Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Release Day Review: Crocus (Bonfires #2) by Amy Lane

crocusTitle ~ Crocus

Author ~ Amy Lane

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 17th April 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Bonfires: Book Two

Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.

High school principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he'd hit the jackpot when Deputy Sheriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.

But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.

Larx thought he was okay with the dangers of Aaron’s job, and Aaron thought he was okay with Larx's daughter—who is not okay—but when their worst fears are almost realized, it puts their hearts and their lives to the test. Larx and Aaron have never wanted anything as badly as they want a life together. Will they be able to make it work when the world is working hard to keep them apart?


Debra’s Review

I would not recommend jumping in here without having read Bonfires, which I absolutely loved. Larx and Aaron have a very busy household and backstory and you will be completely lost as to who is who and what they are talking about. If you have read Bonfires, you’ll want to read Crocus. Picking up just a few months after that book, this one is about Larx and Aaron and their family moving forward together and facing some pretty big issues.

Just like the first story, I loved Larx and Aaron. They are a great couple and feel real. They communicate, they fight and they struggle with juggling being parents, lovers and working demanding jobs. They are both compassionate and have a hard time saying no to someone in trouble. This is especially true of Larx, who takes to heart any student having trouble. I had some issue with Larx and his hero complex, especially taking off in the middle of a crisis when his kids need him present and he could have done the job from home. I know that's in line with the character, but it just didn't sit right with me. They also need to address head-on whether Larx can handle Aaron walking into danger every time he leaves for work.

Aside from Larx and Aaron dealing with their own personal issues, there are the problems with their kids, especially Olivia, who is back from college and not doing well, and the newest member of their extended household Jaime, a student who is staying with them. Olivia's issues are serious and everyone sees what is happening, they just have trouble figuring out what to do about it. Larx wants to help, but Olivia is an adult so his options are limited, so while loving and supporting her may not be enough he has to hope that the lessons he taught her kick in at some point. Aaron’s daughter Tiffany is also a dark cloud over the household even though she doesn’t live there. Whenever she is on page she makes it miserable for everyone.

Outside of the general Amy Lane craziness that befalls the family all at once, there is a realness there. The conversations between Larx and Aaron, them trying to find time alone, trying to help their kids the best they can, keeps the story from going over the top. The kids that live with them are all a bit too good to be true, but that’s balanced out by Olivia and Tiffany who really are struggling. The relationship between Larx and Olivia is highlighted here and while it's not perfect, the bond between them is touching.

It didn’t have me as emotional as the first, but that’s only because it’s clear that the men are solidly together. That’s not to say they don’t have a lot on their plate here and aren’t dealing with some potential problems that could affect their relationship, it’s just not a full-on emotional upheaval. While there is a lot going on, there is still plenty of focus on Larx and Aaron and I ate up every moment they were together, especially their banter and the rare times they find themselves alone behind a locked door. I really am hoping there will be at least one more book here. While everyone is in a good place at the end, I would love to see things resolved between Isaiah and Kellan.

I highly recommend both Bonfires and Crocus to anyone who likes stories about couples who are grown up, raising a family and still trying to find time for love and romance.

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Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.
It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Review :: Dreamspinner :: Amazon


Meet Amy Lane


headshots-amy-lane-3Amy Lane is a mother of two grown kids, two half-grown kids, two small dogs, and half-a-clowder of cats. A compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head, she adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckleheaded macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-five-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.



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