Audiobook Tour: Saving Silas by SJ Himes (Review + Giveaway)
Title: Saving Silas
Author: SJ Himes
Audiobook Release Date: November 30th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance, Novella
Length: 3 hours 38 mins
Narrated by: Derrick McClain
*Previously Published as part of Home For The Holidays, A M/M Holiday Anthology, Nov. 29th, 2015.*
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.
Novella~32k words. MATURE CONTENT. Warning: Violence.
There were a lot of things he was doing he never expected. Standing in a cold, damp, smelly excuse of an alley hiding from his father’s henchmen so he wasn’t dragged back into Hell kicking and screaming wasn’t in his plans a week ago. Or was it longer than that?
He leaned on the wall, shivering. Arms wrapped tight around his torso, Silas closed his eyes, shoulders drooping. He was so tired.
The roar of a large engine echoed down the alley, and Silas opened his eyes, stilling as he listened. It was hard to tell from which end of the alley it was coming from, and he didn’t want to end up walking into their open arms if it was his father’s men. The sound grew louder in the direction he’d come, and Silas winced as he pushed off from the wall, feet sinking to the ankle in the icy cold puddles as he went further away from the source.
It was Thanksgiving night. Everyone else was at home, eating until they wanted to burst, watching football, and arguing with loved ones. He was hiding on the back streets of Boston, beaten, sore, and colder than he’d ever been in his life, and he was being hunted like an animal.
All because he was caught kissing a guy.
*** 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, 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!!!
GIVEAWAY: Win a paperback OR audiobook of Saving Silas
About the Author
I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page fantasy epic all written by hand…in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job, but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is a cool fall evening with leaves burning….less a scent, and more of an experience.
My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks.
My alter ego is Revella Hawthorne, and I'm writing the Bred For Love series under that name.
Blog stops and tour dates:
11th December - Boy Meets Boy Reviews
16th December - Happily Ever Chapter | Bayou Book Junkie | The Purple Rose Tea House | Alpha Book Club
17th December - Love Bytes Reviews
18th December - Open Skye Reviews