Dana reviews A Kind of Truth (A Kind Of Stories Book 1) by Lane Hayes (Published by Dreamspinner Press, January 8, 2016, 230 pages. Released on audio May 3, 2016, 8 hours 29 minutes, Narrated by Seth Clayton)
This week is audiobook review week, which is awesome because I am addicted to audiobooks. I have a large library of audiobooks with quite a few that I hadn’t listened to yet. In the middle of A Kind of Truth, I knew I wanted to review that book for this week because it created a lot of thoughts and feelings in me.
Blurb: Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.
Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.
The narration: I have listened to this author once before, and with this book, I’m definitely a fan. Seth Clayton emotes well, and uses distinguishable voices for the different characters. He also turns up the sexy when needed and I might have had to fan myself at times. 😉 I would definitely listen to more books narrated by him.
The story: I am a fan of Lane Hayes Better Than series and I love rockers, so picking up this book was a no-brainer for me. In the first chapter, we actually learn that this book has loose ties to the Better Than series because Rand was best friends with Seth, one of the mc’s in Better Than Safe. I liked the little tie in, even though we don’t see any crossover characters, and they are set in different locations.
A Kind of Truth starts out as a boy meets boy sweet story, except that one of the characters is a budding rock star looking for publicity, and the other is the son of a conservative politician that just wants to lay low. Rand has always wanted to make music that he can share with the world. He is a talented lyricist and singer, but he needs to fine tune his guitar playing. As a bisexual musician he is trying to squash his usual preference for men. Will is gay and cut off financially for his sexuality. He is more than eager to make money tutoring Rand, but he also has arrangements on the side. When Rand runs into Will in drag at a club, his secrets are revealed and the two can’t keep their attraction for each other hidden any longer.
There are definitely some bumps in the road for the two, a former guitarist for the band and a jealous PR rep cause a bit of trouble. But no one complicates their possible HEA more than themselves. Neither plans on a permanent arrangement when they get together, until Rand realizes he doesn’t want to let Will go. Will can’t stay and please his parents at the same time, even if he loves Rand. I can’t say there are times of high angst in this story, but the undercurrent of tension definitely kept me on edge through the entire book, wondering when one or both of them would get their heads out of their butts and admit their feelings. I had faith the author would get the characters to a happy ending, but I admit my stomach was in knots trying to figure out how. I love when an author and a book can pull strong emotions from me and I did have that here.
There are definitely some characters to dislike in this story, but I enjoyed the band member’s close friendships, and I really loved how Will and Rand were together. Rand accepted all the facets of Will and helped Will break out of his comfort zone. Will helped Rand connect with his music better and taught him to love. I definitely look forward to reading and/or listening to the rest of this series as it is released.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles both be men! Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow lab ever in an almost empty nest.