Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Saving Kane
Author: Michele Michael Rakes
Heroes: Kane Abel/Garrett Young
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A twenty-something paramedic suffering from PTSD and a failing relationship with his high school sweetheart becomes embroiled in the tragic life of a young, gay man brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead.
Kane Abel can’t help falling for his caregiver, the handsome paramedic who saves his life, but he’s resistant. The one time Kane threw caution to the wind, he was left with a wired jaw and a tracheostomy. He can’t take much more hurt. But with his attacker’s promise to return, Kane lives in a constant state of fear, and with the ever-present paramedic, arousal.
Garrett Young struggles with the question of his sexuality, unable to get Kane out of his mind even as he fights against the demise of his long-time engagement with his girlfriend Amanda. Every day is complicated by his ongoing battle with PTSD and alcoholism, compounded by his fear for Kane’s life.
Review: This story pulls you into Kane’s unfortunate life right from the first words. Born addicted to meth, druggie parents, father who forced Kane to have sex with him, as well as other men, selling himself as a means to survive, but survive he did. Then the awful bashing that occurred as a result of the one time he actually trusted someone. Kane is really an amazing guy to be able to pull through the horrors he has faced. Luckily he has a guardian angel in Garrett, the paramedic who saved him.
Garrett has issues of his own though. After a devastating fire ended his career as a fireman, he now works as a paramedic. However, he is still having major issues with PTSD from that accident, and more than that, guilt and depression over the fire accident that took his mother’s life. His fiancé has had enough of his drinking and episodes which is another thing for him to deal with. But, after meeting Kane, he is drawn to the sweet man, especially when spending time with Kane seems to be the only thing providing relief from the PTSD.
This story is full of bad things with everything that happens to Kane, his recovery, the continued search for his attacker/stalker and Garrett’s family issues. But there is a lot to enjoy here as well. There are some great side characters, including Garrett’s sister and her son, his fiancé, Amanda, and Miss Buehla who has taken Kane in and continues to nurture and be his family.
Garrett doesn’t spend too much time fighting his attraction for Kane, and it was easy to see how much they each cared. I really liked these two together and how they helped and comforted each other.
I thought this was very well written. There are some gory details which are necessary to really understand what the characters had to deal with, but the story didn’t focus on them too much. I love a story that pulls me in and makes me feel, and this one did that. It was sad and scary, but also funny and sweet. If the tags don’t trigger anything for you, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*