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Author: Amy Lane
Series: Bonfires, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
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.
Get the Message? By Amy Lane
The opening scene in Bonfires shows us Deputy Aaron George convincing Principal “Larx” Larkin to run with him near their houses in the mornings instead of running on the dangerous road near the high school in the late afternoon. For some people, this may seem to be a sort of tame way to ask someone out, but for people in their forties with careers and kids?
This is a breathtaking bit of chutzpah.
Because people in their forties with careers and kids have no time for courtship. The courtship was supposed to be over, that’s how they got the kids, right? Their bodies no longer bounce back like they used to, so squeezing a quick bit of sex in between staff meetings and PTA meetings and school events is so not going to happen, and generally? How do two full-fledged adults manage to be goofy and funny and generally to keep connection in the course of a busy day?
Well, electronics are our friend.
So I thought I’d share a few “stolen texts” from Larx and Aaron both before and after their courtship—because don’t you like to see people’s texts when they’re being dear? Yeah, me too—
I hope you enjoy!
Aaron: What’s for dinner?
Larx: I don’t know—what do you want?
Larx: You’re going to EAT MY DAUGHTERS’ CATS?
Aaron: I’m going to eat ONE cat.
Larx: Which one?
Aaron: Whichever one coughed a hairball in my shoe.
Larx: That’s fair. Let me know how you want it cooked.
Larx: *texts image of twenty school kids waving madly*
Aaron: Cute. Tell them if I catch them having sex off of Olson Road I will arrest them all.
Larx: I told them you were doing something really exciting that involved science in the morgue.
Aaron: I’m eating a breakfast bar at my desk while I do paperwork.
Larx: I’ll tell them you’re investigating a pot farm. It’ll wake them up.
Aaron: It would wake me up too. Grandpa needs a nap.
Aaron: I ate your leftover burrito for lunch. It was awesome.
Larx: Good for you! And?
Aaron: I want another one for dinner.
Larx: Too bad. You’ll get veggie hash and like it.
Larx: Can you stop by store on way home?
Aaron: Sure—what do you need?
Larx: Milk, coffee, Always Overnight Pads, Tampax Pearl Tampons…
Aaron: pizza, Diet Coke, 10 lbs of M&Ms Peanut Butter…
Larx: You’ve done this before.
Aaron: Does she prefer her Oreos regular or doublestuffed?
Larx: The M&M’s should do it, but substitute hamburgers for pizza.
Aaron: Understood. I’ll get her vitamins too.
Larx: omg so grown up! Adopt me!
Aaron: That would put a crimp in our sex life.
Larx: Ew. Sorry.
Aaron: Gonna be late tonight. Extra paperwork.
Aaron: Larx? Did you get my last text?
Larx: Paperwork for what?
Larx: I’m waiting.
Larx: It was on the news, moron. Your kid’s a mess.
Aaron: I’m sorry—I didn’t want to worry you.
Larx: “Shots fired” will ALWAYS WORRY US. Next time just text and say “I’m fine”.
Larx: Ass. Hole.
Aaron: Telling Kirby I’m sorry now.
Larx: Tell Larx you’re sorry later.
Aaron: Roger that. Sorry Larx. I love you?
Larx: Love you too. Take care of what’s ours.
Aaron: Will do.
Larx: Aaron, your daughter is here.
Larx: We both wish.
Aaron: OH DEAR GOD
Larx: She brought religious pamphlets.
Aaron: Tell her you’re calling the police!
Larx: I think she knows that trick.
Aaron: Tell her I’ll cut her out of the will.
Larx: No thanks, I choose life.
Aaron: Tell her you always liked her sister best, just GET HER OUT OF THERE.
Larx: Cool your jets—your dog just ate her new boots as she sat here.
Aaron: The dog was for you.
Larx: GOOD DOG!
Aaron: I’ll bring him treats on the way home.
Larx: And Tiffany?
Aaron: She needs to get her own treats.
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Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
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