Friday, January 8, 2016

ARC Review: A Kind of Truth (A Kind of 1) by Lane Hayes

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.

Dani's rating:

Fishnet stockings, glitter & music

Rand, the son of hippie parents, is at once volatile and constant, controlled and mellow. Hiding his gay side in an attempt to make it as a musician in New York City, Rand is not prepared for the force that is Will.

William Sanders is a beautiful enigma, a musical geeky genius with freckles and glasses who only feels free when he transforms himself with makeup, a wig, and sexy high heels. Will is such a complex character, dressing up to hide, creating music to live.

Rand doesn't want a boyfriend. He's all about his band. But Will calls to him.

Music gives me wings, but Will shows me how to fly.

Rand and Will are a true opposites-attract couple, but they fit like puzzle pieces.

When Will agrees to play with Rand's band for the summer, neither man expects the political firestorm coming their way.

There are secrets, petty jealousies, and betrayals. But there is also passion, a "dangerous kind of music," and love.

"You're inside me now. I can live without fame or fortune, Will. But I don't want to live without you."

I love men who embrace their feminine side, so Will's gender bending really worked for me. The scene with the fishnet stockings ... so damn HOT. Will is no shy virgin in bed. He gives as good as he gets.

I didn't like Rand in Better Than Safe. He came off as manipulative and clingy, wanting Seth all to himself. But this book is told from Rand's first-person perspective, and I really got him.

Rand is intense and can't sit still; his mind is always going. But he's loyal and incredibly good to Will. There were times I found Will frustrating. He doesn't like to let down his guard and is slow to trust. And maybe Rand makes mistakes, but in the end he chooses Will. Only Will.

I loathed Leah, the blogger/publicist. She wanted Rand for herself, and Rand should have told her to fuck off sooner. Much sooner. Likewise, Will's mother and his "benefactor" are disgusting human being, never mind Will's dad who controls from afar and uses his son as a pawn.

Thankfully, both men are brave & honest; in the end, the simplest truths matter most.

This is a very (very!) sexy, well-written book with two remarkable & remarkably REAL MCs and a lovely HEA. I am so looking forward to more books in this series.

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I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
~Jorge Luis Borges

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