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*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.

177 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 29, 2015

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S.J. Himes

21 books1,354 followers
LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL releases August 31st 2021.

I will be moving all my titles over the course of 2022 to my new author name, Sheena Jolie.

If you have questions for me, and want an answer sooner rather than later, find me on Facebook or Twitter. Social media links on my website, along with a FAQs page for the most common questions I get asked.

Current writing cluster titles are available on my Works in Progress page at my website. www.sjhimes.com

I also write as Revella Hawthorne. I write mainly gay romance and erotica, but I am branching out into polyamorous groupings and LGBT+ characters.

Saving Silas is my only contemporary. Everything else is paranormal, urban fantasy, or scifi/alternate universe.

I'm a nomad--I move a lot. My health is sporadic, so when I'm feeling well enough is when I'm writing. Which is good, as otherwise, I think my suffering translates to boring stories. ;)

I've learned the hard way that I can't do release dates until a book is 100% DONE. No projected dates anymore. For up to date and accurate information, find me on Facebook and Twitter. I RARELY come to GR. It'll be months before I'm back again.

Any books I have reviewed are my own opinions and done so without malice. I won't review a book anymore if I can't give it 3 stars or higher. Most of my reviews are based upon how a book makes me FEEL. Entirely subjective and personal. Exceptions are in cases of plagiarism and intellectual property theft or a massively horrible formatting job or erroneous content (ie the title and blurb don't match the interior.)

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Profile Image for Karla.
1,074 reviews243 followers
November 6, 2017
3.5 stars!

Well this one was a sweet and sexy quick read. I was actually surprised by the emotional depth it had considering how short this book is. I loved Silas and Gael both guys were great and I especially liked how the author balance out the way they needed each in different ways. For Silas, Gael was the physical strength he needed to be able to leave his abusive father and for Gael, Silas was the anchor he needed to push his past away. Even though I loved both MC I loved Gael a little more he was so protective and so sweet to Silas and there’s nothing I love more than a H that doesn’t deny his feelings and fights for the one he loves.❤️

Profile Image for Rain.
1,720 reviews28 followers
December 20, 2022
Silas (19) is fleeing an abusive home.

He was hiding on the back streets of Boston, beaten, sore, and colder than he's ever been in his life, and he was being hunted like an animal. All because he was caught kissing a guy.

Gael (33) a veteran working for Boston EMS.

Six-one, 200 pounds, tattooed and looking as lethal as the day he got discharged from the army after getting shot in Iraq, Gael Dominic routinely frightened the shit out of the rookies at both the EMS garage and the firehouse.

Gael covering the overnight shift on thanksgiving, saves Silas's life. A touching somewhat atmospheric love story. At 177 pages, this was a sweet little story that left me wanting more.

I really, really need a story with Gael's best friend Jim, as the hero. "Six-five, rockhard body, Irish temper, 48 years old."

Profile Image for Deborah.
3,403 reviews449 followers
October 27, 2017

While this is a short story it felt much longer than its 90 pages, the characters were well developed and grew as the story continued.
Gael Dominic is a Boston paramedic still haunted by PTSD, it’s ten years since he was medically discharged from the army, he still suffers from dreams and flashbacks leaving his personal life has been on hold, that is until he saves the life of an injured young man.
Silas is nineteen years old and when we meet him he’s beaten and running away from his father who’s just discovered his son is gay.
Gael and Silas desperately need each other and this is such a beautiful short romance. Both main characters are wonderful and I absolutely loved Jim.

It’s hard to believe it’s just less than a week since I started my first book from this author and now I’m totally hooked. I’ve read both Wolf and Necromancer books and with this finished I’m left waiting...

While mpreg isn’t really my thing I suspect I’ll end up reading her Bred for Love series written as Revella Hawthorne.
Profile Image for Shin Mon Thway.
663 reviews1,501 followers
November 4, 2019
I truly adore this book. S.J. Himes never disappoints me when it comes to her impeccable taste of story telling and plot and twists.

When Silas’s father found out his son was gay, he simply couldn’t accept the truth and tried to send Silas away to a converting camp. Silas had no choice but to run away from his tyrant father. He ended up getting severely injured while he’s on the run and rescued by Gael who was a paramedic. While Gael sent Silas to hospital, he was completely charmed by this mysterious young man and couldn’t help himself and went back to the hospital the next day to find out more about him. He learnt that Silas was on the run and he needed help and he had to rescue him again for the second time.

This novella is all about finding family, holidays and about trust and love. I love how Gael saved himself by saving Silas. I am very happy that the two of them are able to cure the fears and problems of each others. A very enticing novella.

4.5 holidays stars
Profile Image for Susan.
2,222 reviews408 followers
January 30, 2018
I love hurt/comfort, but I couldn’t help but feel it was a bit overdone with Silas being beaten by his father for years, then kidnapped, locked up, ends up homeless, starving, and then being shot by a random mad man on the streets…. How much bad luck can one person have????

And there was also no relationship development whatsoever. Gael thinks the word love when they have maybe said 3 words to each other. I could do insta-love if there is massive pining and thoughts about wanting to climb the other person like a tree, but here… nothing..

What bugged me also was the use of the name Gee for Gael. If you use a nickname, that’s fine, but here we got several pages where the name Gee was used for Gael and then all of a sudden he’d be Gael for 2 pages and then Gee again, and so on.

This book was a bit of a mess. Not for me.
Profile Image for Antonella  M..
953 reviews85 followers
November 13, 2020

Dicembre si avvicina e mi è venuta in mente questa lettura fatta tempo fa che si adatta perfettamente al periodo natalizio. In genere sono i romance o altre storie coccola i libri che mi tengono compagnia in quei giorni, ma questo della Himes, nonostante sia un M/M, è permeato da quella magica atmosfera che solo a Natale si riesce a respirare.
Di sicuro è anche merito dell' ambientazione, le strade innevate di Boston si prestano perfettamente ad ospitare questa dolce storia.
La storia è curata, la scrittura fluida e priva di imperfezioni e i due protagonisti sono ben caratterizzati: l'uno ha bisogno dell'altro per i differenti trascorsi e si nota già dalle prime pagine.
Altra nota positiva è stata sicuramente la descrizione dei momenti sensuali. Negli m/m a volte si calca molto sulle scene di sesso, scoraggiando chi non è incline alla lettura di questo genere, in questo caso, invece, tutto è descritto in maniera delicata senza mai esagerare, cosa che ho apprezzato in particolar modo.
Una storia che scalda il cuore.
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2,789 reviews233 followers
December 9, 2017
Oh wow!

Christmas Magic Indeed!

Although, aside from the end, this did not read as a Christmas story to me.

This was the most sugary sweet I see him I need him I want him and he's mine romance.

Not really Christmas but a suspend belief cutsey, sweet romance.
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2,957 reviews217 followers
March 31, 2018
**** This is a wonderful short story, with action and love !
Green eyed Silas, 19, escaped his Dad,

a famous, powerful man, after another beating. No
Conversion Therapy Camp for him. So, he's on the run, when a gunman opens fire, spraying bullets on the Boston folks who are Christmas shopping. Silas gets shot.

Big man Gael/Gee, 33, is ex military combat medic, who is a Boston EMT/Firefighter.

All units are called to respond, and it's Lt. Gael, who finds injured Silas, and Silas has lots of bruises that aren't from the shooting. Gael sits with Silas at the hospital, and when he comes back later, he rescues Silas from his evil Dad and his goons.

Gael keeps him safe and a bond builds, that turns to love. Their attraction was strong from the start. We get firsts for Silas, and super hot sexiness from this pair.

Marvelous characters, a busy, action packed short story, with very sexy men.

This is a full bodied plot that flows well, and leaves us satisfied. Fantastic HEA.

Profile Image for Candice.
2,857 reviews122 followers
September 16, 2016
I really enjoyed this one, even if it was a little far fetched. It ended too quickly and I want more. The end says there's a 2nd book coming "Summer of 2016" and it's September so I don't think that's happened yet :( I'm sad, cause I could really use a good dose of Gael, Silas, and Jim. Jim, man, what a great guy.

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115 reviews21 followers
January 7, 2018
I must be the only one that didn’t like this.

1. Ridiculous insta-love
2. The timing of the romance left a bad taste in my mouth due to injury and abuse.

I enjoy SJ Himes’ writing, but this one just didn’t work for me.
Profile Image for Kaity B.
1,430 reviews13 followers
August 6, 2021
2.5-3 stars

VERY insta love, but cute. i do wish that this was a longer book rather than a novella. but for such a short book a lot happened, it was enjoyable i do like SJ Himes's writing.

Profile Image for Federica Lemme.
159 reviews23 followers
November 28, 2017
Questa volta inizio la mia recensione al contrario. In genere metto i difetti o le critiche alla fine, oggi parto da lì.

E’ una novella! E qui finiscono le mie “critiche” perché, sebbene sia breve, questa storia ha comunque tutto quello che serve per lasciarci soddisfatti. Mi è piaciuta, mi sono piaciuti i personaggi, persino il loro veloce innamoramento, che in genere è una cosa che apprezzo poco, essendo io un amante delle storie “cottura a fuoco lento���.

Ma veniamo al libro. Gael è un paramedico, ex militare e, siate sincere, avete già l’acquolina in bocca. Silas invece è un ragazzo neppure ventenne, figlio del procuratore distrettuale di Boston. Due personaggi che non potrebbero essere più diversi e più lontani, ma nonostante le loro differenze e i parecchi anni che li dividono, sono straordinariamente fatti l’uno per l’altro.
Gael salva materialmente Silas, ma in fondo forse è il contrario, perché per lui Silas è la classica luce in fondo al tunnel e riporta Gael, che ha avuto una vita parecchio difficile, alla vita.

E’ una storia piena di dramma, ma anche di positività, con due protagonisti veramente ben costruiti. Abbiamo pochi personaggi secondari, probabilmente per non rubare la scena a Gael e Silas, ma trovo che l’autrice sia riuscita comunque a mantenere un buon equilibrio. Mi sono bastate poche pagine, anzi poche righe, per prendermi anche una cotta per Jim, il capitano dei pompieri amico di Gael.

La parte sentimentale è quella che ho preferito di più, non che la parte fisica non sia scritta bene anzi, e, fidatevi, è parecchio bollente, ma l’ho trovata poco approfondita, sicuramente a causa della brevità del testo. Silas infatti ha davvero subito di tutto e la sua guarigione l’ho trovata semplicemente un po’ troppo affrettata.

E’ comunque una storia che mi è piaciuta molto e quindi ve la consiglio caldamente.

Profile Image for Annery.
959 reviews127 followers
May 2, 2017
I didn't even realize that this is a kind of Christmas story and accordingly it's sweet and insta-everything but I didn't mind. On the contrary I think this was exactly what I needed on a chilly spring day. I'll confess I came to this because of the fabulous Derrick McClain, that man can read me the phone book, and he doesn't disappoint.

Gael is a paramedic who has been living an emotionally closed off life life after harrowing experience in Iraq. On a run after a Black Friday shooter Gael encounters a wounded young man in an alley. He immediately starts calling him angel and that's what they become to each other. Gael physically saves Silas from harm and Silas cracking open the wall surrounding his heart and emotions.

Like all short novellas and Christmas ones at that things happen quick, the baddies are cookie cutter and everything resolves itself with bows and bells. Regardless of the story sticking to script I liked it and didn't care that all the boxes were checked: older MC in need of love, younger virginal MC in need of being rescued, meanie with unlimited resources etc.

These guys had actual heat on the page and I wished there was a sequel to see what they get up to in the future and I'd love to see Gael's friend Jim too.
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2,483 reviews28 followers
December 16, 2016
Short and sweet.

For a holiday short story, it was great. I would have loved a longer version, with a little more back ground, and build up....but it might have gotten a little less holiday cheer...so that's okay. I really would have liked more background from Gael. I loved Gael being surprised by the holiday decorations, and his reaction.

Profile Image for Leaundra.
1,169 reviews45 followers
July 9, 2016
I really enjoyed this one and thought they both were super sweet together!
Profile Image for Anita Bianchi.
581 reviews7 followers
December 6, 2017

Questa novella si fa leggere volentieri e velocemente, merito di una bella storia e di una scrittura appassionante.
Silas è solo, infreddolito e disperato quando viene colpito da un pazzo: sembra la fine di tutto ma da questa tragedia avrà in realtà origine la sua rinascita. Anche Gael, nonostante il suo aspetto minaccioso e la sua competenza nel salvare gli altri, lotta con i fantasmi del passato e non permette a nessuno di avvicinarsi... finchè non conosce Silas.
Il loro rapporto e i loro sentimenti sono immediati e fortissimi: tutti e due sentono una connessione istantanea che va al di la del puro desiderio fisico e che potrebbe essere la salvezza di entrambi.
Ma dovranno combattere per conquistare la loro più che meritata felicità.
Ho apprezzato molto questa lettura, anche per le scelte fatte dall'autrice: rende una storia con potenzialità molto tragiche una storia di speranza e riscatto. Data la brevità del racconto non sono possibili particolari approfondimenti di situazioni e personaggi ma sinceramente non ne ho sentito la mancanza.
Voto: 8
Profile Image for Josy.
973 reviews3 followers
September 10, 2018
~ 3.5 stars ~

VERY insta-lovey!! Like instant attraction without even talking to each other and thinking the L-word after only spending a few days together. Therefore there was no relationship development to speak of. Also, the ending was a bit OTT but useful to quickly fend off the threat Silas' abusive father posed.

Still, this was a good hurt/comfort story with likable MCs with a bit of an age-gap (19 years and 33 years) which could have been even better with more emotional depth and if their dark pasts had been explored a bit more.

Once again, Derrick McClain did a great job narrating this book!
Profile Image for Elyxyz Elyxyz.
Author 6 books47 followers
January 14, 2018
Voto: 3.5 stelline.
Questa storia dallo sfondo natalizio è piacevole, ben tradotta, con buoni personaggi e una trama ben sviluppata.
Mi è piaciuto Gael, il grosso paramedico dal cuore buono e dal passato tormentato, che salva il povero Silas, vessato dal padre omofobo. In un certo modo, si sono salvati vicendevolmente. Ho gradito anche la figura di Jim, prezioso aiuto per i nostri eroi.
Questa storia ha tutte le carte in regola per i miei gusti, ma – anche se mi è piaciuta – devo ammettere che non è riuscita a conquistarmi, facendomi scoccare la scintilla o il batticuore.
La consiglio comunque per qualche ora di piacevole intrattenimento.
Profile Image for jess crazy Book lady.
30 reviews5 followers
April 3, 2016
Gael and Silas… on word swooon.. The connection they share is so magnetic and sweet.. And we all need a Jim in our life! Can't wait for the sequel Silas mom deserves closure/resolution.. And come on daddy dearest needs what's coming to him! But if you want a epic read that keeps u wanting more when its done then this is for you
Profile Image for Meggie.
4,902 reviews
December 15, 2016
Instant falling in love, kind of a romance is what we have in Saving Silas. Both MC were acceptable, but the plot around them was, personally, way to rushed, undeveloped and emotionally simply didn't feel realistic. I missed a lot, sex simply didn't make sense, not so fast after the shooting or hospital or problems. So once more, definitely, NOT, realistic!
Profile Image for Maria Laura Runchina.
147 reviews5 followers
December 3, 2017
Breve, ma dolcissimo.
“Hai rotto quel guscio che indossavo, quello che mi impediva di provare qualsiasi cosa, di vivere la mia vita. Mi hai fatto a pezzi e mi hai aiutato a trovare quelli migliori.”
Profile Image for Claudia.
2,720 reviews88 followers
January 29, 2018
this is a nice novella but I had some troubles with the time frame at the beginning ... everything was very fast.

but all in all a nice read
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