Review: Survivor by TM Smith

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Taylor Langford was only thirteen when his parents were brutally murdered. If it weren't for his beloved mother making sure he stayed hidden, Taylor would most possibly never have survived. When a face appeared in the darkness of his hiding spot, it belonged to the man who would become his hero, rookie police officer Frank Moore. As the years passed, Frank became a permanent fixture in Taylor's life, serving as both mentor and friend. However, Taylor's feelings shifted as he grew from a boy to a man, and soon, there was no denying that he saw Frank as so much more. If Frank allowed himself to believe there was a possibility for them to be together, maybe he could indulge in the fantasy of being with Taylor, but the ten-year age difference is just one of the things making him hesitate. But Taylor knows what he wants and he's prepared to convince Frank that they're meant to be together. However, a dark shadow from the past is about to make their presence felt once again, and this time, nothing will stop them from finishing what happened ten years ago. Will Taylor and Frank survive to find forever?

TM Smith is a new-to-me author and the synopsis for Survivor certainly intrigued me. I was surprised that the author didn't immediately jump from what happened to Frank finding Taylor in the crawl space to where they're at ten years later. I liked that milestones from those ten years were included because we do get to see how Taylor didn't just thrive but survive with his foster parents and the support system that Frank helped create for him. This book had a great group of peripheral characters that brought a lot to the story as well as Frank and Taylor's relationship. Speaking of their relationship, it was clearly inevitable that they were going to end up becoming lovers, but I did find it strange that Taylor seemed to be more of the alpha in the bedroom, almost as Frank was this innocent, virginal man who had very little sexual experience. The story itself was good, but there were quite a few scenes that I felt were unnecessary. It would have also been nice to have had a bit more of the mystery suspense part instead of the very few snippets there. Survivor was pretty good but also faltered at times. 3.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 28 August 2017

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