Making Promises

Making PromisesSuch a lovely installment in this series While there isn t quite as much angst as inKeeping Promise Rock , I didn t mind not having my heart ripped out of my chest with every page Shane really is the hero everyone dreams would be there to stand up for them when they most need it Mikhail has had such a trying life you can t help want him to have some happiness now.Shane Perkins has always wanted to help save people The best way, he always thought, was to become a cop, but after being left without backup and getting shot because his precinct found out he was gay Shane has traded in his big city position for the smaller Levee Oaks He may not have needed to work after the settlement he received from the police force for their blatant disregard of his life, but it s all he s ever wanted to do In Levee Oaks though he s finally found people that he considers his family Crick and Deacon and their crew of misfits have become his family and he wouldn t trade them for the world Still when his twin sisters informs him she s performing with a Renaissance Festival nearby he can t wait to reconnect with her as well He never expected the absolute smack upside the head he felt upon seeing her dance partner Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul has always had dance It s been the one constant in his life and has been all that s allowed him to put food on the table Even if back in Russia it was also what took him down the dark path into drug addiction and prostitution to pay for it all If it hadn t been for his mother that dark hole may have been where he ended up for all time Instead she managed to pull him out of it all by moving them to America and getting him into rehab He s been clean for a number of years and enjoys his work as a dance instructor His only goal now to keep his promises to his mother, to stay clean and to make sure she gets to go somewhere warm and lovely before she passes As her cancer is getting worse that last promise is adding a lot of stress to his day to day life The addition tip income he gets from dancing at the faire is incredibly helpful He enjoys dancing with Kimmy as well, despite her rather offish boyfriend and his drug issues Meeting her brother though turns out to be one temptation too many for Mikhail to resist.First of all before we even get into the meat of the story, I do so love a smart MC I LOVED Shane s reaction to knowing he d been set up in that alley in LA That call to IAB was just awesome He wasn t going to back down, was going to be the hero no matter what, but he wasn t going to go down without a fight Shane s sense of self sacrifice may be a little over developed and lead him into trouble than anything else, but that s just what he needs Mikhail and the rest of his friends for He s never had someone actually care if he lived or died, so if he was going to go it needed to mean something Honestly both these characters really didn t give themselves enough credit It took both of them falling for the other to make them truly see the worth in themselves Something they ll still always struggle with, but the validation their love of the other gives them is enough to keep them fighting They re both quirky and weird in the best way possible I don t know what it says about me that I follow Shane speak as well Could just mean I m bonkers, but hey, I m ok with that I love how over the top caring Shane is with everyone in his life He rescues puppies and kittens for gosh sakes It s adorable Of course he s going to fall for someone like Mikhail who needs to have someone to care for Shane looks out for everyone else in his life, he needs Mikhail to look out for him Oh, and how wonderful was the end of their courtship view spoiler After Mikhail s mom dies and he s absolutely horrible to Shane, I couldn t believe Shane s plan It was so brilliant I m not going to let you forget about me, I m going to stalk you by sending all of my friends who care about you too to see you every day and make sure you re taking care of yourself So sappy, and so wonderful hide spoiler Beautiful Heartbreaking LovedJust when you think you got it down Promises in the Dark Pat Benatar Oh I loved this story Shane is a fascinating character with all his quirks and weirdness and secrets, but Mikhail was the one I grabbed onto his beauty and aloofness and underlying vulnerability just kept me holding my breath for him at times, hoping he d let some of his frailties and fears escape for Shane to take care ofYou are still my hope, and now, I m your promiseIt was great to catch up with the rest of the gang too.Highly recommended for reading after Keeping Promise Rock and my review here All Shane Perkins Ever Wanted To Be Was A Hero But After A Career Shattering Decision To Go Down Fighting, Shane Comes Home From The Hospital To Four Empty Walls, A Pile Of Money, And A Burning Desire For Someone To Miss Him The Next Time He Gets Hurt In The Line Of Duty He Ends Up An Officer In The Small Town Of Levee Oaks, And, Addicted To The Promise Of Family, He Makes An Effort To Reconcile With His Flighty, Troubled Sister Kimmy Makes Her Living As A Dancer, And Her Partner Steals Shane S Breath At First Sight Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul Dances Like An Angel, But His Past Is Less Than Heavenly Since He Left Russia, He S Made Only Two Promises To Stay Off The Streets And Stay Clean, And To Take His Mother Someplace Beautiful Before She Dies Making Promises To Anybody Else Is Completely Out Of The Question But Then, Mikhail Has Never Met Anybody Like Shane Earnest, Brave, And Self Deprecating, Shane Seems To Speak Mikhail S Language, And No One Is Surprised Than Mikhail To Find That Keeping Promises Is Shane S Best Talent Of All kay so i dont have the write words to explain to you how much i loved this book,it was just so AMAZING The Love and Passion and understanding and forgiving of each other was just out of this world Shane and Mickey Were fantastic i couldnt put it down, I love the way Amy Lane writes and draws us into her world I Just loved it i can not wait to read another one in this series I cried and Laughed i got anoyoyed but no much i fell in love with every single cat,dog, Family member and just wanted to be a part of this world I Loved this book had to be the best book i have read in ages Quote by Mickey Oh yes, you are pretty There..If I scratch your ass,will you preen for me of course you will.Look at that tail you are a kitty in search for a piece of ass,yes you are Mickey She cannot have you.You are mine.I dont are how perfect she is for you You wernt watching her when you spoke,you were watching me,and you are mine and another Mickey I cannot face you if you think i look at you and see anything less then the man you are.I am not settling for you, i am reaching for you and there is a difference and you are that man I just loved this BOOK I would totally re read it again I just loved every one Deacon and Crick Thud Crick did the freehanding,and Deacon said it looked a damned sight better than the water tower.Crick turned red and said Fuck you,Deacon and then Deacon had smirked,So so GOOD Amy Lane is an awesome writer.This is the second book in the Promises Series In this we follow Officer Shane Perkins who joined the family at The Pulpit in the last 40 or so pages of Keeping Promise Rock and Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul who we also met briefly the previous book Shane is big hearted and Mikhail is damaged and they need each other but they just have to figure that out We follow them from their meeting through their courtship and them finding themselves and each other This book really only spans a year s time although the bulk of the story happens between October and February and we breeze through the rest of time in comparison Again we see the importance of this family and I m starting to see the overall arc of this series and this motley cast of people When it ended I just stared at the author s bio page wanting.While this was not the epic tale that was Crick Deacon s story, it was no less of an emotional journey We also get to see a little bit of our old favorites, and we got a little bit insight on Jeff, which helps set him up for his own book I wish there was of Andrew but I know he really didn t have a place in this story although I did find his absence odd in when people were teaching Benny to drive But this book is also funny Not a gut buster, but funny in the way people are in real life Mikhail and Shane both speak this language that is really funny if you follow it which I did.Ok, this is the timeline stuff that I enjoy so if you hate timelines, you can skip this paragraph Shane meets The Pulpit Family in June and this book starts in October It overlaps Keeping Promise Rock and in the two instances where the action actually overlaps it was like having the camera pan and see another scene at the same event This book is definitely connected to the first and reading out of order I think would be confusing If I had to wage complaints, there would be 2 and they are so small they clearly didn t effect my overall enjoyment of the book First, some pretty big things happen to Shane that involve the whole family during the time the first two books overlap and it seems weird that they weren t even mentioned in passing during the narration And second there is a character that is not at the big picnic that is the final scene of Keeping Promise Rock but appears in this book when we revisit the same scene in this book I think it only stands out to me because one everything else is so skillfully woven together Also this character felt awkward when first introduced like a set up for possible conflict and so being insinuated into this event felt strange as well, but maybe that s just me.From the author s website I know that the next book is called Living Promises and will be about Jeff and Collin, I don t think we know who Collin is, yet And then there will be a final book, Return To Promise Rock and it will see the final HEA of all the characters.I m excited Amy Lane writes so beautifully that I get lost in the language as much as the story I loved Shane, we should all be so blessed to have someone so strong and solid in our lives and Mikhailthe way he is short and curt with Shane speaks volumes of the overwhelming love he feels for him Mikhail s characterization is so real, his ups and downs, he comes right off the page This book made me laugh really hard, Crick and Deacon s banter is nice to read again, and cryI looked like an iguana afterwards But in a good way Truly awesome book. Amazingly treacley small town gay romance he s a cop, he s a dancer not like that Hit some buttons of mine, missed others, details uninteresting to anyone who isn t me.But this book did make me think about the value of romance as a genre This is a story about two people coming together while one loses his adored mother to slow, wasting disease And it s about their friends s struggle to keep a business alive, and a soldier come home but not the same, and making the best of the baby you didn t want to have It s about gestures all the shit that just happens And because this is a romance, it doesn t have to mean anything, and we don t have to, like, have a drum circle about the unbearable lightness of human existence or whatever It just is The shit that happens The way people die and how money is short and sometimes there s no condom, but you do your best anyway, and at least the company is good contemporary fiction or whatever we re calling it these days can never reach me like that, because it s usually trying too damn hard to have a big fucking epiphany This book was mostly trying to get a couple of guys laid, and somehow it managed to get so much vital stuff of life into every frame.So okay I ll chalk one up for romance Sometimes, it s just about the shit that happens to you And as a person to whom shit happens on a startlingly frequent basis, I appreciate that we don t have to talk about what it all means. I liked this book even than Keeping Promise Rock The characters seemed real and engaging, and their difficulties were external than internal I prefer when the big obstacles to a relationship are not just the characters misunderstanding and doubting themselves and each other, although some of that in the mix is fine These two guys had a nice assortment of issues and personal qualities and a story line that was intense without seeming over dramatic Mikhail in particular is damaged and prickly but sweet and funny and very appealing Shane is the guy who makes it through life by never expecting much so he can be happy with what he gets You want to hug him and tell him he s worth having the best, not just being okay This is a new favorite shelf book for me. It s been years since I read Keeping Promise Rock but I put off reading this book for a while after I bought it Why I honestly have no idea Maybe I didn t want my heart to be ripped out of my chest, ran over by a stampede then put back together with glue In any case, when I finally read this, I absolutely loved it Even than Keeping Promise Rock Ms Lane has such an amazing ability to get me so drawn into a story I don t want to put it down I absolutely loved Mikhail and Shane They both had their flaws and their problems but yet they fit together and healed each other when no one else could It s a sweet yet sad story Watching these two work through their problems made me tear up a few times but it was also fascinating to see how they handled it all.One thing I really loved about this book was Mikhail s witty, sarcastic, defensive humor I found myself cracking up at the way Mikhail would talk to Shane but rather than it being mean, it came across as affectionate Shane took everything in stride with a calm presence I loved that he s so lovable, that he has such a huge heart And I m glad Mikhail was there to keep that heart safe because Shane has a horrible, yet admirable, problem of putting everyone before himself The story is slow yet easy to read There s multiple conflicts ranging from injuries to bigotry to grieving and that they both have to get through and even some scenes that had me hanging on the edge of my seat I m glad things worked out for these two because they both deserve to be happy Overall, definitely a great addition to the series I m looking forward to reading Living Promises and hope to see of Mikhail and Shane someday What a wonderful second book for the series It s been a while since I read the first book so some of the details were a bit fuzzy but as I read this bookI started to remember Deacon Cricks journey and I wondered to myself WHY has it taken me so long to read this story.Shane was an all around great guy He just wants to see everyone in his life happy even if it means that he s not Mikhail..oh goodness This fiesty Russian is by far one of my absolute favorite characters I ve ever read He was just the right mix of fiesty, jealousy, adorbs, tender and loving, even with all these wonderful qualities he didn t feel like he deserved anyone is good as Shane.Be warned your emotions will be brought outyour heart might feel like it s getting ripped apartyou WILL smilelaugh and fall in love I will not be waiting as long to read the next book this time. or

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  • 376 pages
  • Making Promises
  • Amy Lane
  • English
  • 24 August 2019
  • 9781615814626

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