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Living Promises (Promises #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,960 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 3rd 2011)
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Amy Lane. She gets me every time.

I’ve always liked Jeff since we first met him in Keeping Promise Rock and I was so ready for his story. In these books we always get more than the story of the main couple. That’s because there’s so much to this little family they have created for themselves! While I sometimes loathe when a couples book focuses on other characters I didn’t mind it here because I love this family! It’s quite a mishmash of people that have come together to form this strong family
Kaje Harper
Aug 30, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
For people like me who love the Promises series this book is like chocolate fudge - total deep, emotional indulgence. You get to visit again with old friends, revel in Deacon's steadfastness, Crick's, Mikhail's attitude, Shane's calm solidity. It's filled with all the love and choice of family that make The Pulpit the home we all wish we could build for ourselves. If we could only find people like these to fill it with. This is Jeff's book. And it comes as no surpris ...more
4.5 Stars

I enjoyed Living Promises almost as much as I did Keeping Promise Rock. While I also enjoyed Making Promises, Living Promises spoke to me more.

Jeff is always the life of the party; fairy-Jeff-father, as he likes to call himself and he loves to take care of those around him. He's forgotten, though, what it is like to be taken care of and he's been alone a long time. His family pretty much disowned him when he came out, except his mom, but he can't even see her because his dad is a heartl
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Mar 24, 2016 ♡♥Ang ♥♡ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bingo-book
Re Read=still fucking perfect in every way my fav book in the series love love love

OMG*sigh* Why oh why did i put this off for so long to read??
Cos i was scared of the angst i thought i was going to go through..
Yes it was a little Angsty but but This was an AMAZING BEAUTIFUL and So well Written Story i didnt give a shit i was devoted to reading it every chance i got!!
Amy Lane is Just so damn good at getting you to fell like you are there watching this all happen!
I had Happy tears, Sad Tears, To
Ashlyn Kane
I don't normally do reviews, because they're hard, but I'm trying to get better about that, so bear with me. Living Promises is a heavy read. It tackles HIV infection, heartache, loss, homophobia, loneliness, isolation, racism, etc., etc., etc. It's serious, it's remarkably well crafted, and if you have any empathy at all, it will probably make you tear up. It's also funny, warm, and uplifting, and when you're reading it, you feel like you're just another part of Deacon and Crick's increasingly ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Gina rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely fab story from the Promises series!! This is Jeff’s story and I am so happy happy to see him get his own. This book deals with HIV, and i really liked how it was handled. HIV is not the automatic death sentence it used to be, and while still very serious and scary life can go on. Like the blurb states Collin has never forgotten the kindness Jeff showed him in front of the HIV treatment clinic. In fact, Collin has been holding a torch for Jeff ever since. And like i am beginnin ...more
Knowing what I know about Amy Lane books and how much they fit my tastes in book, I honestly can't say why I waited this long to read this book. I loved Jeff from the previous two Promises books and his story was everything that I wanted for his character.

Jeff tested positive for HIV after his boyfriend Kevin a marine shipped off to the Middle East. He knew that it had been Kevin, but he loved him and couldn't hate him, even when it meant leaving medical school and changing everything in his lif

As with most of my Amy Lane books, tissues are an imperative! I was so upset when I read that my lovely Deacon was really ill and could die. I know that this isn't his and Crick's story, but as usual Amy drags you into the family of Promise Rock, with all the usual suspects, and new added players - Lucas, Martin and of course Collin, I welcome you - and you get so caught up in the family, and wanting everything to go right for them all for a change, that when something else goes wrong, it's like
Jul 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gotta-have-it, own-it
I was waiting for Jeff's story because even in the other books, Jeff's voice is his own and you hear him. He's loud but you just knew, he was hiding something deep and bad. And so when we find out that the man lost his love in the war, we understand that for him to have dealt with Crick in the first book, in KPR, was a lot to ask and showed the size of his heart. So when we see Jeff in Living Promises, he's coping and then later doing well but never really back to "living" because he's built a f ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Lightreads rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, lgbt
M/M modern romance of her usual 'make lots of melodramatically bad things happen to these people and stick a wedding at the end' variety. I can't think of another M/M dealing with HIV off the top of my head, so there's that. And I did like this in a distracted, way-more-important-shit-going-on-give-me-a-book way. Even with all the emotional breakdowns and nonsense.

But – and I realize I sound like a broken record here – but. This genre does not understand homophobia. According to this genre, ther
T.A. Webb
Aug 24, 2011 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
This book was a terrific addition to the "Promise Rock" series. This three books have been some of my all time favorite reads. All deal with acceptance, unconditional love, and creating your own family.

One of my favorite characters from the previous two installments, Jeff, gets to tell his story which, in its own way, is even more sad than Mikhail's. From his initial meeting with Collin when THAT young man is 18 and scared to death, to the touching wedding of Mickey and Shane, we are treated to
Jul 20, 2011 Kassa rated it liked it
It’s no real secret I think Amy Lane serves angst with a side of awesome. She frankly knows how to make complicated men tug at your heartstrings and the Promise series is a great example of that. Unfortunately (and this easily could be a problem for me alone) the series starts off so high that it’s never really hit that same sweet note in subsequent books. I like Living Promises more than the second book in the series but they both pale in comparison to the first. You can read LP as a stand alon ...more
DNF @ 42%

*sigh* I wanted to like this book. I was actually really excited about it. Amy Lane's books are hit and miss with me. *Gasp* I know, I know. Blasphemy, right? Well, they are. But I was thoroughly enjoying the Promises series, especially book two! I loved Jeff's character and was anxious to read his story.

Sadly, book three fell flat for me and my enthusiasm for Jeff's HEA crumpled like a collapsed souffle. First off, the Jeff in book three is very different from the Jeff flitting around
I now know why I need such a long break in between reading each of these books. The angst levels are off the scale! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and it was probably my favourite in the series so far but my heart just couldn't take all the upset and I'd cried 3 times before I was 15% through. I just started to get over one traumatic event and take a breather, then another one would come along.

However, when all is said and done this is a fantastic book, I loved Jeff and Collin and apart
BWT (Belen)
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This is a story about life with all it's twists and turns, the mistakes we make along the way that we (sometimes) pay for the rest of our lives, redemption that comes from the most unexpected places, and the love we surround ourselves with and choose to let in to our lives.

I love that the story revolves around Jeff and getting to see the man behind the "fairy-Jeff-father" always-happy-cracking-jokes guy. To see his vulnerabilities and shortcomings and, ultimately, his willingness to allow love i
And the lovefest continues! God I just plain adores this series so much and I’ve been dreaming of Jeff getting his HEA FOREVER! This did not disappoint! I have to admit though I’m happy that this series hasn’t been as drowning in pain as the first book and the angst has been much more manageable.

Jeff has had the love of his life and lost him. In the six years since that awful time Jeff has found stability and a large measure of happiness in his life. He lives his life in spite of his HIV positi
Vicktor Alexander
Aug 15, 2011 Vicktor Alexander rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: M/M Romance Group
Okay, I'm going to see if I can get through this book review without sobbing my eyes out, but seeing as how I'm already crying, I have no hopes for that.

By the end of the Prologue I was already identifying with the MC of Collin, having lost two cousins in a car accident on the same night I lost my favorite cousin (the first person I told when I started having sex who went and got me tested and told me about condoms, HIV and STDs) to cancer. Soon after that I became fearless and reckless until I
Jul 10, 2011 orannia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

Amy Lane is probably one of my favorite authors. She's one of the very few that always make me cry. She's got stories that make me fall in love with the characters and that's exactly why I love her books.

In this one, it's no different. I enjoyed reading Jeff and Collin's story. Finally understanding Jeff and why he acts the way he acts was a real treat. Seeing him find his happiness in Collin, who just wants to give Jeff the love and caring he needs was even better. I loved how funny an
Jul 06, 2011 Alli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, glbt
This was such a touching story. I loved it and I was very impressed how HIV was handled in the story. I am a volunteer for the aids council here and all the messages were good, not at all preachy and what should be addressed not just in books that have HIV+ characters but every MM or MF book for that matter.

I have loved this whole series, I just wished I had gone back for a refresher and read them all from start to finish again. I will do that again in a few weeks though, this is definitely a re
Great tale and continuation to one of my all time favorite series. Living Promises is about understanding yourself and others, love, healing, learning to live and strive with difficult diseases, over coming the obstacles life sends your way, forgiveness, growing up, and most importantly, this was a story about family.

Beautiful. Painful. Real.

Review to come...
Jul 22, 2011 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
I've been really looking forward to this third instalment of the Promises series, mainly because I knew it was going to be Jeff's turn to star and he was one of my favourite of the minor characters from Keeping Promise Rock. The story opens with a bit of back story for Jeff and for the other hero Collin, as through different means they discover that they are HIV positive. It's an emotional time for both, especially for Jeff whose lover is killed just prior to the diagnosis. Despite his pain and ...more
Karen K
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You read romances, some light, some dark in tone, but not all of them touch your heart. Some are so poorly written that you just skim over the bad parts jut to get to the end. Some have so much sex, but no content that you actually start skimming over the sex scenes hoping for one moment the author will have thought of something honest and significant.

But this book has none of those things. This book is about life, and damn it, life is sometimes hard, painful, bloody, and precious. In all the t
Barb ~rede-2-read~
In my quest to re-read books from the Promises series before venturing to the newest jewel in the crown of Promises stories, Forever Promised, I am overwhelmed by emotion. This story, of Jeff and Collin, and of the entire Pulpit family, is so beautiful that it defies description.

I totally and completely loved this! It's just a heart-wrenching, gritty, deeply emotional and spiritually uplifting as the others in the series, yet it has it's own special poignancy with the death of Jeff's first love
This book, just like the first two was a fantastic story! I can't really say much without giving out spoilers. I loved Jeff and Collin's story! I also loved that this 3rd book is so much more than just their story!

Amy Lane is one hell of an author!
She always gives the most beautiful HEA's at the end of the book...She just makes you feel like you are being slowly pulled through concertina wire before you get there!! You will cry people...It is a given! Both happy and sad and sometimes frustrated
Jul 06, 2011 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Warning: Heavy on the emotional rollercoaster and angst, so if you've had a hard day at work, you might want to wait a little longer.

Although this was Jeff's story, it really did heavily involve all of your favorite characters in large quantities. Lane is an expert in emotions and angst and she's done double duty here. I love all the characters, I love the story as always.

I did often hope for more moments of happy times since it was a non-stop story of issues, challenges and drama. It was almost
Gaby Franz
Aug 09, 2015 Gaby Franz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como todos los libros de Amy Lane, se leen sin ningún esfuerzo. Una escritora amena que te hace disfrutar de la lectura como una enana, no merece algo menos de cuatro estrellas.
Me gustaron mucho los personajes, sus caracterizaciones, sus interrelaciones, su honestidad, sus complejos, sus miedos, sus amores, la unión entre ellos para defender a la familia...
La historia de Jeff la imaginaba diferente. Me sorprendió que la autora lo emparejara con otro enfermo con VIH. Si bien, hizo más fácil la re
Jul 09, 2011 Kris rated it liked it
After being forced to stay up late just to see what happened next, I've come to the conclusion that Amy is either the meanest m/m author in the world or she just hates her characters muchly. And don't we love her for it. <3
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“Jeff Beachum, Sergeant of Snark, Wielder of Witticism, Dominator of the Double Entendre, completely ran out of things to say.” 18 likes
“Shane! Shane! You must keep the boy from eating any more! You have no idea what will happen!” Collin was face to face with Martin’s father then, and they both heard Martin say, “You stay away from my eats, little man, or I will end you!” “You need to put that down, Martin, or you will never fit through another door!” 16 likes
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