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Keeping Promise Rock (Promises #1)

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Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick's sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon's father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to h...more
ebook, Dreamspinner Press, 332 pages
Published January 18th 2010 (first published January 17th 2010)
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Feb 11, 2014 julio rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone with eyeballs.

This is my third Amy Lane book. From reading those three and perusing her catalogue, I've come to the following conclusions:

1. She's not always so good at naming these things.

Before I read a word of her, I was turned off by odd, off-putting, or juvenile-sounding titles. I've been kicking myself ever since, for allowing that to get in the way of enjoying her writing.

2. She's got some serious storytelling Kung-Fu.

Serious. Legit-legit. Like, weeping onto your e-reader seriou...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

Holy crap Amy Lane, you did NOT go easy on these guys!! Cheating, friends and family dying, child abuse, countless life threatening injuries... this is the most ANGSTY Amy Lane book I have read to date! It is a wonder the MCs made it out alive!!

I am already an Amy Lane fan-girl, so I went into this book expecting greatness. Did I get greatness? I think I did, despite my issues with this book.

I actually didn't like the beginning. I wasn't into the way the characters were introduced...more
Kat ☣ is a Glitter Pirate ☣ and the Founder of the Pentagram Of Death! ☣
BUDDY "ORGY" READ with Marco, Marte, Alvin, Mandy, Elsbeth, Eva, Barbara, Isabel, and Braden!


"You don't love people at their best, sweetheart. You just love them because you can't help it."

No words right now. I'm not capable of it. So here's another gif of my personal decorator in my bathroom instead.

Be right back after I've had a hug and watched some cat videos on YouTube.

. . .

I'm back. I've had my hug (from James. He gives good topless hugs) and I watched porn some cat vid...more
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
A love story that spans 14 years...3.5 Stars, rounded upto 4 Stars


At the age of 9 Carrick Francis, whilst playing truant from Sunday School, happens on a ranch owned by Parish Winters and his son Deacon. The moment Crick sees Deacon, he has eyes for no other and spends the next 14 years in total adoration of this boy who has become his friend and protector.

Carrick has had a troubled childhood, his mother has no time for him and 'StepBob' spends most of his time drinking. So when Parish and Deac...more
I don't think this book needs another full length review. All the others should be enough to convince you this is stellar book that is a no brainer to pick up and read. Even the 1 star review where the reader gave up on the book has some legitimate points. I think she gave up too soon and missed out on an amazing read, but yeah, in the interest of snake tolerance a little less description into the snake killing wouldn't have been amiss. However, that's missing the forest for the trees and I am s...more
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Thanks to the friends here that read it with me!

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My review is based on Carrick´s feelings list number:

1=emotionally repressed and in agony
2=emotionally repressed and in pain
3=not taking the question seriously
4=possibly dealing but still in pain
5=will be fine.

I felt n.º 1 and n.º4 almost the entire book except when they meet again :
“God, Carrick… it’s like I can feel my skin for the first time two years.”
and at the end 5!

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This story drained all my tea...more
3.5 stars for the blog Of Sid love

Well … that just about squeezed the life out of me. I’m drained and exhausted after that marathon.

Keeping Promise Rock has been read and reviewed by everyone I know; it’s like the m/m rite of passage now. If you read m/m romance, then you have to read Amy Lane, and if you read Amy Lane, then you have to read Keeping Promise Rock. It’s quite simple.

This is a coming of age romance that spans a decade or more. Levee Oaks, redneck capital of the world is home to Cr...more
Alvin John
Jul 17, 2014 Alvin John marked it as to-read


(Join us if you like!)

Now time to prepare this

Just in case we

or if it escalates to this...

Sigh...another mega angst read from Ms. Amy Lane...


1.5 stars rounded to 2, for now. I'm reserving the right to drop it to 1 once I think about it a bit more.

About a third of the way through this book the first word that came to mind was ordinary, then about half way through the word changed to an exaggerated melodramatic mess. Ok that's more than one word but the only thing that didn't happen to these MC's was being hit by the plague. Oh wait, that might have happened too. The rest of the story was one catastrophe after another. Then both MC's w...more
Aug 02, 2014 Giulio rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MM beginners
Recommended to Giulio by: Olga Troian
Shelves: m-m-romance
dnf at 30%

this is not a book, it's a list of obituaries and bad luck and soap opera dramas!

Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I'd read it a year ago.

But on the bright side I can use a Karen Walker's gif!!

This was me while reading:



Well, after reading all the great reviews for this book, I have to say that it just didn't do it for me. I felt the book was MUCH too long. The middle section went on FOR-E-VERRRRRRRR and didn't seem to really add that much to the book for its length.

The beginning of the story was okay. I found reading about a young high-school kid jacking off in a school closet a little inappropriate, and I just didn't really want to spend that many pages reading about adolescent sex fantasies. From th...more
Jan 25, 2010 Ami rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eyre
Crick and Deacon's relationship passed for 14 years, when Crick first came into Deacon's life when he was 9 years old and Deacon was 13 years old. All the years, Deacon kept Crick grounded, and dreamed for the younger guy to have a better life. But Crick only wanted Deacon. Until one day, when Deacon finally gave in to Crick, and meant to tell Crick that they could still be together even if Crick went away to school, Crick took this in a wrong way, and ended up signing for two years tour serving...more
Braden Martin
BUDDY "ORGY" READ with Alvin, Marco, Marte, Mandy, Kat, Elsbeth, Eva, Barbara & Isabel

This will be my message for Crick after he comes back from Iraq (If he's a true person). Bastard.

This will probably sums up my reading experience.

It was not bad. Actually the story was awesome. It was flawless, profound. Everything what you wish for for a complicated romance book. It's here. And I'm a big sucker for childhood friends/lovers and stories that drag for years!

But everything was not good enough...more
Aug 03, 2014 Eva rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves beautiful and heartbreaking stories
Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Classic Amy Lane.

"This one is dedicated to all of those people who chose family first and dreams second, because they know that making a dream come true isn’t nearly as much fun without someone to share it with."

A love story that spans 14 years, when Crick first came into Deacon's life when he was 9 years old and Deacon was 13 years old. All the years, Deacon kept Crick grounded, and dreamed for Crick to have a better life.

But Crick only wanted Deacon. And then... t...more
Barks & Bites
It is a rare thing for me to come across a book that I don’t want to end. I’m usually in a big hurry for things to finish up so I can move on to the next one, especially when the book is over 300 or so pages. Not so here. I could’ve read another 1000 pages and still wanted more! And it wasn’t because things weren’t wrapped up (because they were) but because the bond between the main characters was so warm and real that I felt sad leaving them. I was as if my cuddly warm blanket had just been rip...more
This was a very engaging and endearing story. The two main characters Deacon and Crick were great together, once Deacon admitted that it was Crick he wanted. There was heartache, joy, quite a few tears, and for me anyway, quite an uplifting feeling when I'd finished the book. I loved the fact that Deacon blushed so much when he was the centre of attention that his whole body turned pink, that Benny thought so much of Deacon as a surrogate father for baby Parry (strange name though) that she did...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
read to 47% when (view spoiler)

already wasn't liking cricket and he is nonredeemable IMO he really has not though of anyone but himself this whole book so far and I just can't read about a character I hate as much as Cricket
⚣ Marco Manganiello ⚣
BR orgy with more people than I can count!

We start on 07-28-2014, if anyone else wants to join us!

The only reason I didn’t spend half of this m/m romance sobbing my eyes out is because I took frequent breaks when I started to get wound up. :) Parts of it were gut-wrenching. And parts weren’t. As a whole, this was a powerful, excellent read that I highly recommend.
The pacing of this book, the writer's language is so beautiful that I fell in love with the writing as much as the characters.
I picked this book of the M/M romamce was good, I liked the love story, but also really liked the secondary characters...they are really strong and loving...but also struggling...seriously struggling, they never give up on each other and say the truth even when it's really hard. Deacon and Crick seriously broke my heart they were so adorable...have bought the second one in the series and will surely ge the third one when it comes out.

Re-Read 04/21/2011

I'm not sure what happened to me...more
For the most part I enjoyed this story.

I fell in love with Deacon and Crick. There story was both heartbreaking and heart warming. I loved the bunch of family we got introduced to, and as always Amy lane had me sobbing.

But that said I'm not sure this one goes much above a 3 star.

Apart from being too long,( I found myself skimming a bit here and there and not just the sex scenes either), there was far to much happening for one book. A few of the side story lines felt unnecessary and a little ove...more
I feel like I've been put through the wringer with this book. Now that I've finished I feel stunned and sort of relieved it's all over. I thought the story was well told and I fell in love with Crick and Deacon and their beautiful, if not traumatic love story but my God was it was packed full of angst. Just when you think nothing else bad can happen to these two guys, it does and then again! However I did enjoy the book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Wow. I have cried more the last two days than I did over my last divorce. There is no way you can write a synopsis about this book and even get close to what it is. If you are looking for light-hearted, I wouldn't read this yet. But read it sometime. It is full of emotion, love, misunderstandings, understandings and hope. I've read a lot of books and this one has wrung more emotions from me than anything I've read. Thank you Amy Lane for another exceptional book!
Shirley Frances
Jul 18, 2012 Shirley Frances rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shirley by: Tj
Amy Lane has done it to me again. She has turned me inside out by giving me an insight into Crick's and Deacon's love story. And what a story it was! She wrapped me up from the very beginning, making sure I was as tightly wrapped up in the story as all the characters were. The pace was amazing, giving us glimpses of two great characters, their everyday life, inner struggles and interaction with others. First, introducing me to Crick, who my heart went out to immediately. Then, I got to know Deac...more
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! This book is beyond fabulous!!!!

I can't, I just can't. I don't know how in the hell I'm ever going to write a review for this!

Amazing! Just beyond perfect, touching, heart wrenching, wonderful...and adjective after adjective."

I'm going to just say that for now and try to write a real review here in a little bit once my heart has settled. Perfect doesn't even begin to describe this book.


I just don’t know what possessed...more
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I just LOVED this book! It had everything. I can only describe it as an emotional journey of life with all its trials and tribulations, but goodness and love.

As I can’t get enough books in my life, I decided to fill up the time on the road driving for work with an audio book. My first attempt, but I thought let’s give it a go. Well, I was so enthralled with the whole experience I found myself sat in traffic with a lump in my throat wishing for the jam to last a little longer so I could hear some...more
Chilligirl (Heidi)
Aug 14, 2014 Chilligirl (Heidi) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chilligirl (Heidi) by: Eva
Shelves: m-m, cowboys
What black cat crossed Crick and Deacon's path, because seriously the shit they had to endure was incredible. Talk about angst and drama... This book had it in spades!

“You don’t love people at their best, sweetheart. You just love them because you can’t help it .....If you love them and have faith in them, you’ll see them at their best every day”

Generally I tend to stay away from high drama, but I couldn't stop reading Keeping Promise Rock. Thoroughly enjoyable.
This is the story of Carrick (Crick) Francis & Deacon Winters. The two meet when Crick sneaks away from Sunday school and finds the ranch where Deacon works. Crick is around 8 and Deacon is about 12 or 13. This epic story follows them from that meeting through the next 14 years. You grow up with these two. You see the problems they face as individuals and as a couple. And when I say couple, I don't always mean romance. They are friends they are family and they are each other's home.

Also, th...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
Amy Lane certainly knows how to pull on my heart strings. I went to bed early thinking I would read for a while before turning out the lights. Instead I was compelled to stay awake until I had read the last page.

The story covers years, and the slow build up from friendship to lovers was brilliantly handled. The two main characters both broke my heart and made me smile.

Books like this are the reason that I get so much enjoyment from reading.

This is not my first book by this author, and it certai...more
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