Catch Me When I Fall
What would you do if your guardian angel fell into your backyard? When an angel, Gabriel, falls from heaven, Jake takes him in. Unfortunately, the presence of this beautiful creature stirs passions in Jake that should have remained buried in the mountains of Afghanistan.Why has Gabrie ...more
I love angels so I knew I was going to like this one a lot. But even without the personal bias, Catch Me When I Fall is an interesting story and a well-written one at that. It is told in Jacob's perspective and follows a rather fast-paced plot which was funny and heartwarming at the same time.
What will really touch you though are the characters.
Although there were times when I found Jacob infuriating and vain, John Wiltshire certainly has a way of making you genuinely invested in his life and ma...more
Jacob lives alone and is basically happy. I'm pretty sure he's only happy because he doesn't know any other way to live, other than alone. Until his guardian angel, Gabriel, lands in his backyard. Then his whole world is turned upside down.
If there's one thing I love about John Wiltshire, it's the dialogue he writes. He can write some good conversation. The snark between Jacob and Gabriel was laugh out loud funny. There's also so mu ...more
I really enjoyed this book.
Jake wakes up one morning and finds a naked man on his lawn, it turns out to be his guardian angel, Gabriel.
The dialogue between the main characters was funny and quite snarky. However, as time goes on, Gabriel needs to return to heaven and leaves Jake on the top of the mountain when they are out hiking.
There is some angst until Gabe re-appears and I admit too having a t ...more
Fortunately, John Wiltshire hasn't finished the More Heat Than the Sun series about Ben Rider and Nikolas Mikkelsen, and according to his website there is another Royal Affair coming ou ...more
I’m not sure I can even put into words why I loved this book. Because I really did, from start to finish. The writing was fantastic. It was funny and thoughtful and flowed really well. I loved the characters and the way Jake, our narrator, viewed the world. I loved going on this journey with him. But I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly why I adored it. When I was done, though, I gave that happy sigh of a book well done.
I’m going to start with Gabriel because this ...more
This story is also about an ex-soldier but it is starts off as an amusing comedy, but morphs into something more serious which brought tears ...more
Bob is the dog Jake and Gabriel rescue, and because Gabriel is an angel (long story) he can talk to animals. Seriously, he and Bob (who is actually called Wolf Who Comes In the Night but humans di ...more
Like all the other books by John Wiltshire I’ve read so far, the narrating voice is quite distinctive.
It’s likely you’ll either like it or find it tiring or maybe you’ll fall somewhere in the middle, like me. The sarcasm was constant and pretty heavy at first, so much so that I was worried it would be too much for the entire book. It got toned down after a while, though, or I got used to it.
Not being the religious type, this story left me with that "Awww-fluffy-bunny" feel overall.
Cannot fault the writing as J.W. shows us his writing-in-American-English skills, which are believably good.
Short story and although I enjoyed it, somehow I was left feeling down. Not depressed per se, more disappointed in the realities of life. Although Jake and Gabe get their Happy Ever After, the author leaves us pondering the fairness or unfairness of the situation, " Sometimes, bad things happ ...more
Jake, a forest ranger and former Army Ranger, is shocked when what he thought was a meteor landed in his front yard. He was more shocked to discover that it wasn't a meteor, but a man. In fact, it's not really even a man—it’s an angel named Gabriel, not THE Gabriel, but it turns out to be Jake's personal guardian angel, and he's been kicked out of heaven for killing another angel in defe ...more
This books was really snarky and funny, at times almost too "rich" and I had to put it down. Jacob's "voice" is most of the charm of the book so it will be interesting to see if the author continues this same voice/style in other books. If so, it won't work for me as much.
My issues at the end were just the type of stuff that bugs me -(view spoiler)[ if he still looks like Gabriel, how will they explain that to people in their lives-Sam ...more
This is a very engaging story from the author of the stunning series More Heat Than the Sun and the wonderful historical novel A Royal Affair. I bought this on the strength of loving those works and certainly wasn't disappointed. There is just something about John Wiltshire's prose that pulls me in. I read fairly widely and often come back to favourite books. And so it's not plot necessarily pulling me toward a book (after all, once you've read the book, you know what's going to happen), but the...more
Actually, that's how John Wiltshire should be read to be honest. Whether you like gay fiction or not, one thing can't be denied, this guy can write. He can turn a phrase to make you laugh and desp ...more
This was such an interesting read. I was a little put off at first because of the 1st person point of view style of writing but I very quickly got use to it and eventually rather enjoyed it. The whole story is told from Jake’s point of view and his witty, inner monologue and banter become infectious and I laughed out loud on several occasions.
Jake is an Army vet, turned Park Ranger. He lives in the middle of nowhere and thoroughly enjoys his seclusion. One day while in his ...more
It was certainly an interesting and gloomy twist on the loving an angel story. It starts out humorous, but it's actually pretty sad and rater tangled most of the time. I liked that it was going for a more realistic angle that considered the moral implication of just taking over a body, though.
I didn't really get the falling in love. At first Jake is in comple ...more
gabriel is a guardian angel, but he's not that gabriel. he comes to earth because of something that he did that was wrong, and his guardee (ward? person?), jake, sees him for the first time. gabe has appropriated a man's body and his soul is asleep, but he's only there temporarily until he sees the error of his ways. jake was in the army, but after being captured and tortured, he is now a park ranger. he is also trying to convince himself that he's not attracted to men. when gabe shows ...more
I loved this book so much. The writing was splendid, but that's John Wiltshire for you; he has definitely become one of my favorite M/M authors in the past few months.
The book was on the shorter side, but it was jam-packed with so many emotions, so much love and heartbreak. Despite some of the pretty serious and depressing themes, the tone wasn't gloomy, there was plenty of fun and humor there. Jake and Gabriel had sizzling chemistry from ...more
of looking busy whilst secretly writing, John left as a senior officer
when a hastily dug tunnel was ready for use. Now living in New
Zealand (at least until enough money can be raised to leave) John has no plans to return to the army. Unless t ...more