Erryn reviews Starting from Somewhere (Starting from Series Book 4) by Lane Hayes (Self-published November 20, 2020, 129 pages. Released on audio November 24, 2020, 3 hours 39 minutes and narrated by Michael Dean) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed a previous book from the series and so was happy to pick up this one.
Bobby J: What can I say? I’m a man of many tastes. I know what I like, and I’m not afraid to go for it. And I like the adorable geek from the bar. A lot. He’s smart and sassy…and he doesn’t seem to know or care that I’m in a hot up-and-coming band. However, I just found out he’s the new intern at Scratch Records. Uh-oh, this could get tricky.
Cody: Confession…I’ve flubbed my mission. My quest is to research cool things and interesting people before I start my job as aerospace analyst – not fall for a rock star. My internship won’t last long if I can’t control this infatuation. Bobby J might look like a bear, but he’s fun and sweet and…oh boy, I think I’m in over my head. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. After all, you’ve got to start somewhere.
Starting from Somewhere is a MM, bisexual romance with some rock and roll and a little nerdiness! Each book in the Starting From series can be listened to as a stand-alone.
I listened to the first book in the Starting from Somewhere series over a year ago and missed the next two books, but that didn’t matter as I was able to slide into this one without a hiccup. And it started much as the other one did – with a hot encounter. Although this one wasn’t as carnal.
Cody is adorable. He’s fresh out of university, and wants to live a little before he starts his job as an aerospace analyst. He knows he’s a geek but wants to break out of that persona. Problem is he’s also lacking in both common sense and social skills. Hence the lobster tan (falling asleep in the sun will do that) and the encounter with a rock star that started out oh so promising but ended in running away after a scorching kiss.
Of course then Cody starts his new internship only to discover he’s working for the company that manages Bobby J’s career.
Bobby J is an easy-going guy. He enjoys the life of a rock star but doesn’t take it too seriously. He brings donuts for his coworkers and is quite surprised to show up one day and find Cody. Fate taking a hand?
I enjoyed watching the men navigate the differences in their status and not just at work. Bobby J loves everything physical while Cody struggles with every day stuff (although I doubt I could make an upside pineapple cake either). But Cody also has courage where Bobby J falters and it’s Cody who encourages and, in the end, loves.
This is a great story with a happy ending and I enjoyed it. Of course Michael Dean’s narration added another layer to my enjoyment. I can happily recommend this book.
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 few years 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.