Author: Amy Lane
Series: Bonfires, #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Bisexual / Coming Out / Demisexual
Page Count: 280
Heat Level: 4 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.
Bonfires by Amy Lane is book one in her newest series – to say I loved this book is putting it lightly. I adored this book and all the perfectly loveable characters inside! You see, if you haven’t read an Amy Lane story before then you have missed out on all of her amazing storylines and the characters…the characters that are real, they are quirky, a little bit flawed, full of love, and unlike any other characters you have read. They will invade your heart and you will find yourself experiencing all their emotions as you read, their trials and tribulations …become your reality. Ms. Lane has a way of weaving a little magic into her stories, and Bonfires is no exception – you will fall hard for these characters. So be prepared!
This story is told in an alternating first person POV, the narration switches between our two MC Deputy Aaron George and high school Principle Lyman Larkin aka Larx. The story takes place in a small mountain community outside Sacramento, you know the type of place where everyone knows everyone and is all up in each others business.
The MCs in this story are both middle-aged and I LOVED that aspect, kudos for showing that people over age 25 can still fall in love …
“They were grown men, nearing fifty, but it didn’t feel ludicrous at all. Every touch, every whisper, every shiver between them was brand-new. It wasn’t young love— it was worse, bigger, more painful. They’d lost before. They knew the dangers of love. And they fell anyway.”
…and double kudos for showing that ones sex drive doesnt dry up and slink away at age 35…bravo!
There is a lot that happens in this book – several different subplots all merged together, beyond our two MCs and their families – this story deals with fear, coming out, sexuality, starting over, there is mention of divorce, death of a parent prior to this story beginning, violence and harm of a supporting character, racism, bigotry, and above all else..accepting each other and love. There is a lot of love in this book.
I really don’t want to rehash the plot because as with all Amy Lane books, you just have to read it and experience it as she wants you to. I will say, I wasn’t even 75% of the way done before I was emailing Ms. Lane asking if a certain character would get a book, or if there would be more stories…to which I was told – Yes, this is just the beginning! Never fear though, this book ends in a strong HFN – there is just so much more to be told about our characters, one book isn’t enough. You will see what I mean when you read it!
So, I thoroughly and highly recommend this story – 5 Stars all the way to Bonfires – a must read! These men will capture your heart much like they captured each others!
Review Copy of Bonfires provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.