But Colby is out of college now, and he has grand plans for the future—plans Terrell is sure will leave his scrawny black ass in the Sacramento dust until a breathless moment stolen from the chaos of the restaurant tells Terrell he might be wrong. When the moment is shattered by a mystery and an act of violence, Terrell and Colby are left with two puzzles: who killed their scumbag manager, and how to fit their own lives—the black and the white of them—into a single shining tomorrow.
Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She's terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she's sure she could never be.
And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he's afraid she won't understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian's lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she's forced to explore feelings and abilities she's never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn't fit into nice neat little boxes.
The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you'll kill to protect.
Now, five years later, Adam is back, and he has his mind set on Jake. Still, his apologies seem sincere, and the attraction is still there. Jake desperately wants to give him a chance. When you get past the basics of survival, what next? Brian Cooper recovered from the attack that almost killed him, and Tate Walker faced down his own demons.
Growing up together and growing into their love is everything but easy. Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.
Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all. Then Squirt—a simple homeless man with his own crosses to bear—saves Gordon from a terrible fate. Overnight, Gordon finds not only a new light to follow, and maybe even a purpose to his life, but also the possibility of love waiting at the end of the tunnel.
But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering. All Shane Perkins ever wanted to be was a hero. But after a career-shattering decision to go down fighting, Shane comes home from the hospital to four empty walls, a pile of money, and a burning desire for someone to miss him the next time he gets hurt in the line of duty.
He ends up an officer in the small town of Levee Oaks, and, addicted to the promise of family, he makes an effort to reconcile with his flighty, troubled sister. Kimmy makes her living as a dancer, and her partner steals Shane's breath at first sight. Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul dances like an angel, but his past is less than heavenly. Since he left Russia, he's made only two promises: to stay off the streets and stay clean, and to take his mother someplace beautiful before she dies.
Making promises to anybody else is completely out of the question—but then, Mikhail has never met anybody like Shane. Earnest, brave, and self-deprecating, Shane seems to speak Mikhail's language, and no one is more surprised than Mikhail to find that keeping promises is Shane's best talent of all.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot. But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.
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. Listeners Also Bought See All. Beneath the Stain Unabridged.
Forever Promised by Amy Lane | Dreamspinner Press
Sidecar Unabridged. Time and time again he praises Deacon, seeing in him a hero and a rescuer. This hero-worship means that Deacon comes across as idealised and I was glad that when the point of view changed we got to see a more human side of Deacon, especially during his brief period of completely falling apart. Both men have their problems, Crick lives in constant expectation of rejection and Deacon fears being left alone. It is ironic that these fears which should compliment each other are what drives the two men apart.
Alongside the two characters and their changing relationship from friends into lovers, various themes are explored. First and foremost are the theme of rejection and acceptance. This is mirrored later in the actions of his step-father towards his sister, and the townsfolk when they learn that Crick and Deacon are gay. These actions are then contrasted with the love and acceptance that Crick and his sister get from Deacon and his friends.
Another theme is that of family and how being part of a family can either make or destroy a person. These themes are seamlessly interwoven in with the narrative, with each character, no matter how minor, perfectly placed to further the plot and add to the themes.
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This meant that my emotional investment in the story was high, as I read on to find out how Crick and Deacon would resolve their problems and be set on their path to a HEA. By the end of the book, I was almost in tears at how perfectly the romance had concluded and I was very satisfied, as well as sad to leave the characters, as I read the last page. They came across as unfeeling monsters most of the time and I would have liked to have seen them a little more nuanced as characters.
Despite this slight niggle, Keeping Promise Rock is still a fabulous book from a very promising new author. I was spellbound.
I would highly recommend this book to those readers who are looking for a in-depth, character based romance. Gee thanks! Jenre, I competely agree with your review! This book was good!!