Book Reviews

A Kind of Home (A Kind of Story 4) by Lane Hayes

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 03-April-2020

Book Blurb

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.

 

 

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2017.

 

Book Review

Spiral has come a very long way since I first read book one in this series. They are definitely on their way to the top, having just finished the European leg of their first world tour, and now they're all home in New York and just needing to relax. None more so than Isaac, Spiral’s lead guitarist, who certainly doesn't expect to find the houseguest he agreed could crash at his place for a week or so in July, still in residence in September. It's not as if he doesn't like the guy, far from it, Adam starred in many a teenage fantasy, and they're still good friends. But Isaac wants to relax and get away from his fans and the sheer craziness that is involved with their meteoric rise to fame.

What starts out as Isaac agreeing, reluctantly, to a roommate, turns into something Isaac never expected and I don't think Adam did, either. Isaac is a half African-American child adopted by a white, emotionally, and physically distant couple. Growing up in his small town wasn't easy for him, particularly after his parents’ divorce, and his oasis was the McBride household. Ned was his best friend, he learned to play the guitar from Ned’s oldest brother, Ian, and he had a hopeless crush on gorgeous, straight Adam. Isaac still carries far too much baggage from his childhood that tends to influence a lot of his decisions. Adam just got divorced from his high school sweetheart and is in New York for a few months to “find himself”, so to speak, although he has always known he is bisexual. Having the opportunity to explore what kind of life he wants now, career, home, etc., is what this hiatus is supposed to be before returning to his hometown. The place Isaac despises.

“When I lost myself to the art of bending notes, I became someone closer to the real me. The me who didn’t shy away from the demons of my youth, or the joys and frustrations of my life now. Emotions played themselves out in song. Good, bad, and everything in between was on very public display. Unlike in real life, onstage I was in complete control.”

Adam and Isaac are truly perfect for each other. Adam is perpetually cheery and can almost always find the silver lining. However, he doesn't always deal well with reality, sometimes being more of a Pollyanna. He's still struggling with learning to communicate and handle the life lessons his broken marriage taught him. Whereas Isaac is, in Adam’s words, “… passively optimistic. You want to believe good things can happen, but you’re always afraid there’s a catch.” Isaac doesn't always understand where he went wrong in his relationships and tends to sweep stuff under the carpet if it doesn't resolve itself. Strangely enough, they both discover that their individual strengths, and weaknesses, shore up the opposite in one another.

‘A Kind of Home’ is a fabulous journey about love and the true meaning of life. It's about discovering, and believing, that home isn't a place, it's a feeling, and sometimes that feeling is tied to one person. I loved this novel and the entire series. Thank you, Lane, for sharing this rock band with me.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 226 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-June-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Kind-Home-Stories-Book-ebook/dp/B07T84TNT5