by Amy Lane

Bonfires: Book Two

Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.

High school principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he’d hit the jackpot when Deputy Sheriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.

But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.

Larx thought he was okay with the dangers of Aaron’s job, and Aaron thought he was okay with Larx’s daughter—who is not okay—but when their worst fears are almost realized, it puts their hearts and their lives to the test. Larx and Aaron have never wanted anything as badly as they want a life together. Will they be able to make it work when the world is working hard to keep them apart?

I admit–keeping the spark alive is harder than people assume it is. I love my husband–I’ve loved him for thirty-three years. But the longer you know somebody, the easier it is to only remember their flaws and forget all their virtues. Instead of “This is the man who just did my taxes in order to support my rather flaky business,” I think, “This is the man who ditched out on me for a soccer meeting. Again.”  Both things are true, and one is actually greater than the other one is irritating.

But after a while, it’s easier to see the downside.

At it’s heart, Crocus is about remembering that the person we love is still the person we love even if fortune, fate, and overcommitment takes them from our side for a while. The passion is there, the affection is there, the respect is there–it just has to survive under the snow for a while, while the heat of first love sleeps. 

It’s not easy. But nothing worth having ever is.

So that’s Crocus–I hope you all enjoy it!  And by all means, review it, both on GoodReads and Amazon if you do!


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