Bonfires

  • by Amy Lane
  • Narrated by Nick J. Russo
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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4.25*


This is a tale of two men with teenage children who find love in their late-forties, of finding the courage to come out to the local community, and the impact that responsible and also homophobic adults can have on children’s lives. It’s a story of second chances for love, families, and individuals. It’s Amy Lane, so of course it is well-written, with superbly presented characters and situations. The dramatic climax was an especially intense scene and kept me riveted.

Larx and Aaron’s relationship is the main focus of the story and their romance made a refreshing change because they’re older guys; one is bisexual and in his first relationship with a man. It’s sort of insta-love although they’ve known each other for a few years, but they've suddenly hit it off. Their love-making scenes are particularly hot. I especially liked the roles the teenage children, the sheriff, and the vice-principal played in the story, and how they saw right through what was going on with Larks and Aaron, giving them undivided support and encouragement.

Isaiah and Kellan’s story was sweet and heartbreaking. It sort of fizzled out, so I’m hoping for a sequel to let us know what happens to them.

So, there's lots of positives here, and yet the story didn’t completely bowl me over and make me want to listen again. There seemed to be too much drama and conflict hitting the ‘good guys’ and my attention drifted during some of the dialogue.

The narration by Nick J Russo was superb as always. He has the knack of drawing the listener into a story and sets the tone for every scene perfectly.
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- Lily G Blunt

SUPERB MR RUSSO..... 5 STARS!!

This was Amy Lane back to her brilliant best. The last few years have seen some stories published by her, which to be frank, have outraged certain sections of the LGBTQ community. As an avid reader of all things Amy Lane, but an ally of that community, I was upset on their behalf too, and having read those stories myself, could understand why they were upset; however, I was persuaded that things have changed for the better, and I can definitely confirm that with this story.

Nick's narration of the story was perfect, and an absolute joy to listen to. His intonation, his characterisation, the happiness he seemed to radiate whilst reading told me that he too had immersed himself in the story and was really enjoying it. It was such a refreshing change to read about bisexual older characters and the immense but unfortunate hoops they had to go through, just to be together. Aaron and Larx (and their kids excluding Tiffany) were a delight to hear about, the characters from the town of Colton (especially Eamon the sheriff and the deputy principal of the school whose name escapes me at the mo) were thoroughly believable...in fact, you could practically tell who the pantomime villain was going to be (and wasn't she awful??) I just adored it, and would love more stories about Aaron and Larx, Kellan and Isaiah, and the rest of the town of Colton...read by Mr Russo of course!! 5 💜💜💜💜💜 from me.
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- BevS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC