Review: “Bonfires” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Bonfires
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance;
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book


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.

Wow…just wow…and wow…did I say wow?…yeah, so wow….

I don’t even…well, there’s Aaron…and then Larx…and they…and when…wow…just…wow…

I’m so, so grateful to the author for Bonfire. The book speaks from my heart. I know there will be people who will not agree with me, though. But this book! The story! I could so relate, to both of them. Well except the kids’ part, but the rest…wow…

Aaron – He’s a deputy with three teenage kids and widowed. His wife died in a car accident ten years ago. Aaron always knew he was attracted to men (I hear you…), but then he fell in love and got married. Now after ten years of dedicating his life to raising his children, Larx Larkin with a silly thing he did, turned Aaron life upside down. What did Larx do? Well, he was running shirtless, and the sweat glistening on his chest…and…gulp…Aaron was 16 again.

The story starts with Aaron’s monologue with himself, a pep talk to have the courage to confront Larx. He did it, but now (against his better judgment, or not) will meet Larx every morning to jog together. The reason for this, to keep Larx away from the highway of course…right dude

Mr. Larkin aka the principal of Colton High aka Larx aka the poster child of rebelism always knew he was 80 % gay and 20 % bi. But then he happened to impregnate a girl, then he married her and when he accidently outed himself back at his old school was when he got a divorce. Now seven years later, together with his daughters, seven years in this small town, finds himself fighting to make his school a safe place for diverse children.

The two men coming together, or more likely colliding together is an epic story. It’s so normal, it’s so mundane so quotidian that you can feel the genuinity in their story. The daily struggles of family and work, the never enough time for themselves, the sacrifices they need to make for they loved ones and job it’s so accurate.

We’ll see how bullying and allowing bullying can go so wrong. How fears and not-knowing can provoke horrible things. The closed-mindness and the ignorance can hurt so badly…

This book is for everybody, for the gay and the straight, for the open minded and the close minded for the brave and for those who are afraid! Everybody…

This story needs more than 5 brilliant OtimuMM’s!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


One thought on “Review: “Bonfires” by Amy Lane

  1. Fiona Lyle April 2, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I love this review Levi 😍


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