A Kind Of Truth, by Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind Of Stories, #1
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date Book: Jan 8, 2016
Release Date Audio: May 3, 2016
Narrated By: Seth Clayton
Book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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, which include he 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.
This book is a hard one for me to rate. On the one hand, it’s got so many great things going on: the classic ‘cool guy falling for nerd guy’ storyline; a rock ‘n roll band trying to make it big; a musical genius trying to pursue his dreams; a sexy tutor/student hook up; a bisexual MC and a cross-dressing MC who are attracted to each other without either those things being an issue AT ALL. On top of that, the MC’s are actually quite charming and sweet to one another. It sounds like the perfect, recipe, right?
It should have been. It really should have been. But halfway through this book, it all kind of fell apart and I was left wondering if I should have just stopped at the 50% mark then skipped straight to the epilogue.
But first, let’s talk about Rand and Will, the self-taught guitarist and the trained musician. Rand is the lead singer of a band that is going places – if only they can find something that will help the band stand out among the thousands of other wannabes in NYC. Rand is hoping it will be a lead guitarist with the ability and the moxy to take them to the top but failing that, he intends on improving upon his own skills and decides to take music lessons to help with his finger work. Will is a gifted music student and desperately in need of money in order to help pay for college tuition and rent on his crappy, little apartment. He takes Rand on as a student but doesn’t expect the sexy, forthright musician to pay him any attention. But Rand and Will definitely have some chemistry and soon they’re making more than sweet music together.
In between all this music-makin’ lovin’, there is band member drama in the form of Terry, and man-eating blogger drama in the form of Leah. Neither of these two characters add anything of substance to the story except to manufacture tension and make the readers angry, especially Leah who is as one-dimensional as it gets for a driven, sexy woman in romance because all those ‘career women’ are crazy stalker types anyway amiright? Her actions figure prominently in the climax of the story in a way that really made no sense to me but it did allow for Will to make a nice speech, so there’s that at least. As for Terry, he shouldn’t have even been a character in the book, he was that unnecessary.
As for the audiobook itself, I have listened to it twice – once when it first came out and I was listening to it for my own pleasure, and the second time a few weeks back in order to write this blog review. Both times, I was super impressed by Seth Clayton’s narration. He hit all the right notes, carrying off both Rand’s cheeky, rock ‘n roll attitude and Will’s sweet but reserved demeanor, with energy and enthusiasm. He manages to improve upon the source material, which is always the sign of a great narrator. His voice in my ear was sweet music indeed and he has quickly become one of my favourites.
All in all, it’s a decent story that starts off strong but goes a little awry halfway through and doesn’t fully recover. Still, I would recommend the audiobook based on Seth Clayton’s performance alone as he definitely makes the experience worthwhile.
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 to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest.
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I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for a fair and honest review.