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Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 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 10 years earlier.

©2018 TTC Publishing & TM Smith (P)2018 TTC Publishing & TM Smith

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Good book

Survivor had a little bit of everything. It was sad, sweet, hot and had some mystery. The story is about frank and Taylor. They first met when Taylor was only 13. He was a police officer on the scene of his parents murders. Frank stayed in touch with Taylor when he was placed with a new family. Frank and Taylor’s new family vacationed together every year. Taylor and frank gradually become involved romantically, and when they finally get together there 🔥🔥together. There were some twist and turns I didn’t expect, and I held my breath on a few chapters because I needed to know what happens. Survivor is a really good book. I definitely recommend it. This was my first book by T.M Smith, won’t be my last . Nick Russo did a very good job with the narration!

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Romance with a Touch of Mystery

What did you love best about Survivor?

The characters were interesting and they propelled the story forward.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Taylor's strength and his determination to go after what he wanted.

What about Nick J. Russo’s performance did you like?

Nick J. Russo offers a solid performance that makes for fairly easy listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The relationship and the mystery surrounding Taylor's past made for an intriguing story that made you want to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

This story had an interesting premise. Although it dealt with a darker subject with Taylor's past the book didn't have as much impact in that area as I would have liked. The story jumps over the earlier time of Taylor and Frank connecting and even when they do get together there are jumps over larger periods of time and the ending of the larger plot felt unresolved to me. If you are looking for a book based on trauma but dealt with on the lighter side, this could be one to check out. Russo is a familiar voice in the genre and offers a solid performance overall. He doesn't offer too much in the way of different character voices but makes for a pleasant listen as a whole.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Survivor

Book - I Love this book. I was really happy when it came out in Audio. This book really gives you a bit of everything and the writing is structured really well. It pulls you in at the beginning prologue with the intrigue of what is going to happen with the Murder of Taylors parents. Then the author gives you little snippets from all the different years/ages of Taylor’s life after his parent’s deaths so we get to watch and hear him growing up as the story goes on. And how Frank lives his life basically around Taylors but he doesn’t seem realize it till further into the story. You have some Sex, and Romance, & then your pulled right back into the suspense of what is going to happen and who did it when the bad guy from Crazy town comes back, the ending is perfect in this book. I want more of their story. I didn't want this book to finish. And.... Will there be more?!?!
Audio - Nick was a great choice as a narrator for this book!! He makes it very clear which character is speaking throughout the entire story and going back-n-forth between the two characters, it was extremely easy to follow along with this book and not get lost at all. I really believe He did a great job on this one!!

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  • MARIETTA, GA, US
  • 02-02-18

Wow!

AWESOME story! Gripped me from the very start. Loved the premise. Nick J Russo did a fantastic job with the characters. Highly recommend!

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  • Missouri
  • 02-01-18

May-december, Friends to Lovers, touch of suspense

I love May/December and this didn't disappoint.
Taylor's life was turned upside down when he was young and his parents were both murdered tragically. Frank, a police officer on his case stayed in touch and Frank, his partner and his wife, Franks dad and the foster parents that adopt Taylor all become a tight family. Taylor and Frank's relationship changes about ten years later when Taylor is grown and out of college.

I loved all of the characters in this story. The story is a great romance with a touch of suspense and mystery surrounding the death of Taylor's family. The story kept me engaged and I really wanted to finish all in one sitting. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Nick J Russo is a favorite narrator of mine and I can never tire of him. His voice is smooth and his pacing s more like telling a story not reading it. I love his voices for both Taylor and Frank and how distinctive they are. This is on my to listen to again list!

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The Perfect Marriage of Author, Narrator and Story

Where does Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top 5!

I didn’t think this taboo-ish coming of age story could get any better but Nick J. Russo brings it with his telling of 'Survivor'. It’s as if Smith wrote the script with the audiobook in mind.

What did you like best about this story?

Russo's narration of Frank and Taylor’s soul deep connection, their need to be with one another not only physically, but mentally, is everything!

Which scene was your favorite?

Russo's delivery in chapter seventeen absolutely shines - saying it all!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Every gasp of fear, surprise and lust; all the moans of pleasure, desperation and desire; even the deep breaths of confusion, need and resignation can be felt deep in your heart making you want to cry.

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Between her picturesque narrative, and Russo’s reading, the listener can see everything – the characters’ actions and their surroundings – pulling you in and immersing you in their journey.

If you haven’t yet read 'Survivor' it isn’t just worth reading. It’s worth reading again and again and listening to Nick J. Russo deliver a cast of characters who you wish you could chum around with. It’s a story of hurt and comfort, youth and maturity, of friends becoming lovers and will hit you in all the good places leaving you wanting more time between the pages.

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Really worth looking at - unique, sweet, touching

I am a fan of TM Smith’s All Cocks series and I think I was expecting this to be something like that. Well it wasn’t, but it was awesome nonetheless! This was presented in a very unique way. We start with our survivor meeting his “savior” as Taylor’s family is destroyed in front of him and Frank, a police officer, comes to his aid.

We grow up with Taylor as he deals with his tragedy and his burgeoning attraction to the older man, Frank.

Frank must also deal with his own feelings and weather what life throws his way.

To me, the amount of detail felt just right. I could totally buy the relationship between these two and though there was obvious moments of doubt and angst it wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t take the central focus in the story.

Secondarily, we are gifted with an intriguing mystery and some wonderful secondary characters.

All in all I was captivated by this story and thoroughly entertained.



As always Nick Russo does a great job with his narration. He chose a nice voice for both Taylor and Frank and handled the accents and female characters well. He’s so easy to listen to and does a terrific job with the emotions and pacing as well.

I highly recommend this as both a book and audiobook!

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Cute story

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A cute story where love can change from friendship to something more
without really knowing it till it smacks in face.

A young man of 13 looses his entire world. A rookie cop that finds him
and watches over him through the years. Now Taylor is 23 just finished
college. Time to set his ducks in a row and tell the man that holds that
special place in his heart.

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Dissapointed

When I read what it was about I though it sounded really exiging and it had a really promesing start, but then there are maybe 4 hours of flashes from year to year as Tayler grow up with his foster parents and Freddie, and then the pairs realisation that they got feelings for each other. Sure the sex is kinda hot, but Taylers overly dominanse/posessiveness in bed gets really old really fast and sounded just ridiculus. Also that you can figure out the murderers identity in the proloug and that the guy only appear in the end was kinda dissapointing. Took maybe 15 min then it was over. There are no real story line in the story, it felt like the only reason the murderer was there was becouse there had to be a bad guy. I for one would at least have some development thrue the book and not just a perfect romance with zero drama!
Only thing I really loved with this book was the narration! Nick made it all barabell with his amazing voice so I could get thrue it to the end.
Sorry to say I dont recommend this book.

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