Title: A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories #4)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 23rd 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Kind Of Story
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.
As per usual Lane Hayes delivered another great story. A Kind of Home is the fourth installment in the A Kind of Stories, and we’re finally getting Isaac’s HEA. Isaac was the lead guitarist that replaced Will (A Kind of Truth, A Kind of Stories #1) in Spiral. It hasn’t exactly been an easy transition for Isaac – going from a regular guy to being front and center in front of the world- mainly due to an overzealous fan. After he finally gets a break from being on the road and back to his apartment, he comes face to face with his teenage crush, Adam. Isaac decides right off that Adam is off limits and straight but things aren’t always what they seem, and the heart wants what the hearts wants…
What didn’t work and did work for me.
My big niggle.
So, I’m going to start with I didn’t like and why I gave this book four stars instead of five. The stalker subplot which I’ll be honest, I’m never a big fan of, and it didn’t work for me here. It was weird, weak, and forced. It pains me to type those words on a review for Lane Hayes, but I wish this book had been a strictly friends to lovers story. It didn’t need the subplot, and I found it distracting and a bit disruptive.
What I loved.
-The characters. Isaac whom had a hard time trusting due to his upbringing. And my man Adam- whom to be honest stole the book from Isaac. He was goofy, loving, and loyal. I just loved him to bits.
-The relationship development. This is Lane Hayes’ forte. It just always comes across so natural, and it’s a joy to read.
-The chemistry. The sexual tension between Isaac and Adam was delicious, and they were explosive together once they gave in to their feelings.
-The end was sweet and left me emotionally satisfied.
Can this be read as a standalone? Technically, yes, but for maximum enjoyment, I think the others should be read.
All in all, this was another winner from Lane Hayes. If you’re looking for a rock star romance or friends to lovers tale, definitely give this a go.
4 Delicious Friends to Lovers Stars.