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Saving Silas

By: SJ Himes
Narrated by: Derrick McClain
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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!

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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.

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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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  • Crystal
  • 29-10-2019

Gael and his Angel!

I really enjoyed this story. I knew going in that it would be a short story so I was prepared for that. I would love more of this story because I loved Gael and Silas together. Yes this was an insta-love story but again going into a book that is less than four hours that is kind of a given. The angst was all from outside sources like Silas' worthless father and Gael's ex who I wanted to shake. I would have loved to see the outcome of what happened with the father but I was just glad that this had a happy ending, well happy for now in my opinion since this could theoretically be turned into more. I really enjoyed Derrick McClain's narration with all the different voices, especially Gael......he could call me Angel in that voice and I would probably fall in love instantly too, I'm just saying haha.

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  • Rachel R.
  • 19-10-2019

Perfect

Loved Derrick McClain's voice for this story. Gael and Silas are two forces of nature in personalities and I loved how McClain made them both come to life. Short listen and flowed well between chapters with the perfect tone. Can't wait to hear more from them and SJ Himes

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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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  • JorsheP
  • 06-01-2020

Touching story

Short, sweet story of young man (Silas) and a troubled veteran (Gael). Loved how Silas and Gael saved each other. So perfect together!
Narrator had such a wondrous voice. Made me want to listen endlessly.
Really loved this story and I’ve read multiple times and just saw this Audible and it was even more enjoyable with Derrick’s narration. Adding him to my favorite list of narrators! S. J. Himes is already a favorite of mine and have read practically all her books. ❤️

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  • April 🎧 Reads
  • 06-01-2020

Short but sweet 💖

For a short story, this one packs a good plot. It has the holiday feels & romance. It has action & a bit of suspense and the steamy parts are quite sexy.

It’s my first listen to Derrick McClain narrating and he did a great job!

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  • R Keebler
  • 08-12-2019

Nice story of love found

I’m not sure I’ve listened to Derrick McClain’s narration before. I liked his voice but it was soft in some areas that I thought should of had more emphasis. Overall it was nicely done.

(Below review is the same that I used for the book).

Silas is hiding in a filthy alley running from his father. Severely beaten and at the point of giving up, he is shot by a shooter who has opened up on Black Friday shoppers.

Gael is a lieutenant in the Boston EMS. After the shooting scene has been cleared by police, Gael finds Silas in the alley. The unconscious boy grabs his heart. Gael has unexpectedly found his angel. When he finds out the man isn’t a child, he can’t get Silas out of his mind. Rescuing Silas from his father, he takes him home. Their connection quickly bringing them together. There just the matter of Silas’s powerful father.

This was a beautiful story of two wounded men, somehow finding each other and falling in love. Nice writing, minimal background that was filled in a bit as the story progressed. This was a Christmas story, light on the sentiment. I believe that it (Christmas) was used to explain Gael receiving the gift of his angel. I expect a lot from this author and wasn’t disappointed.

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  • nolmstym
  • 06-12-2019

Saving Gael and Silas

When Gael a paramedic responds to a mass tragedy and helps save Silas he is drawn to this sweet boy covered in bruises. Its surprising since Gael doesn't usually connect with anyone. He can't stay away from the hospital though. He needs to know Silas will be okay. Silas has been on the streets having a rough time since escaping his abusive father. Can Gael help Silas escape his abusive powerful father. Can Silas help Gael realize he can find love. This story is fast paced and hot. I really enjoyed the story and the narration

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  • Jojo
  • 10-08-2017

Sweet feel good

Would you listen to Saving Silas again? Why?

Yes, when you need a lift and a feel good this would be great

What did you like best about this story?

The sweet romance

What does Derrick McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings the characters to life

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  • Ceri
  • 12-12-2016

Heartwarming, sweet story.

If you could sum up Saving Silas in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming, sweet, sexy.

What other book might you compare Saving Silas to, and why?

Saving Samuel - Nicole Colville. A young man being saved by an older hero (or heroes for Saving Samuel)

Which character – as performed by Derrick McClain – was your favourite?

Gael - I loved the hint of an accent!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me smile and sigh. It's heartwarming and gives you a warm glow.

Any additional comments?

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.