Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: A Kind of Honesty
SERIES: A Kind of Stories #3
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
NARRATOR: Seth Clayton
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 10 hours, 10 minutes
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017
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.
I think this story is my favorite in the series so far. I had already formed a connection to these men from the previous books, so there was little time wasted getting invested in the outcome. The way this one started out set the tone and I was hooked.
I want to start off b y saying that the sex was off the charts hot. I loved the dirty talk / role playing fantasies with the bit of promised exhibitionism. It fit this couple well and added a bit of spice to an otherwise sweet story.
I also loved the honesty about the biphobia. It wasn’t presented as hateful or willfully misunderstanding. It came from a place of hurt and was acknowledged and then dealt with. It’s a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be permanent and this story shows that it can be overcome.
I loved the instant connection between these men. But more, I loved that their instant connection captured me to the point I felt engaged and involved. Even though I was an outsider, I was quickly setting things up in my head to establish these men as a HEA. Yes, they had to come to things on their own terms and in their own time, but I was there from their second meeting. The real reason I loved this so much was because my heart was involved. I was on pins and needles waiting for that moment things either went really south and my heart broke, or things finally moved forward to a place of true love and happiness. Each clandestine meeting, while HOT, was just another step forward into something that could turn great or leave me totally broken. I knew there would be no middle ground because I was so invested in these men healing and seeing how perfect they were together. I hate the “no strings” arrangement and was always so worried one of the men would do something to destroy the happiness I wanted for them both. But knowing this author and her normal style, I was not overly worried because I knew she would leave them in a great place of growth and true companionship. And I got everything I needed in the end, even if I did want to smack Tim for not SEEING THE WRITING ON THE WALL. God I love when I get so caught up in a story.
I love this series and this book is definitely my favorite so far. It was just what I needed when I needed it.
Seth Clayton has been the perfect narrator for this series since book one. His voices are fantastic and he really brings out the character’s personalities and the emotions involved whether happy or sad. He did another fantastic job with this one and I can’t wait for more.