Friday 1 August 2014

✪ Blog Tour ✪ Skin Deep (Saving Liam #2) ✪ D.P Denman


Sometimes the problem is the answer.

Liam Newman escaped his abusive past to start a new life with the man who saved him. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, hes forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the rebirth he craves or lead him deeper into the life hes trying to leave behind?

ARC received for an honest review

Skin Deep is the second book in the Saving Liam series, and you will need to have read the first book, Saving Liam, before reading this one.

Liam is trying so hard to move on from his past as an unwilling porn star.  New job, new boyfriend.  But his past always seems to be catching up with him, whether it is being recognised and propositioned by "fans", people assuming they know him and what he wants.

It is hard sometimes to forget how young Liam actually is (he's still a teenager) with all that is happening in his life.  Every time he thinks he is getting on top of things, something or someone happens to bring him crashing right back down.

Justin is the sweetest, most loving boyfriend a guy could have.  He has the heart and patience of a saint, but is Liam's fiercest and most determined defender. Many a lesser man would have cut their losses and not bothered with trying to help Liam, but not our man Justin.

My heart just keeps on breaking for Liam,  He is trying to create a normal life for himself - well, whatever normal is anyway - and it just doesn't seem to be happening for him. BUT I love how he never, ever gives up.   He is so much stronger than he thinks he can be.

He takes control of his life, instead of letting other people control it (even though he does so unwittingly).  LOVED his new career move, even though it would not be something you would think he could ever find comfort in.  Go Liam.

There is a slow progression in Liam and Justin's relationship - and you can completely understand why Justin takes it so slow.  You could feel his frustration at not being able to help Liam, and I just love  him for being able to give Liam such comfort.  And Liam is finally able to open up more in his relationship with Justin, and start to take those next steps in being intimate with him.

Skin Deep was a great sequel to Saving Liam.  I felt it dealt with Liam's issues compassionately and sensitively, but never truly made him to be the weak victim.  He stood up and faced his problems head on.

I am not sure if there will be any more to this series, but Ms Denman, I would love more of Liam and Justin's story.  I think there is so much more to say as they move into a relationship without all underlying issues.

Someone was watching him. The sensation crawled across Liams shoulders like a spider, making him twitch. He didnt bother turning around. Every time it happened, he always found the same eyes and glaring back hadnt done any good so far. He hung his overcoat in his narrow locker in the employee lounge and pretended not to notice.

He didnt know what to make of the restaurants newest server but Eric got on his nerves. The guy was average in build, height, and looks but there was something troubling in the way he stared. The expression that came close to a leer was altogether annoying. He'd seen that look before in other equally annoying men and tried not to think about it, pushing the irritation and the memory away. He had a job to do and he wasnt going to let Eric get to him.

Liam checked his hair in the small mirror tacked to the inside of the locker door as the other employees trickled out of the room to start their shifts. He pushed the locker closed to join them and spun the combination lock determined to pretend Eric was nothing but a piece of furniture. He didnt intend to stick around for a conversation.

Your names Liam, right? Eric asked from the opposite side of the room as the last co-worker disappeared into the hall.
Apparently, he was too late. Yes.

Should I call you that or do you prefer Angel?
The name slapped his heart into a gallop and he jerked his gaze to Eric. No one had called him Angel for over six months. He hadnt missed it.

I dont know what youre talking about. He swallowed, his voice an almost breathless quiver that didnt sound convincing even to him.

Sure you do. Eric smiled and opened his locker. Youre that hot kid on the porn site. Ive been a fan for a long time. Its nice to finally meet you.

His palms were slick with sweat as he tried to pretend he really didnt have any idea what Eric was talking about, stuffing them in the pockets of his pants to hide the trembling.

Thats not me.

I have to admit, you look smaller on the screen but I guess they wanted it that way. Eric ignored the denial.
What do you want? He glared at him fed up with the conversation.

Nothing at the moment, though I wouldnt mind hooking up later if you have the time.

Im seeing someone.

So? Eric shrugged and hung up his coat. Im not talking about a date, just a hook up. Nobody has to know. Consider me a dress rehearsal for the next video. Youre still doing those, right? Id hate to think you gave that up to work here.

Im not interested. He ignored the comment.
He wasnt going to get into a discussion about his non-existent porn career with a guy who only liked him for his ass. He knew the type. They never listened.

What? Eric glanced his direction. You dont do it for free?

I dont know what youre talking about and even if I did Im not interested. He said again with enough conviction to sound believable.

Eric raked him with a lustful stare that made him shiver.
Yes, you do. Id know those pretty eyes anywhereand that fuckable mouth. Its you so why dont you drop the act, Angel.

Dont call me that.

FineLiam. Eric pushed his locker closed and stepped closer to stuff a piece of paper between two of the buttons on Liams dress shirt before striding toward the door. Thats my number. Call me.

He pulled the paper right back out, crumpled it in his fist, and dropped it in the trash, anger and terror whipping through him hard enough to make him shudder. He dragged in a couple of breaths trying to calm the fearful thundering of his heart.

He wasnt that person anymore. Hed left that nightmare behind in an empty apartment across town. It was supposed to be over and he wasnt sure which was more terrifying: that Eric was going to keep propositioning him or that hed tell the rest of the staff his secret. He didnt think he could take working with people whod seen what hed done or what all those men had done to him.

It took him three tries to get his locker back open, his hands trembling too much to be precise with the dial. He fumbled his cell phone out of the pocket of his coat and called Justin. He wasnt going to tell him the whole sordid story over the phone, not when he had to be out on the restaurant floor in two minutes but he could at least hear his voice.

      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.

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