Forever Promised by Amy Lane
Crick has been home from Iraq for five years, Jeff and Collin are finally married, and Shane and Mikhail are quietly making lives better for the dispossessed teenagers who come their way. Everything is right in Deacon’s world, but nothing ever stays the same.
When Deacon’s best friends, Jon and Amy, answer the call of an opportunity in Washington, DC, Deacon figures that’s life. You love people, and they leave you, and you survive. Even Benny, Crick’s little sister, is close to grown and ready to start her own future. But Benny loves Deacon, and she owes him—she may move beyond The Pulpit and Levee Oaks one day, but not without leaving something of herself behind. And so she offers Deacon and Crick an amazing gift… and a terrifying decision.
Benny’s offer forces Deacon and Crick to dredge up every past mistake and offer of redemption. And not just the two of them—everybody is forced to examine the chances they’ve been given and the promises they’ve made. In a real family, a child is a promise, and to the men and women of Promise Rock, keeping that promise will change their lives forever.
I was happy to see another Promise book. I have always loved Crick and Deacon along with all the “family” of the series. Amy Lane is a wonderful author that writes stories that are emotional. This particular book is a bit different. There are established couples and none of the difficulties that arise have to do with a romantic relationship. It seemed this one was more about life changing, people growing up and moving on. The “drama” is all related to that.
This was a difficult one for me to review. Amy Lane’s descriptive writing style always leaves me in awe. I could never imagine writing anything close to like she does. She is usually known for her angsty books. There was some angst contained in the book but not like she does in some. This will turn some people off. Difficult relationships, big disasters and crisis, action and adventure…these are what a lot of readers want out of the M/M Romance reads. This book isn’t that. It’s about family and friends, love and healing, building on the old to make a better new.
I did enjoy the read. I’ve enjoyed the whole of the series. The people of “Promise Rock” are now dear to me and my heart. I loved seeing them grow more. Seeing them settle into their relationships and how it was all working. I think my biggest disappointment was not feeling more when the story was centered on Crick and Deacon’s relationship. I just didn’t see it as much as I wanted. There were multiple POV’s in the book so you could catch up in everyone’s lives and thoughts. It may have drawn away from having a deeper “feel” to the book because you only really caught glimpses of everyone. As it was the book was a gentle look at those couples from the Promise series and where they are in their lives.
Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.