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Summary Salvage by Con RileyIt s about family stretching beyond a blood bond only It s about things not being as they seem a point made again and again in very subtle ways and how forgiveness is the greatest gift of allIt s a wonderfully satisfying read with a good amount of boysecksing that still never takes center stage and detracts from the emotional connections between the charactersWhile Gabe and Scott might initially appear to be the main characters their lives are so interwoven with the rest of the cast that the lines blur and ou realize that all of the characters are in major ways important to the storyThere were some funny moments that had me laugh out loud because kids will say the darndest things and some moments that put tears in my eyes because I was overwhelmed by the emotions Con Riley put on the pages The epilogue was cute and brought the book to a point of closure though I wouldn t mind seeing of these people Read this book I beg Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness you It s available on 91613 Or betteret pre order it so The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition you too can immerseourself in its awesomeness I received a free ARC from the author prior to publication A positive review was not promised in return Re read to celebrate this series being re released in the next few weeks If The Wanderer: Dion's Story you haven t experienced Con Riley s superb writing beforeou re in for a real treatReview 2013What a heart warming read this was Absolutely delishjust the sort of story to curl up on the sofa with a box of choccies and a glass of wine or 2 all within reach We had happy tears and lots of smiles so it can only get a massive and bring on those dancing girls Gabe Cooper has reluctantly returned home to Minnesota after 5 История моей голубятни years in San Diego with Jamie to help his dad out running the family salvage businessdad Coop has had a massive heart attack and obviously has to take things easy and twin sister Ariel is non too well herself after an accident left her partially disabledshe does what she can to help out but things are pretty strained at homeOne night a stranger knocks on the door in the middle of an awful storm the stranger is carrying aoung boy and is trying to find a Alphabeep A Zipping Zooming ABC young girl who appears to have run off The stranger is worried out of his mind and the little boy is having a panic attack until Coop walks into the warehouse carrying the little girl who turned up on their doorstep soaked to the skin and frightened to death calling for her mother Who is the stranger and why does he have 2oung children with him Why was Gabe in San Diego when he really should have been helping out at home What happened to Ariel Who is Jamie All these uestions and will be answered in this storyyes folks it s an ah bless story and I absolutely loved it SALVAGE is so much than Daaku your typical MM romance It was that too but so much it was like a breath of fresh airGabe was back in Minnesota after leaving for college in San Diegoears before He had left because his family experienced a traumatic event that Gabe thought they d never be able to come back from Their relationships were fractured in a way he had no hope to repair Now he s back to help his sister and sick father with the businessGabe is working to save what s left of his relationship with his father and sister He s desperately trying to grab all the pieces he can and fit them back together in the way they once were But of course nothing can be exactly the way it was before People change and grow as do their relationships I loved Gabe and his family their interactions were so real and I could feel all the struggles they had to cope with They were a little estranged for some time but I could tell there was love still between them and reading about their reconciliation was so touchingWhile in town another man is struggling to get his life in order Gabe s neighbor Scott had just been handed his niece and nephew to take care of and he had no idea what he s doing Luckily he had a great family living next door that s willing to help him out when nobody else wouldWhile Gabe is trying to save himself from his past Scott is drowning in his present He has these two kids he doesn t know very well in a new town trying to be the guardian they need and deserve He was completely lost in his new situation and was very literally falling apart at the seams I loved how Gabe stepped up to help Scott out without being judgmental but because he really just wanted to help somebody who needed itScott and Gabe just simply took care of each other they were exactly what the other needed in order to let go of what was holding them back and to look Forward The Natural Flow Of The natural flow of relationship was just that
natural They were friends someone to rely on and someone willing to listen when it wasThey were friends someone to rely on and someone willing to listen when it was before there was any romance Like I said SALVAGE was like a breath a fresh air Give me a meet cute and some tight bods and I m usually all set But this The slow pace of the relationship the believable relationships and the sense of family was just wonderfulSALVAGE I don t know if there s a aptly named romance novel out there The title can be taken in so many directions and applied to so many people and events in the story These men are trying to salvage so many things in their lives and the way they were able to do this together was simply beautiful to read about When it comes to Riley s stories I eagerly jump in without pause I m to the point that I close my eyes and hold out my hand heart hammering with anticipation I see the titlehmmm okay this should be interesting something is being rescued Then I see the coverwhich has been updated and improved if The Farris Channel Sime Gen you ask me with a man I like this man I don t know why but there s something in his eyes that calls to me and I can t wait to meet him I skip the blurb because well I don t need it foolish I know butou can remind me in a second I take a deep breath and I open it AndI m not really sure what s happening ahem and this is why there s something called a blurb but I don t care It s almost as if the big picture was slightly blurred and I could only see the center Gabe Cooper is the pivot of this tale and I could see him clearly I just couldn t make out everything else rotating around him Why did he leave his family five 秒速5センチメートル oneside years ago Is Jamie his best friend or boyfriend What happened to his sister How come his dad won t look him in the eye And his neighbor what in the world is his story All good uestionswith even better answers Wanna find outWhat s to like I live in a small town and always enjoy visiting others So it s no surprise I had a great time in rural Minnesota Gabe left his hometown severalears ago without a backward glance and is holding onto sharp memories It was easier to leave and stay away when he felt unwelcome is holding onto sharp memories It was easier to leave and stay away when he felt unwelcome has missed his sister his twin but he struggles with her new reality She may have forgiven him but he will never forgive himself And bearing witness to her physical limitations is like a fresh tear to his seeping emotional wounds But his dad needs him and his family morals burn brighter than his shame Coop raised the twins on his own and instilled core values into his children So when an old neighbor appears out of nowhere frazzled and obviously in over his head Gabe steps up to help As my Granny would say he gets it honest Meaning he just can t help himself He jumps in and throws Scott a life preserver because he is clearly drowning Turns out this helping hand is a lot fun and serious than he ever imagined sigh I just love it when they unexpectedly fall in loveWhat s to love It was easy to love Gabe It was obvious he has been carrying the heavy burden of remorse and the weight is wearing him down He s been so focused on keeping Jamie safe he s lost himself Running after his sister s accident was cowardly but at the time it seemed the only option There are few people he holds close to his heart and he s already failed once he can t fall short a second time However when he is forced to come home everything shines in a different light Did he see things wrong before Or only see what he wanted to Regardless he s back and going to dig his heels in when he s needed As it turns out he s very much needed Scott s world was flipped upside down one day and it hasn t stopped flipping Standing in to care for his niece and nephew wasn t on his radar untilit was the only thing Emma and Josh will stand out and make their mark on The Cartoon History of the Universe III From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance your heart and I can guaranteeou won t forget them anytime soon My heart ached for them and This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race yet I couldn t help but feel proud of them The struggles are real the emotions are sharp and love pulses from the pa. Y for so longScott Stark also returns to Minnesota with hisoung niece and nephew in tow shouldering new family responsibilities While Gabe comes to grips with his past Scott struggles to accept his present role as a substitute parent caring for two children each with different needs As Gabe and Scott get to. Ges Be it neighborly sisterly or fatherlyI felt it Gabe and Scott are imperfect men in an imperfect situation but their love wasperfect I loved how they came together and stayed togetherand I am confident Swan Song you will see the beauty in them tooBeware of Secrets But never fear they don t keep for long Restoration Hearts are healed and bonds reconnect Slow burn Work and kids don t always make sexytime easy but that only intensifies the moments caughtThis book is for Anyone searching for a touching tale of two men and their journeyhomeBook UNfunk 2 starsDNF at 65 % Review posted October 15 2013I guess I must come to terms that Con Riley s writing and my reading tastes are no longer compatible I just don t know After loving and devouring After Ben I was so thrilled to read the entire series and it is very unfortunate that the other two books of the series didn t wow me at all In fact I was uite disappointed Same goes for Salvage A gloomy and somber atmosphere didn t encourage me to jump around in delight Honestly why was it necessary to add so much drama to every character It s not realistic I mean we all deal with problems now and then but each and every character of Salvage has been depicted as either view spoilerhandicapped hide spoiler Whenou are burnt out from the breakneck pace and scratch The Cloud Spinner your head where did it come from I loveous from the typical MM romance just open up a Con Riley book I promise Calisthenics for Beginners: Step-by-Step Workouts to Build Strength at Any Fitness Level you it will restoreour faith in MM romances Thank J'ai t dpucele dans un camp de nudistes (Confessions rotiques) you Con Riley for giving me a worthwhile reading experienceSalvage is about a man who comes home to help his ailing father and sister with the family business of architectural salvaging However it is so much than what it appears on the surface To me this book was about the process that each of us go through when we mature and realize that our parents are not infallible It is about flawed people learning to trust others and allowingourself to take risks Each character is multidimensional I loved all of them and what they brought to the table The author creates such lovely characters that each have a heart and a soul From the father to the sister to even the people they met at the bar they felt real to me And Con Riley has the pace of this book down pat I love how I didn t feel rushed in the relationship between Gabe and Scott It felt organic natural and anything but boring Sure this book has a bit of a contemplative melancholy feel but I love the atmosphere that Con Riley managed to create I found this book to be beautiful and completely worthy Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review stunningthis was written by a marvelous writer at the height of her powersone of the things that defines us as a species is our drive to create metaphor to tell stories to create things from the bits of other thingsi know i know i m a dork just waitvery nearly everything we do is an abstraction of something else the names we give things are symbols for the things we have named the words we use are a kind of code for the things the words mean and when we string them together magichuman magicthe real kindthe word dog is not an actual dog it s a series of three symbols we have all agreed means dog further we have all agreed that that word sounds a certain way and that sound also means dogif Liniştea Cri you want to go the other direction think about the letters we use to make up that word who decided the d should sound like duh why is it shaped the way it is how cool is it that we can use that same shape to make that same sound in all sorts of i am not high i m just really really excitedsoeah abstraction everything is an extrapolation a symbol a metaphor and human speech and human writing and human storytelling is a series of them put together which in turn form et another abstraction a whole other level of meaning imagery emotion ideas and in this way art is madea writer writes the dog barks and human beings thousands of miles away long after she s dead reading a translation maybe they know what that means they see a dog in their minds and they hear it barkingtransliteration conveying a thing from one brain to another using feelings and images made up of millions of metaphors for things everyone understands a certain wayit s how we tell stories symbolscon riley knows how this works and she knows how to play with itmonths ago i reviewed her first book After BenReferring to Ben too many times probably weakened the overall feel of the book but as a device for the purposes of explaining or enriching the context of the situation it works very nicely indeed When ou lose someone The America We Deserve you really do think of them as often as Theo thinks of Ben You compare everyone to the oneou lost and everything has everything to do with themBut in fiction it s sometimes best to be a little bit unfaithful to the literal truth to do with themBut in fiction it s sometimes best to be a little bit unfaithful to the literal truth a thing to keep the story moving along Some restraint here and there with the Ben memories would have better served the story than the still frankly wonderful and amusing glimpses of the kind of crazy charming and funny man Ben waswhat i saw in her writing back then was this astonishing ability to transliterate the way It's All About the Bike The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels your mind works in grief the so so often retrieval of memory in loss of the mimetic connection between smells and tastes and sounds to painful memories that savageou when Corinna, A-Maying the Apocalypse you re suffering it was terribly terribly exciting to see even if the device was slightly out of balanceit wasn t perfect but it was close and it was like being able to read mindsso here we are and she s four books on and that skill that talent connectingou to the mind of another person she s created so Programmable Microcontrollers with Applications you identify with them and feel what they feel and recognize the way things happen inour own head through the inner ebb and flow of their emotions and thoughts and memories it sit s not unbalanced anynow it is perfectgabriel her main character here he s alive he s human he s real because the way his mind works memories of conversations experiences sounds smells all coming back at random times to inform his present state of mind it s real it s accurateand it happens just that way doesn t ityou re thinking of The Big Book of Losers: Pathetic but True Tales of the World's Most Titanic Failures! (Factoid Books) your high school crush breakingour heart twenty The Thing About Alice years ago just as someone cute standing right in front ofou today does something that could be taken a certain way and Un lieu incertain you react well out of lineou shut them down and the extent of Starman The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin your emotional response only makes sense in the context of the thingsou were thinking and feeling just before Caveman Alien's Ransom: A SciFi BBW/Alien Fated Mates Romance (Caveman Aliens Book 1) you went totally nutslike thatbut then riley does one bettershe s mastered that see and now homegirl s just showing off really the way ou or i use metaphors to convey the dog barks she uses that the obscenely complicated and delicate dance of past memory and present experience to create spellbinding scenes that not only build powerful imagery in our head but blow them up and put them back together again in absolutely incredible waysit was on at least three occasions literally breathtakingwhen i reviewed riley s second book Saving Sean i had this to sayover and over Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you ll findourself reading something and wondering why is this here why am i seeing this now what about that other thing the narrative loops over and around itself again and again layered with surprising allusions parallels and metaphors and The Summer I Wasn't Me you ll find that in its playful structure and clever symmetryou ve been set up just right for incredibly satisfying emotional payoffsshe d improved that skill playing with the symbolism of memory and the process of cognition she d improved it so much from one book to another i found it astonishing because the talent and ambition behind such writing had grown exponentiallyas it has again herewith this bookyou re given a word marble and ou re given another and another in a row and they build an image in our mind green marbles in a glass jar and then some words images ideas imbued into the marbles who does what with them and what that means to whom and when and then it all circles round at the end of a scene and that symbol marble means something completely different than it did at the start something something incredible and then hundreds of pages later of scenes like that later ou realize this author s been
doing the same thing but entire scenesthe same thing but with entire scenes whole novel and those same green marbles now mean something even greater something so vast and so rich and so human esyes it s really that goodit s like getting gay lit story for MM moneythis book is compulsively readable and very very recommended. Know each other reclaiming family life almost seems possible Only two things stand in the way of love Gabe’s unresolved relationship with Jamie and Scott’s plan to leave Minnesota as soon as he can Both men will have to accept past mistakes if they want to salvage a future together and time is running ou. Disclaimer I m uite cold hearted or a glacial bitch as some would say so take what I m about to say here with a pinch of salt This book might make ou cry buckets even though it didn t do that to meWhen I say this novel was light pleasant reading I definitely do not mean that it s a simple easy story I mean that it s a difficult story handled with an incredibly delicate hand that somehow managed to sueeze my heart without making it bleedCon Riley s strength lies in words It s not the plot that had me glued to the pages although that has its merits too but the way it it was toldThe story unfolds over the course of a few months not once lagging or speeding up too muchGabe Scott Ariel Jamie and Coop s backstories are doled out in small doses just enough at a time to keep the reader happy but slightly obsessed and hungry for But what I found most fascinating about each character Gabe and Scott in particular is that despite a slight air of mystery around them at least in the beginning and the uttermost complexity of an actual human being that Riley managed to transpose here there is a crystal clear transparency about them that had me following their thought processes agreeing with their actions and sympathising with them even when the path they chose wasn t one I would have chosen myself even when it seemed to me they were doing something senseless somehow I saw the sense in itThe romance is not by any means the main focus of this story of personal growth but it s delicious heartwarming and sexy all the sameIn a story full of issues and trauma the love story between Gabe and Scott is the only easy and angst free happening It s plain to see how well they fit together right from the start in a way that reuires no words and no explicit commitment but comes naturally and brings only joyThe other characters are just as lovable and interesting each of them with a clearly defined personality and a past that shaped them and changed them In a way most of them aren t even secondary characters because they spend just as much on page time as Scott That makes this of a choral family centred story family in every sense the one ou re born with and the one Natural Cat Care you build forourself and despite the fact that my tastes don t usually run in that direction I loved it I absolutely adored it I enjoyed the hell out of it Is there a way to make this any clearer or emphaticThe issues in this story ranging from rape to illness homophobia and ASD have the potential to be very heavy and difficult to handle for the author and for the readerBut what I said about Con Riley s magical way with words comes into play here too and the narration never turns preachy or oppressiveEvery plot thread every single small detail is weaved into the plot so seamlessly that at the end when this masterpiece of a tapestry was finished I was left smiling completely satisfied and speechless Speechless All that came out of my mouth for the next three hours was green marbles Irrealistically realistic astonishingly beautiful and heartbreakingly comfortingThere s probably a lot to say about this but other people have already written everything And the Ass Saw the Angel you need to know I can only hope I helped someone make the decision to pick up this book because it s worth every penny and every minute This is the uality I hope for every time I start reading a novelOriginally reviewed for The Blog of Sid Love which is now dead I have been trying for two days to formulate this review It s not working so I m just going to gush and spill and suee and be generally obnoxious for the duration There truly is nobody who writes uite like Con Riley for me this is simply How You WriteCon Riley does it for me on so many levels but mostly because her writing is so darned intelligent She doesn t write stuff on my nose she doesn t Tell me anything but she Shows me all she doesn t scream at me You get it You get it Huh Huh no it is so much subtle Also she doesn t tell me everything at once she doesn t dump backstories and information on me when I don t nee This book is so beautifully written I felt like I was actually there with the main characters watching the story play out Salvage unfolds at such a natural pace nothing felt rushed or out of place More than just a romance it is a story about family acceptance and friendship When Gabe returns home after 5ears to help with the family salvage business and care for his father who is recovering from a heart attack Every Relationship Has Seems Strained relationship has seems strained worries about his best friendroommateex lover Jamie who he left behind in San Diego His relationship with his father has been tenuous and defined by a lack of communication since he left for college shortly after an accident that severely injured his sister An accident Gabe blames on himself One stormy day Gabe meets their new neighbor Scott Stark who also has an unpleasant family history and has suddenly become guardian of his sister s two oung children one of which has autism To say Scott is in over his head is an understatement as he has cannot find his niece and his nephew appears to be in the midst of a meltdown Soon the families begin to bond and their back stories are slowly revealed Gabe returned to MN planning to go back home to San Diego as soon as his father felt better but he is soon faced with the fact that he will not be leaving as soon as he thought Scott is also living there on what he believes to be a limited stay but that is another situation that is up in the air There is a slow build to the romantic relationship between Gabe and Scott while the two men focus on their families There are so many issues to be dealt with and they all flowed together so easily I never felt distracted by one storyline over another and each played out very naturally and the ending fit the tone of the rest of the story I must start this review by saying that I ve seen Con Riley s books up and down my timeline for uite a while Heck my two review buddiesco bloggers have read After Ben and were blown away And et I stupidly resisted Sure I follow Con on Twitter and she seems like an awesomesauce person but I hadn t seen a lick of her writingUntil Salvage Which after reading this book means I must now do everything in my powah to get all her published books and devour them because if THIS is the caliber of writing we can expect Imma need to be all over her Her books I mean Jeez PervsSo Salvage Sucked me in from the start Gabe Cooper the prodigal son returns to his hometown in Minnesota after his father Coop has a heart attack There s some hinting at something happening in the past with Gabe s sister Ariel and Gabe s not really boyfriend but best friend Jamie that has kept Gabe away for a five ears but nothing is explained no info dump thank all the sweet angels So Gabe is working in his dad s architectural salvage shop cataloging things unpacking boxes and feeling generally rather sorry for himself with a dollop of guilt to round out the self pity sundae The relationship with Jamie is touched upon and the reader gets a feeling of unreuited love from Gabe
s end with Jamie seemingly being a hard partying pleasure seeking don t give a damn about our feelings narcissistend with Jamie seemingly being a hard partying pleasure seeking don t give a damn about Tytus Romek i ATomek Księga VIII Tytus astronomem your feelings narcissist was kind of glad that Gabe was away from himThe relationship between Gabe and his father is a bit strained with Gabe having some misconceptions about his father s feelings towards him and Coop being an old coot curmudgeon doesn t help their communication Gabe being a somewhat unreliable narratorou can still feel the underlying love and respect and the familial bonds that bind these two and Gabe s sister ArielThen Scott Stark appears on the scene during a huge rain storm clutching a little boy Josh to him looking for the boy "S Sister Emma We Hear About His " sister Emma We hear about his bit by bit we re introduced to the kids and we start to feel the UST between Scott and Gabe At this point I was glued to the pages The book touches on many themes ranging from ASD to family secrets to deep seated guilt alcoholism rape and the after effects crime gay bashing misconceptions despair there s a shit ton of stuff going on behind the story front that in some books would have ended up in some convoluted mess Not here Here the author weaves a thread of family around all the issues she brings up and creates from it a tapestry of such brilliance that at the end of the book uad you sit there with this huge smile onour face and a happy satisfied sigh leaving Fauci: The Bernie Madoff of Science and the HIV Ponzi Scheme that Concealed the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic your lungsAt the heart of this book it s all about family The oneou were born in and the one Digger you choose. Fiveears ago an accident fractured Gabe Cooper’s family Believing it was broken beyond repair Gabe and his best friend Jamie Carlson left Minnesota behind for San Diego sunshine and college Now another crisis brings Gabe home to help his ailing father and he finally has to face the guilt that kept him awa.