Saturday, September 22, 2018

GRL 2018 SPOTLIGHT - TM Smith - Survivor

In my attempt to cover some of the attending authors for this year's GRL,
I am reviewing 

TM Smith's Survivor!


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.

A note from the author…

I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after. 

Please be advised: This is a May/December romance, and as in life, there are sexual situations that take place prior to the main characters finding their way to one another. This is not gratuitous; it is meant to show character growth and self-realization. There is absolutely no cheating.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

As soon as I started reading Survivor, by TM Smith, I knew I would love it as much as I have all her other books.  

In this gem, we get to follow Taylor and Frank, from the day that Frank found Taylor hiding from his intended murderer. Frank saves Taylor, placing him with a wonderful foster family, and the two formed an immediate bond. 

As the years pass, their bond grows stronger, and Taylor matures into a stunning young man, one who's attracted to his savior. And Frank has noticed Taylor's stunning new body and returns the attraction. Their attraction is well handled, as Frank is both terrified and mesmerized with Taylor. He feels it's wrong to feel this way about the young man who he's watched grow up, but his feelings are real.

Taylor is one of those characters who you just fall in love with instantly. He has survived hell, and bounced back to be a wonderful, kind and loving young man. Of course, this is all due to Frank's influences over the years, and Taylor is aware of this. 

From the day they met, their connection was strong, and watching it grow stronger over the years is fun and fantastic. By the time they get together, their ten year age gap is nothing, as they truly belong together. They have heat, passion and a strong intensity to their relationship. One thing I love in particular, is that the younger Taylor is the forceful one who takes charge in their relationship. Such a fun change of pace!

Their story contains some great side characters, including Taylor's adopted parents, Charles and Valerie, who are so refreshing, light hearted and funny. Not only did they take him in when he needed a home, they provided him with a strong circle of friends and family, they loved him and supported him. They gave Taylor a great life and would do anything for him.

If you haven't read Survivor, read it now! And if you've missed TM Smith's other books, please do yourself a favor and binge on them now. She is a fantastic writer and excels in this genre. 

TM Smith

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

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