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 help Deacon as Deacon has helped him. Deacon’s greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick’s determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick’s life. It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick’s family did in the past. When Crick’s knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.
In spite of the cover art which made me think: “Hetro Romance Novel”, I’d bypassed reading Keeping Promise Rock. What a mistake! Amy Lane has orchestrated an amazing story around circumstances and characters with real depth and humanity. The story moves from one emotion-filled situation into another, which made for a fast paced read. Lane’s style of story telling is down-to-earth, just like her characters. Countless times I had to focus my blurred vision to read as tears welled in my eyes.
With just a tad more tweaking and some editing, I would have given Keeping Promise Rock a 5 star rating. There were a couple of moments where the POV changed unexpectedly which caused momentary confusion and a few dropped words. However, the storyline is a solid Five-Star.
4+ out of 5 stars.