You do what you have to do to survive. For eighteen-year-old Liam Newman that means living the life of a gay porn star, a job he loathes. He isn't a star. He's a prisoner and his warden is the man who saved him from the cold Vancouver streets.
Justin has been Liam's next-door neighbor for two years and has had a crush on him for just as long. Oblivious to Liam's porn career, he 's content to mind his own business about Liam's turbulent relationship until the truth stumbles drunk into his apartment one night and he realizes something must be done.
When Liam's boyfriend turned producer decides rent boys make more money than porn stars Liam's nightmare takes a horrible turn. Justin must find a way to rescue him before it's too late.
He hated Tuesdays. Hated them beyond mere loathing, but he didn’t have a word for what came after loathing. Despised seemed far too civilized.
Liam stood in the bedroom with his back to the mirrored closet doors so he wouldn’t have to look at himself and ignored the brush of heavy terrycloth against his skin. That robe represented everything he hated about his life. His stomach churned with resentment that made it tempting to lock himself in the bathroom. Too bad that wouldn’t do any good.
He heard the dreaded knock at the front door on the far side of the apartment and the knot in his stomach pulled tight. There had been a time when that sound had made him want to hurl chunks. He supposed the lack of terror was an improvement of sorts.
“You ready, Babe?” Cord called from the living room.
“Yeah,” he called back, “why the hell not,” he muttered to himself.
He padded out of the room struggling to feel something besides annoyance as Cord opened the front door to welcome the man he’d be sharing a bed with for the next eight hours. He was compact and bulky with short-cropped bottle-blonde hair, and a tan he obviously hadn’t gotten from the Vancouver sun.
Liam flopped into a chair near the kitchen and pretended to be engrossed in one of Cord’s trade magazines. He saw no reason to acknowledge the rented cock of the day until absolutely necessary. Instead, he flipped pages while Cord talked about positions and emotion in a lecture he didn’t need to hear. He’d been doing this twice a week every week for years. He knew the routine. It didn't matter that a hundred shoots a year wasn't the industry standard. It was Cord's standard.
He ignored Bulky Blonde as the actor stripped out of his clothes to give Cord a look at what he had to work with that afternoon. There was nothing new on that body. They all looked the same: tan, toned, and tattooed. He didn’t need to see it. He’d get a very good look over the course of the day.
He stifled a sigh he knew would sound petulant and turned another page without seeing anything on it. Cord hated it when he pouted. He could be angry and resentful as long as he did what he was told. Pouting would just get him a pep talk full of lies. Those weren’t new either.
He saw Bulky Blonde step to him out of the corner of his eye and pasted on his best smile before looking up to meet his gaze. Being difficult and aloof with the rented cocks only dragged out the torment. When they were tense, they did things wrong and the more they got wrong the more time he had to spend with them. He stood up and tossed the magazine in the chair before shaking Bulky Blonde’s hand.
“I’ve seen a few of your videos,” Bulky Blonde told him. “I like your work.”
He couldn’t say the same and he wasn’t in the mood to lie.
DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.
In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.
Brittany's Review of Saving Liam
Saving Liam by DP Denman is a really wonderful book. This is the second M/M romance that I’ve read, and I’m starting to really like this genre.
Liam was kicked out onto the streets when his father found out he was gay. When you’re fourteen, alone, cold and hungry, you’ll do anything to just have a bed and food. When Cord took Liam in, Liam felt that he must do whatever Cord asked, otherwise he’d just be put back on the streets, and he was determined to never be there again.
From the very beginning, Cord made sure Liam knew how to fuck. He would continuously sell Liam to men so he could film them having sex. Liam was a porn star, one that was made to look like a fifteen year old boy, scared and alone. Cord continued this for four years, until one night, he actually sold Liam to be raped.
Justin lives across the hall from Cord and Liam. He never suspected what was happening. Liam often turned up at Justin’s to play video games. One night, when Liam was drunk, he spilled his guts. Since that night, Justin was determined to help him.
While continuing a new relationship with a man named Rich, Justin does whatever he can to help Liam, including helping him get a place to stay, new clothes, and even a new job. But after everything Liam’s been through, will he ever be able to hold a steady and healthy relationship with a man?
I liked this book. I didn’t love it, and I’ll tell you why.
First thing that bothered me, and when writing M/M romances, you have to be REALLY careful about this. I often couldn’t tell who was speaking, since most of the characters are male. The pronoun “he” was used in a sentence too many times, and I couldn’t figure out who was speaking or who was doing what.
I also felt like I was cheated out of a happy ending. Well, maybe just an ending in general. I feel like they’re should’ve been some huge passionate scene at the end where Liam finally comes to terms with everything, but that didn’t happen.
There also wasn’t really too much happening. Yes, I think that overall idea and story line is good, but I felt like they’re could’ve been more action in this book.
I give this book three and a half stars. It was very steamy, yes, I give it that. The M/M scenes are very erotic and arousing. With the first M/M novel I read, I had a hard time getting into those scenes, by DP Denman does a wonderful job with that.
Overall, I think if you like the M/M genre, you’ll like this book. Just don’t go in expecting a lot, because you won’t get it. I am just really hoping there’s a sequel to this. No, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, I just feel like it could have ended differently.