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Catch Me When I Fall

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Being an ex-soldier, Jake doesn't know much about angels, but shouldn't they be...angelic?

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
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published October 2014 by MLR Press
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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

CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is funny, sweet and surprisingly emotional.

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
This was funny and emotional, and it had Angels AND it was written by my current fav author John Wiltshire!!!

Highly recommended!!
This was a brand new author to me and I read this book as part of the Author of the Month challenge.
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
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I guess when you really love a certain series by an author it's hard to accept that a new book isn't one of those. I remember when the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon finished I was heartbroken and found it very hard to accept any new characters or series by that author. (I did though and love all his books)
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
Joyfully Jay
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

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
A.B. Gayle
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-32, humor
What a wonderful book, but the cover is all wrong. It should have angel wings and an Irish wolfhound! I had no idea what to expect when I bought and read this. I'd just finished reading the first book Love is a Stranger in the series about an ex SAS guy and a Spetznaz (which brought back many memories of Special Forces) so I was expecting a bit of the same.

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
Arch Bala
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angels, soldiers
Catch Me When I Fall is one funny book and one that is equally poignant. Just how do we deal with choices in our lives? How do we know which things to sacrifice? Is love truly worth sacrificing? How do we deal with something that isn’t there physically but knew about its existence? There are a lot of things one could ask regarding this book if you’re the philosophical type. I am not or not really, but I’d like to think that there really are angels in our lives. Either on a romantic or religious ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one caught me completely unaware. I was reading a very funny, sweet story about a guy and his guardian angel falling in love and then suddenly I was back in John Wiltshire's signature world--painful, immensely rewarding, and just heartbreaking. This story is amazing. Firstly, can I just say... BOB.
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
Vanessa North
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute storyline and concept, and I enjoyed the characters. This was my first read by this author, and I'd check out his work again. ...more
3.5 stars rounded down because I can’t do anything else after that stupid, unnecessary, annoying trope. 😡

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.

Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked 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
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
I liked the fish-out-of-water angle and the humor elements, but I didn't like Jake. He's another Wiltshire POV character that has a high opinion of his looks and appeal. On top of that, he reacts to a friend's kiss by beating him up. Not my kind of guy. This would've been fine as the lite comedy it starts as, but then there's (view spoiler). Not what I was looking for. ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

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
Lori K
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 and only because of some logistics issues at the end.

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)
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a surprise. Given the intensity of 'more heat than the sun' I wasn't expecting something that made me laugh so much from the start. Not than Ben and Nik don't have genius comedy moments, this was just more, like someone had taken off the brakes. The depth of feeling wasn't lost in the interest of chuckles, I cried so much. All good tears though. Wolf deserves a special mention, he's like Radulf with a voice. His parts are very like Radulf's blog and that's only a good thing. My only con ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Exquisite. Perfect short story to overcome a stressful day, when you just want to forget everything and dream. Perfect story for this time of the year, when you just want to believe.
Just perfect
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, xyz0, fantasy, m-m, romance
I super duper did not like that ending.
Orchard Lady
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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

Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've just realised that this is the last of the John Wiltshire novels currently published and it's very short! I've just started it and I'm already on 5% or something. Ahhh. I was hoping this would tide me over until Book 5 of the Ben and Nik series came out. I'll have to
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
Love Bytes Reviews
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 star review by Amber

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
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant short novel. It's a story about a fallen guardian angel and the relationship with Jake a former soldier working through some emotional damage. The story involves the two main characters, Bob the dog and the wonderful location. The author has brought the national park setting alive to such a degree that you can smell the mountains and the woods and the pine fresh air, uncanny. This book will absorb you and you it. I can't recommend it highly enough, I was enthralled, 5 golden ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, m-m, par-rom
3 stars - If you don't think to hard and just want something sweet, then this story will work for you. Gabe, Jake and Bob are so adorable and sweet (just a touch of angst). I was suprised since the other stories I've read by this author had troubled, twisted MCs (who I absolutely love). I do think the dog stole the story though ;) ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet and funny fairytale with two ex-soldiers, angels (one dorky, one badass), a poor shmuck (view spoiler) and an adorable dog named "Wolf who comes in the night" aka Bob. ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Delightful and entertaining book. I quite enjoyed.
I found the book exhausting. It's short, but I found it hard to follow the narrators voice, and sometimes I had no idea what was going on.

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
Andyy the Bookworm
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it. Just as I knew I would. Beautiful writing with strong and flawed characters you can't not care for.

But damn, this is one of those books where I would give almost anything to know the other MC's point of view.
Dee Wy
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If a story can make me both laugh out loud and later sniffle with tears, then I am obviously totally engaged in the characters and their story. A fallen Angel who stays just long enough for former soldier Jake to fall madly in love before Gabriel has to leave. My heart bled for Jake and Gabriel both. The author took pity on his readers though and gave us a happy ending. Loved the dog in this story too. Great read.
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
Rynn Yumako
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, a good fallen angel story, I must be dreaming!

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
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John Wiltshire is the fictional persona of the author of the More Heat Than The Sun series. After spending twenty-two years in the military perfecting the art
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

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