Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
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 the 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 artistic, sweet 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.
I really liked this a lot, and I do think listening to the audio version increased my enjoyment. Greg Tremblay did a great job with narration, the subtle French Canadian accent for Jack and the Southern one for Dallas were a nice addition to personalize it.
This was sweet and sad and beautiful and just downright heartbreaking at times. The prose was a bit overly flowery, especially when Dallas would describe how much he loved Jack to his mom or Jack would talk about his deep well of sadness. Who talks like that? At least Jack was suicidal, so he had an excuse. I always found it kinda awkward coming from Dallas, but just brushed it off as who-cares-I’m-loving-this.
I am glad Jack started seeing a shrink, because I could not have handled a Magic Cock Cure for this beautiful broken man. I waited to long to write the review so some of my more nuanced comments have gone by the wayside. Needless to say this was a good read and a good listen. Expect some dramatics and flowery prose, but also expect some tears, both happy and sad.