A Kind of Story
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.
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4. 5 stars-- A Kind of Honesty is the third book in the A Kind of Stories series that follows the rock band Spiral’s band members and crew as they find their special someone. I hadn’t read the previous books when I began this audiobook and I had no trouble following along. After finishing this title, I can say with surety that I plan to go back and read the previous two books. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot, and writing, and look forward to continuing this series. From the outset I liked both Tim and Carter. They had their flaws but were good men who were relatable in different ways. I thought the initial meeting was great, and as I’ve had some dicey motel rooms in the past, I laughed a lot at the descriptions and commentary- particularly Carter’s disgust. This seamless weaving of humor into the dialogue and scenarios continued throughout the book, and I found myself chuckling and smiling often as I listened. I’m always a fan of opposites attracting, so I appreciated how the men contrasted with one another. Sometimes these differences added a good dose of humor and other times it led to personal growth, giving a nice balance to the romance. Tim’s and Carter’s struggles and conflicting emotions regarding pursuing a relationship were believable, if a little drawn out. However, I liked the two men together and the resolution of the main conflict was satisfying. I really liked seeing Tim grow throughout the book. The story is told entirely from his perspective, and that worked well to keep some of the mystery regarding Carter’s feelings a bit secretive. The chemistry between the couple was undeniable, both in and out of the bedroom. I appreciated how strong it was from the start but that the author managed to build it throughout the book. Their relationship felt like a natural progression from a casual fling to more. All in all, this was a great story with good characters, dialogue, humor, and heat. Narrator Seth Clayton delivered a great performance; so much so that I may listen to the first two books rather than read them. His pacing, intonation, and even addition of appropriate emotion into the scenes made the characters and story stand out. I’d definitely recommend the audiobook version if you enjoy them. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
I'll admit to a little nervousness when I started reading 'A Kind of Honesty'. Let's face it, the author blew me away with Rand and Will, and Benny and Zeke's stories, so I was worried that I might not find that same fabulousness in Tim and Carter’s tale. It didn't take me long to realize my fears were completely unfounded. Unlike the couples in the first two novels, Tim and Carter don't meet and start to date, and they're not set up on a blind date and then get together. Oh no. They're both in LA on business and have a one-night stand after meeting in a total dive bar. Tim has just broken it off with the harridan he's been dating and it's been far too long since he fully enjoyed his bisexuality. Carter just wants to blow off some steam with a raunchy little fantasy. Imagine their surprise when they get introduced at Benny's birthday party in NY a week later. "I should have been completely turned off and maybe a little disgusted by the extreme disparity of our upbringings. There was no way he could relate on any level to my life experiences. It was ridiculous to pretend we had anything in common at all." It didn't surprise me that these two very different men decided to do a "sex only" relationship, texting meeting time and places, having smoking hot sex, and then going on about their lives. It also didn't surprise me that they couldn't restrict it to just that even though each had huge reservations. Carter has been burned by bisexual men before and he has serious trust issues. He also has a history of picking really bad men, i.e. very masculine men who want to have their gay side on the down low but act straight in public. Tim is still trying to reconcile his newfound fame and fortune with the simple life he prefers. Not to mention dealing with a lot of family and childhood issues. Even though I was fairly certain I knew the direction the story was going to go in, the author threw enough quirks and really great writing in to keep me turning the pages. I was also reminded more than once why I love Rand. I fell madly in love with Carter but it was gradual as I got to know him and everything about him just worked for me. I adored Tim also, but much like Rand, I kept wanting him to get past the crap that's been holding him back and learn to live his life fully. Of course he made stupid decisions because he wasn't ready to deal with it when the sh*t hit the fan in the tabloids. Sigh. Absolutely mind-bogglingly excellent novel! Thank you, Lane, every one of these books is phenomenal and they are all firmly in my favorites. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews