest about what it costs him to carry it so that he can finally move forward with his life and be better for himself and his son instead of continuing in the directionless limbo he wrapped himself in. In some ways, Gus and Rey’s romantic history serves more as a tangible example of this process than as the main storyline.

Having the central romance be of the second chance variety is a good way to begin a series that features characters with complicated and heavy histories since a large part of the story is concerned with the intricacies of how their family came together and the after effects of the trauma that dominated Gus’s childhood and shaped his behavior. There is much angst and emotional turmoil in “Rebel”, but it is also full of love, hope and the wonders of inking.

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good

i like this book looking forward to the other brother story and i hope the other story are on audible as well

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I liked it.

This is a good story. I had some trouble with the narrator. It was sometimes hard to tell who was talking between the brothers. It was also kind annoying how he would say "brotherss" or "kidsz". I'm pretty sure it was probably written brothers' as in plural possessive but the narrator liked to add on the extra s at the end of the words. Very strange.

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Wonderful story, Tristan James was fantastic!

Rebel is the first book in Rhys Ford’s new series 451 Ink. Centered around a group of men who’ve worked to make a safe place for their extended family, the novels will tell their stories. Coming from broken homes, these guys have all been through horrific events, which results in some intense relationships and a dynamic that promises to never be dull. Knowing the writing of Rhys Ford, I think it’s safe to say that future books in this series will be as heart-wrenching and compelling as Rebel.

There are some exceptional factors that play into this group of men, and there’s so much damage my heart just went out to these guys. We get to see some of the support networks they’ve set in place, and they’re all looking out for each other, but I can’t imagine how anyone can truly overcome the horrors they’ve lived through.

Three years after their painful breakup, Gus Scott and Ray Montenegro bump into each other when Gus moves back to town. Their friends and family are completely intertwined, so these two have got to find a way to co-exist. Their intense attraction is clear from the moment they meet, and it’s almost as strong as the animosity and the bad memories.

Communication between Gus and Ray is direct and honest, which turned out to be one of my favorite parts of this story. A slow-burn doesn’t work for me when the characters are constantly misunderstanding each other, or failing to just say what the heck the problem is. Gus tells Ray how much it hurt when Ray kicked him to the curb. He explains why other factors in his life make it impossible to consider getting back together right now. Likewise, Ray publicly vows to win him back.

As the horrific events of Gus’ life come to light, it becomes clear that anyone looking for a relationship with him is going to need patience and understanding. The abuse, neglect, and downright cruelty he lived through as a boy made me cringe. Please note the trigger warnings if you’re sensitive about stories of child abuse. Rhys Ford has created an intense backstory for Gus and she doesn’t spare the details.

Ray realizes right quick that he screwed up. Gus is everything Ray wants and he goes all out to prove he can be there, in whatever capacity Gus needs. While Gus welcomes all the support he can get, and admits the attraction to Ray is still there, he stresses he can’t become involved with someone who is going to distract him or kick him to the curb when the going gets rough. A true partner for Gus is going to have to learn the details of his damage, accept it, and incorporate that knowledge into becoming the person Gus needs in his life right now. Ray is going to have to do some serious work to prove he’s the right man for Gus.

The sexual tension between Ray and Gus mounts continually throughout the story and waiting for them to get together wasn’t easy. After all, what would a Rhys Ford romance be without the smokin’ hot sex? Well trust me when I tell you that, WOW was it worth the wait!

Rebel is filled with the beautiful writing I always expect from Rhys Ford. Her descriptions of everyday things always make me smile. The color of the sheets on an unmade bed are dark, “a blue found in the fold of twilight and shadows.” Isn’t that a moving way to describe a messy bed?

There are some seriously fun, lighthearted moments in Rebel too. There were a couple good Easter eggs for us die hard fans, and I probably missed a few, distracted as I was by Tristan James’ soft, sultry, sexy voice. The low rumble that naturally comes out when he reads the romantic scenes? Gah, I’m a molten puddle on the floor. Let’s just say Tristan James could read me the phone book, but when he has the opportunity to read the beautifully poetic writing of Rhys Ford, I’m a goner.

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Its okay

It was a good story, I just had a hard time getting into it. I am not sure why. It just didn't hold my attention. The narration was great.

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Vodka and tissues required.

Rhys Ford is probably the most well versed Author in the genre. Seriously, the woman can write an entire chapter on why the sky is blue and keep you completely enthralled. At the end of the chapter your heart is racing, eyes damp and you almost rip the page from the book quickly flipping to the next chapter.

Gus Scott is fuuuuuuucked up! Seriously, he's lived a very hard, bitter life. He has trust issues, hell, his trust issues have trust issues. Allowing himself to love Rey would only cause more pain so Gus does what he does best, he runs.

Rey Montenegro wants so much more from Gus than he can give so when Gus walks away, Rey doesn't fight for him, for them. So, when Gus rolls back into town, Rey is still hurt and far from ready to talk. But these two men are cut from the same cloth, opposite sides of the same coin.

I can't say much more for fear of giving something away. All I'll say is everything you're expecting from this book because it's written by Rhys Ford, it's so much more. Heart breaking, gut wrenching, stab you in stomach and tear out your insides, tie them in a knot then shove them back inside and staple your wound shut. But it's also a story about family, the kind of family you make with the people you love and trust that have bled the same shit as you. There's also the intense, passionate love between two men that deserve to happy.

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Brotherss and kidsz very distracting

I agree with the review by Oliver. The way Mr. James pronounced possessive plural nouns was so annoying, it became distracting to me. I've heard him read other stories, but never noticed him doing it. Hopefully, it won't continue in future volumes of this series.

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a wonderful start

to another great series by Rhys Ford. Tristan James brought the story to life with his narration.