Rebel

Rebel

by Rhys Ford

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Overview

415 Ink: Book One

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 Gus spends years 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 breakup a few 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 on to. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640803848
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 12/29/2017
Series: 415 Ink , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 74,942
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem and a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President's Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She's also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal. Rhys shares the house with two cats, Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo and Tam, a diabetic black shorthair, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. She is also responsible for the care and feeding of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

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Rebel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HEChapter More than 1 year ago
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by its Cover > Looking Deeper 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". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Gus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
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. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhys fans will jump for joy with this one. Many of her other story lines touch on tattoo artists doing work on the MC'S so it's super cool to finally meet them. We get the trademark tough life, dig yourself out of a hole and drag your family with you story. I've got a new fave character now - Ivo. Heh. He's a tough cookie and I can't wait to read his story. That one will be magical, I can feel it! There's angst and drama- but not over done- and guest appearances from other universes. It's such a satisfying read and rich in story and description that I had to read it twice. And oooh Nelly! Was it even better the second time. *Advanced copy provided for an honest review.
amatate More than 1 year ago
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*
kcp59 More than 1 year ago
I have the best kind of book hangover after finishing Rebel. What a great start to a new series by Rhys Ford. This book at its heart is about family and love. The family we choose, whether it be biological or not. This group of brothers have each been through their own personal war. Yet they have created a beautiful family full of love, strength and acceptance. Book 1, Rebel, focuses on Gus and Rey. This is a beautifully written second chance romance. I loved watching these two reconnect. They had to open themselves up and take a chance, but boy did it pay off! I loved how both Gus and Rey realized what had gone wrong in the past and worked to change things. The road to their HEA wasn't easy but so worth it. I can't wait for the next book in this series.....I'm already addicted to 415 Ink!
SDMaxwell More than 1 year ago
I’m always excited to get one of Rhys’ books for review. Her characters are always interesting and their stories pull the reader in. Rebel, though taking place in the same world as the majority of her series, is more of an emotional ride than an adrenaline one. No murders take place and, while I’m always a little sad when her stories don’t involve high levels of mayhem, I still love the books she does one a quieter scale. Rebel stars both Gus and Rey. Gus is the one connected by the 415-Ink brotherhood but Rey has spent so much time around them, he’s always been practically family anyway. Gus only recently learned he’s a father, something that only came about due to a bad breakup with Rey. Gus is struggling and it’s sometimes painful to follow along with him, mostly because he seems like an anxiety-driven heart attack waiting to happen. Rey, on the other hand, has to overcome his own shortsightedness where Gus is concerned and once he sees what he did wrong, he’s more than willing to go all in. The brothers are also all over the story and each one a fully fleshed character in their own rights, though Luke kind of fades into the background when he’s around (and when he’s not). Like I mentioned before, this book isn’t about murders and intrigue as many of Rhys’ books are. Rebel is about relationships and learning to overcome what others do to us, whether that’s severe negligence, the loss of a brother, or judgmental natures over a child’s past. It’s more about seeing what’s in front of us and compromising our needs and wants with those we love. Normally I comment on writing style but this is Rhys and her work is well put together. There’s no real need for that here. She doesn’t have grammar or spelling errors and the prose she uses tend to drag the reader right into the story with the characters. Nothing is easy or smooth, everything catches and pulls and that’s part of the experience. Overall, I rate this a 5 out of 5. It’s missing that excitement of her other series but it’s still a sweet story and Gus and Rey are honestly adorable. And Chris. That kid is super cute. I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review. I appreciate the receipt of an ARC and happily add this book to my reviews.