Series: 415 Ink 01
Author: Rhys Ford
Length: Novel (220 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 29, 2017)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: From the beginning, I figured both of these men were from nasty homes. Gus more than Rey though. Rey’s father was from what I gathered an abusive asshat but had a great mom. Where as Gus’s past life was cringe worthy. The guys had saved Rey and his mother from their burning home, and then the story just jumps. They hook up, Rey ends it with Gus, Gus sleeps with a female and boom three years later he finds out he has a son.
To Gus his life was just not life worthy, he had been dumped pretty much by everyone. However the one man he loved was what hurt the most. Now there is a second chance for them both. Add in a three year old son, and things might just be changing for them all.
For the guys, they had some amazing friends. One big family I guess one would say. You learn how they all became brothers and what that means to them. For me the story was rocky and jumped around to much to not get confused by it. There was great potential but to me it was just a bit boring. It did not catch my attention like it should have and I felt bad for that. It just came off very long winded and I hate to admit it, I skimmed over several parts to it.
The flow of this story just didn’t move right. This is definitely not a fuzzy fun piece, but a serious type of story. I hate to admit it, but I did not like the story, nor the characters and had trouble just getting into it. As of right now, I do not even want to contemplate reading the rest of this series. I am sorry but his story was not for me.