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(Bonfires #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.

High School Principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he'd hit the jackpot when Deputy Sherriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.

But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in dang
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Published April 17th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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I absolutely loved the first book in this series "Bonfire". I fell in love with Larx and Aaron on the spot. I had no idea there was gonna be a second book though, so imagine my surpise and joy when I found out !!

Let me start of by saying that you should read book 1, before you can start this one. Since the first book is freaking awesome, that shouldn't be a problem ! If you haven't yet, you should go do it now ;)

Larx and Aaron are finally living together and it seems like things have calmed down
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Steady Hearts - Buddy listen with LiaB!!!

I’m not one for angsty, and Amy Lane can get angsty. Thankfully, this was toned down from the first book, and I thought this was a consistent read.

The thing I appreciated the most was the mature relationship between Larx and Aaron. These men know what they want and are not afraid to communicate. They each have their own immense responsibilities, and they pull that off with aplomb, all the while juggling their blended family as well as the multiple str
Crocus is the second book in Amy Lane's Bonfires series and finally provides Larx and Aaron a proper HEA. ​

​Like ​Bonfires, there are 2 sub-plots running through the story and they intersect with both Larx's and Aaron's job​s​ and personal life. For such a small town, things sure do happen!​ ​On the job front, the subplot involves a student who is the possible victim of abuse at home, and​ another student who is a witness. And on​ the personal front - Larx's daughter who is pregnant and sufferi
BWT (Belen)


I'm usually leery of sequels featuring an established couple, mostly because I'm afraid the author will mess with the happy ending I've already enjoyed.

Add Amy Lane, who's notorious for putting characters through emotional and angst-filled trauma, and I worried for Larx and Aaron.

But I'm happy to report that even though Larx and Aaron are put through the ringer with multiple crazy and scary things happening (Larx's daughter coming home pregnant, her baby daddy showing up, different ki
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read Bonfires last year, it was one of my favorite books for 2017, and since it ended in a HEA, I was a little shocked to find out there was going to be a book 2, Crocus. I shouldn’t have worried at all, because I loved book 2 just as much as Bonfires.

All is well with Aaron and Larx as they live in Larx’s house with their combined family. When Larx’s pregnant daughter shows up, he knows something is not right and realizes that she is struggling. Their lives are further turned upside down
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This one's on me. I impulsively requested this book without reading the blurb thinking this might be Kellan and Isaiah's book. It's not. I liked but didn't love Bonfires, the first book in the series, because I found it too busy; too many people, too many storylines.

Crocus is even more busy than it's predecessor, so naturally I liked it less. But if you loved Bonfires, chances are you 'll like this too.

Crocus follows the life of Larx, Aaron and their family after they got together in Bonfires. T
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a love story...but it is a story about love...

First off...if you haven't read 'Bonfires' you need to scoot off and do that because reading this book without that one is like going to a movie and not having can do it, but it's going to feel like something's missing and honestly, it's just not going to be as much fun.

Ok, so you've been warned this is one of those times when book #2 needs to follow book #1. In the first book we got to meet Deputy Aaron George and Princi
Re-read December 2018
Such a great sequel to Bonfires.


Oh yeah, this was good!!

I’ve had this book on my TBR for what seemed like ages, because I was scared it would mess with Larx and Aaron’s HEA, but phew, it didn’t!

In this Aaron and Larx have to deal with all kind of kids in trouble. And that’s what both of them do best, helping people out. Of course that’s not without stress, and both men are pretty worn out and just want some alone time together…

This was just lov
Welp. This is hard. I actually couldn't quite decide what exactly I thought at first. And...I'm still not on solid ground. #confuzled
I loved Bonfires.
I loved beginnings aspect of Crocus.
Ultimately, While I'm glad I read it...I can't say I enjoyed it as I read.
It felt looooong.
Like double the length.
It felt fulllllllll.
Like everything AND the kitchen sink full.
It felt...forced.
Like it was trying too hard.

I was happy to visit Larx and Aaron again and I'm thrilled they are surviving
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I forgot how much I love Larx & Aaron , and that I still want them to adopt me ! ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Larx, Aaron, and everyone in their extended family in the must read prequel of Amy Lane’s wonderful Bonfires series. If you did as well, then Crocus is an absolute must-read continuation. If you haven’t, start with Bonfires, because I’m not giving anything away here!

One of the all-time best storytellers, Amy Lane creates a world of gritty, realistic characters. The Larkin and George families face their mistakes and deal with the trials of living in the real world. This is the
This was so so good, I loved it!

Aaron and Larx continue their journey together in this installment, and there is more drama to be had in their professional lives and personal lives.

Larx's daughter Olivia is pregnant and clinically depressed...and she went back to school, but then comes back at the start of this book.

She is the big part in this book that Larx and Aaron deal with personally - the other kids (Kirby, Kellan, Christi are doing okay int his) - but Larx, always so kind, always so go
Originally reviewed at Sinfully.

I would not recommend jumping in here without having read Bonfires, which I absolutely loved. Larx and Aaron have a very busy household and backstory and you will be completely lost as to who is who and what they are talking about. If you have read Bonfires, you’ll want to read Crocus. Picking up just a few months after that book, this one is about Larx and Aaron and their family moving forward together and facing some pretty big issues.

Just like the first story,
Loved the book...loved the audio...full review to follow soonish!

Ok ladies and gents I'm gonna pimp the hell outta' this audio book...

So that we're perfectly clear I love this freakin' book...I love this series and no it's not because I got the book or the audio for review...nope, nope,'s because this is one hella' good story.

'Bonfires' was the first book in the series and we got to meet Deputy Sheriff Aaron George and high school principal Larx and there kids and there are a few o
Kaje Harper
This is the sequel to Bonfires, and they do need to be read in order. Larx and Aaron are a great couple - they talk and share, but also make mistakes and worry, and have to learn to accommodate each other's jobs and intensities. Neither one can really turn off their sense of responsibility, and they both end up over committed. The love is solid here, but there's plenty of other kinds of trouble brewing.

The mix of teens that round out their gradually blending family are good too. Olivia comes hom
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3.25 Stars

“Saying ‘I love you’ doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.”

That’s for damn sure when it comes to Crocus and all of the drammmmmmmmaaaaaaaa that took place.

Just a little house keeping before we get started- If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Bonfires I recommend that you do. This isn’t a standalone. At all. If it’s been more than a month since you’ve read the first book, I HIGHLY recommend you revisit your notes/review/etc… because this jumps righ
I just love Aaron and Larx.
This was so so sooo good!

Nick J. Russo is an awesome narrator and it showed clearly with this performance. I loved every second of this audiobook and will definitely listen again and look for more books narrated by him to enjoy.

Now ,regarding the story proper, instead of the story being weaker than in Bonfires[Book #1] as is usually the case with sequels, this story, despite all the craziness within it, was much stronger. It was stronger story-wise, writing-wise and had even more solid char
Joyfully Jay
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Crocus is the follow up to the fabulous Bonfires by Amy Lane and reconnects us with Larx and Aaron and their blended family. I loved the title because it refers to those first fragile flowers that grow underground during the winter and make the surface just as spring appears. It is a perfect metaphor for this story as these men are struggling to hold on, to make it through the chaos, and as the story develops, we see them finally getting that break where things a
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well despite my niggles I enjoyed this one

It was good to catch up with Aaron and Larx again and to see how the others were all getting on. Personally I loved all the branch off stories. I spent a lot of time with a tissue ready to dab at the tears that leaked often. I longed to hear more on Berto and Jaime, and would of liked to of seen the two girls settled.

I was a bit surprised at how quickly this one cut off. I'm assuming that we will get the wedding and maybe more on the branch off stories
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
July 2020
I loved it maybe even more the second time around. Larx and Aaron are really enjoyable together. I loved how they worked through their problems and made it out stronger on the other side.
I would really,, really enjoy another book in this series

June 2018
I loved the first book and was really glad to see that there is a second book. and I am glad to say that the second one is as good as the first one. it was fun to read about Larx and Aaron, who were totally true to their characters as I e
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio_owned
The second part of the Bonfires series by Amy Lane does not disappoint. I really liked the first book and wasn’t sure what we would get next in the follow up to that. That being said, you really have to read book one in order to follow this one, as if not, I think you will be missing a major part of their storyline and will probably be lost and a bit confused. Also, book one is really good too, so you should really read/listen to it just for that reason - you don’t want to miss out on a great bo ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, think I even like it more than book 1.
Larx and Aaron are still together but are now having to deal with lots of family things with their kids.
They have, it seems even adopted a few more waifs and strays.
A great way to spend a couple of hours. I am hoping there might be another book in the series.
What a treat this one was! I LOVED Aaron and Larx in the 1st installment, the way they got together and merge their families was a pleasure to read. This one was no different only we got to see them living together FOR REAL and dealing with life. This time Aaron getting hurt and feeling "useless" while Larx was "playing the hero" and trying to manage their joined household and that without mentioning the problems their kids have and their efforts to solve what they can, together and alone.

If yo
At the end of my review for ‘Bonfires’, book one in this series, I talked about how much I loved the realism of the author’s writing and how, even though she wrote a happy ever after love story, she certainly didn’t shirk when it came to the real-life issues of mature lovers in their late forties and blending their families. ‘Crocus’ continues in that vein touching upon teenage pregnancy, mental health issues, continuing a relationship amidst a sea of family crises, and dealing with abuse in the ...more
4.5 Stars. Bonfires was a favorite for me last year and I was excited to see follow up for Larx and Aaron, since their initial romance was surrounded by chaos and had barely gotten underway. Unfortunately chaos is a way of life for these poor guys due to their various children and careers. That’s what I like the most about these characters though, mature and living life even when it comes at them full steam, in the best way they can. I enjoy all the fun and silly banter between them, their frien ...more
DNFed about 20 pages in. Don't get me wrong, I liked "Bonfires" but good golly Miss Molly, when I started "Crocus" I felt like a stranger in a strange land. Who were these people? What were all the kids' names and their situations? What was the deal with that daughter? I so desperately wanted a 2-3 paragraph recap to bring me up to speed before I delved into the title! So, I'm setting this aside for a while until I can quickly reread Bonfires and get up to speed on the background.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
The characters from Bonfires return and this time, their lives have finally settled down—or so they think. But danger comes in many forms—mental, emotional, and physical—and the guys get a whammy from all sides. Larx’s pregnant daughter, Olivia, comes home after ditching her boyfriend and dropping out of school. She begins a depression hibernation that isn’t broken until she has to step up and help said boyfriend who has shown up in town, been in an accident, and is now hospitalized.

Larx is dea
Jenny Wood
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing addition to this series!

I adored Larx and Aaron and all of their extended family in the first one, and of course, Larx can’t see a person, especially one of his kids in need before he takes on more, so we get to meet a couple of new people to add to the family in this one.

I swear, if there is a dangerous situation to be found, Larx will find it. He comes by it honestly though, because he just wants to do what he can to help everyone he can. Again, especially one of his students
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u ...more

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