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Anyway, Ford's shares her artistry and talent with words in REBEL as she describes scenes of psychotic passion; heartless, cruel abuse; and the wrenching, heartrending neglect of Gus' childhood reality. Gus' harsh, brutal beginnings would have crushed him without his brothers - a brotherhood comprised of beautiful and strong young men united, linked by their fierce love, loyalty, and trust in one another. Their solidarity holds securely against threats, in stark contrast to the filthy and disgusting !where 0!🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 simply magical, lovely simplicity of the love he has in abundance from his brothers -- the brotherhood forged in solidarity tha
This is the story of Gus, who is part of a mishmash family lead by Bear. Gus and his brother Ivo, are taken under the wing of their cousin Bear. Joining them are Luke and Mason. All of the brothers lived in Bear's big falling down house at one point, but at the time of the story Mason is on his own. Possibly Luke, but I can't remember at the moment... anyway. The five "brothers" all have issues, and most were in the CPS system. Gus and Ivo have some serious badness in the past, and Gus is still struggling. Gus is a tattoo artist, working at 415 Ink, the shop co-owned by the brothers. At the beginning of the story, we meet Gus as he is returning from a six month trip, attempting to run away from his past...
Rey was introduced to the group when he and his mother were rescued from their burning house by the brothers. Rey and Mason formed a bond and have remained best friends ever since, even though Rey's mother remarried and eventually had another child. Rey is a part of the group, but not really, always slightly on the outside, now sharing an apartment with Mason, as they are both firefighters. Rey also formed a bond with Gus, which turned sexual, but the commitment level between the two was questionable. Rey finally had enough, and ended it with Gus, leaving Gus devastated. Gus struggles to stay away from Rey, eventually spending three years avoiding him and physically leaving the area as needed.
So. Gus comes back to town because he finds out he has a son. He feels this may give him the incentive he needs to settle back down in San Francisco. He wants to get his life together and be part of his son's life. His big concern is Rey. The two obviously have some serious issues to work out.
Rhys Ford has given us some seriously messed up characters in the past, but I think Gus may be the most messed up one yet! We are taken on a journey of healing with Gus, as he finally shares his past with Rey. His betrayal by his mother, his betrayal by the system, his betrayal by Rey, it all comes out, and my heart broke for him. But we also get to see him heal, with the help of Rey certainly, but also a small boy. Even that brings drama though, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen.
This book was a little hard to get in to initially I will say. There are a bunch of characters introduced fast, and they are all similar. It took me several chapters and some concentration to sort out who was who. Once I sorted them all out and got to know Rey and Gus, I was in heaven. Damaged men stories are my favorite trope, and Gus is slightly beyond damaged!
I was sad to see the end of the Rhys's Cole McGinnis series, and with the ending of the Sinners series approaching, I am happy to say this new series will help fill the loss! Speaking of the Sinners... there are a couple of reference to that series in this book, which made me happy to see! Also a reference to a gummy bear eating character borrowed from another author, very cool to see!
I loved this book, damaged men and angst are my drug of choice, so this was a just perfect. Rhys is one of my favorite authors, I can always count on her to produce a fantastic book. Strong characters, great stories, and amazing sex scenes. This book had all of that and more. I can't wait to read the next one! And listen to the audio version of this one... wonder who will narrate it...