Reviewed by Caroline and Cinnamon
TITLE: A Kind of Home
SERIES: A Kind of Story Book 4
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2017
Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. Adam is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.
Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
We’re back with the guys from Spiral and this story concentrates on Isaac, their guitarist, whose cross dressing and silly antics have made him almost as popular as their lead singer Rand with their fans. The boys are coming to the end of their tour, they are tired and tetchy and in desperate need of some down time. Isaac has picked up a fan that appears to be stalking him and to top a bad week off when he returns to his apartment after months away his best friend’s brother is camping out there and he just happens to be the man he used to have a crush on!
Did I say used to?
Adam is recently divorced but until then had been in a relationship that had been on a downer for what felt like forever. Leaving behind his small town, his family, his ex and her family he just needs some time away from it all before he starts the next phase of his life. Hiding out in his old friends apartment seemed like a good idea until Isaac returns and the sexual tension easily surpasses boiling point. With a rockstar that only does one night stands with no repeats and an old friend who everyone assumes is straight things become complicated very quickly.
Isaac is a very down to earth rockstar and the music has always been the thing of importance in the sometimes unravelling life that is fame. Dropped by his parents he left his small hometown and never looked back. He doesn’t always open up to his bandmates as much as he should – Isaac is very self-contained and when Adam storms back into his life that containment is threatened.
Adam was like a hurricane blowing through Isaac’s apartment and his life. He shook things up and didn’t back down too easily – everything was done with a laugh and a smile. Their friendship was everything and that friendship lead to trust especially for Adam who was finally being honest about who he really was.
The stalker fits in nicely to the story but doesn’t overpower it. Towards the ending they suffer a wobble in their new relationship and I was disappointed with both of them at this point. There was never any doubt that they would sort things out however and as always Lane gave her boys their deserved happy ending.
Home is where the heart is. This book tells an amazing story of two guys who discover how much truth there is behind this sentiment. I adore Lane Hayes and her stories. This book was no exception. The *A Kind of Stories* are especially close to my heart and I couldn’t wait to read the next installment. A Kind of Home is the fourth story in the series and if you are already a fan you will get the usual solid writing, lovable characters and a great build up. If you are new to the series this one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone and you might get some inspiration to read the previous stories when you meet all the guys. Either way, I hope you have fun and enjoy Adam and Issac’s ride.
This book started out a bit slower than I expected but I think the whole atmosphere reflected the safety and contentment of a true home mixed with the turmoil, pressure and stress of the outside world.
Living the life of a superstar is envied by millions but we rarely think of what it really means being in the limelight all the time with the lack of privacy, the rabid fans, and the paparazzi. The truth is terrifying and really disturbing.
Isaac has great friends in his band-mates who help him along the way but his lifelong coping mechanism of being neutral and not letting himself feel doesn’t let him live his life the fullest.
Enter the picture Adam, Issac’s teenage crush and the whole situation changes. Adam is freshly divorced and is getting a break in NY, staying with Isaac before moving back home to start the next chapter of his life. I adore his new profession and he is an overall sweetheart who stole my heart from the very beginning.
Adam and Isaac share something that goes back to those times when we are the real us. They know each other’s fundamentals and it gives them an extraordinary base to build a friendship, a relationship, and a future home together.
Add a bit of excitement of some threats via social media, some weird fans, the crazy schedule of a musician, and Adam starting his new life from scratch and you have a great story to enjoy with lots of heart, great feels and amazing, sizzling hot sexy-time. Enjoy.