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Rebel by Rhys Ford Release Day Review

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Rebel by Rhys Ford Release Day Review

Book Info

Book Series
415 Ink (Book 1)
About the Author
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.
Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.
But mostly to the coffee maker.
Author Website
Publication Date
December 29, 2017
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Content Warning
Rebel contains memories of childhood physical and mental abuses, as well as a fire scene with injury to a minor.  If these are a trigger for you, please proceed with caution.
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.
 Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.
 Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.
 For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.
 When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream. 

Editor review

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Simply Stunning
Rebel is the first book in an entirely new series, but it contains flairs that can only emerge from the vibrant mind of Rhys Ford.  In Rebel, we meet a r In Rebel, we meet a ragtag group of five brothers, some family by blood, all family by choice. August Scott is a drifter, forever running from his internal demons, and pushing others away is easier than waiting to be kicked again. Rey Montenegro is a fire survivor turned firefighter, working with his best friend, who also happens to be one of Gus’s brothers.
It is a second chances novel, and it is beautifully done. Gus doesn’t understand why Rey pushed him away three years past, so when Rey discovers just how much damage he’d done, he kicks himself in the pants and tries to make amends. Unfortunately, once bitten, twice shy Gus isn’t ready to step back into the arms of the only man he’s ever been in love with. Then there is this entirely different component that leaves everyone wondering how to proceed.
As a first book, there is a very large portion taken up by world-building, character basics, and backgrounds, and as such, it is a slowly simmering buildup to the conflagration. As usual, Ford creates vibrant settings and ensures that she knows what she’s talking about before putting ink to paper (yeah, yeah, keyboard to monitor, but you get the gist). Her research is on point.
This is a hurt/comfort second chance theme, and the plot is carefully optioned and then excellently crafted. There is a lot of angst in Gus’s character. You get a really in-depth look into the horror that was his childhood, and watching that character grow and flourish throughout the book is heartwarming!
The chemistry aspect was a light almost-sizzle in the background. There was no doubt these two men were meant to be together, but with so much else going on, it detracted a bit from this aspect.
The secondary characters are plentiful, opinionated, and quirky, and I quickly fell for most of them. I am not currently a huge fan of Rey’s best friend/Gus’s brother, but I’ve no doubt that this opinion will probably change as he will be a main character somewhere in the series.
Then there are the easter eggs – oh my, the easter eggs! If you don’t know what they are, allow me the pleasure of explaining. When characters from other books, or references to characters in other books, pop up, the result is a smile in your heart if you have read those books. However, if you *haven’t* read the books, it detracts absolutely nothing and the story is just as stellar.
The end of the book brought both happiness and sadness, the former because it was *so* good, and the latter because I didn’t want it to end! I can with much fervor, recommend this book. It’s an emotion-provoking joy, and you don’t want to miss this amazing new series!

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