#BlogTour ~ Survivor by T.M Smith includes special guest post & an amazing giveaway!

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Title: Survivor

Author: T.M Smith

Genre: M/M Romance

Release: August 22, 2017



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.



Dream Cast Survivor


I’m a very visual writer

and I generally have a specific person in mind for a character before I start writing them. I find that the characters flow better that way as well. For this particular book, that I’ve been toying around with for about a year, I knew that the youngest male lead would be shaped around Alec Lightwood. For those not familiar, Alec Lightwood is the gay Shadowhunter from the Mortal Instruments series who is the partner of Magnus Bane, the 5000 year old High Warlock of Brooklyn. Alec and Magnus were one of the first gay couples I read about and are probably the biggest influence on my writing.


Matthew Daddario, the actor that plays Alec, is tall, dark and handsome; strong, fierce but very vulnerable when it comes to matters of the heart. Absolutely perfect for Taylor.


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(Matthew Daddario)


I used to be a big

Days of our Lives fan, before they just went too far off page with the storylines and such. Days was where Brant Daugherty first fell on my radar as a love interest for Sonny. Brant has this youthful look and a smile that could light up a fucking room. He’s since gone on to star in Pretty Little Liars, the Starving Games and a stint on DWTS and I am so very excited to see him in Fifty Shades Freed next year as Anna’s bodyguard. Brant Daugherty somewhere between Days and Fifty Shades is the version that I based Frank off of.


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(Brant Daugherty)



So now that you know

how I see these two men, I’d love to know what your thoughts are. If you’ve read the book, comment below and tell me if I conveyed their descriptions perfectly, and if not, how did you see Taylor and Frank while reading them?







Author Bio


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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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Tragedy brings together thirteen-year-old Taylor Langford and rookie-cop Frank Moore when an unknown killer breaks into Taylor's home taking the lives of his parents. Being the first on the scene, Frank finds Taylor hidden and sits with him offering comfort and support. Later, Frank and his partner, Caleb, find foster parents for Taylor and stay present in his life afterward.

As Taylor gets older, the bond between he and Frank continues to grow and strengthen, and over the course of the book it takes on many forms—protector, brothers, friends, and then lovers. 

Both families, Frank and Taylor's, plus Caleb's, spend numerous weekend's together at Martha's Vineyard along with Frank's dad enjoying themselves and giving to Taylor everything they can so he knows how much he is loved. 

The story is told in alternating pov's and in a time jump showing the reader the development and changes in age and maturity in both Taylor and Frank as the years go by. 

Taylor knows before he goes to college that Frank is the one for him but he never acts on it until after he graduates and he's in his twenties nor does Frank ever start considering there could be anything between them until the same time. There is a ten-year age gap between them but it's not that big of a deal now that Taylor is out of college.

As Taylor continues on with his life, in the background the mystery and suspense of who killed Taylor's parents run parallel with the underlying tension of fear of whodunit keeping you on pins and needles.

The plot thickens as more evidence comes in and more detectives are assigned to the case having the potential to stir up a lot of hurt feelings among several key characters. 

There are several secondary characters in Survivor that are key to bringing this story full circle and some of whom I'm looking forward to reading their story later on. 

Overall, the romance is sweet with a slow build up and the mystery and suspense will keep you on your toes. 


4 Stars

* I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review *