Fighter (A Survivor Story) by T.M. Smith #LGBT #audiobook #Review #MMRomance #Contemporary #Rafflecopter

Erryn reviews ‘Fighter’ by T.M. Smith. This book was released by the author on August 23, 2019, 251 pages.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. The audiobook was released December 4, 2019.  It was narrated by Nick J. Russo and was 5hrs and 51mins.

Why I read this book: I enjoyed the book and wanted to hear it performed by Nick J. Russo. 

Dedication and smarts have given Blair Cummings a leg up in the Bureau. His job is all-consuming but rewarding. It doesn’t leave much time for a love life though, not that Blair believes in love. At nearly thirty, he’s only ever been in one long-term relationship due to his inability to commit to anything other than his job and his family.

Born into a family that is as successful as they are hateful, Howard Manning Tullor Junior ran so far away from his last name that he wound up in the arms of Satan himself. Freedom comes at a high price but it’s one Mannie is willing to pay, setting him on a path that leads him to a quiet, laid-back FBI agent.

Their attraction is unexpected, and yet, welcomed. Blair seems to have finally found something worth fighting for, but Mannie, still haunted by ghosts of the past, wonders if he’ll ever be able to move on. The two are working toward their future, but can a budding romance survive when past and present collide?

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My Review

I read this book a few months back and enjoyed it a lot.  Listening to it narrated by Nick J. Russo added to my enjoyment.  This is the third book in the Survivor series and, in some ways, has the most damaged hero.  Howard Manning Tullor Junior has endured some truly horrific things and even though he started his life over a number of years ago, that fear has never left him. Mannie found a family who accepted him for who he is and they’ve helped him move forward.  His past has continued to dog him, though, and he’s never felt truly safe.

Enter Blair Cummings.  He’s been with the FBI for years and put in quite a few of those years as a friend to a young man whose life was at risk.  Until his cover was blown, he had the absolute trust of Taylor.  Their friendship survived and now Blair is back to his regular duties.  Then an arrest brings Mannie into his sphere.  Mannie is a victim who is no longer willing to be silent.  He puts himself in Blair’s capable hands and basically reveals himself.  He knows his past will catch up with him, but now he’s got a G-Man in his corner.

I admired Mannie for being willing to come forward.  Many victims never do and it’s understandable.  I liked that Blair was willing to take things slowly with this damaged young man.  He’s ready to court Mannie as well as get to know his found family.  He’s willing to undergo scrutiny to prove he’s a good man.  As their story unfolded, I rooted for them to find their happy ending.  When Mannie’s past truly catches up with him, I held my breath waiting to see what would happen.

I got my happy ending, so that made me happy.  I also got to revisit all the characters from the previous books and that was even better.  I love series for that exact reason.  Nick J. Russo did a great job narrating both this book as well as the entire series.  He always delivers a solid and reliable performance and this book was no exception.  I can highly recommend this book.

My Rating:

10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. 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 Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!



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The list below is the items in the 12 days of giveaways which are not listed necessarily in the order they will be pulled each day.

Merry Christmas! Prize box (US only!)… You Got This! Personalizable journal (Hey… you totally got this!) This Classic Happy Notes™ notebook is perfect for journaling, taking notes, making lists, and writing down your BIG IDEAS! Three dividers included so you can create different sections to fit your needs!

  • 60 sheets of lined paper
  • 3 dividers included)
  • relaxation coloring book with color pencils & sharpner, chapstick, Kleenex with a motivational note, Incense w/holder, various Author swag, Captain Marvel pic, passport binder, 750 piece puzzle and a reversable canvas bag from ‘Fresh off the Boat, ABC network. 

*Full size 2020 Calendar (US only)

*Headphones w/Audible codes (Headphones US only, Audiobook codes can be either US or UK Audible)

*Full size 2020 Calendar (US only)

*Jay Aheer prints (International)

*Signed paperback copy of Fighter (US only)

*Starbucks Giftcard (IF your country has a Starbucks and I can forward you an e-giftcard, you can win!)

*Jay Aheer prints (International)

*Signed paperback copy of The Messenger (US only)

*direct from prime (International) Something bookish!

*3 best selling eBooks —- Ann Lister (eBook copies of… Fall Again, Book 10 in The Rock Gods and A Rhythm You Feel, Book 1 in The Rock Gods: East Coast Label) Morticia Knight (eBook copy of In the Name of the Father)

*Storiarts Black Beauty fingerless writing gloves (US only)


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