A Kind of Honesty (Renée’s review)

Title: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories, #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Length: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  4 flames out of 5
Rating:   4.5 stars out of 5


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.

Lane Hayes delivers again. It’s no wonder she’s been an autobuy for me for quite a while. She expertly tells a story, giving me the exact combination of relationship-building, character building, internal relationship angst, and sexy times that turn my crank.

The third book in this series centers around Tim, the drummer in Rand’s band, Spiral. After reading Book 2 and getting to know Carter, I was dying for his book. So I was somewhat surprised that Tim and Carter’s book would feature Tim’s POV instead of Carter’s. I wasn’t disappointed though.

Tim is bi, and has just broken up with a nightmare viper of a girlfriend. He celebrates finally getting out of her evil clutches by picking up a one-night stand in LA. Both Carter and Tim (or, rather, James and Gary) know the score and have a really sexy night indulging in some fantasies.

Imagine both their surprises when, back in NYC, they run into each other at Benny’s party. The insane attraction is still there, and they can’t keep their hands off each other for long. What starts as a regular booty call transitions to fuck buddies and then transforms to more.

Carter was more real to me than anything other than my music.

Learning about Carter’s background was bittersweet. As much as I loved getting to know him right along side Tim, I ached for him. For his lonely upbringing, his lonely relationship history, and his lonely present.

Tim hasn’t exactly had it easy. An awful alcoholic father, an enabling mother, and a first (and only up until that point) love who committed one of the worst betrayals imaginable. He feels something for Carter, eventually (great relationship development, remember?) that really throws his carefully constructed world askew.

“I can’t make big promises or wild, romantic gestures, but I want you to know this means something to me.”

Because he doesn’t want to throw more drama at his mother, because he doesn’t want to compromise his band’s tentative success with scandal……Tim can rationalize and excuse his unwillingness to date a man in the public eye with the best of them. But the truth is much simpler. He’s scared.

And Carter…….damn, he is just everything in this book. He’s not perfect, but no matter what has happened to him in the past, or because of it, he is a force to be reckoned with. No bullshit, no lies. Only honesty. He’s ok being discreet when hearts aren’t on the line. But as soon as shit gets real, so does Carter. He won’t settle for less, and I had my pom poms out for him every step of the way. See, Tim’s ex just wouldn’t go away, and it was just the public scandal Tim didn’t want, but it comes. And Carter…..no doormat here folks.

“She’s using me to-”
“Bullshit. You’re letting yourself be used. No one has permission to fuck you over unless you give it to them.”

I swooned over Carter. He made the book for me. Read it!

A Kind of Stories

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Advanced review copy of A Kind of Honesty provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


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