Making Promises by Amy Lane is the second book in the ‘Promises’ series. Not only did I love this book; I’ve officially become addicted to reading about the easily identifiable and likable characters that continue to be the focus in this amazing series. Even with it being almost four hundred pages, Making Promises is very fast paced and once I started it, I wasn’t able to put it down. I ended up reading it without interruption, and once I finished, felt sorry that it had come to an end. Making Promises is Shane Perkins and Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul’s story. Their story begins a few months before the ending of the first book, Making Promises Rock. So as the story progresses, those who read the first book will recognize the events that happened in the first book and easily follow along with its’ timeline.
Shane is a police officer who has had a very difficult past. He has experienced great prejudice because of his homosexuality. Once it was known that he was a homosexual at his old precinct, he was set up during a bust, and almost lost his life. Shane has had to endure some uncomfortable surgeries and received a big pay off. Even after everything he’s gone through, he still wants to make a difference in his life, and help people in need. So, he transfers to another precinct and moves to the small town of Levee Oaks.
When Shane meets Deacon and Crick, he is quickly accepted and taken in as part of their makeshift and amazing family. But, Shane once again wants to reconnect with his estranged sister, Kimmy, who has had a troubled past herself, and is currently a dancer in a Renaissance Fair. Shane makes plans to see Kimmy and spend the day at the fair. He wants to watch Kimmy dance and try to reconnect with her and rebuild their relationship. Once he sees her, even though they are both hesitant, both of them are basically very happy to mend the fences between them.
When he meets Kimmy’s fellow dancer, Mikhail, there is an immediate connection between them. Even though Mikhail is grumpy, diva-ish, bold and has been known to sleep around; Shane is captivated with him. He sees Mikhail’s gruff exterior as it is; fear of becoming emotionally attached to another man and Shane is somehow able to slowly break through the wall that Mikhail has tried to build around his heart.
I loved both Mikhail and Shane. Shane is an almost perfect hero. He instinctively knows how to handle difficult situations, and pretty much tries to always do the right thing. But, we soon see that he isn’t perfect. He puts himself in dangerous situations over and over without the thought of the possible detrimental outcome it could have on his life. He craves the stability of his makeshift family, his sister and with Mikhail. Shane is a NICE man, who for once, I was glad to see finish first.
Mikhail. Sigh. I adored him! He’s a difficult man. He can be very callous and say terrible things to push others away from him. There were times I thought Shane needed to be nominated for sainthood because of his ability to see through the sometimes hateful and hurtful barbs Mikhail throws his way. But, as we get to know Mikhail, it’s so easy to see that he is a very complex character, who is a doting son, sexy as hell, and really craves the love and stability that he suspects that Shane will be able to give him.
Both Mikhail and Shane are very well written, and I loved the relationship that developed between them. The story itself is well paced, interesting and there were many laugh out loud moments as well as two or three hanky ones. I loved this book and it has earned a place on my keeper shelf. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the ‘Promises’ series and I can’t wait to see what will happen with all of Deacon and Crick’s makeshift family.
Even though I do think Making Promises could probably be read as a stand alone, I honestly believe to truly understand the dynamics of Deacon and Crick’s makeshift family, you should read Keeping Promise Rock first. It’s an amazing book and series and the author, Amy Lane, has officially become one of my must read authors.
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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 more surprised than Mikhail to find that keeping promises is Shane's best talent of all.