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    What a great start to a 415 Ink Series

    I loved Rebel. It was a slow build and we got to meet all the brothers and learn about their history as well as Rey’s family and past. The story about Rey and Gus was so great to read, nothing was easy or perfect and it was so enjoyable to read. Even 415 Ink has a lot of character. I loved how the little boy Chris was handled and the differences that Gus experienced in foster care to what Chris is experiencing. I love the sneak peek into the next story at the end, a little promise that there’ll be more. I loved the description of the tattoos and how it felt to be on both sides (as someone who doesn’t have one, I found that very interesting). I really hope to read more about Gus and Rey in the stories to come. Definitely, I would recommend this book.
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    Hooked on the series, not so much on the couple

    Rebel is the first in Miss Ford’s newest series 415 Ink. As fans of the author should expect, the book has a plentiful amount of angst, multi-layered interesting characters, and emotional scenes. I’ve also come to expect fantastic scene building from Miss Ford, complete with colorful descriptions that make it easy to envision the action playing out and that’s definitely present in spades. Unfortunately, for me, the amount of detail drug down the pacing in this book. Because it’s the first of a series, Rebel includes extensive backstories to explain the interwoven histories of hero Gus and his family (some related by blood, some by choice). While this definitely left me intrigued about the cast of characters and series as a whole, it pushed the romance between Gus and Rey to the back burner for a good portion of the book. Once we did get to see Rey and Gus together, I had a hard time feeling anything for the couple despite liking both characters and being invested in Gus’s personal journey. I tend to love second chance romances between couples because the connection is typically deeper but much of the initial contact between Gus and Rey felt really superficial and mostly physical. Although that changed as the book progressed, the couple addressed the issues that broke them up 3 years ago, and there started to be more than just an intense physical chemistry pulling these two together, it still seemed like the romance was a bit of an afterthought. Honestly, I felt Rebel was more focused on Gus’s character development with him returning home, becoming a father, confronting his past, and rebuilding his relationships with his family as well as Rey, rather than Gus and Rey as a couple. In that way, it’s difficult to rate this book. If I’m going on romance, I was a little let down. If I’m basing my rating on characters and a series hook, Rebel definitely ensured I’ll be returning for more from the brothers of 415 Ink. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    Angsty start to a series with a HEA

    The is Gus Scott's story. He is a tattoo artist in a shop he owns with his brothers, one of which is Mace, a firefighter. Mace's best friend, and fellow firefighter, is Rey Montenegro. The beginning is quite convoluted so I am just going to tell you that the flashback at the beginning is Mason pulling Rey out of the fire, and him seeing Gus for the first time. This story has a dual POV, but it is mostly all Gus's. In order for him to be a good partner, he really has to work out some of his childhood issues so this has an angsty vibe. This book is also the start of a series about five brothers, some of which are blood related and some of which aren't. At this start, it's difficult to suss out, but we are eventually told who, what, when, where, and why, so hang in there. All five of the guys are gay. There is Bear, the lynchpin who is cousin to brothers Gus and Ivo, Luke who was brought in by Gus, and Mace, who was brought in by Bear. They have all worked at the tattoo shop 415 Ink at one point, but Luke is now a child advocate attorney and, as I said, Mace is a firefighter. Gus is a hot mess, with very good reason. Because we have his POV, we trust it first, but start to realize that his version of events...are not always correct. For instance, his view of his relationship with Mace, which other POV doesn't match; or, his being less talented an artist than Ivo, which Ivo certainly doesn't agree with. I'm glad we get to see that Mason loves Gus and wants the best for him. Their relationship is complicated and with him being Rey's best friend, I felt he picked Rey over his brother when they broke up three years ago. Gus is not over it and so travels a lot being a guest tattooist at shops in other states. When we start, he has been away for 6 months this time, but finds out he has a kid from a one night stand with a tattoo artist that used to work at his shop when he was devastated by Rey dumping him. The things is, all of these guys are damaged in some way, likely all kinds of ways, from their childhood and foster care. That's all you need to know. They survived. They made a family for themselves. They are successful. Dating them though? Not a walk in the park. Almost all the issues here are because of lack of communication, or misunderstanding. There is not really anything to spoil with spoilers, not much happens in the first place. For me, it is always about how Rhys Ford tells a story so it's the writing style more than anything that matters here. There are some shocking things, but only to those who do not understand growing up like this. Some may say this was a bit of a quick resolve, but I say it was decades in the making and the fact that Gus shared so much of himself meant he knew he could trust Rey in the first place. Sometimes, timing is everything. I would rate it higher, but I thought the writing was hard to follow at the beginning and then got better and then we are thrown into the setup for a later book about Mace, which was also abrupt. That said, I like these guys, their world, and their fortitude. I would rate this 3.5 stars.
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    emotionally devastating but brilliant read

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. 3 years after a devastating break up, Gus discovers he is a father, and returns home from his running. He can't keep running and fight for his son at the same time. But returning home means he will have to face Rey, the only man to ever hold his heart. Facing Rey means he will have to face his feelings for the man, and when things get scary, Rey is who Gus turns to. I love Rhys Ford's work, you know I do, and this, the first in a new series, is no exception! I am going to be vague about some things, here, because, spoilers and all that, so bare with me, OK?? What I particularly loved about this book was there was no break up between the guys, they had that already, devastating to them both it was. They both have painful history, and I mean painful! But they get their act together, and pull together to see through that history, the reason Rey pushed Gus away, why Gus let him, is heartbreaking to read, had me sobbing my little heart out in places! But the joy they find in each other is amazing, even though it takes them waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long to finally, FINALLY get down n dirty. Or that's what I thought, it was too long before they get their sexy on. But now I'm typing my review up, this book is not about the sex between these two guys, it's about the LOVE. Cos these guys DO love each other, still, even after 3 years. It's about getting past the chains of your history, and releasing the pieces of those chains into the wind, so you can finally and totally, be happy with, not only your partner, but with yourself. I sat down to read a few chapters before bed, and the next thing I know, I've bawled my eyes, swore so loudly at certain characters, I disturbed not only the cat, but the child in the next room too, and its midnight, and I have no book left! So, yeah, awesome read! This book is based around the 5 brothers of 415 Ink, and I cannot wait to read the other tales these guys have to tell. I'd love to know how the name came about for the tattoo shop, too. OH!!! Smooth cameos appearances and mentions from a huge variety of Ford's characters and some nods to characters who terrorize their authors too. Smooth, really smooth! I had to double back, and reread bits where they popped up! LOVED that! When a books pulls you in, so totally, painfully and emotionally devastatingly well, it can only get... 5 full stars, tattooed with a different point for each brother.
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    Heavy on Wolrd-Building and Cast Development

    ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by its Cover < < A guy in an open white shirt, with shirtsleeves rolled up to the elbows, and faded jeans stands in front of a while background. Nothing particularly eye-grabbing there. The Title and layout, however, give it a rocker magazine edge that DID catch the eye. Synopsis sounds really good. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> Third-person Gus - A damaged tattoo artist that grew up abused, almost killed, and tossed into the system like refuse grows into a man, not surprisingly, with some major trust, esteem, and security issues. He works at and co-owns 415 Ink with his brothers. Rey – A victim of arson in his childhood, be becomes best friends with his savior, Gus’s older brother, Mace. Now, they battle fires side by side as firemen. Things go south between Gus and Rey after making a go of it and Gus flees but three years later Gus returns with some shocking news, he has a son – a result of the night that Rey sent him packing! Four brothers, only one by blood, are supportive yet meddlesome… Bear, the eldest, is the glue. Mace, second in line, is an antagonist. Luke is Gus’s “good twin”, and Ivo dances to his own rhythm. There’s also Rey’s family and Jules’s family in the mix. For a series debut, the book was thick with world-building and character development. Oftentimes, I felt like there must have been an intro novella that I missed somewhere because it was almost too heavy with back plot information. It was difficult for me to wade through the first 30-40%. While the characters ARE well developed and the plot is packed full of content, the story itself moved too sluggishly for me. Maybe it was the topic content that seemed to prevail. A lot of negativity swirling throughout. The conflicts, mostly, stemmed from internalization. Predictability was low. The conclusion was satisfying enough and offered a sneak peek into the next book, SAVIOR (belonging to Mace). . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.8 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily leaving unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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