I absolutely LOVED this book. Loved it!
The heroes of Bonfires are just south of 50 years of age and BY GOD that's amazing! We so seldom get to see heroes in romances that are older than 35 these days... hell, most of them are in their early 20s in the m/m subgenre. And they're ordinary guys! No mental illnesses or diseases or infirmities to conquer along with falling in love. Just kids and creaky bones and grey hair. How goddamned refreshing is THAT! I LOVED IT!
Yes, being as the story is set in a small town there are current day prejudices and bigotries to be discusses and small-mindedness and bullying to be concerned with, but these things don't take over the love story of these two, special ordinary good guys. I don't know which one was my favourite, Aaron the deputy sheriff, or Larx, the reluctant high school principal. (On small problem I had was that name though... Larx, short for Larkin - bugged the hell out of me for no specific reason. Just did. *LOL*)
And they have kids, both their own kids and students that have need of an understanding ear or a helping hand. Smart kids. Clever and wise kids. Smart kids that do dumb things. Sad kids. Happy kids. All kinds of flipping kids that made me laugh and smile and grumble and even cry. The middle chapters of this book saw me becoming a blubbering mess! *LOL*
If you read a lot of Amy's books, you know we usually see a family being formed, usually through the eyes of a young man or two. In this case, we see the same forming of a family, but this time through the eyes of the two mature men. It's so viscerally Amy but different. :) And yet, there's so much of Amy in this book, I can definitely see why she says she felt such joy writing it.
Anyway... I just loved it! Period, full stop. :)