Review: “Keeping Promise Rock” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Keeping Promise Rock
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: Keeping Promise Rock Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 344 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jan 17, 2010
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback


Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick’s sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon’s father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him.
Deacon’s greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick’s determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick’s life.
It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick’s family did in the past. When Crick’s knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.

As you know already, with the approval of Dreamspinner Press, we’re reviewing previously published books. We continue with Amy Lane‘s, Keeping Promise Rock contemporary romance series.

Oh my, what a read!

I can’t help it; when it comes to sappy romance, I’m a goner. Well, in this case, the sappy was me. I cried several times during the book. It wasn’t always a sad cry.

The only thing I didn’t like was the prologue. So if you’re like me, and you don’t like that after the prologue, in the first chapter, they go back in time, then I advise you to skip it. You won’t lose much.
The story, after the prologue, starts when Crick, our MC, at the age of 9, meets Deacon the son of Parish, the owner of The Pulpit. It was love at first sight. First the ranch, then the horses, and then Deacon. In less than 5 minutes.

Crick’s domestic situation is troubled. His alcoholic step-dad calls him the Mex-kid. He’s radical-religious white trash. But Crick wants to learn how to ride a horse. So Parish offers him a deal. He’ll come Saturday to Sunday to help out at the ranch, and in return, Deacon will teach him how to ride a horse. That is how Crick earns himself a new caring family.

Years pass by, and Crick finds himself in more trouble than necessary. Deacon is always there to help him get through the rough times. The hero worship slash idolization of Deacon during Crick’s teenage years turns into flaming desire and unconditional love.
But when Crick thinks he has it all, life has other plans.

Deacon knows, from the very first meeting that Crick is it for him. So he waits patiently for the years to pass by and finally claims what’s his, Crick. Deacon is an introvert. You may say the epitome of introversion. The only person who can penetrate his walls is Crick. Deacon knows that Crick is meant to be more than a farm boy. He keeps telling Crick to go, spread his wings and fly. But Crick is waiting on everyone to push him out of their life, so he takes it in the wrong way, and in that spare of a moment, Crick does the unthinkable and enrols into the army.

I loved both MC’s. I fall in love with Deacon’s kindness I related to his responsibility, to his character. Crick’s outgoing behaviour, and his unconditional worship for Deacon took my breath away.

I highly recommend this book to everyone! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Wonderful job Amy Lane!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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