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Living Promises (Keeping Promise Rock Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Lane
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Book Description

Honorable Mention for Gay Contemporary Romance in the 2011 Rainbow Awards.

Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.

Jeff's life had fallen completely apart before that long-ago day, and it isn’t much better now. Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. But every phantom from Jeff’s past is about to come out to haunt him, and the family Jeff has staked his future on isn’t in such great shape either. Collin is more than a starry-eyed kid, and it’s a good thing, because Jeff’s going to need all the help he can get. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A7SM9Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another in the Promise series! 7 Aug. 2011
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This is another lovely story from Amy Lane about gay men coming together and finding a family and a home with Deacon and Carrick.
Jeff is Carrick's physio and best friend, he's helped Carrick recover as much as is possible from the horrific injuries he sustained in the Afgan and been rewarded with a place at Deacon's table at Promise Ranch. He's loud mouthed, snarky, funny and so very very lonely he's also HIV positive.
Colin's life was changed when he found out he was +ve. He's barely holding it together for his mother's sake. He's at the clinic and he wants to run. There's another person in the waiting room and he gives Colin five minutes of his time. Five minutes and the advice to keep puting one foot in front of the other and live and Colin for some reason finds the comfort and strength he needs from that brief conversation. He can't get Jeff out of his head and he's sure he's in love before even their first kiss. There's an age difference, Jeff's guilt and fear and mourning to deal with and Colin climbs or finds a way round each obstacle Jeff puts up.
This is a nice romance. Well worth the read and we again get to see the wonderful relationship between the hardassed cowboys Deacon and Carrick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promise Rock Series 10 Aug. 2013
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I love these books, they are full of warm and generous characters. Though each of them hurt in their own way, together they are able to make it through.
Each character is unique, individual, yet there are things to love about all of them.
Some of the issues raised in these books are very close to my heart and Amy Lane handles them beautifully.
Though some of the scenes can be quite explicit, this is by no means the crux of the series. Warmth, generosity, love and family are what this series is about and I will definitely be checking out more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 26 July 2013
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This made me laugh, it made me cry. I couldn't put it down. I read the whole series in under a week
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11 July 2011
By Tom W - Published on
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Amy Lane is just about perfect. Her "Talker" books, and the three gems that make up the "Promise Rock" series to date are so thoughtfully written and the characters so skillfully wrought that I cannot imagine them being any better.

The basic premise is something we come to expect with Ms. Lane; a flawed man meets another flawed man and falls in love. In this case the flawed man is Jeff, the PT who befriends Crick in book one, and plays a role with Shane and Mikhail in book two. His "boy meets boy" other half is Collin, a new character in the series who Jeff meets early on, but who comes back several years later to capture his heart. Storytelling 101, but how the journey begins and the road to get to love, that is where this writer soars.

Jeff has been an intriguing character in the background of the two previous installments, but he gets to be full out front stage diva in this work. And man, does he shine. His story, how he became HIV positive (not hidden in the past books), and how he became Uncle Jeffy to this family just reverberates. Then, Collin comes into his life, not once, but twice. Taking on a love story between two men who are HIV positive is new ground, and Holy Jesus, does Ms. Lane set the bar high. At the end, I cannot decide who I love most in these books, Deacon and Crick, Shane and Mickey or Jeff and Collin. Deacon rightfully is the stunner, and who would not fall in love with him. But these two guys, I choke up just thinking about their story. Nothing rocket science here, just honest characters with whom I fell in love.

The key to Ms. Lane's writing, to me, is the gentleness with which she creates these characters. Like the first reviewer, I have to agree, these are PEOPLE. I know these folks in my real life, even though the names are different. The backstories are built with such care and love, and pains, tragedies and ultimately, joys that they experience just ring so true. These are men (and women) that we know and care about, and I cannot remember having to put any book down so much to wipe away tears (of pain, heartbreak, joy and laughter)as I have with her characters.

I ramble, I know, but honest to God, if you don't read anything else this year, read this book. This story will break your heart then heal it with so much love and grace. No spoiler, but the scene right at the end, at Promise Rock, when Mikhail speaks and Collin reacts, THAT, my friends is emotion so real, I lost it one last time right there.
These books, to me, stand up against piece of literature I can name, including the masters.

Amy Lane, love you lady. Your friend Bonnie isn't the only one who had your back about your writing. It is an honor to read your works.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angst gallore and some more BEWARE A SPOILER IN THE REVIEW 24 Aug. 2011
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This was certainly a well written book for the most part. I loved the first book in the series, loved the second one a little less, so I decided to get this one. I liked Jeff and Colleen, but Crick and Deacon's situation just made me angry. It is one thing when you want to put characters through all horrible events in the world and it makes sense (although I certainly reached my limit with Crick and Deacon's going through multiple horrors in book one), but the way author made them wait to go through their situation untill Deacon could have been almost dead made me angry at the IMO obvious manipulation to induce more tears from the reader. It is not like his situation is an emergency, he had been warned way in advance, and I can certainly understand waiting some but waiting till *the very last second* when he goes through all those monologues about how his family needs him, just made me want to reach out through the ereader and shake him and Crick both. So instead of shedding more tears, I kept thinking, gee if you only get yourself in there to correct what is happening, maybe your chances of survival will be higher, don't you think?

I am pretty sure I am done with these series, which is too bad since I loved Keeping Promise Rock so much.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Promises .... 26 July 2011
By Geoffrey A. Snyder - Published on
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Amy Lane has this way of making me want to hug and protect as well as shake some sense into her characters - and this book is no exception.

The book starts out shaky by throwing the reader into Jeff's extended family of friends without much background information on them. For a reader who hasn't read the first two books, or read them some time back, this could take a little work to sort out who's who .... but suddenly I was sucked in, the story was rolling and I really cared about Jeff as a 3-dimensional character and not seeing just the sassy, funny queen he uses as his public persona.

I don't think this is the best of the three books in the series but its' still a great book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we waited for! !!!! 7 July 2011
By grammy1 - Published on
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First, I know Amy is under the covers, wailing to the heavens, Puleeze Goddess do not make my reader think this book Sucks...Can she get a Hallelujah? After knocking everyone's socks off with Carrick and Deacon in Keeping Promise Rock, and the follow up Making Promises with Shane and Mikhail, we are back to Levee Oaks one more time to hopefully save our Jeff.

Jeff Beachum, we have learned through the series, has had and lost the love of his life... Kevin who died in Iraq. The pain of struggling alone with Kevin's death and the HIV he was left with ruined his chances to continue in medical school. His coming out to his family has lost his being accepted by his father and family members who cast him out. Ms. Lane has given us only small bits of Jeff's story during this series. What we do know is the love he has found with the people of the Pulpit, has given him a family that he loves and they so love him.

His savior at the time of exposure was Doc Herbert. The good doctor got him a job at the VA as a Physicians Assistant when he learned of Jeff testing positive, and a change of school plans as a therapist gave him the insurance he needed and a friend to boot.

A chance meeting at the Cares Clinic brought his meeting Collin Waters. Jeff helped Collin thru a rough moment while `waiting' for his appointment for HIV results. That was The Moment! Five years later, Collin remembers that defining moment; the moment when he fell in love with Jeff Beauchamp. This is their story.

Anyone who reads Amy Lane can feel their heart squeeze a smidge at this point in my diatribe. I would be remiss if I did not say Ms. Lane has outdone herself in combining all of our favorite people. Isn't it funny, I did not say characters, I said people. Ms. Lane creates in her stories such defined and three-dimensional members, you really can think them as real. We do not just get a glimpse our favorites here and there; we are surrounded by our entire entourage of family. Isn't that what makes us into the people we are?

Jeff has to grow up in this book. He was always the fixer, the joker; Uncle Jeffie the flaming gay guy. Now we see his trauma, his hurt, and Ms. Lane has also tossed in for good measure the finality of saying goodbye to his Kevin, which he never really had a chance to do. Got Kleenex??? Warning: get the ones with aloe! But this story is true life; every family member is entwined, for better or worse. As a group, they can help get each other get thru the night.

The humor in this story is not lost either. Mikhail's snarky remark about a sweater made for Shane that was brown... Why does everyone see Shane in brown??? He is magnificent in every color. I could note so many more, but quoting Mikhail is sort of an apology - I wasn't sure I liked him in Making Promises... so I apologize Mikhail. You are just right for Shane.

I can only wish, that we can squeeze out another story from this wonderful group. We have the girls and the babies to hear about. Can we get another... Puleeze???? And Amy it was amazing... it so did not suck.

Review by Gloria Lakritz
Senior Reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars " I think new readers would be confused at times. " 9 Sept. 2011
By M. Nix - Published on
Years after losing the love of his life and his dream of being a doctor in quick succession, Jeff Beachum contents himself with providing therapy to his patients and being the "Fairy Jeff-father" to the crew at the Pulpit. He keeps his family issues and unresolved grief bottled up inside, choosing to focus on others rather than deal with his own problems. When his family at the Pulpit is threatened, Jeff's first instinct is not to accept help, no matter how much people want to offer it. He especially doesn't want any help from sexy younger men who need to find someone else to hit on.

Collin Waters was once a terrified teenager in need of a little reassurance, and Jeff helped him a lot. Collin has never forgotten that. Now that he's six years older, he's ready for a real relationship--with Jeff. Jeff is resistant, but Collin is persistent. Can he show Jeff he's all grown up, and strong enough to be the man Jeff needs?

I really liked outwardly tough yet inwardly soft and lonely Jeff. His snarky attitude and unwavering dedication to his friends made him both fun and admirable. There were times when he was just too stubborn, though, and I wanted to slap some sense into him. Collin is sweet, sexy, and fortunately, determined. He sees past Jeff's prickly exterior to the loving and vulnerable man underneath. I liked Collin a lot and rooted for Jeff to see how good Collin would be for him. With so much chaos around them, however, it's hard for Jeff to let go. Jeff has been dealing with HIV for six years (something I thought Amy Lane handled in an excellent non-dramatized, informative, and sensitive way). The little brother of Jeff's dead lover, Kevin, a teen named Martin, appears in Jeff's town, looking for answers about why his brother is dead and what kind of man he was. Kevin's best friend also turns up, to watch over Martin. On top of all that, Jeff's family issues are back with a vengeance, and all is definitely not well at the Pulpit. The whole odd, mismatched Pulpit family is going to have to pull together, including Jeff, and things get worse before they get better.

A lot of conflict is packed into Living Promises. Readers not familiar with Amy Lane's Promises series should NOT start with Living Promises. They might get the gist of the story, but so many things from previous books are brought up, I think new readers would be confused at times. Some of the conflicts explored in Living Promises began in earlier installments of the series. Others, like Jeff's insistence on being there for everyone at his own expense, are expanded on in each book. In Living Promises, the reasons for Jeff's behavior are finally explained in detail. Jeff's had a lot of heartache in his past, and, adrift and lonely, he needed the acceptance the people at the Pulpit gave him. Eventually, Jeff begins to understand that he can't carry everyone else without sometimes letting people help him.

One thing about a series like the Promises series is that characters from other books show up to further the story. That's a bit of a double edged sword here. I liked reading more about Crick and Deacon, and Mikhail and Shane, and all the others. The overarching storyline of the Pulpit and the ongoing problems of its inhabitants is a nice narrative device. The only problem is that in Living Promises, other characters' problems almost overshadow Jeff and Collin's relationship at times. Crick, Deacon, and even Mikhail have chapters from their point of view. Sometimes I felt pulled away from Jeff and Collin by these other points of view, especially Mikhail's. If I think of the books more as a family saga, that doesn't bother me as much, but it did take away from the romance sometimes. On the whole I liked Living Promises. The characters are colorful and interesting, there is always a lot of angst and conflict, and each book feels like revisiting old friends. I don't know if Amy Lane plans to do any further Promises books. If she does, I'll definitely read them, but I wouldn't mind if there was a bit less about everybody else so the focus could be on the main couple.

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