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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bonfires Amy Lane


1) Being a reader of a certain age myself, I loved this cozy story.  The two middle-aged protagonists were both people I felt I would like to get to know, and the secondary characters, especially most of the kids, were nicely sympathetic without being unbelievably saccharin.
2) A lovely, warm story of hope and resilience and family, with two imperfect older guys, believable teen kids, community in all its good and bad aspects, and a plot that pulled me through the story to a satisfying end.
3) She will forever and always be the best author ever in my book; her character development, story pacing and overall tone just does it for me time and time again.  I particularly enjoyed the theme of happiness with another man *after* there had been a "normal" relationship.  Fluditiy is a beautiful thing.

Bonfires Amy Lane
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 24, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635333407
ISBN-13: 978-1635333404
Amazon: Bonfires Amy Lane

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 fifty 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.

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