Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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?
Review: I absolutely LOVED Bonfires, the first story in this series. I loved the no-nonsense attitude and it was quite refreshing. I understand that this is “real life” and things get in the way (like children) with couple time, but when I’m reading I NEED MORE COUPLE TIME!!!
Larx and Aaron really struggle to get some quiet moments together. Aaron literally begs Larx to stay in bed and just cuddle once and it had me in tears. Why? Because I got it. Our lives are so busy and children focused we tend to forget the person we’re sleeping next to needs our attention, too. More importantly, I cried because I wanted them to have the cuddle time, too. Larx and Aaron are perfect together. We saw that in Bonfires, but as the newness of their relationship settles you can see how well they blend.
In Bonfires we saw Larx bringing home “strays”, well in this book it’s no different. So, we add even more characters into the family. It kind of got too busy. So many people, but I think it worked. Although, personally, I don’t think we needed Olivia’s POV in a couple spots, but it didn’t bother me all that much.
I still loved Larx and Aaron’s relationship. I loved their relationship with their kids. Kellan and Larx. TEARS! There are just these little moments in this that have HUGE meaning. Dozer and Jaime. Olivia and Berto. Larx and Tiffani. Eamon and Larx. Tane and Berto. It’s the relationships that get you. The everyday life relationships. The friendships. I only wish we got to see more of Larx and Aaron moments, but right now as I type this out my rating for this changed. Because for me, in this moment, this book was perfect. With all it’s imperfections and little couple time of the main MC’s, but life isn’t just about you. It’s about your kids, your jobs, your pets, your parents, your kids drama, etc. I think that’s what I’m going to take away from this story. Life is messy, complicated and sometimes you don’t always have a plan, but that’s okay. Maybe someone else in your life has the plan or you can make one together. You don’t always have to be the man with the plan. You don’t always have to be the fixer.
This book is NOT a standalone. It takes places a couple of months after Bonfires ends. I made the mistake of not reading the first book again, because I forgot a couple of things happened. Oops.
You go read this series. I’ll wait for Kellan and Isaiah, because I know that’s coming. We’ll meet back here when that comes out.