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.
Bonfires by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think this an Amy Lane's classic with flawed heroes and some mystery as a garnish.
This book has two different stories, not a gut wrenching as usual, not fluffy as usual as well.
Amy made this story close to reality, with the two MCs both in their late 40, almost 50. Have a family and currently single.
How many times we see in real life there's some rich girl with powerful parents do whatever they wanna do with other people's life? Being a bully to others? Many times.
So this mean girl and her mother has a big 'influence' in this story, with the mystery.
The other one, is about family, acceptance, forgiveness...and the big wide heart of Principal Larx.
It's not hard for Deputy Sheriff Aaron George to fall for him, with his 'quality'.
I liked that Aaron have to wait for 7 years to have 'courage' to ask Larx to 'run' with him. And the silent attraction between the two men, the 'we're old and we can't have sex like teenagers again', is very entertaining.
Larx and Aaron's kids are adorable and 'perfect'. And there's poor boy Kellan who's easily became Larx additional son after what happened in his life. Larx was just 'this is your home, son. For as long as you need'. And that what's made me fall in love with the Principal.
The ending was quite satisfying, because...they're planning to be grandpas in the near future!
That's for me is an absolute HEA.
*ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest review. No high rating required upon the receiving of this copy.*
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