Series: Promises 03
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: Characters from the previous Promise books are in this one as supporting roles but are very involved in Jeff and Collin’s story.
Jeff Beachum’s life fell apart first when he diagnosed with HIV and then again not long after when his lover was killed in the war, he builds his life up again only for it to start to fall apart again when his dead lover’s brother comes looking for him. Collin Waters lived with a devil may care attitude after he saw his father die of a heart attack when he was five, he only smartened up when at just turned 18 he was diagnosed with HIV. 6 years later these two men are brought together and Collin is determined to have his chance with Jeff, no matter how hard Jeff try’s to push him away. It’s by no means easy sailing between their HIV positive status, health concerns, and past emotional trauma along with the worry for their friends and the problem of Jeff’s family.
This is another fantastic story from Amy Lane. This story is more than just about romance it’s about friendship, family, loyalty, hope and prays. It’s about who you consider family and not just being family because you were born into it.
This book will have you chuckling, have you sniffling and have you cheering these men on, so my personal recommendation is… clear the weekend, go buy this book, some chocolates and wine… oh don’t forget the tissues.