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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  432 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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 ...more
Published August 28th 2017 (first published August 22nd 2017)
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-netgalley
I've never tried T. M. Smith before and the blurb really intrigue me. There isn't much age gap between Taylor and Frank, but due to the situation of their first meeting, with Taylor being a orphaned teenager and Frank, the rookie cop that saved him, Frank does give me the whole guardian angel vibe.

The prologue was exciting, the carnage that happened to Taylor's family and we are left wondering what the hell had happened and the villain seems creepy. Frank was instantly likable being the hero who
I enjoyed everything about T.M. Smith’s Survivor. Wonderful age-gap, hurt/comfort, and an exciting mystery. I can’t wait to get Rory’s story in Lover.

Nick J. Russo does a marvelous job with the characters, and really keeps up the energy so it builds throughout.

an audio copy of Survivor was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review
A complimentary copy of the audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Audiobook review:
The blurb for this book really got my attention. I do love age gap, and then you have a sort of quasi incest thing going because Frank was around Taylor for so much of his growing up years, one could see them filling "brother" roles for each other. Obviously neither had those types of brotherly feelings, which is good because once Taylor hit puberty, whew! :)

I thoroughly enjoyed the build up of this
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There’s so many things I liked about this story. I love age gap books, and while the difference between Frank and Taylor is only ten years, the fact that they first meet when Taylor is only thirteen, and then getting points of view almost every year until they finally express their feelings as adults makes it seem like the gap is bigger than it is. This actually threw me off a bit and made it a little awkward to me even though I knew the gap was only ten years.

I also like the hurt/comfort theme,
Rachel Emily
I loved this story. I'm a sucker for characters with an age gap, one of the MCs being saved or helped by the other MC, and I love a story that has a strong sense of family.

Taylor's life is completely changed the night that his parents are murdered when he is only 13 years old. Frank, one of the cops on the case, is able to find a wonderful foster family for Taylor and stays in touch with him. At first, it's definitely a type of mentor relationship, since Frank understands a bit of how Taylor fe
Kimmers of Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
T.M. Smith’s Survivor captivated me from the get go as it opens in the mind of “The Stranger”. Having just murdered a young couple he’s angered over not being able to find their son. Not giving the reader a clue as to why he’s so determined to locate the child you’re immediately taking to meet Frank and Caleb, two police partners sent in to investigate the scene.

When Officer Frank Moore finds young Taylor, scared and hiding, I knew immediately from his interactions with the boy I was gonna love
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars

The unbreakable bond between Taylor and Frank starts when Frank and his partner, Caleb, responded to a disturbance call at Taylor's home, where they discover Taylor's parents have been murdered. Frank finds Taylor, just 13 at the time, hidden in the crawl space of the attic.

The murders are gruesome, but over the next ten years, Taylor and his foster parents become part of Frank's extended family and with their support and plenty of counseling, Taylor slowly heals. But all the summers sp
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 17%

I do not like to DNF a book. Usually I can soldier on or at least skim through to the end. But I just can't this time. And it's not the May-December romance. I actually love an age gap, but this one did NOT work for me at all.

I guess I should preface my review by saying I didn't read the blurb. I rarely do because I find sometimes they give away too much and I like to read without any preconceived expectations. If I had read the blurb, it says right there that Taylor is 13. But that i
Joyfully Jay
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I picked this one up on a recommendation and I’m glad to say it wasn’t a disappointment. I’d never read the author before, and I was a little wary about the premise. When a relationship like the one Frank and Taylor have evolves, it sometimes doesn’t work well. But Smith portrays it in a believable and heartfelt way. From the very beginning, the connection between Frank and Taylor is palpable, but completely innocent. When things change, it feels like a natural pr
Caroline Brand

Something a bit different from TM Smith.

This story starts in 2005 and begins with the voice of a stranger. The events of this day are shocking and will change the course of Taylor Langfords life. It will take away all that he holds most precious, it will leave him with and no understanding of why and it will introduce him to a kind rookie Police Officer called Frank Moore who will become instrumental in Taylor’s life in many, many ways over the years.

The first part of the
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything by this author and I know now I've been missing out. It's been a while since I've read a m/m read. Now I wanna read more after this wonderful read.

My heart broke for Taylor. His life fell apart when he was so young. At the crime scene of his parents death he bonded with Frank a police rookie. Over the years Frank saw Taylor grow from a young broken boy into a strong courageous handsome man. When they start getting feelings towards each other how will they move forward??

Barb ~rede-2-read~
When Taylor Langford is thirteen, his world is turned upside down by the murder of his parents. The only reason he wasn’t killed was because his mother shoved him into a crawlspace in the attic and told him not to come out unless she came for him. But the man who ultimately found him, rookie cop Frank Moore, becomes the most important person in Taylor’s life from that day forward.

This is an absolutely wonderful May to December, very slow burn MM romance, with engaging characters, an exciting pl
Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 12%.

For starters, there is no indentation or spacing between each paragraph, which makes it seem like you're just reading the world's longest paragraph. And it makes dialogue more difficult to follow. Formatting is one of those things I'm a little picky about.

Now, I read the blurb for this, but then I saved the book to read later and didn't re-read the blurb before reading the book.

Based on the first chapter, set in summer of 2005, I would have put Taylor at no more than 6 years, especiall
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Started off really good, then it stalled for a bit. Got a little too descriptive with scenery. Furthermore, I know neither mc’s are virgins, I get it, this is the first book I can remember where each mc has a vivid love scene of their own. Prior to them getting together of course but still I didn’t need that mental picture. I like when authors graze over the details of past relationships. All in all it was an okay read.
Avid Reader
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Survivor by T.M. Smith
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Murder
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This was a sweet story about figuring out that it's OK to love, even after you've lost so much.

We start when Taylor is very young and Frank is just a rookie. Despite the horrific circumstances that they met under, it seems that Taylor and Frank were destined to always be in each other's lives. Taylor develops the hero complex and you get to see that evolve in to the relationship t
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it

It was a good book. I just didn't expect the direction the author decided to go with the story. It wasn't quite what I was prepare for, but it wasn't bad either. Solid read.
HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR & 1/2 - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Broad brushstroke edges giving the background almost a tapestry type look and texture. Handsome model sitting alone. Bold title font, mostly legible author font. Color stands out well. Synopsis interested me.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person

Taylor was only thirteen years old when he lost his parents and home in one swift act of cruelty. Frank was the officer on scene that found him that night and had stuck
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want to mention this as a dnf but I struggled through. I want to read next in series, that's why.
The complete novel is summarised in the blurb, so why read the novel? The blurb also makes it sound like a police investigation novel, but it's not. It solely focuses on the two main characters interacting. It skipps from meeting to meeting with months or years in between, which makes it read like a summary. As a reader you don't get involved.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, with his first crush's and love interes ...more
Cathy Brockman

Audio review.

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
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hurt, sweet
such a sweet book. loved to see Tay and Frankie falling in love ❤❤❤
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May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted to love this book, such dullness embues the writing (save for the powerful first scene, featuring the killer, Mrs Smith overindulges in dry-as-bones descriptions of mundane actions with nary a pithy turn of phrase and entirely too many repetitions of the same names, utterances and emotions), the romantic bond between Frank the copper and his hunky charge Taylor felt so feeble and fake - a matter of words instead of flesh and blood -, so devoid of sexual tension too, to ever g ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
3.5 stars

A new standalone by TM Smith but it appears this is leading to a new series (with different couples) This is classed as a May to December romance (one of my favourites) however there was only a ten year age gap which isn’t that wide an age difference to me.

Frank is one of the officers that are called to a disturbance that turns out to be the murder of Taylor’s parents. The young thirteen year old was saved by hiding in the attic crawl space where Frank and his partner Caleb at the scen
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
***4.5 Stars

Survivor is a standalone novel. I am a fan of T.M's All Cocks series but this is the first book I have read by her that was not part of that series. I loved that it had a different feel to the story and the writing. I was hooked from the very first page. I am mystery kinda girl too so add that into a love story and I am addicted. The synopsis explains the story very well so I will make this quick.

Frank and Taylor had a special bond for the moment they locked eyes. At thirteen, Frank
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 t
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, m-m
SURVIVOR spans a huge time frame, starting from when Taylor was just thirteen years old as tragedy struck – and Frank, one of the police officers, was there to pick up the pieces. Despite their age difference, they stayed in touch over the years – even when Taylor was placed into another family. But as Taylor grew older and came off age, their feelings slowly but surely developed into something far surpassing simple friendship. But for them to finally have the balls to act on it… wow, it took fo ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Survivor started off strong with a powerful prologue that grabbed my attention and made me eager to continue on to see where this was gonna lead me.

Both characters are strong, sweet, noble guys that really do make each other the best they can be. I liked how Taylor learnt to overcome his issues and find his HEA with someone who knows and understands him. Frank was a strong characters. He views and beliefs when it came to stepping back and allowing Taylor to come to terms with his feelings in hi
BlueRose Review
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review by Mel
4 Blue Roses
3.5 to 4 Blue Flames

Narrator Nick J. Russo went and did it again! He bailed this audiobook out to deliver a semi-solid May/December suspenseful romance. Due to careful attentiveness, and his smooth effortless narration he managed to safely pass underneath the limbo pole. He managed to carry the unspoken tension right through to the end and introduced the crazy.

Taylor’s parents get to be knifed up while he is able to hideaway. Frank, the cop that finds him becom
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Survivor T.M. Smith
1) Well-paced and filled with lots of suspense, reasonable dealing with a possibly delicate subject. Good balance between romance and mystery plot. Vivid pictures and great sense of place. Descriptions felt a bit off sometimes; also, some of the character's actions felt out of character for them. My only complaint was the fact that some of the chraracters used aliases, and that their aliases and real names were used interchangeably which
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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader that just happens to write sweet & sexy gay romance. 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 A

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