Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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.
Review: Anyone who knows me knows I’m a HUGE fan of Lane Hayes. I look forward to reading everything she writes. This series is no different. The A Kind of Stories follow a group of friends and their acquaintances as they find their own success and love stories. Rockers are a favorite trope of mine but there’s so much more to this series than that. While these books can probably be read as stand alone I think knowing all the characters who appear in each book and their prior stories really gives this series a richness and familiarity. You know these guys and their struggles. How they got to the place they are today. Plus the books are so good.
A Kind of Honesty is Tim and Carter’s story. Tim is bisexual. The book starts with him breaking it off with his psycho model girlfriend in LA. Alone with his own thoughts he realizes how far from who he was he strayed thanks to her conniving ways . Drowning in his own thoughts Tim decides he needs to get out of his hotel room. He thinks a hook up is just what he needs. With a man this time. His bisexuality is known but he’s not exactly out to his family. So he heads to a dive bar in hopes nobody will recognize him as a famous drummer. In walks Carter. A few drinks later the guys leave together. Neither man is honest about who he really is but that’s not what either is there for. They’re there to get off. They part ways only to run into each other at their mutual friend’s birthday party in NY. Turns out Carter is actually Zeke’s (from book 2) best friend. The attraction is still there but actually knowing each other complicates things even further. Tim isn’t looking for another relationship and Carter doesn’t want another unavailable guy who is still in the closet. He’s been hurt before. Neither can resist the attraction however. So a few hook ups turns into so much more.
While I can say I loved this story I also have to say Tim was the frustrating sort. He’s the type to avoid and say whatever it’ll work itself out. Or I’ll deal with it later. Carter is the opposite. He plans his life. Wants to enjoy it to the fullest. He’s dated bisexual men in the past who have eventually left him for women so he’s weary of Tim. Carter has his own issues to get past. He was raised as an only son to a wealthy man. An emotionally and physically unavailable father and no mother molded who Carter is. He took all that loneliness and hurt and vowed to be better. Carter wants to be loved however he still struggles with doubt. It doesn’t help that Tim’s ex is feeding the tabloids a juicy load of crap that makes Tim look bad. Carter wants Tim. The problem is Tim keeps trying to lead a secret life. He pretends it’s that it’s nobody’s business but really he’s just scared to come out to his family and the public. Saying you’re Bi is one thing. Dating a man is big deal in his mind. He’s totally likeable and I get why he’s so screwed up but OMG he lives in his own little bubble! Or tries to. Not so easy when you’re a celebrity. That was really my only issue with the book. The love story as always was amazing! Lane Hayes creates so much chemistry between her MCs. Her books are some of the sexiest I an think of. The guys have tons of witty humorous banter. There’s also great character growth and connection. I adore all the cameos from characters in the previous books. Another great read by this author! I recommend this and any book she’s written.