Book Reviews

Guardian Angels by Geneva Vand

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 30-July-2020

Book Blurb

One snowy evening, a car wreck in front of his toy store triggers terrible memories for Jake. Suddenly, he is in the midst of another winter storm—and another accident, one that not everyone walked away from. When he returns to the present, Jake is on the ground, being watched over by a guardian angel in the form of a kind man named Eli. Eli is no stranger to panic attacks and PTSD, and he’s happy to help Jake get home—where the weather forces him to remain for the night. For Jake, it could be the first step toward a life free from fear and loneliness.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2016.


Book Review

If anyone ever needed a guardian angel it is Jake, of 'Guardian Angels' by Geneva Vand, when his PTSD is triggered, leaving him paralyzed with fear unable to move or speak, lost in another time and place. Fortunately, there just happens to be an angel named Eli passing by.

Since his cousin has anxiety attacks, Eli immediately recognizes what is happening with Jake and takes appropriate measures to ensure his safety. Jake appreciates Eli's help, but waits for the look of sympathy he usually gets from people who have seen him in the midst of an episode, but is surprised when he doesn't get that reaction from Eli. Realizing his fuzzy mental state, Eli even insists that he see Jake home. Jake has to admit he needs help and accepts Eli's kind offer.

By the time they get to Jake's, the snow storm is raging ferociously and Jake invites Eli to stay. Eli decides that's a wise course of action. They share a meal, watch some TV, Jake noting how much he has missed company. Jake also thinks that Eli is so charming and sweet that he wants to keep him, but then realization sets in. Jake can't see it working out with an old grouch like himself. Eli helps Jake to bed, then takes his place on the couch to sleep. Predictably, in the middle of the night, Jake wakes up gasping from a nightmare. Again, Eli knows just what to do. He crawls in bed with Jake and comforts him. Jake doesn't want the closeness to end, but they both know they have to continue on with their separate lives. Jake tries to go on as usual, but he knows that something he thinks was dead has come alive after the night that he spent with Eli. His guardian angel has given him a reason to hope.

Eli is adorable, kind, charming, nurturing, and a wonderful guardian angel. He is just what Jake needs whether he thinks himself worthy or not. This story reminded me that there is still kindness and compassion in the world, even if we can't always see it. There are lots of angels around, people ready to reach out and help, even if it is just to give us a smile. Thanks, Geneva, for reminding me of this and for easing my cynicism, especially in this holiday season.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 37 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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