Crocus

Bonfires Series, Book 2
By: Amy Lane
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.7 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Amy Lane (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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I want more please

I'm not ready to hear the last of this wonderful caste of Characters that Amy Lane created. I really hope that she will decide that the story hasn't quite ended yet. I absolutely love Larx and Aaron, and the fact that these two very hot men were in their late 40s , early 50s for me even made it more special. It added that touch of realism that a lot of romance novels lack in my opinion. I did enjoy Nick J. russo's performance, but he has a very young sounding voice and so I'm not sure if he was the best fit, but it didn't really take away from my enjoyment of the story, just an observation. 4.5 stars.

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wonderful sequel

In my opinion you really do need to read or listen to book 1, Bonfires, before starting Crocus. Bonfires is the story of how Aaron and Larx meet and fall in love with all the complications of joining two families. It ends when Larx’s eldest daughter Olivia comes home from college and tells them she is pregnant. This book takes off from that point. We learn that not only is she pregnant she also has Depression. Amy Lane handles this very difficult subject very well. There is no miraculous recovery just because it suited the storyline. We go through Olivia’s struggles to move out of the dark place she is in and Larx’s struggles as a parent to help her. At the same time his rock, Aaron is injured whilst on duty, one of his students is suffering from domestic abuse and is missing in a snowstorm. In amongst this two brothers need his support. There is so much to keep you on edge desperate to know more and wanting everything to work out. I love the dose of reality and practically Amy Lane has in these stories. By the way the book ended I am certain there will be a third book, can’t wait. I absolutely agree with Mary. Even though the HEA for our guys happens in book 1, we don’t really see them interacting a whole lot together because – in typical Amy fashion – they are BOMBARDED with drama. Though the drama is still in heavy doses in book 2 – our guys handle it TOGETHER and that makes all the difference. I was glad to see Amy confront the depression issues head on and not shy away from the less than perfect side of pregnancy, etc. Highly recommended and can’t wait for book 3! Audio I just love Nick J Russo. I can’t say that enough. He makes every listening experience a joy and I always know I can depend on him to provide a quality character choice and interpretation. I love how he manages to give Aaron the laid back and stolid voice while in the next breath giving us the hyper and sometimes frenetic Larx. Well done and highly recommended! 5 of 5 stars for both

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Fantastic

I'm usually leery of sequels featuring an established couple, mostly because I'm afraid the author will mess with the happy ending I've already enjoyed. Add Amy Lane, who's notorious for putting characters through emotional and angst-filled trauma, and I worried for Larx and Aaron. But I'm happy to report that even though Larx and Aaron are put through the ringer with multiple crazy and scary things happening (Larx's daughter coming home pregnant, her baby daddy showing up, different kids needing to be saved, Aaron being hurt)...Larx and Aaron never lose sight of each other and how much they mean to one another. I love all of these characters - they're not perfect - but they communicate and support each other. Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job with the narration. He captures all of the emotions throughout the book without ever going over the top, provides clear, distinguishable character voices, and a terrific pace. I know I'm loving an audiobook when I get mad every time I have to pause it! Established couple, multiple POV, contemporary romance with medium angst, sexy times, suspense, and a very happy ending. Recommended! ❤️

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Yes!

I was looking forward to this book. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. It's such a "feel good" read even with all it's horrible twists and turns. Love and family is everything. *smiling*

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Wonderful sequel

Loved the family drama and all the lost souls taking refuge in this cohesive and delightful family. Narration was perfect. Story was delightful and dramatic and laugh out loud funny at times. A great story to listen to while the world is going crazy around you.

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Great Sequel

There was a lot that went down in this sequel to Bonfires! I liked Bonfires a little better, but this was still a great book. It was great getting to know all of the characters better, seeing Larx and Aaron's relationship strengthen and see this new family unit get closer and bond more. (and add a few more strays to the mix!) After reading the first book, and now Crocus, I look forward to reading more of Amy Lane's work. She writes with lots of heart! I wrote in my review for Bonfires that I wish the 2 MC's were voiced by 2 separate narrators to help make it clear who is talking in each scene, but overall great narration.

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as good as the first !

Did the story keep me engaged: absolutely - every second of it! Were there any parts I found annoying: no Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes Would I listen to it again: in a heartbeat Story comments: I loved this book as much as the first one and again ran the full gamut of emotions. I cried, I laughed, got angry for and at Larks as he battled through the chaos around him as Erin heals from an on the job injury. There are a lot of different elements going on in this book to give it a both a fast and steady pace. Narrator comments: Nick Russo did a fantastic job with the narration. He is consistent with his characters from book 1, capturing all the emotions without ever going over the top.

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Romance and a plot.

HEA means more when lots happens before you get there. I thank you Ms Lane.

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Crocus, Bonfires 2

The second part of the Bonfires series by Amy Lane does not disappoint. I really liked the first book and wasn’t sure what we would get next in the follow up to that. That being said, you really have to read book one in order to follow this one, as if not, I think you will be missing a major part of their storyline and will probably be lost and a bit confused. Also, book one is really good too, so you should really read/listen to it just for that reason - you don’t want to miss out on a great book! Larx and Aaron finally made a home with all their kids and patched-together family and are getting into the groove of being not just fathers but lovers as well. They always put their family and kids first and I really respect them for that. They have a real down-to-earth relationship that includes actual talking and sorting things out, all the awkward moments that two people can have together, disagreements and fights. We get to see it all with them. These guys are seriously amazing characters that seem so dang real. Aaron is a sheriff and Larx is a principal/science teacher, so they have dedicated their lives to helping others. So naturally when something happens that puts more kids in danger they just can’t help themselves, which ultimately puts them right into the face of danger. While book one was more suspenseful, this book isn’t lacking on that front either. However, I do feel like this book was more family focused. We get to see Aaron and Larx and more on how they interact together, with issues arising with their kids, and Aaron getting hurt in the line of duty, and Larx having to hold up the fort at home. Larx's daughter, Olivia, has some major issues to deal with and work out in this book and it’s great that both men take the time to make sure that she is OK and not just avoiding what really needs to be done. Let me also add that every single time Wombat Willy was said I could not help but giggle out loud. It is hilarious when Elton is given that nickname. The guys reinforce with all the kids that family is forever and that they should all feel safe and secure at home, all while opening Aaron’s home up to others who need a place to stay. God, I loved this story and these men, two fantastic books with the best plot and storyline throughout them. I really recommend getting both these stories in e-book format at least, but you really cannot go wrong picking up the audio for both books as well, since the narration is wonderful too. Nick J Russo is brilliant when it comes to narrating. I just like listening to his voice more and more with each narration I’ve heard from him. He has a really pleasant rhythm and cadence to his voice that pulls you into each story. I think he really did a fabulous job with both Bonfires and Crocus, and all the characters involved. And, there were quite a few; he gave the two main characters their own voices along with all their children, and their extended families and friends. He really did well giving us the full picture of the story overall with so much going on in each book.

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Wonderful Sequel to Bonfires!

I fell in love with Larx, Aaron, and everyone in their extended family in the must read prequel of Amy Lane’s wonderful Bonfires series. If you did as well, then Crocus is an absolute must-read continuation. If you haven’t, start with Bonfires, because I’m not giving anything away here! One of the all-time best storytellers, Amy Lane creates a world of gritty, realistic characters. The Larkin and George families face their mistakes and deal with the trials of living in the real world. This is the best kind of angst, and while I can always count on Amy Lane to deliver a happy ending, getting there is what it’s all about. There are some beautiful messages in Crocus, and the one that really resonates with me is about respecting others’ problems. Everyone has their own issues to deal with, their own crosses to bear. If it’s important to you, and you’re going through it, then it counts just as much as whatever I’m dealing with. This is one directive that always bears repeating. I can’t think of a series better suited to audio, and the highly talented Nick J. Russo brings these characters to life. Larx and Aaron go through so much in Crocus, between their playful banter, life-changing events, and the delightfully furtive sex scenes, the emotion Mr. Russo imparts truly makes the story for me. The ending of Crocus leaves no doubt that there’s more to come, and Amy Lane promises at least two more episodes in the Bonfires series. Coming in 2019 is Sunset, which I’m hoping is a happily-ever-after for Larx and Aaron. With Kellan and Isaiah’s story to look forward to after that, I can hardly wait!

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  • David Holdsworth-Lloyd
  • 12-22-19

sequel to bonfires

even better than the first book if that is possible. yhe story continues with larks and Aaron and the combined families and some new waifs and strays very enjoyable

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  • Delano
  • 10-08-18

Brilliant book and Narration

When a follow up is as good as the first book you know you’re onto a winning series. I love the fact that everything was not rainbows and unicorns. That there were still real life problems, which in some circumstances still hadn’t been fixed(Tiff and Olivia) and others which on the surface looked like they could be ok but there was still so much work. I can’t wait for book 3, just hope the audio comes out quickly as listening to Nick Russo give voice to these characters is the only way to go. Thank you Amy Lane, thank you Nick Russo. Till next time.... now what do I do for the next few months sigh...