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.
Review by Brittany
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.
About DP Denman
DP Denman writes character-driven m/m 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.