Haunted by his years at war, Boston paramedic Gael Dominic spends his time saving other people's lives. An empty house, a single friend, and living at work, Gael is not content with his existence, but he's close. Gael was expecting his overnight shift on Thanksgiving to be the same as always - manic crowds, heart attacks...until catastrophe strikes, and Boston's streets run with blood.
On the run from an abusive and politically powerful father, Silas has been on the cold, mean streets of Boston for days, injured, hungry and alone. When he wakes up in the middle of a nightmare, he expects to die in the same alley he was calling home.
Brought together by tragedy, Silas and Gael can't resist their attraction. Gael may have saved Silas, but it's his alleyway angel who brings Gael back to life.
As Christmas approaches, Silas and Gael learn how to love, despite their pasts. And as Silas' past closes in, Gael learns the greatest gift he could ever give isn't something bought in a store, but freely given from the heart.
Warning: Mature content. Violence. Male/Male sexual contact.
©2015 Sheena Jolee Himes (P)2016 Sheena Jolee Himes
Gael (pronounced Guy – el) is an amazingly sappy and sweet soul who finds a broken and beaten, half-dead Silas in an alley and immediately falls under his spell. His normal hands-off approach to dating falls away as he can’t help but dive into the messy life that is Silas.
Silas has a lot of story for only being 19 years old. When he sees “G” he also immediately falls for the (much) older man.
There is a bit of drama with Silas’ family and a bit of worry about their ages, but really, the love story itself is almost completely without angst.
The sensual times are pretty smokin’ and the romance is ooey and gooey enough even for my sappy soul!
Derrick McClain does a tremendous job with this! I loved the accents he used – G’s partner has a mix of Irish and South Boston… awesome! Silas and Gael are both as I’d “picture” them in my head and as always he’s great with the emotion and pacing as well.
4.5 of 5 stars
The vocal performer was ok…he had several distinguishable voices for the characters. He put emotion in the performance but at times the voice bothered me a bit.
Most of this book didn’t work for me. The story really needed to be a full novel to work…there was way too much going on. If it were to be expanded to a full novel, it could be incredible.
Here are my issues with the book:
Silas was forced to come out by someone who shouldn’t have outed him which caused major devastation. He was stuck in a family with a father who abused him emotionally and physically for YEARS. His mother was also abused and was basically his father’s puppet. Silas barely escaped alive and became homeless while nursing some pretty major injuries. And after all that, Silas is seemingly fine emotionally. We never experience his healing AT ALL. He’s just magically ok. Even teenagers aren’t that resilient and there would be some sort of backlash from that.
Gael suffers from PTSD and still has flashbacks to his days in the military which again go unresolved except Silas being the ‘cure’ for his issues. He has 1 friend and is completely closed off emotionally but 2 days with Silas and he’s all better now. With these severely damaged men, this story needs more healing. They just can’t get over everything they’ve gone through without it.
Faster than instant love…these two fell in love at first sight when Gael basically saved Silas’ life. The potential hero worship was glossed over. Silas is a TEENAGER while Gael is an adult with some major life experiences under his belt. Silas is also a virgin with very limited sexual experience and has sex with Gael almost immediately after going to stay with him (while injured I might add).
The big showdown with Silas’ dad is outrageous.
Again, I think this has the potential to be a really amazing story but it needs A LOT more meat to be complete.
This story has lots of drama, it is interesting, there is not too much angst, the mc's are fun, the plot is realistic. Overall it is a very entertaining story and I highly recommend. On top of that it is extremely well written.
I do love a good book. I also love a good audio performance of a good book :-)
It's in the middle of the pack. I love the performance by narrator Derrick McClain, however found the character evolution somewhat lacking.
This is my first book from this author. I like that although Gael 'saved" Silas, Silas was not portrayed as week or unappreciative. The instant attraction between the two men was plausible, and definitely a feel good vibe. I would have like to have seen more depth from Silas and Gael as individuals, more of their personal growth throughout the story.
His ability to vividly portray the emotions and total feel of the scenes from the perspective of the characters. Derrick gives each character an individuality as far as tone, intonation, and dialect when it comes to their voices. I felt each character in this story was given a spot-on voice - especially his voice for Gael. This adds incredible nuance to an already good story.
I always cringe about the subject of abuse - particularly by a parent. Happy that Silas had the strength to escape and to accept the help and love of a good man.
I kept waiting of a bit more depth from Silas - his character could have had a lot more conflict going on, with his history and all. It seemed as though his emotions and actions were being assigned to him at times, rather than percolating, being assessed, and then acted upon.
*** Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my listening pleasure, a review wasn't required. ***
Silas is running away from his abusive, powerful father and hiding away in an alley when he's hit by a bullet along with others when a crazy man fires shots into a crowd. Paramedic Gael Dominic finds him and they are drawn together in ways neither of them expected, as Gael helps Silas escape and Silas helps Gael live again.
There's age difference in the book, Silas is 19 and Gael is 33, but they work perfectly. They have both dealt with traumatic experiences that have shaped them into the men they are. Silas hates being touched, but with Gael he can't be close enough. And Gael hasn't left anyone get close to him, except his friend Jim, until he meets Silas. Silas is a very mature young man, perhaps because of what he's had to live with at the hands of his father. And Gael is just so sweet with him, I melted every time he called Silas 'Angel'. They have great chemistry and are hot together, but it's not just that, they have something that just seems to trascend time. It's sort of instalove or love at first sight, but it worked for me in this case. They just fit so well together
I loved this story more than words can express from the first time I read it on the Home for the Holidays Anthology and I loved it even more with the additions SJ Himes incorporated into the story and Derrick McClain's narration. I swear I could listen to him reciting the phone book and I'd be a happy girl. He did a great job with the different character voices and made an already fantastic story, even better. Just amazing!
Rating: Story: 5 Stars!!!
Narration: 5 Stars!!!
I didn't read the print version.
Oh yes, I like her stories!
*I was provided with a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for a fair review*Gael is an Iraqi war veteran suffering from PTSD. He now works as an EMT in Boston. Following a mass shooting event he finds a wounded young man, Silas, who is the son of a local, powerful District Attorney. Silas’ father is abusive, and doesn’t approve of his son being gay. Gael instantly feels very protective of Silas, and Silas feels very protected by Gael. I’m not a huge fan of insta-love, but it wasn’t really overdone in this story. Gael and his friend Jim work together to protect Silas from his influential father. Much of this book was kind of unbelievable and over the top, along the lines of a Die Hard movie. There is a lot of angst in this story, but it’s all wrapped up in a neat, happy ending. The narrator, Derrick McClain, is among my favorites, and once again I enjoyed listening to him narrate this story. I did have an issue with his pronunciation of Gael’s name – early in the reading I heard both Gile (one syllable, hard G, rhymes with smile) and Guy-El (two syllables). By the end of the story (and after the pronunciation had been clarified in the book) he was consistently saying it the correct way.
I wouldn't consider the audio edition to be better than the print as they are the same. But Derrick McClain did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! And you can indeed take the audio edition with you while driving so it does have that advantage over the print edition.
This one is difficult to answer as I haven't really read a lot of medical type stories. The closest I could think of would be Afterglow by E. Davies. The stories themselves aren't really very close in story line but they do both have similarities in that both sets of characters do end up saving each other.
Silas. He did such a wonderful job bringing him to life. I believe that he was the most diverse character when it came to emotions and condition throughout the story. Silas went from being beaten, freezing, and starving to being shot then recovering from surgery and thus on good pain meds, to running and dealing with severe pain without the benefit of meds, to gradually back to what we can only believe is his normal self. Silas experiences a full array of emotions and feelings throughout the book and Derrick McClain does a wonderful job expressing them.
Sometimes the greatest gifts can come from great tragedy.
Both the print and audio editions of this story are wonderful but Derrick McClain definitely did a wonderfully amazing job bringing the characters to life!
"Heartwarming, sweet story."
Heartwarming, sweet, sexy.
Saving Samuel - Nicole Colville. A young man being saved by an older hero (or heroes for Saving Samuel)
Gael - I loved the hint of an accent!
This book made me smile and sigh. It's heartwarming and gives you a warm glow.
This is a lovely tale of a young man in need being saved by a troubled hero. The story is sweet and sexy and the narration is perfect. Recommended.
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