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Bonfires Audiobook

Bonfires

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Ten years ago Sheriff's Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He's gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron - who thought life began and ended with his kids - is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too - and for his students at Colton High. He's not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy's steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx's priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching 50 to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they've embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

©2017 Amy Lane (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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    Joan 06-14-17
    Joan 06-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A matured romance"

    This was not your typical romance story -it was so much better. Matured characters, deep story line even the grown children add to the story and it doesn't detract from the romance between the MCs . It has a bit of a whodunit vibe, I was very suspicious of the suspect somewhere in the middle of the story. I loved it. Kept me enthralled from start to finish. I hope their story continues in a book 2. Sad that the story is over.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Becky C USA 06-16-17
    Becky C USA 06-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding from any perspective"

    I used to wish there were more books about middle-aged people falling in love, but then Amy Lane wrote Bonfires and this one is so good I’m not sure the trope can be duplicated or improved upon.
    Aaron is a deputy sheriff, possibly someday the town’s sheriff, if things go to plan. He was married and the father of two daughters and one son. His wife died 10 years ago and Aaron begins exploring his bisexuality when Larx comes into his life. He’s known Larx for a long time but not this way. Aaron has focused on raising his children and doing his job, after moving to a small town where he feels they will grow up safer.
    Larx, whose real first name is a secret for most of the book, for good reason, was also married and the father of two daughters. He and his wife divorced, and she plays almost no role in his life or in this book. He is the reluctant but excellent principal of the small town high school. He is also bisexual, and, like Aaron, is approaching 50. When Aaron and Larx’s lives intersect a lot is going on, including love, children, a murder, two boys kissing publically at the annual bonfire, homophobic town people, and a stabbing. It’s a lot to deal with, but Larx is so good at handling everything he’s almost too perfect. But then, that’s what the town and his family needs – a good man.
    Larx and Aaron are not out to everyone initially but we get there eventually, and that’s another good thing. The teenagers in the story, including Larx’s, Aaron’s, and the student body at Larx’s school, are exemplary kids. A girl whose mother is a piece of work is caught up in a terrible tragedy that is never completely resolved, but a catastrophe this child goes through could not be resolved quickly or at all.
    I enjoyed listening to this story on audiobook as well as reading along in ebook format. That’s my favorite way to enjoy books, two media at once. The narrator, Nick J. Russo, has also been the audiobook reader for several other MM romances I’ve enjoyed, so I was sure this was going to be a perfect reading. And it was. Sorting different voices for the men as well as realistically covering the female voices is a talent that Mr. Russo handles extremely well.
    Highly recommended in any format you may choose to enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    6/26/17
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    "Simply Amazing"
    Where does Bonfires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 easily!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the mature MCs and their family values.
    The love they have for each other and the way they express it is so special.


    What does Nick J. Russo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nick totally enhances this story and bring a whole different dimension to it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they're about to be intimate for the first time and Larx has a mini melt down about the grey hairs in his pubes and Aaron is so god damn sweet about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely adored this book when I read it and I loved it just as much listening to the audio. Nick J. Russo really brings the story and these characters to life and I was so totally emerged in it throughout. The way Nick transitioned between the many different characters voices (male and female!) was awesome and faultless throughout.

    I love that both Aaron and Larx are pushing 50 and have totally realistic dysfunctional families and a mature outlook on their expectations for each other and what they can achieve together as one big family. It is so refreshingly funny and had me laughing out loud throughout.

    Larx is first and foremost a teacher but was pressured in to being principal - a position he never wanted, so he set some ground rules and bought his friend Yoshi in as vice principal and insisted he still be allowed to teach his AP class. Aaron is the towns local deputy and his boss wants him to eventually run for Marshall.

    The two have known each other many years through the school, the community and their children. They get to know each other better when Aaron advises Larx not to take his daily run on a busy road and offers to run with him in a morning instead.

    This story is not just a man meets man and gets married tale. There's murder, mystery and bigotry to deal with alongside family dynamics and bratty children. The secondary characters in this book are fantastic and so well developed, I loved Kirby and Christina, Kellan and Isiah and of course Yoshi. But there were many more than that and they really all added another dimension to this story.

    The romance is not the overwhelming theme of this story but when Larx and Aaron are working on their personal relationship its just so god damn sweet and realistic.

    The ending was great and gave a true insight in to their lives as one big family. It's not all plain sailing and not all the kids are on board and theirs an added bombshell from one of the kids at the end but you just know these guys will stick together and work through everything as a team.

    A fabulous story and brilliant audiobook!

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