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Keeping Promise Rock

(Promises #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,535 ratings  ·  559 reviews
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
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Published January 18th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 17th 2010)
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Julio Genao
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
I need you, like I want you. Always and forever. I want you like I love you. Always and forever.
Consider that a promise.

Gahhhh, this book gave me feelz. ALL. THE. GODDAMNED. FEELZ.

Going by the premises, this book shouldn't have worked for me on so many levels... Hit or miss author. YA/NA. A storyline over a time span of almost two decades. Both guys being apart for roughly half of the book. And yet.... 

It grabbed me rig
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: lovers of high drama and angst
Warning! I have been reading and reviewing while wearing my cranky pants.

I will say some nice things about this book. It was nicely written, and it has some nice characters. It was a nice setup for a friends to lovers story. It ended in a nice place. With one exception, I found the sexy scenes sexy. I can see why people like this book.

I will say some not so nice things about this book. It was melodrama of the highest order. This book broke my unbelievable-o-meter. I was rolling my eyes practic
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Occasionally, I stumble across a book my friends all love to pieces, and I just don't get it. Happens to all of us. It's a little disappointing because here I am expecting this epic read that I can fall into, and instead I spend the entire time trying to figure out why it's supposed to be so great.

I didn't think this was bad. I liked it. I just felt kind of numb the entire time I was reading, I had zero feelz. I guess I didn't connect with the characters, or their story. Nothing here is going to
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 a
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
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 D
​I bought this book ​3 or 4 months ago and have been studiously avoiding reading it​, ever since​. ​I know that sounds ridiculous, but ​I just knew that Amy Lane would shred my heart. Again. And I would end up thanking her for it. Again. And probably ask for more (yeah, like there's actually a 'probably' there). I really never knew I was such a masochist.​ ​And this book made me ugly cry, I won't lie.​ A lot.​ It was brutal at times. And so fucking beautiful I cried some more.​

Keeping Promise Ro
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
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:


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 C
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance

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
Jan 16, 2014 marked it as to-read


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Now time to prepare this

Just in case we

or if it escalates to this...

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


Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Keeping Promise Rock was one of my best m/m reads of this year. I know the year isn't that old yet, but I'm quite sure that it will stay among my top reads of 2016. It actually came as a very nice suprise, because I've been putting this book off for quite a while now. I started the series with the second part and I never really connected with the main characters; I was however quite curious to read more about Deacond and Crick and their beloved ranch.

And I loved their story. Amy Lane is a great
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
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Perpetua
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
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
RB Martin
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-that-was-good
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 en
4.5 stars

Damn, this was painful. But so worth it.

Both Crick and Deacon make many mistakes. They're great at hurting themselves and each other. The two are far from perfect.

But what's undeniable is that Deacon and Crick were so clearly made to be together. They're two halves of a whole, incomplete without the other.

I fell for the two from the beginning. I loved seeing how Deacon was Crick's rock throughout Crick's childhood, and how that slowly turned into something more. And my heart hurt for th
Laurie  |  LOHF
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Belens Audio Book Review

I have owned this book for over a year but hadn't read it because I heard there was so much angst in this. Boy howdy is there angst in this. Additionally, my old nemesis Miscommunication came to party with Angst and brought his asshole brother, Misunderstanding, too.


So Angst, Miscommunication and Misunderstanding are at the party playing their loud music, being assholes and just generally making it hard for Hope, Joy and Love to hear themselves over the racket and din. For a second it looked lik
Wow! This was a tough book to get through and I hadn't expected that.

There were so many feelings to sift through: joy and pain, humor and sadness, love and hate, sweetness and ugliness. My heart was shredded along with Crick's and Deacon's but, after many tears and raging, it was also put back together again.

I loved the story and the deep, real emotions the author managed to portray in this book. It all felt genuine and I was happy dancing by the time the MCs got what they deserved all along and
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ebook, gay, done, 2010, owned
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.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This wasn't what i expected

Well i love almost everything in this book. almost.

i don't have much to say about this only Amy Lane you do it again. Not even 100 pages and i was already crying.

Sweet and Beautiful story.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
3 stars for audio. The narrator was ok enough. I didn't really care for his voices when it came to the characters especially the females. The narrator made them sound whiney and annoying. At times, those voice took me away from the story instead of pulling me into it.

3 stars for the storyline. I liked Deacon and Crick when they had a brotherly relationship. When they finally got together it seems like Deacon's life went completely downhill. He was barely able to keep his head above water. And Cr
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