Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AotM ~ A Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes (Reviews + Giveaway)

A Kind of Honesty

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.

5 ++ Stars!!

**copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie via Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.**

I wish I could give this more than 5 stars!!

Tim is the drummer for Spiral, the band Rand is the lead singer in. After breaking up with his nightmare, I mean his girlfriend in L.A., Tim heads to a sleazy out of the way gay bar, where he meets a gorgeous specimen of a man and they share a steamy encounter at a seedy motel. When Tim gets home to NYC, he is shocked to run into Carter, Zeke's best friend, who also happens to be his steamy encounter from L.A.

Some characters just click. From the first on page scene, you feel the electric chemistry between them. Tim and Carter fit into this category. From the first scene, I knew I'd love them together and I was right. I love Lane's books, and I have read all of them, but I have to say, this is by far my absolute favorite series of hers, so far. I adored Tim and Carter together and individuality. They were both lovable characters.

Tim might be out to the world and the fans, but his family thinks him being bi is just a PR stunt. His mother thinks he's totally straight and Tim has never bothered to correct her on the matter. He wants Carter, but he's afraid he'll lose his family if they find out the truth about him. Carter always manages to fall for the worst guys. The ones who are so deep in the closet and don't feel Carter is worth enough to risk coming out. I wanted to give Carter a big tight hug. All he has ever craved was love and a family.

There is a lot of dialogue in this story, which I absolutely loved!! It amazes me at times that some authors possess such talent, that they can keep me hanging onto every word even a mundane conversation at a coffee shop, between the main characters about music, yoga and life. The music and yoga being things I don't grasp the way they do, yet their words held me captive. Lane possesses this quality in spades!!

I loved getting to see not only the members of Spiral, but the other main characters from books one and two. While you get enough backstory to be able to read this as a standalone, the first two books are just as amazing as this one, so please don't skip them!

This story is so well-written and paced well. It's pretty low on the angst and we get a lot of time with Tim and Carter as a couple, even if it's not official. The drama stayed mostly in the background and was handled well. This story is filled with sweetness, romance, laughter, friendship, extremely hot sexy times, but most of all love. Love you could feel it coming off the pages at you!! The ending left me smiling and with a case of the warm and fuzzies, yet wanting so much more, in a good way! Highly recommended and I can't wait to see what Lane has in store for us next!!

Wow, this book had my stomach in knots throughout most of it. One minute I'm anxious for Tim and Carter to get together and admit they're a couple and then I'm pissed at Tim for his reluctance. I can't sugarcoat it, while I absolutely loved this book and Carter and Tim, Tim made me angry. There were so many times I wanted to just shake some sense into him. I mean come on! Tell the truth!! Open your mouth and speak, say the words, Tim! Okay, rant over, had to get that out. Basically, it comes down to the fact that this is a Lane Hayes book so, of course, I'm going to enjoy it. As always it was easy to get drawn into the story and find myself invested in the characters and their pursuit of love and happiness. Carter and Tim were great together, their chemistry was off the charts and I loved picturing them in my head, the All-American boy next door, who happens to be sporting a bunch of ink and is a drummer in a rock band. And the gorgeous well-built/suit-wearing guy who has a thing for rough and dirty sex. It wasn't only the time they spent between the sheets or in the shower, up against a wall or in a seedy motel. There were glimpses of their day to day lives and how smoothly they seemed to slide into friendship and companionship on top of being lovers. Carter was constantly getting Tim to do things, some of which are out of his comfort zone (yoga). Others involved just being together and having fun. Baseball and running, restaurants and cafes. Carter wasn't the stuffy Wall Street type I imagined him to be. Tim was a bit of a harder nut to crack for me. I loved him in the beginning. He seemed sweet and laid back and a bit shy. But soon I realized that wasn't him at all. He could be a nice guy one minute and act like a pr*ck the next. He could be aggressive and then could never speak the things he wanted to say. The way he handles Miranda or his mother or even Carter at times could be irritating. I felt like popping him on the back of the head more than once. Even with all that said I still loved him and wanted for him and Carter to be together and be happy. A Kind of Honesty is definitely a book I'd recommend to my friends. This is a great series and I recommend reading the previous two books as soon as possible! 5 Stars! *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

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  1. Considering I've read Leaning Into Love so far, I'll say Eric and Zane. Looking forward to find more great couples in the books! :)

  2. I prefer ebooks as they are much cheaper than paperbacks.
    I loved Beau and the Beast by Kay Simone.
    My favorite couple written by Lane is Rand & Will.

  3. This is so difficult so I picked the first couple who came into my head Zeke and Benny.

  4. I'll go with my first one read - Matt & Aaron.

  5. Brandon and Jake from "The Wrong Man"

  6. It's a tie between Jay & Peter and Paul & Seth.

  7. Congrats on AotM and thanks for the good reviews. tbh, I have not read any of Lane Hayes stories yet, but the Leaning Into series sounds like something I could get into. - Purple Reader,
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