Title: A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories, #4)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.
Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
It took me a while to warm up to this story. Or, rather, to the MCs. Isaac, the lead guitarist for the world-sensation band, Spiral, came across as cynical and bitchy. He let small things aggravate him.
“I’m an overachiever who pretends to be laid-back and cool. When things go sideways, I get frustrated.”
And then there’s Adam, who just finished going through a divorce and is Isaac’s friend since high school. Adam asked to “get away from it all” and take a trip to NYC to stay in Isaac’s place for a week while Spiral was on tour. Except when Isaac gets home from the tour, Adam is still there. Adam comes across as a goofball who doesn’t take much seriously, at first.
It’s Adam who I really wound up falling for. Isaac retains a good amount of his cynicism and aggravations, while Adam reveals depths to his character that were a pleasant surprise.
The writing, as always with Lane Hayes, is stellar. She’s just so smooth with her story-telling. And the UST between these two, especially since Isaac never knew Adam was anything other than straight.
Adam was familiar and brand-new at the same time.
There is also a side-plot here having to do with Isaac having a crazy stalker. While I’m sure most BIG celebrities have brushes with this, it felt a bit contrived, especially the climax.
Honestly, if this had stuck to being a friends-to-lovers story of Isaac and Adam without any other plots or even side characters, this book would’ve been aces. Even Rand acted like more of a diva than I remember him being. I could’ve done without him, and I loved him in his book.
Just Isaac and Adam together was awesome. Their relationship felt natural, organic. They were a joy to read about, and I wanted more of just them.
He was my new beginning who’d been there all along.