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    Memorable, emotional story of character growth

    Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting the story I got when I first downloaded the book. There’s This Guy is a heavier story brimming with emotion. At the beginning of the novel, the writing occasionally felt weighed down with the intensity, as if the emotions conveyed were too thick to flow freely. However, that descriptive prose was also what made this story so powerful. Both main characters were well developed. The book is narrated in third person, but includes both men’s views. Dallas and Jake’s different perspectives and ways of seeing their world came through so clearly in the word choices and descriptions that it took on almost a first person, alternating point of view tone. The author reinforces Jake’s artistic way of seeing things in his descriptions of people, movement, and the environment. Similarly, Dallas’s education, compassion, and desire to rescue people and places is undeniable. The romance is slightly slower to develop because of Jake’s circumstances. With so many of their feelings internalized at the beginning, the narration style and vivid descriptions of emotions were essential in developing the characters and chemistry right from the start. There were highs and lows, and the author doesn’t shy away from the troubling scenes. However, there’s an ever present hopeful and healing tone as well. The romance was a steady thrum, built on a spark but with a depth grounded in trust and empathy. The chemistry and evident love between Jake and Dallas made for an absolutely stunning story. Though the book opens with a shocking scene that rattled me, the journey was beautiful. The characters were memorable- broken, yet strong. I loved that the romance wasn’t the hero of the story, but that love and support buoyed Jake’s personal transformation. If you are a fan of emotional stories, specifically the hurt/comfort trope, There’s This Guy won’t disappoint. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    painful, but brilliant

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Jumping straight in, just as the book does. Not writing a blurby bit, because I simply can't. Chapter one. Page one. And I'm crying. I'm thinking that this is gonna be a much darker read for me than of late and I was not disappointed! Ford pulls you, kicking and screaming into Jake's world and you FEEL it, right here, *touches chest, repeatedly* right there, you FEEL for Jake, you really do. And when it is all laid out for you, oh God, more tears!! Come to think of it, I spent much of this book in tears!! But trust me, there are happy ones at the end! Because Dallas does love Jake, right from that meeting of eyes across the street. He knows that Jake needs gentle handling, needs time to process everything. And Dallas will take Jake, as his friend, if that's what Jake needs. Jake doesn't, to be fair, know exactly what he needs but he KNOWS he needs Dallas in his life. And Celeste. Oh she is funny. But she had Jake's number way before Dallas did. And she made Dallas see. not as explicit as some of Ford's books, but that's not what this book is about. Its about seeing that, actually, you are a NOT bad person, and you really do deserve someone to love you. I love Rhys Ford's work, you know I do. I fell in love with The Sinners Gin guys, and for a very long time, they were my favourites. But this book?? Way WAY surpasses those books. I can't express, not properly, how this book affected me today. I read it in one sitting. The cat was pleased I did not more for better part of the morning. I could not find a way to stop reading. I needed to know that Jake and Dallas have their happy ending. Cannot give it anything other than... 5 full and painful, but brilliant stars
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