Title: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories, #2)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 6th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 234 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
A Kind of Romance further cements why Lane Hayes is one of my go-to authors. Her stories are the perfect mix of sweet, humor, emotional, and sexy. Book two of the A Kind of Stories is the story of Zeke and Benny. Zeke is the son of the bagel shop owner where Benny works at part time. Past hurts with his dad have shaped him into becoming hard and vindictive, and his relationship with his father is complicated. Benny is quite the opposite which is why Zeke’s dad thinks Benny is just who his son needs.
-One of my favorite tropes is opposites attract- and Lane Hayes nailed it! These two were like night and day, but the author showed just why they were perfect for each other despite their differences.
-The main characters. Despite Zeke’s hard-edged personality something was endearing about him that made you root for him. Benny- he was fantastic. He had all the characteristics I look for in a friend: funny, loyal, and lovable.
-Relationship development. This is an area of the story where the author excels at. It goes from a barely there tolerance to grudging attraction and friendship, to love. And how the progression takes place is flawless.
-The dialogue. Zeke and Benny’s banter was fun and quick witted.
-Smexy times: haaawt. It’s Lane Hayes so- to be expected.
-Drama. Never does it become over the top, but it’s always on there causing a dull ache. Boy did it hurt though when it came to a head. From 88% on I was in tears.
-The pace of the story was smooth.
-The epilogue. This author has some of the best HEA. Remember how I said I was crying from 88% on? Well, those tears were from hurting at first, but then they turned into tears of joy (and bittersweetness).
As far as this being book 2 in the series– can it be read alone? Yes, but you don’t want to miss out on the first one. Trust me!
All in all, this was an excellent addition to the series! This was a great story of hurt/comfort, family, humor, and love. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book AND all her other ones!