Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/24/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out
Page Count: 280
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
5 stars – I loved this book! I fell in love with Amy Lane books when I read The Locker Room and this is just as good if not better as for me it’s just so different to a lot of books out there.
I love that both Aaron and Larx are pushing 50 and have totally realistic dysfunctional families and a mature outlook on their expectations for each other and what they can achieve together as one big family. It is so refreshingly funny and had me laughing out loud throughout.
“I have gray in my pubes,” Larx said, and Aaron stifled a laugh on his bicep. “My pubes, Aaron. I haven’t looked at them in seven years and they grew gray without me.”
Larx is first and foremost a teacher but was pressured in to being principal – a position he never wanted, so he set some ground rules and bought his friend Yoshi in as vice principal and insisted he still be allowed to teach his AP class. Aaron is the towns local deputy and his boss wants him to eventually run for Marshall.
The two have known each other many years through the school, the community and their children. They get to know each other better when Aaron advises Larx not to take his daily run on a busy road and offers to run with him in a morning instead.
This story is not just a man meets man and gets married tale. There’s murder, mystery and bigotry to deal with alongside family dynamics and bratty children. The secondary characters in this book are fantastic and so well developed, I loved Kirby and Christina, Kellan and Isiah and of course Yoshi. But there were many more than that and they really all added another dimension to this story.
The romance is not the overwhelming theme of this story but the chapters we see of Larx and Aaron working on their personal relationship are just so god damn sweet and realistic.
The ending was great and gave a true insight in to their lives as one big family. It’s not all plain sailing and not all the kids are on board and theirs an added bombshell from one of the kids at the end but you just know these guys will stick together and work through everything as a team.
A fabulous read!