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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
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
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
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


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Now time to prepare this

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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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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Promise Rock... Perfect name for a perfect story and I couldn't have asked for more.

There's a part in the book nearing the end that says and I quote: 'Like first-time lovers, like lifetime partners keeping a promise forever and ever and ever.' Practically brought a few tears to my eyes. Isn't it what everyone is looking for or at least hoping for? Amy gave it her all in this book to showing just that quote in it's finest form. Aside from that I was impressed. The way this story started out with...more
Mary B.
I was incredibly disappointed in this book after the high ratings it received. The blurb sounded so promising. This is the first book I have read by this author. I won't attempt to recap the plot since that's been done several times already.

Firstly, I didn't understand why Crick and Deacon were in love. In fact, it almost seemed a little strange that everybody who met Deacon - gay, straight, male, female - seemed to fall madly in love with him. This was especially perplexing considering he kind...more
Amazing!!! The story of Deacon and Carrick will remain with me for a long time. And the moment it starts to fade, I'll go back and re-read it.

There were times, I have to confess, when the anguish I felt for these guys was almost unendurable. At a given point, I thought all that was missing was for Deacon to be standing somewhere and have a dog pee on his leg, seriously. But, I have jumped feet first into life-altering decisions just like Crick, for different reasons but just as stupid as he did....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
Sandra ♥'s way too many M/M books
Honestly Amy Lane you can write like a motha! Loved this book loved Deacon loved Crick and the entire damn clan wow so freaken good!
Heather C
Mar 15, 2013 Heather C marked it as to-be-continued
April 2011 - made it to 47%.

April 2012 - made it to 56%
4.5 stars

Keeping Promise Rock takes you on an emotional journey. There were several moments when you laugh, cry, and yell at the book and by the end, you’re likely to be thoroughly exhausted but satisfied. The story is very intense and this is the kind of emotional investment that has to have a big happy ending pay off for the drama the characters and reader are inflicted before the end. That’s not to say this is a long book filled with doom and gloom because it’s not. It’s filled with incredib...more
It is rare that I actively dislike a book so much that I refuse to finish it. And on the face of it Keeping Promise Rock has all the ingredients i like: good writing, detailed characters, intense emotion, witty dialogue.

The first part is a beautifully told story of two young boys, Crick and Deacon, growing up in a small country town, Leeve Oaks. But, about the time of the snake killings, I started to feel sick. I like coming of age stories where there is some hope of the characters growing up. B...more
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