A Kind of Honesty (PIU’s Review)

A Kind of Honesty.Title: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 7th sept, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Coming-out, sexy
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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 strikes again. Her romances leave me with a dreamy sigh and a goofy smile at the end. “A kind of Honesty” is not any different. It had the exact amount of relationship, romance, friendship, family and sexy times in a perfect blend. We have followed the band “Spiral” from its budding years and have read about the HEAs of its lead vocalist, Rand O’Malley. This time its Tim Chalmer’s (Spiral’s bad boy drummer and Rand’s best friend) turn to find his HEA.

Tim has finally gotten rid of his bitch of a girlfriend, Miranda. He is now single and free to get his zen back before his band has to start recording for their next album. Before leaving LA, Tim decides to satisfy his longing for a man and finds exactly what he is looking for in a gorgeous and sexy stranger in a rundown bar of California. It was a onetime thing, sure but the pull between them was phenomenal. They had a crazy hot one night stand after which they go their separate ways.

Tim never thought that he will cross paths with the sexy stranger again, so imagine his surprise when he runs into him at a party thrown by Benny and Zeke. And that’s not all, the stranger is Carter, Zeke’s best friend. Tim is drawn to Carter instantly but getting involved with a friend’s friend does not bode well especially when both are not looking for a relationship. But they can’t ignore the electric chemistry between them. Thus, starts an arrangement of casual sex without any added hassle of feelings.

But the lines blur quickly and what they share soon turns into more than a casual fling. So what’s the problem you ask: Tim is not out. Sure, his fans know that he is bi but being bi and then actually having a boyfriend is completely different. Plus, his family is a little fucked up and he is still not out to them. Carter has been burned several times and he is not ready to hide for anyone. Tim just has to be HONEST about himself to his family and to the world before he can get his HEA with Carter.

This story has very minimum angst. The relationship between Tim and Carter develops with minimal drama. The main angst comes from Tim’s family. His family is less than perfect and Tim does not want to do anything to rock the boat. His mother is a nervous wreck, whereas his sister is an addict doing her forth stint in rehab. His nephew is young and though Tim loves the kid more than anything, there is a huge tension between him and his father. So, yeah Tim is not ready to make his relationship with Carter public and disrupt the delicate balance he has established with his family.

Carter is a very no-nonsense kind of guy. He is charming, sexy and a perfect match for Tim, which Tim is very much aware of. But Carter is not going to be a part of a relationship where he has to hide from the world. He calls Tim out on his fears and I am happy to say that it was exactly what Tim needed to get his act together.

“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.”

See, Carter is a real ball-buster!!!

Tim’s ex betrayed him in a huge way. It has been years and its all water under the bridge but Tim had shut it all in and has never forgiven or forgotten. It was a major factor behind his fears of being honest about his feelings. I was little frustrated with him but Carter kicked his proverbial ass and gave him the strength to forgive the past and move on.

”I was where I wanted to be…. Where I was supposed to be. Nothing to hide and nothing to fear. There was no shame here. Only a kind of Honesty.”

I had a swell time reading this romance. I would definitely recommend this series!!!

A Kind of Stories

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

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