Carrick and Deacon’s story is probably quite common but unfortunately the happily ever after is not; Carrick met Deacon when they were still kids, Deacon older and steadier, actually the only steady point in Carrick’s young life. When Carrick fell in love with Deacon he didn’t even know what love meant, but he knew that no one would replace him in his heart; Carrick was the first son of a, at the time, single mother, and he was not welcomed by his stepfather, even less when the bigot man found out he was gay. Deacon and his father were there for Carrick when both his mother and stepfather weren’t, and they probably saved his life; how couldn’t Carrick being not in love with Deacon? He was not only his dream lover, he was brother, family, shelter and everything and more.
What Deacon was for Crick, he was also for many other people, that in years gathered around him, his former girlfriend Amy, now married to Deacon’s bestfriend Jon (that once upon a time tried to be something more to Deacon), Crick’s sister Benny, teenager single mother who like Crick was kicked out of home when she didn’t meet her father’s expectations, and along the story many others; all of them wanted to save Deacon’s ranch, but not actually for the place, but for Deacon. It’s not the ranch that makes the home they love, it’s the man inside, Deacon, that like his name, is almost like a father to all of them, and like a father, he is the one who has always the right words to comfort but also the strong willing to correct their mistakes and learn from them. Sure someone can think that Deacon is too young for that role, but as the reader will learn during the story, he is actually born like that, always ready to take care of himself and atop of that of who is around him.
Sure the story is pretty much romance, and as in other story by Amy Lane, there are two strong characterization, the strong and silent lover and the bratty and talkative one, but that is a style, a genre, not a lack for me in the story.
Amazon: Keeping Promise Rock
Amazon Kindle: Keeping Promise Rock
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18, 2010)
Cover Art by Paul Richmond