Title: Survivor (Survivor #1)
Author: TM Smith
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Murder/Mystery, Suspense
Page Count: 186 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 really enjoyed this book. I sat down and read it in one sitting. The plot just caught my attention from the first sentence and did not let up until the very end. I am really glad that these two men will get a follow-up story because I was not done with them and I look forward to more of them.
Taylor has not had it easy in some ways and then again in others he has the best. One night when he was young, his mother and father were murdered in the house that he was in but the killer did not find him because he was hidden. That night changed his life forever. How the worst night of a child’s life could possibly turn into something good as well is a miracle. But that is what happened for Taylor. The police officers that found him were not about to just step away from him after they were done investigating.
Instead they made sure that Taylor would grow up in a loving home with his new parents. It was not easy for Taylor or his foster parents. There was a lot of anger that Taylor had to deal with but after he was able to do just that, he realized how lucky he truly was. Not to mention he still had the two officers in his life, Frank and Caleb.
Frank and Caleb became a makeshift family for Taylor as well. And things was going really good between all of them until things and feelings started to change as Taylor grew up. Now Frank and Taylor have to figure out what to do with the attraction that both are feeling for the other.
This was such a great read. I loved the suspense and the unexpected attraction by the two main characters. It was not an easy outcome for them but it was an unexpected love story amidst a tragedy. I look forward to starting book two as soon as possible.