- File Size: 554 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: North Shore Press (February 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RETW26K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Bare Threads: A Saving Liam Story Kindle Edition
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This is must read series. DP Denman did an excellent job with this story. I can't wait to read more from her.
In the first book, Liam was an abused and used kid. His previous “boyfriend” was more of a pimp who sold him out to others and made him a porn star in exchange for a place to sleep at night. He received no other payment and the disgust he felt for himself almost led him to a drastic action. Luckily he was saved by Justin a neighbor and witness to his last humiliation.
Over time, Liam slowly and I do mean slowly (can’t blame him) moved forward from that event. Keeping a job was slightly difficult because he had a recognizable face to a few that watched his videos, not allowing him to completely escape his past. At first his relationship with Justin was a matter of respect and love, with no physical acts involved. Bit by bit he let himself discover what he would allow Justin to do to him and what he would allow himself to do to Justin.
He had many fears, bad memories of things that always held him back a little and in some cases he just couldn’t do certain things at all. I felt for him, the author created Liam in a way that he is very easy to sympathize and empathize with. I felt sad for his setbacks and inability to completely escape and cheered for him with each step he took forward.
At the time Bare Threads starts, Liam is a much better adjusted individual. His relationship with Justin is stronger than ever. Justin is an amazing character, with an unending amount of patience. He knows when to nudge, but never pushes Liam to places he doesn’t want to go. Liam even makes a real friend, something he had trouble doing because of trust issues. His job while not glamorous or as upstanding as he’d like is something he enjoys, but at the same time is worried about being judged for. It definitely creates tension in his relationship. Not because Justin sits in judgment, but because he wants Liam to be a part of his family and Liam thinks they will not accept him. If not for his past, then for what he does in the present.
I did have a little difficulty understanding his aversion to marriage, because I’ve always seen it as a partnership, and Justin has never made their relationship about his own wants, always putting Liam first. But because of his past, any commitment feels like someone taking ownership of him. Still, with a visit from someone he never thought he’d see again, Liam does get a different viewpoint on some things he has rejected.
I thought this was a very good ending to a series. The ending came a little bit too fast for my taste after all of his indecision in the past, Liam hops into making one quicker than I thought he would. Still it was a journey I was glad to have taken with both Liam and Justin. Their relationship was a beautiful thing to see grow. It was not without pitfalls, but the strength of their love for each other won out every time. I am sad to see it end, but excited that Liam’s friend in the series will be featured in a future book by this author.
Unfortunately, because of the heart breaking way he was treated by his cold, unfeeling parents, who chucked him out of the house at fifteen, after surviving on the streets, hustling and ultimately being drawn into the world of porn; the one thing that he can't fully open himself up to is being accepted into Justin's, warm, loving family circle. The closeness they have as a family unit scares him. Never having been the recipient of that type of consummate, touchy feely love, the idea of it pushes him away more than pulls him in, so the thought of finally meeting Justin's affectionate, demonstrative mum and dad has him wanting to do a runner...but he knows for Justin's sake, he has to face them sometime and that's how the story opens, with Justin and a reluctant Liam on their way to his home for thanksgiving. Coming into this story at this point with no prior knowledge, it would be hard to fully understand Liam's thought processes about these lovely people, who he does like but it could also make his actions at this stage look selfish and over the top. To be honest even I wanted to shake him a bit round this part, but to fully understand him you have to have been with him and Justin from the beginning. I don't think this is a book that reads well if you haven't followed it from its outset, so personally I wouldn't advise this as a standalone read.
At this juncture of the series, as established as they've become, Liam and Justin still have some life changing decisions to make. Justin wants them to take what they they have to the next level. He wants to get married but a still slightly skittish Liam just wants things to stay as they are. In his eyes it's a case if it's not broke don't fix it, but of course his fears of making a permanent commitment all stem from his perceptions about his own dysfunctional family and the worry that in time if things were to go wrong between them, Liam would end up being rejected. Something his fragile emotions couldn't take! But once again the gorgeous Justin shows just how thoughtful and loving a partner he is by not pushing his young lover. Gently handling Liam by letting him come around in his own time.One thing I've always loved about the dynamics between these two characters is that the drama and angst never comes from stupid misunderstandings caused by miscommunication, as they discuss and tell each other everything…the reason they have such a strong connection and relationship.
Life doesn't always play fair though. Just when things seem to be going smoothly, something happens causing big changes at Sparks, and Liam's old existence as ex porn star 'Angel' rears its ugly head again; threatening to unravel everything good in Liam's life, then to top it all another unwanted blast from his past turns up on his doorstep to compound the issue! But what doesn't break you makes you stronger and it's testament to Justin's influence and unconditional love over the last three books in the series, that with the support of this truly patient, understanding man and now the help of his loyal friend Blue; that a more confident, mature Liam handles all the conflict and drama this time around with an inner tenacity that's grown because he's been given the tools to become his own person. There were a couple of times when I held my breath as I thought the set backs could end up forcing him to make decisions that would just put him back to square one, but bless him, he steps up to the plate much stronger and more able to deal with what's being dealt him… big relief!
I really enjoyed spending time with these guys again, as a couple I’ve grown very fond of them! I finished it feeling warm and full of hope for their future together, especially Liam because with someone like Justin loving him he’s really starting to blossom. I'm not sure after finishing this what direction their story will go now but it does looks like Blue is going get his story told in a spin off book, hopefully soon. Something I'm looking forward to because Blue is a character I’m drawn to a lot. I reckon his story will be a good un!
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