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.
It’s almost like this was two books… the first half is dark and sad and really sets up the pieces that makes Jake who he is.
There are –moments- of sunlight, because that’s what Dallas is. His family’s awesome, he’s awesome, his heart is big as the town he’s named like. But surrounding Jake – clouds and more clouds. It’s hard to read and tough to get through – not gonna lie.
Because it’s Rhys Ford, every nuance and description is poetic and full of color and flavor – and pain. That’s sometimes hard to take when the picture is so bleak.
But… in the second half of the book it’s like the clouds lift and we’re gifted with a fresh new outlook on life and a bit of wonder at what’s left behind.
I think you definitely need to be prepared for the rough, but the pay off is really happy, so the journey is worth it.
4.5 of 5 stars
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