Friday, December 29, 2017

Release Day Review: Rebel (415 Ink, Book One) by Rhys Ford

!415_Ink_Cover_RhysFord_CroppedTitle ~ Rebel (415 Ink, Book One)

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 29th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

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 years of 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 break-up three 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 onto. 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.

 

Jane’s Review

What can I say about this book? Where do I start? I loved it. Everything from the gorgeous front cover to the last word written was just perfection. We’re introduced to a band of brothers, some biologically related others just enveloped into the family, but brothers all the same. In this first book we learn all about Gus Scott and the shit show that has been his life so far. After disappearing for a while to try to ease his heartache after a painful breakup and running from his life, he returns to the tattoo shop, 415 Ink, that his brothers own and run. A sought after tattoo artist himself, he returns with the knowledge that he has a three year old  son from a one night stand he had as a direct result of the painful breakup years previous.

He struggles with the weight of this, not knowing if he’ll ever be able to step up to being a good father, but resolute in the fact that he will be a presence in his son’s life. Your heart will ache for what he was put through and how heavy things weigh on him. Gus feels things so viscerally and I wanted to hug him close and tell him he was worth it. He's also faced with Rey Montenegro, the lover that broke his heart. Rey is a firefighter and best friends with Mace, one of Gus’s brothers. When they meet again it's clear that neither is over the other and I was praying that they would reunite and that Gus would have someone, other than his brothers, that he could rely on. The brothers have that sibling relationship where they can fall out, fight, bicker and argue but ultimately have each other's backs. But with Rey back in his life he starts to open up and shed some of the weight he carries with him and starts to believe he can be a good father and is worthy of being loved for who he is. I really liked that Rey, whilst the instigator of the breakup originally, was able to realise what he had lost and go after it again. He was determined to show Gus that he would be able to rely on him.

The scenes with Chris, Gus’s son are heart melting. As are many other moments throughout the book. Rhys Ford has such a way with words, everything is so descriptive you can imagine yourself there, immersed in their world, sometimes gritty and sharp but other times filled with family and love. She also peppers this book with cameos that are scrumptious when you come across them. Not going to spoil the surprises so you’ll have to read it to see who pops up and where. This is a brilliant start to what I'm sure is going to be a fabulous series, and we’re left with a snippet about who we can expect to see in the next book and I cannot wait to read it. Inked to perfection, loved it!

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Meet Rhys Ford 

!Bioheadshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Harley, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores.


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