Title: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Story #3)
Author: Lane Hayes Narrator: Seth Clayton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4-25-17
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours and 10 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 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.
I’ve enjoyed listening to all of the stories in this series, but this one is definitely my favourite. Each pairing and the issues they face are different. Rand and Will, Zeke and Benny, and now Tim and Carter, are all connected through the increasingly successful band, Spiral. I was surprised Tim wasn’t recognized more often by the public when he was out and about with Carter.
What I liked most about this story was the gradual development of Tim and Carter’s relationship, from friends with benefits to boyfriends. These guys had some wonderful chemistry going on from the start and, despite being opposites, they just hit it off. The sex scenes were superbly done, hot and sizzling, and morphing into adorable lovemaking nearer the end, although I’d have been happier with fewer nouns being used for cock!
Anyway, angst and conflict were provided by their meddling ex-partners, and also Tim’s reluctance to come out as bisexual to his mother and others to some extent. Keeping their relationship between themselves and claiming that it was only about sex was bound to result in upset and the ‘break-up’ scene when it finally came was beautifully written. Seth narrated it superbly. In fact, Seth Clayton’s narration throughout was spot on for all the characters and the tone of the story. Over ten hours of blissful listening!
I love Lane’s writing style and the depth she provides for each main character. Both men had trust issues due to people in their pasts and although the story is told from Tim’s point of view, she also portrays Carter’s feelings and his anxiety clearly. The resolution to their heartache isn’t drawn out and the epilogue rounds the story off delightfully.