Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Series
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 is the first book of author Amy Lane’s series by the same name. This is a story of second chances and blended families. I am a big fan of Ms. Lane’s and while I wanted to read this book I had forgotten that the main characters were more mature than usual. As I read that became a non issue and soon the author had me drawn into the world she created for Larx and Aaron.
Both these men have so much in common that it is only a matter of time before they got together. Larx is the high school principal. He is a single father to two girls. He is also gay, something that only a couple of people in the small town that he lives in knows. Aaron is also a single father, but the Deputy has three children who struggled after the death of their mother. Like Larx, Aaron kept his sexual identity a secret from those he loved. When their lives changed both men took their families to the small town of Colton. Now after several years alone, and both close to facing an empty nest, the two men find their way to each other.
I loved these two men. Larx and Aaron pulled me into their story from the beginning. The way they connect, the chemistry between them, the way they love their families, all made me want them to find the HEA that they deserved. I think one of the things that really drew me in was how realistic the story was. The author does a wonderful job showing what it’s like to be a single parent, especially when the children are teenagers. Then there is the fact that neither man has been in a relationship for some time and are nervous about what looks to be an all-consuming affair. Ms. Lane did a great job helping the men on their journey and I loved the way she handles their first time in bed.
Bonfires is not just a story of love though. There is unease brewing at the high school and Larx is worried about how it will play out. When Aaron finds a body floating in the lake, and then one of Larx’s students is attacked the men can’t help wondering if there is a connection.
I did not see this playing out the way it did. I think more than one reader will be surprised by the little twists and turns this part of the story takes. Bonfires has become one of my re-reads and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
Reviewed By: Lydia
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