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review 2017-02-18 22:29
ARC Review: There's This Guy
There's This Guy - Rhys Ford
There's This Guy starts out very dark and is a super slow burn of a romance, and I was very much appreciative for that slow burn in this case. It's a heavy story and Jake, especially, needed the time. And I loved it, I really did.

Jake (or Jacques) Moore is a pretty screwed up guy. He grew up in an abusive household, being told by his mother that being gay was an abomination, and his father, well...his father was abusive before he knew and was homicidal, after. Growing up in that kind of environment is hard on the soul and Jake never felt worthy of anything more. And the one time he reached for something more, he got slapped hard by life and that is something he never forgot. So Jake is in a dark place that he has no idea how to leave.

In between Jake's moments of darkness, he is a welder, by trade. He specializes in historic restorations and he's an artist. I knew a metal sculptor, once, and she could do amazing things with metal and a blow torch. Jake is like that, and if it weren't for that outlet, he'd probably have succumbed to the darkness, long ago. As it is, Jake's life has been on hold while his father's life drags on in hospice and though the old man isn't worth the oxygen he breathes, Jake won't let him die alone.

Dallas Yates has had a very different life. He's from a family that loves him and accepts him and he's never wanted for anything. His current project, a drag club on the outskirts of WeHo, is how he meets Jake, because the building's original metalwork needs to be restored. Dallas and his best friend, Celeste, have their work cut out for them to get the building to where it needs to be before they will be ready to open Bombshells.

From the very start, there's an attraction between Dallas and Jake, but their romance takes time because Jake is pretty broken and isn't ready to face who he is. They become friends, and Dallas recognizes that a friend is what Jake needs most, aside from therapy, which he encourages. I was happy for that because Jake needed more help than a friend, or boyfriend could provide. No magic dicks here (thank you, Rhys).

There's This Guy starts out in a dark, heavy place, but as the story progresses, the feeling gets lighter as the weight on Jake's soul lessens. But do not expect anything fluffy, here. This story is anything but fluffy. And as Jake sees that he is not only worthy of love, but actually loved, it's beautiful. I've enjoyed many, many books by this author, and in my opinion There's This Guy is her best work to date.

ARC of There's This Guy was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2017-01-17 01:43
Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford - My Thoughts
Mad Lizard Mambo - Rhys Ford

Kai Gracen Series - Book 2

I think that Kai has just become my favourite of all of Rhys' heroes.  :)

I loved the first of the series, Black Dog Blues, and I think I loved this one even more.  :)  We learn a lot more about Kai (and that twist near the end took me RIGHT by surprise) and thank heaven he's still the snarky smart-ass I enjoyed so much in book one.

I really like how the relationship between Kai and Ryder (the elvin lord) is growing and taking its own sweet time.  This series is about the adventure and the action and the mission and about Kai growing as a person - or do I say being? - not sure.  :)  The 'romance' of Kai and Ryder is there, the attraction is very obvious and acknowledged, but it's not the main thrust of the series.  The banter between the two is some of the most amusing and enjoyable of any book in any genre I can remember reading.

I feel like we've barely scratched the surface of this post-apocalyptic fantasy world and I searched Rhys' website to see when the next one is coming... there HAS to be a next one!  Especially after the revelations at the end of this one.  But, I couldn't find anything!!

So yes, I loved this book and I love this series and Rhys Ford remains one of my favourite go-to authors.  :)

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review 2017-01-10 07:10
Absinthe of Malice - Rhys Ford,Tristan James

It's been a while since I've been this disappointed in a book...
Ok, so the last one was my favorite in the series and it set the bar pretty damn high, but still. This one was so different from what I had become used to in the other books - and not in a good way.

Absinthe of Malice is all about the guys in the band interacting with each other and their lovers. POV switches often as we are invited into scenes with the various couples. There is love and fears, old and new demons and I do still love these guys. But it just got so boring. There is very little action here and barely a hint of any kind of bad guys. It felt like the whole book was just building up to the minor cliffhanger at the end and even that did not spark the level of interest it should. At that point I just wanted it to be over. The ending did still ensure, though that I will be back for more when the next book is out.

And as always, Tristan James nailed the narration.

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text 2017-01-09 20:00
I've started listening to Sloe Ride
Sloe Ride - Rhys Ford

Continuing with my audios of this series.

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review 2017-01-09 19:50
Audio review: Sinner's Gin - Sinners #1
Sinner's Gin - Rhys Ford,Tristan James

Re-listen November 2016:
I liked it a bit better this time, but maybe it was because I had listened to it once before and knew the story? Anyway, I enjoyed Kane and Miki more this time around. I'm keeping my original rating of 3,5 stars.

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