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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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Amazing

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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.<br/>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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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. <br/><br/>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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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Another great one by Rhys and Greg!

It’s almost like this was two books… the first half is dark and sad and really sets up the pieces that makes Jake who he is.

There are –moments- of sunlight, because that’s what Dallas is. His family’s awesome, he’s awesome, his heart is big as the town he’s named like. But surrounding Jake – clouds and more clouds. It’s hard to read and tough to get through – not gonna lie.

Because it’s Rhys Ford, every nuance and description is poetic and full of color and flavor – and pain. That’s sometimes hard to take when the picture is so bleak.

But… in the second half of the book it’s like the clouds lift and we’re gifted with a fresh new outlook on life and a bit of wonder at what’s left behind.

I think you definitely need to be prepared for the rough, but the pay off is really happy, so the journey is worth it.


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As always Greg Tremblay amazes me. He manages to find and show every ounce of emotion in a story and bring it to the fore without being overly dramatic. He and Rhys are a fantastic pair and suit one another like peanut butter and jelly! There is a lot of angst in this story and Greg knows just how to time that – but he also can deliver on the humor. Greg reading Rhys’ words is the absolute best listening experience and highly recommended.

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Not enough action--Too much mush

What did you like best about There's This Guy? What did you like least?

This gets just a 3 star for me and I'm being generous. This is probably at the bottom of my Rhys Ford books. I LOVE Ms Ford's books, but I was skeptical about purchasing this because I am an action/mystery girl and from the blurb it did not sound like a typical Rhys Ford. It sounded like a typical troubled, wounded guy and the man who fixes him romance fluff and I was not wrong. When a dead body turned up in the abandoned building being renovated I thought, ok here we go, I was wrong and there is going to be a mystery after all--NOPE--just a dead guy in the attic. If there is one thing I can't stand in a romance is over-mush! And this had heeps. Very unnecessarily melodramatic. By about half I was so over Jake--there was no dimension to him but wounded. By the last couple of chapters I was skipping ahead at 30 second intervals just to get to the end.

Would you recommend There's This Guy to your friends? Why or why not?

No, don't waste money or a credit

Did Greg Tremblay do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I normally love Greg Tremblay, he has such a wide range of accents and inflections. He has a pleasant narrative and sets a nice pace. But in this case I did not like the voice he used for Dallas. It was just a bit too high and country bumpkin. This is the voice that he usually uses for women (minus the country bumpkin unless it is warranted) and it was very distracting throughout the book.

Do you think There's This Guy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't know. The ending was confusing because WHO STABBED THE MOM! and why. There was no closing of that thread (or was there and i just jumped past it in my constant 30 second jumps in the last two chapters to just get this story over). The only reason I finished the darn thing was because of the mystery of the dead guy and the mom stabber. But there was a very dull explanation by Detective O'Brian (from the Cole McGuinus mysteries) for the body situation. So why have the mom stabbed by a mysterious guy trying to break into the building? Are we to believe Jakes explanation of a robber after copper (hehe I rhymed) who was startled and stabbed her in a panic. I don't know...what thief who's breaking and entering quietly in the dark back alley has their knife at the ready? So this lead me to believe that the mom stabbing fwas for the story arc of Jake's mommy issues. Don't like good mom's being used like that.

Any additional comments?

Just that I expected better from Rhys and hope her future releases are planned out better. I will still purchase her stories as long as they are NOT fluff.

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I loved this so much

I loved this so much and it touched me in so many ways. And Greg Tremblay's performance was so truly wonderful.

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lovely sad and romantic book

so beautiful! I was so touched by this book... it was difficult for the both of them but the amazing love they have is so tender I fell for this story and for them

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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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