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Keeping Promise Rock Paperback – January 18, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Promises Series

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615813462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615813469
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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By amie on January 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Crick and Deacon's relationship passed over ten 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 his country in Iraq instead. Separated, the two tried to stay alive for one another, as Crick fought in Iraq and Deacon fought for the home he lived in, the one he promised Crick to still be there when his lover returned

Oh, GOD, this is probably one of the most rounded and best stories I read this year, and it's only January. Almost half of this book spans over Crick's life in Iraq and Deacon's life in Leeve Oaks. At some point, it reminded me of the beautiful story of "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frasier. How the two of them, separated, but still keep the love going, even if they're fighting with their own demons. I love the way they did it with letters, then computer, then Blackberry and twitter (gosh, technology ROCKS)

Deacon seems to be the more shy here, he doesn't have grand ambition. His only wish is for Crick to have a better life. He loves his home and his friends and that is enough for him. He knows that Crick worships him, see him as a god, and he struggles to be that man worthy of Crick. This makes him hide his lonely feeling and depression for other people. So when Crick returned, he knew that he needed to get this man to understand how he didn't need to stay perfect for Crick to love him still. That it was okay to show weakness, because Deacon was only human.
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Another great novel from Amy Lane. This book has everything that I have come to expect from this author: detailed primary and secondary characters, intense dialog, heart wrenching emotion & hilarious profanity. This is not a story that skips over everyday life and takes you right to the and they lived happily ever after... The book will take you through a comprehensive journey of Carrick & Deacon's love. The overall message that I got from the book is that love isn't alway pretty & it is often hard work, but it is so worth it in the end.
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This book was totally awesome. This is my second M/M romance book (If I Must by Amy Lane, my first) and I really enjoy this genre. This book was one of the most romantic and erotic books that I have ever read. Amy Lane told a very bold and creative story of these two childhood friends that became Lifemates. Boy, these guys between the two of them had it all and you really felt their love reading the pages of this book. Within this book, you will want to laugh, cry, scream and shout, pant, and cry for joy. I felt so many different emotions from reading this book and I was in the end sad that the story was over. There is this letter on pages 146-147 that literally took my breath away and I had to read it multiple times. It was simply beautiful. Mmmm, Cherry Flavored Vaseline? You will have to read it to find this out. Amy is a truly gifted author and she shares with us this gift in Keeping Promise Rock. Keeping Promise Rock, ROCKS.
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This novel just grabbed me and kept me reading with its great characters and situations. I give it a solid five stars. A great story!

Carrick was raised by an uncaring mother and an abusive step-father. As a young boy, he comes up to The Pulpit, a stable where riding lessons are offered. There, he gets sight of Deacon for the first time. Deacon is six years older and tending to a horse, and "Crick" now has his first crush. Deacon and his father Parish take Crick in under their wing, and when he's thrown out of his home as a teenager, they take him in to live permanently. Deacon, and his friends Jon and Amy, adore Crick, and Deacon promises to Crick that he will always have a place to call home.

As Crick gets older, the nonsexual crush he feels towards Deacon takes a decided turn, and when he's finally 20, he acts upon it. Deacon has always adored and loved Crick, and Deacon finds he's simply not strong enough to resist, and the two enter into a full loving intimate relationship. When a misunderstanding occurs during an argument, Crick brashly and impulsively enlists in the army to fight in Iraq. The two-year separation severely tests both men, breaking them at points and changing them.

Characterization in this novel is wonderful. All characters are fully-realized three-dimensional characters with unique and often endearing personalities. Since the story takes place over a great span of time (starting when Crick is just a young boy), we get to watch the characters grow and mature. It's an incredibly rewarding experience. There's a ton of interesting and endearing traits these characters have, and the complex relationships they form is captivating. For example, Deacon adores Crick and has from the moment Crick showed up as a young boy.
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I've been a fan of Amy Lane for her Little Goddess series, and while vastly different this novel cements it for me. This is a well written and satisfying story of a love that conquers distance and diversity. It's not like a lot of novels out there, you feel that if you could just go to Leeve Oaks, you'd see Deacon and Crick working side by side on the ranch that they both love, it is that real. This story reiterates that love is not always easy, but if you work at it and are invested in it, it is well worth it. This was, for me, a novel that I just couldn't put down, and I enjoyed every bump and turn on Deacon and Crick's journey to love.
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