4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book coming of age Contemporary Cop/Crime Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D May/December May/December Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Stalker/Abusive Ex

Audiobook: Survivor by TM Smith Narrated by Nick J Russo


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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.


I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this book I didn’t read the blurb. I thought it might be full of angst but it wasn’t. I found it to be a wonderful story of building a life out of tragedy and finding love. Some might say that Taylor has it easy in that he had loving foster/adoptive parents from the beginning but I don’t think of it that way. Frank’s protectiveness stated from the moment he found Taylor so it’s only natural for him to remain in Taylor’s life. Their relationship stays purely plutonic until they both see each other in a different light when Taylor is in his early twenties. Running in the background is the mystery surroundingTaylor’s parents death. To be honest I kinda forgot about it until it was introduced back towards the end of the story. This was very well crafted and felt a natural and surprising conclusion. Very good story and one I will be listening to again.

The narrator, Nick J. Russo, gives Taylor a lovely deep voice, which I at first thought was too mature for him but I quickly settled into enjoying it. The voices used for the female characters were good and suited them extremely well. I am always impressed when a narrator shows a great skill in not only providing an array of voices but matching them so well to the characters. The quality of the narration drew me into this story so much that I was sad when it ended.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
5 of stars out of for the narration.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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