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.
©2009 Andrew Grey (P)2010 Andrew Grey
The tale of Crick and Deacon is filled with a plethora of emotions ranging from elation to despair. The writing style of Amy Lane is fantastic and Sean Crisden's narration added to the story. I have listened to this book several times and I still find myself laughing out loud and shedding a tear. A great story! One I highly recommend.
If you enjoy gay romance novels then this book is one you just can not pass by.
Even though the setting of the audiobook made me think twice about purchasing the book, it was just the exact place and people that just made the story.
The characters may have their flaws, but the love, hope and sense of family throughout the entire book is pure joy and had me crying on many occasions. I cried at the very end, not just because of the ending, but because I felt so much a part of the characters lives and I had witnessed their growth and pain, it felt like that I myself as losing friends and family. I just wanted it to continue.
I immediately went out and purchased the paper back and the next installment of the series and Amy Lane jumped to my favourite author of all time.
This is one audiobook that I do not regret purchasing, not even for a second.
The sole reason I read this one is because of the Narrator...but I was also curious about the story as well...this book was GREAT!!
It had all the elements in a book that make you NOT want to put it down or stop listening!
The characters were so real b/c of the narrator and the writing...
I can tell this is another one that I wouldn't mind reading again, and again, and again!!
I enjoyed the ride along with their emotional and relational growth. The story arch is perfect, I felt like a part of their family by the end looking toward the future with Crick and Deacon. Oh, yes, sexual encounters were hot and realistic at the same time. Love it, highly recommend it.
I'm 57 and retired due to vision loss after 30+ years in video production. I live with my partner of 12 years and a few great cats!
Listening to this audiobook was very painful. While a certain amount of conflict and misunderstanding can help to fuel a romance, this isn’t so much a romance as a test to see how much pain and abuse the reader is willing to see two people haplessly put each other through.
The device of conflict in this story reaches and maintains a level of emotional turmoil on the characters that can only be called sadistic. The rare moments of tenderness the characters are allowed are short, few and far between. Like an occasional bucket of water on a forest fire there isn’t much relief.
This is a wonderfully written story of sacrifice, values and decency. You can't help but admire both of the main characters for what life throws at them and how they manage to carry on.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I am totally on this m/m romance kick right now and this just totally did it for me. I loved it! When Crick ran away to the ARMY... I was shocked...but when Crick was actually not a flamming queen in the ARMY I was so proud....
Being an ex-Army soldier myself, I have lots of friends who were queens, but they weren't all... flamming.. They were actually really tough guys, but they definitely where queens... So this just made me think about all of them.
The story seem so real... (my life experiences help me relate)... and Crisden narration just put this story over the top. I loved the smex scenes.;.. sooo real... Amy Lane seems to have hit or miss depending on who is narrating her stories. Any Crisden narration is a hit, but others are very iffy!
Great credit... don't buy, but wait for your credit... But this was soo good... Just started book 2 and it is not lookin so hot.. but then again, it is not Crisden narrating...
This made me cry over and over. I can't stop thinking about the men serving overseas and the hardships they and their families face. So glad I read this.
I am an avid audio book listener. I have over 340 in my library and re-listen to them until I know my favorites by heart.
I loved this story. The author weaves a wonderful tale of misunderstandings and true love that conquers all. It is an easy listen and the narrator is one of my favorites. It is easy to discern between characters and his ennunciation is wonderful.
Oh lordy. This is Amy at her angstiest. I think this had to be one of my first Amy Lane books ever and it was my first m/m audiobook. It is an absolutely amazing book and series by the very gifted Amy Lane “Queen of Angst”. And it’s long – but so worth it.
There are lots of people to keep track of, but they show up over and over, so it’s worth keeping track of them.
Carrick James “Crick” is the abused stepson of “Step-Bob” who escapes his house to find solace with the horses and men of “The Pulpit” – a horse ranch run by Parish Winters and his son, Deacon. Crick goes there starting as a young boy on the weekends and moves there as a teen when his family kicks him out for being gay.
Deacon is a shy, shy boy who has an interest in both boys and girls. He dates the pixie-like Amy for most of high school, making Crick (who has a massive crush on him) very jealous. Luckily Deacon sees the error in his ways and let’s Amy go so that she can find her own true love with Deacon’s very best friend in the world, John.
The first third of the book is this growth period of youth to young man, from crush to love. It ends with the culmination of that emotion and starts us on the second part of the book – where Crick loses his mind and signs up for the Army.
The second part of the book is Deacon and Crick separated by thousands of miles and in tons of emotional pain. There are several lessons learned during this period of separation and new life given and taken, new friendships forged and love being tested. Bernice “Bennie” – Crick’s sister – comes into Deacon’s life pregnant – the result of being roofied – and helps Deacon to resurface from his depression and helps him to find a reason to keep fighting.
Crick finally comes back to the pulpit but he’s been severely injured and the Pulpit is in dire financial straights ever since it came out that Deacon was “driving while gay” (something the conservative little town doesn’t tolerate).
The third part is Crick and Deacon reconnecting, figuring out how to keep the Pulpit financially solvent and the introduction of several of the characters we will see in future books.
Amy doesn’t pull her punches. It was absolutely brutal some of the things these boys endured while separated. You wanted to (no NEEDED to) punch Crick for being such an idiot at times and you wanted to wrap Deacon up in a hug and tell him it’d be all right.
I love, love, love these characters. Each and every one of them is fully developed and richly portrayed. The emotions are so authentic and the situations, though sometimes ugly and harsh, are deep and real and life-shaping.
For such a long book there is only a minimum of smexy times, but those times are very erotic and well done.
If you haven’t read this series you really should, but have some Kleenex handy and be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster.
Sean Crisden narrates only this first of the series and he does an amazing job. I don’t know how they go about selecting narrators – if anyone does I’d love to know! – but he wasn’t selected for the rest. I thought his Crick and Deacon were excellent, though I didn’t care for his Jeff.
Sean is always good at giving us well differentiated character voices and he really understands and does the emotions so well.
I highly recommend this book and the series.
6 of 5 stars
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