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Saving Silas

De : SJ Himes
Lu par : Derrick McClain
Durée : 3 h et 38 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance

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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

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 18/12/2016

Such a sweet story - great narration!

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!

Audio

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.

Highly Recommended

4.5 of 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/12/2016

Angst-filled Holiday story

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Silas to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

Would you be willing to try another book from SJ Himes? Why or why not?

Oh yes, I like her stories!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily.

Any additional comments?

*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.

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  • Bookobessed
  • 22/11/2017

Love happens when you least expect it

Gael (love this name) is haunted by his past but keeps moving forward. Silas is trying to figure out what to do while staying free of his father. As these two come together and begin the path to a relationship, they are having to deal with outside sources that mean them harm. Even with that threat hanging over their heads, Gael and Silas are getting closer and you can just feel the love beginning to bloom.

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  • Christina Wade
  • 13/12/2016

Just ok for me.

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.

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  • Happily Ever Chapter
  • 26/05/2019

4.4 > Complete Ear Candy!

One large, shirtless and tattooed guy, and another man, fully dressed. Ambulance in the foreground. Synopsis sounds great.
Third-person POV.
This was the first book by SJ Himes that I've ever read or listened to and was very pleased. Likewise, I've not listened to Derrick McLain prior to this, but will be looking for more from both of them.
Gael was a strong lead. A combat medic veteran, now paramedic, he still suffered PTSD episodes a decade after returning stateside after becoming injured in the line of duty.
Silas suffered an abusive upbringing at the hands of an influential city figurehead, which only became worse when he came out to his parents. Fearing for his life, he ran with only the clothes on his back, despite it being late November in Boston.
An event of terrible violence brought the two men together, but something deeper connected them immediately, which was a good thing, because Silas was going to need a protector!
Great story, plenty of dynamics. The characters interacted well, dialogue was good. The conflicts were multi-tiered, but nothing was left unresolved. Predictability was little to none. The conclusion is solid enough, with an implied HEA.
Although the story did take place during the holidays, I would not necessarily bill it as a Holiday Novella. It had a dose of Romantic Suspense, plus a heaping of Sweet and Sexy.
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Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4
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Narrator has a warm, inviting vocal quality that is extremely easy and pleasant to listen to. It's simply ear candy. His character voices made the cast easy to distinguish. The speech was clean and well-paced, providing a smooth flow.
Overall Narration Score: 4.4
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  • Diane
  • 11/11/2017

Pretty good story

3.5 stars - One big issue I had is Silas was beaten & then shot but he is able to get himself out of the hospital & then has sex within a matter of days? Seriously? You really have to suspend your beliefs on that. The whole issue with his dad was never really fleshed out. He sends his guys at the end of the story to get Silas & Gael fights them all off and there is the show down at the police station all happens within a few minutes. I would have liked a little more angst there. But they were cute together

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  • B
  • 06/06/2017

Enjoyable Read

I enjoyed this book, it was a short love story with some conflict between one of the main characters and a family member that was resolved nicely.

Derrick McClain did a wonderful job of narrating as usual.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 29/05/2017

Such a cute and sweet story with a great narrator.

What made the experience of listening to Saving Silas the most enjoyable?

I had love this story when I read it back in December and now with the audiobook it just made the story so much better. Gael and Silas I feel are made for each other. With Gael wanting to save Silas from his father just my heart want to burst. Then with Derrick McClain brings the characters alive. I thought I love this story before. Well he made me love it more. This is definitely a story that needs to be heard.

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  • denise
  • 04/05/2017

I love this little story

This was a good book I loved this book will look listen to it again

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  • BrattyOz
  • 27/12/2016

Truly a delightful story

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.