Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Larx, Aaron, Olivia
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?
Crocus is the second book in the Bonfires series, leading off with the aptly named Bonfires itself. And while this new addition was a good read, I would recommend reading the prior book in the series beforehand, if only to be able to keep the children and backstories straight. I did not have that advantage, so I’m sure I’ve mixed up who is who more than once. But, the main characters carried me through the story, so I wasn’t too lost overall.
We once again visit high school principal “Larx” Larkin and Deputy Sheriff Aaron George as they build their life together with their children, pets, and overall craziness of their jobs. Added to the insanity this go around is the return of Larx’s daugher, Olivia, who has dropped out of college, is now pregnant, and wants to live at Aaron’s old house. And there’s the added complication that she has very apparent mental health issues, even if her father refuses to admit it for a very long time. I liked how Amy Lane dealt with that issue, along with the pregnancy and the baby’s father, who really wants to be with Olivia through thick and thin. I have hope that they can make it through anything as long as they’re together, and have the continued support of Aaron and Larx and the rest of the family behind them.
I also enjoyed the case that Larx and Aaron got involved in, as well as the aftermath that occurred as a result, though I felt like I was a bit removed from the girl and her situation. Yes, I felt bad that she was involved in domestic violence and that both she and her sister got the help they needed, but I didn’t feel like we got enough time with the characters to make a deep connection. What we did get was a focus on the aftermath with Larx and Aaron, so I guess that was more the point of the book.
As we’ve come to expect, we were treated to a happy ending after all the emotional ups and downs involving a shooting, a bunch of homophobic people, and a solidified definition of what family is. The end of the book was also left open to the potential further exploration of this universe and these characters. I wouldn’t mind revisiting Larx, Aaron, and their family. They have a very interesting dynamic going on and wonderful personalities to boot. A feel-good read that will surely give you hours of enjoyment!
Reviewed By: Kimberly
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