Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.
It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.
I must be honest, I tend to stay away from this authors books simply because they make me cry. But I chose this one because of the age of the main characters, I really enjoy a more mature character. And I simply can’t find them. What I wasn’t expecting is all the kids. Now granted, these were high school aged kids and a couple in college, but they did run the story. And to be fair, the blurb does say ”..kids first” But for almost 300 pages, for me, it was too much. On an otherwise, fun, quirky, sweet, re-following in loving, love tale. That has a lot of current social issues mixed into the story.
Larx and Aaron have both had their lives, or so they think. Kids, wives at one time, careers they love. They are comfortable.
All the kids, all normal issues, socially awkward, too much peer pressure, too much pressure at home, home town bigotry
All of this leads to a tale full of ups and downs, of Aaron and Larx trying to find each other while trying to save the kids.