Books Release Day Review: Crocus by Amy Lane
Release Day Review: Crocus by Amy Lane
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Bonfires (Book 2)
About the Author
Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
April 17, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Possible Trigger: Deals with physical/mental effects of child sexual abuse.
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
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 Sherriff 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?
A Bit of Everything
I loved Bonfires, the first book in this series, and couldn’t wait to see what happened in the second. I was not expecting a continuation of the same couple and future endeavors/situations. If you have not read Bonfires, you do need to do so before reading Crocus. There is a ton of backstory that you’ll need to know for this to fully make sense.
Now, my favorite aspect of this book is that it doesn’t break Larx and Aaron apart to then come together again. Instead, it highlights the goings on (so many goings on for such a small place!) in their work and home lives.
Larx’s older daughter comes home from college unexpectedly with more than a pregnancy to contend with, as if that weren’t enough trouble on its own. She’s also acquired the clinical depression her mother suffers from, as well. Christiana, the younger daughter, is still at home and in high school, and is wise beyond her years, which is supremely helpful at several junctures.
Aaron’s daughters are less featured in this book, for which I am thankful, as I simply cannot stand the elder one, irrespective of the insight gleaned late in the book. However, younger daughter Maureen comes home for a week, and Kirby is, of course, still in high school and living at home.
The dangers inherent in Aaron’s job as a deputy sheriff are brought into play in dramatic fashion, and they intersect with Larx’s job as principal of the high school. This subplot is definitely my favorite of all that occurred.
The characters are all well-developed and excellently written, an accomplishment for which Amy Lane is known. Sheriff Eamon is a delight from start to finish and added a great deal of levity to what could easily have been a dragging storyline. It was fun having another teacher at the school more active in the whole, and then there is “Wombat Willie,” Olivia’s boyfriend, whom you simply have to love! He is an absolute joy – a little odd and quirky, but a joy.
This story very closely resembles real life, and for me that actually took away a little. The minutiae of day-to-day living is what I’m taking a break from, so in that respect, it disappointed me. Another issue is the over the top drama. It goes beyond standard angsty and into diva drama. Larx and Aaron are less storyline than subplot, which is a shame, because they really are amazing characters.
There are new kids collected in this book, and we finally gain some insight into Yoshi’s quiet other half, Tane, which thrilled me! All in all, this is a good book, but super busy. I’m rating this at 3.5 stars, rounding up for sites that don’t take halves. If you don’t mind a little over the top, you will enjoy this story, and I recommend reading both books. It appears that there may be a third coming, and while I hope it focuses on two secondary characters from the first book, I will still be grabby hands when I see it’s coming even if it’s another extension of Larx and Aaron.
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**
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