A Kind of Honesty (Crabbypatty’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 Romance
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

NOTE: “A Kind of Honesty” is the third book in Lane Hayes’ “A Kind of” series. Sure, it can probably be read as a stand-alone, but you’ll definitely want to read the other books in the series, because … honestly … they are all kinds of wonderful!

Carter is, on the surface, the cool confident rich guy with the killer abs and great taste. Sure he has everything you could want, but the one thing he needs is something, or someone, to trust in. He’s had a bad string of relationships with bisexual men and isn’t looking for anything permanent.

Tim is the (bisexual muscular bad boy with lotsa tats) drummer of Spiral, an up-and-coming band on “the sure path to rock and roll immortality.” The band is his family – thank god, because his real family is nuts – sister in rehab for the 4th time, an alcoholic father and delusional mother. After breaking up with Miranda, a high-maintenance supermodel, Tim finds himself in a LA dive bar, where he meets Carter and one gloriously sexy one-night-stand (with cowboy boots!) later, they part ways, planning to never meet again.

Until … they meet again at a party in NYC. Carter is Zeke’s best friend and former boyfriend, last seen in A Kind of Romance and it turns out he has a thing for muscular bad boys with tats, so they agree “We both appreciate discretion and we know the sex is amazing. Why not continue where we left off?”

At this point, if I said the rest of the story is a standard Lane Hayes story, by that I mean, there is a solid plot that keeps your interest every page, an absolutely scorching sexual chemistry between Tim and Carter that slowly deepens into something neither man expected, a few bumps along the way via nasty scheming exes, and the eventual realization that what really matters is “honesty, love, and ultimately giving in to something bigger than yourself.” It doesn’t get much better than this, and I highly recommend “A Kind of Honesty.”

A Kind of Stories

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


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader