Book Review by Rafa: A Kind of Honesty, by Lane Hayes

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A Kind of Honesty, by Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind of Story, Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 7, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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.


M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Bisexual Character
Celebrity/Rock Musician
In the Closet (Partially)

I don’t often focus on sex in my reviews, never mind lead with it,  but can I just say that the sex in this book was seriously hot? If you’re familiar with this author’s works, this is no surprise, but I really liked that there was a lot of shared laughter between Tim and Carter in and out of bed. And I especially loved the silly, sexy fun they had trading fantasies. It was never even anything particularly kinky, and they didn’t even venture into full-blown roleplay territory, but it was just hot. And fun.

At first glance, Tim was your average middle-class musician adjusting to his newfound celebrity. His character turned out to be a lot more complicated and troubled than expected, with ex-girlfriend drama, family problems, and as we learn later, all manner of skeletons in his closet. He basically coped through avoidance and music, and even though I sympathized with his problems and especially his past, he was also a pretty frustrating guy to root. Frustrating for various reasons, but also because I wanted him to fight for Carter pretty much from the word go.

“But… are you saying you want to be boyfriends?”
“It’s not a matter of wanting to be… it’s what we are, dumbshit. Deal with it

Carter for me was a breath of fresh air. If you’re familiar with A Kind of Romance, you may remember him as Zeke’s best friend. I didn’t think I’d relate to him at all seeing as he ran his own Wall Street investment firm and had a formidable pedigree to match his Ivy League qualifications. But of the two men, I found Carter to be more laidback and likeable – which is saying something, since the book was written from Tim’s POV. I really liked how Carter was such a sunny person despite his family history, and I totally connected with his quiet yearning for love and family, and to simply be a part of something bigger than himself.

I was not a big fan of three different women playing the roles of villain in Tim’s life. I get the specific need for each character to drive Tim’s story, but this has become somewhat of a personal niggle for me, especially when reading books with bisexual characters. However, two of these three adverse relationships worked out in the end, so that went a long way to alleviate my misgivings. I also appreciated the honest discussions on bisexuality and biphobia that cropped up during the course of the book.

“People don’t get bisexuality, Rand. You know that! They think it’s something you can selfishly turn off and on or choose randomly, like a bagel over an omelet for breakfast.”

All in all, A Kind of Honesty was a worthy addition to a great series. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you check out the rest of the books, as they’re not your average rock band romance. The author has a way of writing compelling characters and giving depth to their stories without overdoing it on the drama. And she never fails to give good HEA, which is always a plus.


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.

You can purchase A Kind of Honesty at:
Dreamspinner Press

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


3 thoughts on “Book Review by Rafa: A Kind of Honesty, by Lane Hayes

  1. I definitely turned-off with this “I was not a big fan of three different women playing the roles of villain in Tim’s life” — I may have become personally upset with how women being written in villains in MM romance written by women authors. I enjoyed the previous two books, but I might put this on low priority as of now. So thank you so much for the review.

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    • I totally understand! Not in all cases, but it kinda sucks when all the negative stuff in a book is pretty much because of the women. I think it was well-written in this case, but.. still seemed a bit excessive.

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      • I’ve read MM for 8+ years now and I’ve develop short fuse nowadays for women as villains trope. Just the idea of that already upset me, even if it’s well-written. Maybe when I am in a better mood I will pick this up, sometime in the future. But at this moment, this stays in my low priority. Thanks again for the reply, Rafa.

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