Friday, January 12, 2018

Audio Blitz: Leaning Into Always & A Kind of Home by Lane Hayes (Review+Giveaway)

Two titles from two different series by Lane Hayes are now available in audiobook.

Leaning Into Always

Series: Leaning Into, Book 2
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Original Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30k
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Established Couple, San Fran, Beach, Surfer, Geek, Opposites Attract, Friends to lovers

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Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. However, after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.

Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.

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A Kind of Home

Series: A Kind of Stories, Book 4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Original Release Date: June 23, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 77k approximately
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Rock star, NYC, humor, light suspense

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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 uncharted 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.

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Overall: 5 Stars!
Story: 4.5 Stars!
Performance: 5 Stars! 

A Kind of Home is book 4 in the A Kind of series and it can be read/listened to as a standalone, which is what I did. Still, I think the experience would be even better if you read/listened to the previous books in the series as well, which is what I'll try to do as soon as possible. 

Isaac is the guitarist for Spiral, the biggest rock band in the world, and while that comes with certain perks, it also comes with the lack of a private life and overzealous fans, some of which can turn dangerous. 

Adam is in New York, set on starting anew after his divorce. He's been housesitting for Isaac and while Isaac isn't too sure he wants Adam in his house, he simply can't turn him away. 

Isaac had a huge crush on Adam when they were teenagers while growing up in Springville, and it isn't that surprising to him when their friendship turns into more. However, real life has a way of interfering sometimes. 

The story is very good, balancing Isaac and Adam reconnecting as friends, before they give into the attraction they both feel for each other, with Isaac's life as a world-class guitarist and the suspense of the stalker plotline. 

I really liked Isaac's sense of humor, he's down-to-earth and self-deprecating. Adam was adorable, and so laidback and fun, really, Isaac stood no chance against him. Their chemistry was out of this world and it was lovely seeing their progression from friends to lovers. 

Overall, A Kind of Home was a great audiobook. I wasn't too fond of the whole stalker thing, I do understand that it's something many artists have to go through, it just made me antsy and I couldn't enjoy the story at its fullest because I was waiting for something bad to happen. But other than that, it was interesting and sweet and fun and really, really hot, which shouldn't be a surprise, this is Lane Hayes, after all!

The narration was amazing. Seth Clayton did a fantastic job bringing Isaac and Adam to life. I love all the inflections, emotions and effects he adds to the narration, making it feel more realistic and elevating the book to a whole other level. 

Really, book or audiobook, you simply need to get his one, you won't regret it. (My co-blogger Tracy recommends the entire series, since it's her favorite, by the way.)

Meet the Author

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 well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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