Author ~ Lane Hayes
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 7th October 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Music is drummer Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for him to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when a handsome stranger in a dive bar turns out to be someone he might know, everything changes.
Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to tattooed rock star Tim, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.
Tim is a drummer with a famous band and media following their every move. Carter is a wealthy financial consultant with a dominant streak. Needing some time out, Tim heads for an out of the way bar. In walks Carter. After a period of false introductions, they end up in a seedy room fulfilling trucker/cowboy fantasies. They unexpectedly meet again at a party hosted by a mutual friend. Surprised and unnerved at their encounter, their attraction conquers, and with neither looking for commitment, they strike up a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement – which gives both men a period of living in nirvana.
Both men have their issues. Trust and wanting ex’s, features among them. If I say any more it will spoil some of the story. Suffice as to say; problems are compounded by the world of fame. When the inevitable shit hits the fan, one retreats and the other is unable to look at the situation logically or even cleverly. Heart and background rule.
A Kind Of Honesty is told in the first person, in the present tense. And technically it is excellent. I do, however, have a some of issues. Two things were a bit of a stretch for me to believe. Carter's timeline suggests that his dad fathered him at the age of 68. I know studies say that men can procreate into their 80’s, but there are also significantly higher percentages of the risk of fetal defects. I wonder how wise this nugget was to include because I ended up breaking from the story to verify details. I also wondered why, with the increasing time the boys spent together that the media didn’t notice much that wasn’t fed to them by an alternative source. I mean Spiral, are the rock version of One Direction.
I also found the story a touch micro managed, which left little room for the imagination /interpretation of the reader. I say that because the majority of scenery is detailed (in one go) including the looks of the main characters. The extras led to certain information overloads, whose particulars were occasionally repeated in a much better way in smaller chunks through the novel. Other excesses of picture building I didn’t find necessary, and delayed story progression – like the looks of a penthouse suite Tim and Carter disappeared into for some privacy. In some cases, brevity would have been better. It would also have allowed the truly mind-blowing scenes to have more impact. Then again, that’s me, and some people love these kind of specifics.
Just as a side note. I gotta admit that if more financial consultants looked like ‘He Man’ Carter, I’d have gone in a different career direction.
Sex features in this novel, and it brings two men who have little in common except their money and a sex-filled night in LA, together. I greatly enjoyed the midway section when Tim and Carter’s relationship turns more serious, as their deeper conversations had more impact on me. Tim is off his game, and Carter helps him find his… centre… his, Zen, again. Add to mix the emotional drain of a complicated family, and this story has some meat.
A Kind Of Honesty has an interesting cast from the annoying, protective mother to the exuberant best friend. It’s a tale about living the life you want rather the one dictated to you. The story starts well; there’s a high mid-way, and the ending is good too.
A Kind of Truth (A Kind of Stories Book 1)
Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.
Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.
A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories Book 2)
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.