Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: A Kind of Home
SERIES: A Kind of
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
NARRATOR: Seth Clayton
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2017
LENGTH: 8 hours 56 minutes
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 him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac 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. The man 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 unchartered 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.
So I didn’t love this book, it was probably my least favourite in the series so far, but that might just be me. I do have a weakness for rocker stories, one of my (many) guilty pleasures, so I really don’t regret reading this book. And as with Hayes’ other stories, it is very well written, with well developed characters and plot. It can be read as a standalone, but then you’d miss out on some great couples, so if you haven’t already, you should definitely start at the beginning of this series. I’ll wait ’til you catch up 😉
A Kind of Home was, for the most part a very sweet, slow paced friends to lovers story, with Isaac the internationally famous rock star and Adam, the brother of his best friend. They are an unlikely couple, but they still work on some level. I did like the stalker element to this story, it gave it some more depth and balanced out all the fluff quite nicely.
The main thing that kept me from loving this book was Isaac. There were just too many times where I was yelling “Don’t do that, what are you thinking?” or muttering “idiot” under my breath at something else he decided to do (or not to). There were too many “Too Stupid to Live” moments that I felt I was reading a YA novel. (Hint; I’m not a fan of the TSTL YA trope). And instead of communicate he put his head in the sand and ignored the issues, hoping they would go away. Or he ran away, literally.
Seth Clayton was an okay narrator. My only niggle is that he doesn’t really feel what he’s narrating. At times he sounds bored while reading, and that doesn’t heighten the experience. It doesn’t draw you into the story, but you disconnect from it in a way. The story and the people weren’t alive in that way truly great narrators can make them. On the plus side, Clayton was pleasant to listen to during these hours so that is something that is very important to me.