Book Reviews

Forever Promised (Keeping Promise Rock 4) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-July-2013

Book Blurb

Crick has been home from Iraq for five years, Jeff and Collin are finally married, and Shane and Mikhail are quietly making lives better for the dispossessed teenagers who come their way. Everything is right in Deacon's world, but nothing ever stays the same.

When Deacon's best friends, Jon and Amy, answer the call of an opportunity in Washington, DC, Deacon figures that’s life. You love people, and they leave you, and you survive. Even Benny, Crick’s little sister, is close to grown and ready to start her own future. But Benny loves Deacon, and she owes him—she may move beyond The Pulpit and Levee Oaks one day, but not without leaving something of herself behind. And so she offers Deacon and Crick an amazing gift… and a terrifying decision.

Benny’s offer forces Deacon and Crick to dredge up every past mistake and offer of redemption. And not just the two of them—everybody is forced to examine the chances they've been given and the promises they've made. In a real family, a child is a promise, and to the men and women of Promise Rock, keeping that promise will change their lives forever.


Book Review

I almost dreaded reading this final story in one of my favorite series. Not because I thought it wouldn't be any good. Oh no! I knew, deep down in my soul, that this ending story would be full of all Amy Lane's heartbreak in writing it. I knew it would be beautiful, and we would get to hear from everyone and that somehow, one way or another, the author would finalize it with class and dignity. I didn't want to read it because I hate saying good-bye. I knew that once I read that very last sentence, that would be it. No more new stories of Deacon, Crick, Shane, Mikhail, Jeff, Collin, Benny, Parry Angel, Jon, Amy, Lila Lisa, Andrew, Kimmie, Lucas, and all the others in Levee Oaks who live on in some way via the Pulpit. I didn't know if I was ready for that. For nothing new to come along, except in my dreams.

One day I fell head over heels in love with Deacon. Gradually I came to love all of them in one way or another, but except for Mikhail, Deacon was the one I loved the most. He's a gentle soul with a fierce love and loyalty for his family, a shy man with paralyzing panic attacks from being in a crowd, a genius with his horses, Crick's golden god-man and a true alpha male in all the very best ways. Mikhail holds my heart next, although don't tell him because he would simply look down his nose, curl his lip, sniff and say something rude. Wonder of wonders, Mikhail is the step-up-to-the-plate guy in this story, more so than some of the rest, although Deacon will always be the family patriarch. Funniest of all? Mikhail is just being himself and his brand of tough love is as hard an act to follow as Deacon's father love.

Benny? I loved that girl from the moment she stopped Deacon outside the liquor store. It's fitting, I think, that this story begins and ends with her. With the parents she was "blessed" with, it's amazing that Benny turned out to be such a kind, loving, generous soul. But, definitely not a pushover!! She's got sarcasm and snark in spades and a wicked quick mind to back it all up.

Oh, Amy, I wasn't expecting this. It was more. Saying good-bye hurt. But knowing all the laughter, sarcasm, snark, sex, love, family and hope will continue on at Promise Rock will sustain my dreams. Thank you for giving them to us.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 350 pages/127638 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-June-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle, $24.95 audiobook
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