Published by TTC Publishing on August 22, 2017
Genres: M/M, Romantic Suspense
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Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.
REVIEW: Survivor is the first story I read by TM Smith, but it will not be the last. Survivor is the story of Taylor, a young man whose life was changed when his parents were gruesomely murdered. A murder he survived if it wasn’t for his mother agility to keep him hidden from the perpetrators.
The day Taylor’s life change, it changed in more than one way. With the loss of his parents, he gained a friend in the cop who saved his life.
Frank has never been able to forget that terrible night, the night he found Taylor between the walls hidden away and the only reason why he survived being murdered as his parents did. He has kept a watchful eye on Taylor and has seen him grown from a lanky young kid to a twenty-something young man with a great body and bright mind. Oh, and he has noticed the differences.
The story slowly shows us Taylor’s progress, from a child going through a hard time to a young man who has moved on without forgetting what he lost. While his life changed and he had the great support he has always hope his parent’s killer be found. I enjoyed this story, it has the perfect balance of conflict, suspense, and romance.
As Frank and a team of investigators start to uncover the links to Taylor’s parents death, they also uncover the threat is still present. The author goes into how and why his parents were murdered and what the killer has been planning for Taylor all along. As things start to take place, Frank & Taylor have to fight their way into each other’s arms.
While at times the story moves slowly, other times the reader is compensated by great details and character explorations. The story isn’t overly dramatic, but it maintains a good level of angst. With a hint of romantic suspense, TM Smith gives us a story that slowly transforms from loss and pain to love and understanding.
I am going to read book #2 in the series where I am hoping we see more of these characters.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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