Author: DP Denman
Publisher: North Shore Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
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.
Some books are easy, fun reads – Saving Liam is not one these. This story of Liam, a young man who is forced to engage in gay porn by his “boyfriend” Cord, who has sexually victimized Liam since he plucked him from the streets as a young teen years earlier. Liam is trapped by his fear of being kicked back out onto the streets, and by his longing for the tiny shreds of affection doled out by Cord. He eventually reaches out to his friend and neighbor, Justin, for help.
The story of Liam’s victimization is tragic and difficult to read, particularly as Liam escapes into his mind to avoid the emotional and physical pain of random men using his body for the camera. Liam telling Justin about his life in a drunken stupor feels both desperate and hopeless. Justin, who is nursing a crush on cute and sweet Liam, isn’t in the best place to help anyone since he’s in the midst of a less than perfect relationship ending badly. Liam and Justin’s friendship is Liam’s lifeline, and when Justin does “save” Liam from further harm, it’s the beginning of a relationship between the two emotionally needy men.
As a whole, this is a tragic and gut wrenching story of victimization and the hope of a second chance. However, I am still bothered by one scene in the story that just doesn’t seem to fit the kind and caring way Justin treats Liam in the remainder of the story. Justin almost immediately attempts to have sex with Liam, who is traumatized from years of sexual abuse. Liam naturally reacts with fearful panic and zero sexual interest, and the result is that Justin further traumatizes an already wounded, fragile Liam.
This is a gut wrenching story of sexual slavery and victimization. While Saving Liam is not an easy or lighthearted read, is a worthwhile story that I recommend.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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