A Kind of Home, by Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind of Story, Book 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 23, 2017
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 Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he 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. Adam 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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I have read this whole series and consistently rated them a three. When trying to analyze why that was– since I would say I enjoy the book– it’s that the tone and overall story feels really, really familiar to me. I always do that thing where I go back and check GR to make sure I haven’t read it before. For some people the familiarity may be comforting, but for me it takes me out of the story. That being said, if you have enjoyed the first three then this one will also be enjoyable to you.
To me the story really revolved around timing. Isaac Dalton is the Spiral guitarist that replaced Will from book one. When we meet him he’s just returning from tour and really ho hum about things. He’s rich and famous, but lonely and doesn’t seem to really be well prepared for the changes fame has brought to his life. His anonymity is gone, as is his privacy. He’s also being stalked which is a side plot in the story. While on tour he agrees to lend his house to his best friend’s older brother Adam, who is going through a divorce. Adam is supposed to have only been there for a month, but several months later he’s still squatting.
We learn that Isaac had a childhood crush on Adam, who was a football player, etc. One of the things I really liked about the book was Isaac has no clue initially that Adam is bisexual, and one drunken night decides it’d be a laugh to confess all his childhood musings: How Isaac was jealous of Adam’s girlfriend who ended up being his wife, how he used to hang out waiting at his house with his best friend just hoping for an Adam sighting. The confession turns into a steamy start with the two embarking on a sexual relationship that ends up morphing into more (ugh that sounds very Hallmark moments).
There is also this stalker plot that ends up fueling an unnecessary separation (in my opinion) and is the catalyst for the two finally having their HEA. I’ll be honest: the entire book I felt like it was going to be one of two people, and I just didn’t care. In addition to that, in today’s day and age a few flower deliveries and comments on IG does not typically make a stalker. I don’t know if, due to social media, my threshold for allowing strangers access to my private life has skewed my thinking. But based on this book I should be worried that I have two stalkers. I don’t… they are just strangers who comment on every picture and have also sent stuff to my house. I’m not going to get a full time body guard, but apparently if I was in a band I should.
That all being said I would recommend both this book and the series. Though it says this can be read as a standalone, I think you’d be wise to read the other books first so when they reference couples and the bands’ success you can understand the sequence of events.
Lane is a designer by trade who is extremely grateful to be spending more of her time these days doing what she truly loves…writing. She loves chocolate, wine, travel, but most of all, she loves books. Lane’s debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist. She lives in So.California near the beach with her amazing husband, three teenagers & a gorgeous old Lab named Rex.
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