Title ~ Bare Threads
Author ~ D.P. Denman
Publisher ~ North Shore Press
Published ~ 1st February 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
Liam is not a family man. He learned to avoid the entanglement and its mire of expectations. Expectations he is destined to crush. Unfortunately, Justin is pushing him into the arms of his new family and he’s fighting every step.
When a person he never expected to see again reappears, Liam finds a reason to make a few concessions for the sake of real love and the only man he is willing to call family.
Book four of the Saving Liam Series
We’re always happy when D.P. Denman visits Sinfully, but today she’s also brought Justin with her …of course wherever Justin is, Liam isn’t far behind so he popped into their informal interview as well for “Moral support”… but Justin knows he’s there for a completely different reason! LOL…
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Book four in Liam and Justin's saga and the two of them are stronger than ever as a couple. Well, that is when they're cosied up in their own world together, with just the two of them and their few close knit friends. Still very much in love and at last enjoying a full on, healthy sex life; Liam is finally comfortable with the way most things are going in his life. He's fairly settled at 'Spark' the strip club where he go go dances for women (not the gay men's side of the club) as his alter ego 'Damon', now more at ease with the people he works with. In fact in the twelve months he's been working there, he's become top dancer, is earning good tips, has a following of his own, some signature moves and since the death of the man who's existence haunted him; is far more confident and secure in himself generally. He's made a good friend of the very likable Blue: the musician, gym buddy and martial arts expert, he met in book three Naked Truth, and through that friendship has grown physically stronger too. It's been a hard slog to get to this point in his life but for the most part he's probably more contented and happier than he's ever been.
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!
D.P. interviews Justin
I decided to give Justin a few minutes of the spotlight this time. I did an informal character interview...and he let Liam tag along for fun
Justin strode into the room leading Liam by the hand.
“I brought company. I hope that’s okay,” Justin said, settling in a chair several feet away from my desk.
“I’m here for moral support,” Liam announced.
“It’s not really that intimidating, is it?” I asked.
“No, he’s here to listen to the answers. I think he’s scouting for birthday present ideas,” Justin said.
“Ah,” I nodded and sat back in the chair. “In that case, let’s get started. First question: what is your favorite color?”
“Blue...It reminds me of Liam’s eyes.”
“You are such a sap,” Liam said with a wide grin before he leaned close and gave Justin a quick kiss.
I grinned along with him because I couldn’t help it.
“Favorite holiday?” I asked Justin, continuing the interview.
“Does that count as a holiday?” Liam asked. “It’s not as if anybody gets the day off.”
“If you decorate for it, it’s a holiday.” Justin said.
“Do people actually decorate for it?” Liam asked, frowning at him.
“Candles and roses count, don’t they?” Justin looked back at him.
A pink glow rolled across Liam’s face at the memory of something related to candles and roses. I didn’t ask for an explanation.
“Favorite spectator sport.” I continued.
“Football...as long as I’m not outside in the middle of winter when they’re playing.”
“I would have said curling,” Liam offered.
“You like to watch curling?” I asked.
“It sounds weird, but I do. It’s so graceful and you can’t help wondering how anyone ever thought of adding scrub brushes to a sport.”
I grinned at Justin. “Do you want to change your answer?”
“No. I like contact sports. I doubt anyone ever got tackled in curling.”
“He has a point,” Liam said.
“On to the next one then. What is your favorite zoo animal?”
The eyebrows rose on Justin’s forehead. “That’s a random question.”
“I think that’s the point.”
“Okay, favorite zoo animal.” Justin paused. “I’d have to say...tourists.”
“Tourists are zoo animals?” Liam asked.
“They’re in the zoo, right?”
“I think they mean things actually in a cage,” Liam said.
“Probably, but the tourists are more fun. The animals are almost always asleep, but tourists are up doing crazy stuff. You get some popcorn, sit on a bench, and watch them wander by looking harried and exhausted. Babies are screaming, kids have food all over their faces, and parents look like they can’t remember why they ever thought it was a good idea to go. It’s pretty entertaining.”
“And then you go home with a new appreciation for the quiet, kid-free condo,” Liam added.
“More effective birth control than a condom,” Justin nodded along.
“Do you want to have kids one day?” I asked.
Liam looked at Justin. Justin looked at him. “I’d be willing to consider a dog,” Justin said.
Liam looked at me. “I’m okay with no kids because I’d be the one staying home to take care of them. That’s not something I want to do. I mean, it’s fine for some people, but I don’t want my whole life to be about dirty diapers and runny noses and not being able to go out without a babysitter.”
“Not to mention that we’d have to stop having sex in the living room,” Justin added.
“See? It’s a huge sacrifice for the sake of a baby who will grow up to be a mouthy teenager that hates your guts and spends their time pouting in their room,” Liam said.
“Were you a pouty teenager back in the day?” I asked, my tone keeping the question light.
Ventures into his Liam’s past were always tricky.
“No, I was a horny one.” Liam smiled. “I didn’t waste time pouting. I preferred to channel my energy into finding ways to keep my parents from finding out what I was doing so there wouldn’t be any lectures to pout about.”
“He was always a clever kid,” Justin lifted their tangled fingers and kissed Liam’s. “Resourceful, resilient...”
“Devious,” Liam finished with a grin.
“I never would have guessed.” I grinned back. “What about you?” I turned the question to Justin. “Were you a pouty teenager?”
“Probably. As the youngest kid, I think I got away with a lot more, which gave me less to sulk over, but I vaguely recall feeling as if a grave injustice had been done at one point or another. I think that’s an important part of the teen experience. If you don’t get all the pouting out of your system as a kid you carry it into adulthood and turn into a douchebag.”
“Excellent philosophy.” I smiled. “Okay, last question: what was your first job?”
“I was a promotional character for a fast food place.”
I raised my eyebrows. “What’s a promotional character?”
“They dressed me up like a large cup of chips and had me walk around in front of the restaurant and wave at traffic.”
Liam burst out laughing.
“I can see you with the foam chips sticking out of the top, bouncing...when you...” He howled, tears leaked down his face.
“It was not the height of my career,” Justin said somewhere between amused and annoyed.
“You were a kid, though, right?” I asked.
“Sixteen.” Justin nodded.
“We all end up with a crappy job eventually. It’s better to get it out of the way when you’re young.”
“Yeah, no kidding. I wouldn’t want to still be doing that now.” Justin looked over at Liam who was sniffling, chuckling, and wiping tears from his face. “What was your first job, chuckles?”
“I got an allowance for mowing the lawn and taking out the trash. Does that count?”
“Then let’s not talk about it.”
Justin patted his knee. “Fair enough. Come on. I’ll take you to lunch.” Justin got up.
“See you guys.” I walked them to the door.
BOOK READING ORDER
Saving Liam (Book #1)
Skin Deep (Saving Liam #2)
Naked Truth (Saving Liam #3)
Meet D.P. 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.
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