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(Bonfires #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,329 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought l ...more
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Published March 24th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
When I first read the blurb for Bonfires I worried about the ex-factor: baby mama drama is definitely not my thing. But I needn't have worried. Melodrama isn't Amy Lane's thing either.

This book is about family. It's about secrets people keep. It's about rich, spoiled girls expecting the world to worship at their feet. It's about power and bigotry.

But it's also about falling in love when you're pushing 50 and nearly ready to give up on romance.

Aaron has known Larx for years. Larx taught both o
The MC's of Bonfires are both in their late 40's. I love that. I read a lot of M/M romance and while I enjoy the energy of youth, I find maturity to be entirely refreshing. We don't have the same types of angst and drama here as with many books with younger MC's. Instead, we have two men who know what they want and work to get it.

That isn't to say there is no angst or drama in Bonfires. There most certainly is. But there isn't a ton of melodrama and no ex-wife drama at all (thank you, Amy Lane!)
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dayyyam! That was good.

I had such reservations going into this book. I like reading about young love, so when I heard the characters were nearing 50, I almost passed on this one.

But, it's Amy Lane right? Then, the Buddy Read with Turning Pages at Midnight gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out.

I am so glad I did. This is a feel good story from Amy Lane. There is not a single boring line in this book. Both men have one late teen child left at home. It wasn't only the MCs that were wonderfu
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I loved this book so hard !!!

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First of all...this book isn't just about two older men falling in love. It's about by blood and family by heart.

It's about love and it's about hate...but most of all, it's about hope and standing up for your beliefs....

Aaron and Larx, have known each other for years, but the day Aaron sees Larx running without a shirt, everything changes....

Aaron is in his late 40's, he's a father of 1 awesome son and 2 daughters. His wife died 10 years ago and Aaron
I have read a few of Amy Lane’s books, and this one has to be my all-time favorite and it was exactly what I needed.

It was nice to read a super sweet love story with older M/C’s with teen age/YA kids. Principal Larkin and Deputy Aaron George knew each other through school events and seeing each other in town. But once they discover their attraction to each other, they knew it was something more than physical.

I loved how the relationship, although new, they were always solid and there was no mi
Re-read December 2018
I still love this book so much.


This book is awesome!! One of the best Amy Lanes out there.

I was afraid it would be terribly angsty, since it's Amy Lane. But this book made me feel all warm inside. There is no relationship angst, just the way I like it.

What made this book so great were several things, but these two stood out to me. The first was that Aaron and Larx were both just so incredibly likable. It's been a while since I read MCs that held
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars*

I had a weird reading experience with this one. I loved everything about it, except the romance. There was SO MUCH going on here, and the subplots totally took over the story. I loved the highschool atmosphere, and being in this line of work myself, I can't tell you how much I appreciated what Larx tried to do. I also loved the secondary characters, and can't wait for a story about a certain couple.

The main couple, though? I wish there was more page time on the MCs, and less on the d
**2.5 Stars**

I really, really wanted to love this book. I mean it was supposed to have two older men getting together and finding a happy ending, right? I think I continued to read when I probably should have dnf but I kept reading because I did want to see how things played out.

Things that worked for me:

•The relationship between Larx and Aaron was sweet. I liked how they were together fairly quickly, neither fighting it.

•I loved the children and how they came together.

•Sweet Isaiah and Kellan…t
Eli Easton
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the best Amy Lane I've read in some time, I think it's my favorite since "Turkey in the Snow". I loved the fact that both MCs were mature men with kids in their teens and older. Both men are bi and were previously married, so there's some coming out to do in their community, tricky since one is a cop and the other a high school principle.

I enjoyed the subplots even more than the main romance. I always enjoy romances which involve family and not just the main couple. In this case both me
I've been trying to write this review for two days, and I'm resigning myself to the fact that it's just gonna have to be subpar.

Bonfires is a story about family. Just like Deacon and Crick had a lot of "other" things going on in Keeping Promise Rock, there's a lot of happenings in this book. And it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Just know that Lane made this book realistic in that aspect.

Aaron George is a deputy sheriff in Small Town, USA, and Larx is the high school principal. Both were in the
Kaje Harper
This was a book I really needed to read right now - a warm testament to resilience, and to hope, to a belief in the goodness of many ordinary people. And on top of that, this is a book with two older main characters coping with a complex life - trying to fit their needs, their families, and their responsibilities into a working, loving, functional pattern. Like so many of us.

Larx is a gay man with a long-ago bitter divorce, and two daughters whose custody he regained, one of whom is still home a
Bonfires by Amy Lane is book one in her newest series - to say I loved this book is putting it lightly. I adored this book and all the perfectly loveable characters inside! You see, if you haven't read an Amy Lane story before then you have missed out on all of her amazing storylines and the characters...the characters that are real, they are quirky, a little bit flawed, full of love, and unlike any other characters you have read. They will invade your heart and you will find yourself experienci ...more
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Hearts - A fretful audio BR with Lost in a Book !

Well that was far more angstier than I’d ever imagined. I shouldn’t be surprised since this is Amy Lane after all, but thus far I’ve been lucky enough to have not encountered the heavy stuff til now. I’m not saying that this was all doom and gloom, but there were several aspects and a couple of side stories to this that made it much more than a simple romance between two dads who are finally ready to let someone into their hearts and lives.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Loved this one! Right from the start the writing sucked me in, there was so much good banter. Not only between the main characters but amongst the secondary characters as well. Yoshi was one of my favorite characters - I wish we could get his story with Tane.

There are lots of kids in this story. And lots going on involving those kids. But darn if I didn't love those kids.

Low relationship angst - which is always a plus.

Lots of butterflies. There's a nice build up of feelings between
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say "Holy Hell! Amy Lane, you nailed it with this one." 

Seriously this book was so freaking close to perfection for me. I've been trying to figure out if there was anything that was off, that I didn't care for, or would have liked if it had or hadn't been in the story and seriously folks...I got nothin'. So I'm just going to stop trying on that one.

I loved that the MCs were older not just one, but both of them were in their late 40s. It was excellent. Both of these MCs had been marr
Still one of my favorites!


re-read June 2017 (audio)
Still love it, still one of my favorite stories!! Nick J. Russo's narration was perfection!


I loved this story and I want more!!

Older MCs, close to their fifties, who are both single dads of very cool teenagers. Both men are bisexual - yes folks, bisexuality is a thing and Amy Lane portrayed this beautifully!!

Both men have known each other for quite some time be
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

Please adopt me Larx and Aaron !
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
*3,75 stars*

As I'm not a spring chicken myself, I always love mature characters. I can relate to them and their problems in so many ways. Both, Larx and Aaron, are in their late forties, both have got children, both have responsible jobs and are settled in life. So their priorities and outlook on life are quite different from someone younger.

Their lives, their daily chores, what they have to deal with and the problems they encounter feel completely real. Larx and Aaron could be the couple next d
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Phew, that was excausting....

Let's split the book in three parts:

1. Up until 30% or so it was very good. I liked the characters, liked the story, I liked everything about the book. It was a second chance romance about two men in their late fourties starting over together. I liked that they had kids and I liked how their romance started.

2. Until 60% or so I thought I was reading a different book. Everything changed, the book became a mystery/drama, the dialogues became corny and the focus shifted
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book : sexy mature characters, great secondary characters (teens and colleagues), banter (I laughed a lot in between rage and emotions), family dynamics and a good fight against bigotry.

Both MCs are bisexual, close to 50, single parents, both doing their best between their jobs and raising their children, their priorities. But who says that your libido is dead even when one starts “having gray pubes” ??

A lot is happening, but it’s not overwhelming : Aaron and Larx becoming friends a
4.5 Stars!

I honestly regret waiting so long to read / listen to this. It was a fantastic book.

First off, the narrator was great as usual, this wasn't my first time listening to him and he always manages to meet my expectations.

This was a story about seizing the second chances life gives you and not letting go. I adored Larx and Aaron who went after what they wanted ; their ages notwithstanding(which is something I really admired about both men).

They both had their head screwed on straight, wer
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 there was too much going on stars.

I started this book a bit excited about what it going to be about, It had two older MC's so I was curious about how the story was going to go and if it would catch me. It did.

what I like:
I really enjoyed the characters, Aaron and Larx were great guys and it was interesting to read about men that already lived a great chunk of their lives and see how they aproched a relationship at that age.
there was a certain magic to these people, It made me wishful and hop
Apr 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: m-m
DNF 29% May come back to it.

I can already tell this story is going to get too busy for what I'm in the mood for.

-The ex
-The psycho student
-The football player w/ the crazy bigoted dad
-Aaron's daughter

And I'm only at 29%.

Don't get me wrong- the writing is outstanding- just not for me.
BWT (Belen)
4.5 stars

There was a lot I loved about this story. From the plot, to the characters, to the romance...I loved pretty much everything.

I absolutely love when I get to see older characters have a chance at romance too. I love that both Aaron and Larx are in their late 40s with baggage and kids and it seemed real. Their romance seemed possible.

Both men are bisexual, but Aaron has always found it easier to be with women so as not to rock the boat. But Aaron has been watching Larx for ten years, and w
And the happy place continues...

While Mary Calmes is a tough act to follow with me. There are those who are up to the task and one of them is Amy Lane and I just happened to have the audiobook for 'Bonfires' to review so of course when opportunity knocks I always do my best to answer the door.

'Bonfires' is definitely an Amy Lane favorite for me and Nick J. Russo is one of my favorite narrators so there's no way I was passing on this one. Let's start with my review of the book because it still
3.5 Stars
I was reading along....I will confess I skimmed the reviews of my fellow GR friends so I know this book has been highly rated by most of the group who read the same books I enjoy, I value their opinions. So, as I finish this book I'm think...hmmm, what is wrong with me?

While I did enjoy many aspects of this story...
~I flipping love how devoted these single Dads are and respect how hard they work raising their children.
~Educators are so under rated...and the way Larx goes to bat for his
Deputy Sheriff Aaron George and Principal Larkin (everyone calls him Larx) have known each other for years. For Aaron, it had been "so long since he’d met Mr. Larx, the kids’ science teacher, and thought, Damn" but what finally pushed him over the edge was seeing Larx on his daily run - "glisteny tanned shoulders and laugh lines and a nearly hairless chest and an ass you could bounce a quarter off, barely covered in nylon running shorts."

I love the romance between Aaron and Larx, 48 and 47 year
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t know about you, but I love second chances. This isn’t a story about a couple attempting to start over again with each other but about them having another chance at love, fresh love and a new beginning. They are older and wiser. They are patient and responsible. They know the risks, have been burned before and are cautiously optimistic. Things begin with a slow dance or jog to be precise. Aaron is a deputy in the small town of Colton and Larx is the high school principal. Aaron is a widow ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, m-m
Amy Lane is the only author who could play with my heart this way; no matter what she writes, be it vein-slashing angst or light, fluffy romance, Amy's books never fail to engage my feelings to the max. Gah! Bonfires is so much more than a book. Bonfires is a story about life, with real life characters who deal with real life problems; I know this book is fiction, but it felt like the real deal.

The MCs are both mature characters with families of their own, both in their 40's with grown kids who
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

A lovely story about two men in their late forties finding love after years spent alone, one because his wife was killed in an accident, the other because of an acrimonious divorce. The relationship between sherrif's deputy Aaron George and school principal Larkin (who goes by Larx) is superbly developed, and I really liked the "found family" aspect of the story. Both men have been single parents for a number of years and I liked that the romance played out realistically against the bac
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