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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.

©2017 Rhys Ford (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Why hadn't I read this earlier.

If you love Hurt/Comfort as a sub-genre of romance then "There's This Guy, " must count as one of the perfect examples of H/C. This is a tale of the courage one man has to walk towards a better self wrapped in a story of acceptance, love, and acknowledgement of how hard it can be to step away from a dark past.
Rhys doesn't drop an easy fix on us; she shows the growth, the development of trust, and the acceptance of self that are the cornerstones of healing.
Add Greg Tremblay and you have perfection.

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Amazing

Any additional comments?

I first read the ebook (I have previously left a review of it when released) and while I enjoyed reading it, it wasn't a book that I loved to much that I had to re-read it straight away.
Now with saying that about the ebook it's totally different with the audio, I LOVED it so much that I did re-listen to it straight away, Grey Tremblay is one of my favourite narrators and he made me fall in love with this book, it's as if I had read a different book, maybe I wasn't really in the mood for an angsty type of story, I'm not sure, though I do think it's Greg's voice that made the book come alive for me and made it more enjoyable than reading it.

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Outstanding!

What can I say? This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. I hope we get more of these characters from Rhys and I hope they're brought to life once again by Greg Tremblay. Loved it!

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Another winner from Rhys Ford

What did you love best about There's This Guy?

I really enjoyed seeing how Jake evolved as a person, in his view of himself and his self worth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake, he was a very troubled soul when the book first started but overcame much by the end.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to MANY books narrated by the very talented Greg Tremblay. This is another superb performance, although I think the voice he used for Dallas might've been slightly feminine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, it's always a hard choice, to savor so it lasts a bit longer or "more, more, more"

Any additional comments?

There are many secondary characters in this book that are well described & memorable, like Dallas' family & Jake's boss. Would love to see a sequel where Celeste gets a HEA.

Just a warning, this is not a light & fluffy romance novel. There are some dark moments, angst & a dead guy (it is a Rhys Ford book after all) but it does have a HEA.

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Heartbreaking and Heartwarming

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Jake (Jacque) Moore, a young man whose childhood was filled with terror and whose life seems consumed by ugliness, is living on the razor’s edge of suicidal depression and despair when he meets Dallas Yates. Dallas, whose experiences have been the complete opposite, offers Jake a taste of this love and warmth through his friendship, and ultimately, gives Jake one of life’s best gifts—hope.

This heartrending, yet lovely book skillfully handles a topic that can be upsetting to read about, especially in a romance novel. Part of what draws romance readers to the genre is the joy and beauty associated with love. Thus, it can be particularly hard to be exposed to something as darkly despairing, painful and desperate as suicide, and be warned—there are no easy outs in this story. Be prepared to take a few breathers due to the heavy emotional load. Be prepared for ALL the feels as Jakes battles with himself, while Dallas struggles with the fact he can only support Jake through this painful journey and that his love won’t magically make the damage and its associated behaviors go away.

Most importantly, be prepared for a story that illustrates how significant love, in all its forms can be in shaping and inspiring lives, and that while love from others is wonderful, it is ESSENTIAL that you love and value yourself. This was one of the reasons I was impressed by the book; the story did not fall into the unfortunately common and illusory trap that portrays love as a cure-all for the demons that drive depression and suicidal ideation. It made sure to emphasize that Jake had to choose to live, and that although love gave him the strength to do it, he still had to make that choice every day.

For all its heavy content, this book is still full of beauty, hope and wonder. The secondary characters are lively and as important in their own right to the story as the MCs and the writing is pure Rhys—

“I just want to put him into a box so no one can get to him. But with holes so I can shove cookies and hamburgers at him.”

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Cute, but boring!

The author doesn't show. He tells. Over and over again, every little thing passing through the minds of our two heroes. They are adorable, but unfortunately, the story is so incredibly boring that I couldn't finish the book.

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Wonderfully Poignant

Jake and Dallas - another improbable pair - the odds were really against these two - so many would give Dallas the advice you can't fix people.... but to me, the Lord works in mysterious ways and if there ever were such a couple, the Lord would easily put Dallas and his family in Jake's path! I fell in love with both of these guys. Rhys, you really know the meaning of suspense though! I thought we'd never get there! I thought some of Rhys' books looked silly and I am not really a fan of Silly, but not going to lie, I saw this cover and it sucked me it - to give Rhys a try and I am so glad I did. I will definitely listen to this again, and I am a keeper of my audiobooks and this will definitely be a keeper. Look forward to the next great book.

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  • Lifesavr
  • 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • 06-01-17

Good, but not that good.

I liked this story basically, but it was full of drama that should have really gotten to me, instead I found myself just listening to it until it was done, and was somewhat happy about it being ended. I guess I just didn't believe the characters that much, I didn't really cares if they lived or died.

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  • Linda
  • Mercer, MO, United States
  • 04-06-18

Poetry Masquarading as Prose

This book was simply wonderful and the performance by Greg Tremblay was magnificent. The words in this book were exquisite, The way Rhys makes dialogue come to life is absolutely fantastic. It was like listening to poetry about love, life, and the horrors some people live through to get to the beauty. I was moved beyond tears. The descriptions of the art that Jake made was brethtaking, I wanted to see it and I could in my minds eye.

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There's this guy.

Would you consider the audio edition of There's This Guy to be better than the print version?

Not at all, each is fantastic on their own, each presenting itself as a different version of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Dallas's unwavering patience and loyalty where Jake was concerned.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

Every-damn-thing! Not only does he give the characters a voice and bring them to life, makes them real not just words on paper. He puts his heart and soul into these characters in a way that the listener can feel their joy and pain along with them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Jake finally opens the door and flies into Dallas's waiting arms.

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Tams eBook Review March 2017...

Jake Moore tries very hard not to be who he is, deep down, inside. He spends his hard earned money on a home for his homophobic father who truly deserves to rot in a ditch. But Jake is loyal to a fault, he's also buried so deep in the closet that it takes an almost stagnant body, wrought iron calligraphy, a confident drag queen and Dallas to break down the door.

Dallas Yates buys the building across from the shop Jake works at with a hope and a dreamy, not even realizing that destiny was his buy two get one free. But anything worth having is never really free, it takes hard work and stamina, which Dallas has in abundance.

Dallas is patient and unwavering, as is Celeste, both hovering and holding Jake up as he figures out that he's finally found the family he's ached for. But daddy dearest doesn't make it easy, the emotional abuse and self loathing are painted on so thick that Jake's welder may not even be able to burn it off.

I always know when I get my grabby hands on a book penned by Rhys Ford it's going to be juicy, sexy, invigorating and there simply must be the obligatory body(s) hidden somewhere waiting to pop out at the exact right moment, like a jack in the box. Nestled somewhere in the middle is this young man that has been told since he was a boy that he wasn't right, that to be true to himself was deplorable and disgusting. Somewhere along the way, Jake started to believe it.

I think that the wrought iron and the bars on the windows was meant to be a healing aspect of the story for Jake. It was like, working on them, perfecting them, changing them, everything lined up with the steps he was taking in his life at the same time. Maybe I'm reading too much into that, but that's what I took away from this story when I finished. Super sexy, of course, flowed well from start to finish and seriously grabbed my attention from that first, awkward chapter to the end.

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  • kindleaddict
  • 04-20-17

Another Wonderful collaboration.

This was a good read in Ebook, well an excellent read actually! But add in Greg Tremblay's fabulous voices and emotional intonations and you have a work of art to match the work Jake would do.

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  • Mary
  • 02-07-18

Disappointing

I had to suspend disbelief for a lot of this audiobook. It was angsty- way too angsty- to the point of being overblown, drawn out pain and uncomfortable listening at times. Sometimes I just wished the author would just pull off the band aid quickly rather than slowly.
I did not connect with either MC. Jake was just so ridiculously weighted by his past problems that it was unreal for a grown man to have survived without taking to drink and drugs. And Dallas was so understanding and kind all the time he was one dimensional.
There was another side story running through this that sounded like it was cobbled together with little thought and even though the threads were pulled together it still left me wondering why it was even in the book.
There were also some triggery scenes in this book I had to fast forward. I understand hurt/comfort books are a thing, but it seems they are not for me. I much prefer Rhys Fords urban fantasy, as that is where she shines