Title: A Kind of Truth (A Kind of… #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 8, 2016 – 82,000 Words
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.
Rand is mellow and laid back, who dreams of being a famous musician who is also bi-sexual but hiding it from his fans. Will is a accomplished musician in collage who gives Rand guitar lessons and is also hiding under a shy personality a very different side to him self.
So first I want to say I really loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. I loved both of these men’s personalities and thought they fit very well together.
You get your sweet in this book along with secrets they are hiding from each which causes misunderstandings and angst. There was one character in this book and I think after reading this you will know who I am taking about that I just really did not like at all and thought was a evil …. I can’t say without swearing but I can say I can not stand woman like that and there were so many times I wish someone would just rip into her and let her know what a jerk she was. Ugh!!! She really frustrated me as you can tell lol, but I thought she really added to this story even thought I really did not like her. I also have to say I really loved how everything worked out in the end and this book honestly had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and hoping for the best for these two men.
Now I really do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good and you really need to read this for yourself so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would recommend it!
Lane Hayes has done it again. In this new series A Kind of… Lane Hayes bring us into the musical superstardom of Rand O’Malley who I fell in love with right from the beginning. Then we meet Will Sanders and again I fell in love. Lane Hayes just bring out every emotion in her words and this is what makes an exceptional author. This isn’t the first time we meet Rand O’Malley (meet him in Better Than Safe) but this time we got to see the real him. It was really great to see him totally fall in love and it was absolutely great. Bravo Ms. Hayes!! And let’s not forget about the cover, absolutely love the cover.
This was a really beautiful story by Lane Hayes. I really loved that
we didn’t meet William as this super hunky guy, but instead as a geek
who was sort of unattractive. However, the more Rand got to know him,
the more attractive he became for the man he was instead of his
There was a lot of little twists in the story that kept me flipping
the pages to find out what was going to happen and how things were
going to work out for the men. I really enjoyed all the minute details
put into the story that were part of who the men were and part of the
storyline, but not pointless. Everything added to who the men were and
I just loved William and watching him grow and adapt as the story
went. He came into himself and found what made him happy instead of
always working to make everyone else happy. Watching him come out of
his shell was really great. Rand was great too in his own way as he
learned that sometimes other things are more important that reaching
Such a great book by Lane Hayes, I can’t wait to see where this series goes.
Rand and Will’s story is probably my favourite Lane Hayes book yet. I didn’t warm to Rand in Better Than Safe but this is his story to narrate and I think I fell in love after the first page. And Will is a brilliantly complex and unbelievably sexy love interest. I love the way these two men connect so perfectly musically, emotionally and sexually.
Perfect connection aside, both of these men were absolutely infuriating at times. I hated how Rand agreed to closet himself to promote his band. His need to prove himself and promote his music brings him close to selling his soul several times during the story. Similarly, the deals Will makes with his parents and their creepy friend are equally awful. But it is rewarding to watch these men reflect on their poor choices and grow stronger and more determined as the story progresses.
So often m/m romantic leads are written as unnaturally alpha men. Lane Hayes takes a risk avoiding the usual and creating the androgynous, cross-dressing Will as a leading man. He is incredibly sexy, intriguing and refreshingly unique. And OH MY GOD – the scene with the fishnet tights is unbelievably hot. I love Will and I would love to see more unique and diverse leading men in the future.
This is an incredibly angst-filled book. While new adult stories are often very dramatic, this is amplified in a story about two brooding, reflective musicians who find themselves in difficult situations. Communication is weak between Will and Rand and secrets add additional problems. Lane Hayes writes angst well, but this might just be the most emotionally draining story I’ve read in quite a while.
One thing I often find difficult in Lane Hayes’ writing is the use of women solely as villains. Leah is a completely unsympathetic character, as is Will’s mother. While her male characters are subtly drawn and carefully nuanced, her female characters tend to be charged with creating problems. I’d love to see her draw more complex women in the future.
Ultimately, this is a great story and I’m really looking forward to others in the series. Lane Hayes’ writing just keeps getting better and her men keep getting more interesting.
Watching Will’s face turn pink then red was extraordinarily entertaining. I nudged his elbow playfully and tried to gain control of my smile before it threatened to take over my entire face. When I couldn’t take the building pressure of emotion, I winked at the girls then leaned in and kissed his lips, loving that I took him by surprise. The elevator doors slid open a moment later. Will stepped into the empty corridor and gave me a wide-eyed incredulous stare.
“I cannot believe you just did that.”
“What? Kissed you on an elevator? It’s not like farting, ya know.”
Will huffed a sigh that clearly said he thought I was hopeless before turning to walk down the hall. “I was talking about the underwear comment but yeah, the kissing part was awkward too.
No one wants to watch two people going at in a confined space. And besides, we’re supposed to be playing this strictly straight while we’re in public.”
He stopped to unlock the door to the classroom then pushed it open, pausing to give me a perturbed look before he moved inside ahead of me. I barked a quick laugh as I set my guitar on the back table and shrugged my jacket off.
“First of all, that was hardly going at it. It was a peck. You were the one advertising I left my clothes at your place in front of a couple cute girls. And who said anything about playing straight?”
“Were we not in the same room two mornings ago talking about this?”
“We were. In fact, we were naked in your bed. Decidedly un-straight. But the way I remember it, I was one who was holding back the gay while you were the one going for it. But let’s go back to the elevator. I think you purposefully blew my cover back there with those girls. Were you jealous?”
He snorted and rolled his eyes. “You’re unbelievable.”
“It wasn’t a compliment,” he quipped as he made his way to the piano.
“Well, the next time you announce you’re holding my underwear hostage in a crowd, all bets are off, baby.” I gave him a lascivious once-over and waggled my eyebrows before tightening the strap on my guitar.
Will chuckled. “I’ll keep that in mind. But I’m pretty sure your tighty-whities never came up. My comment was perfectly innocent. There’s a big difference between hats and underwear.”
“I’m on to you, Will. You wanted those girls to know something’s going on between us.
They’re probably talking right now. Bet they’re wondering if we’re in here having sex. Hell, they could be outside that door listening. Maybe we should give ‘em something to talk about.” I made a show of unbuckling my belt and the top button on my 501s. “Is there a camera in this room?”
“Keep your pants on. I’ve got two months left till graduation and I’d prefer not to get kicked out of school, please,” Will said primly, smacking my hand away.
“You won’t get kicked out. I doubt we’d be the first anyway.”
I rezipped my jeans and started to back up, but at the last second, I reached out to cup his chin between my thumb and forefinger. I traced his jaw and let my thumb roam higher to caress his cheekbone just under his glasses. His eyes fluttered shut. I loved the contrast of his fair skin and darker lashes and eyebrows. He was so damn pretty. And those lips. They were sensuous. That was the word. I leaned in and brushed my nose against his. I could feel his breath on my lips. The urge to plunge my tongue inside and take what I was very sure we both wanted was strong, but I waited for his permission.
When he didn’t respond, I let my hand fall to my side and started to pull back. Maybe he really was serious about propriety in the classroom. I wasn’t used to curbing my impulses to suit someone’s else’s sensibilities. I’d spent twenty-five years doing only what I wanted. Screw anyone else. Now here I was, attempting to hide my gay side publicly while trying to follow Will’s lead in private. It felt strange, I thought, just as Will launched himself at me.
I grunted in surprise when he wrapped his arms around my neck and crashed his mouth over mine. He softened the connection and tilted his head as he raked his fingers through my hair. I responded but let him control the tempo. Until he tentatively licked my lips. Fuck, he tasted sweeter than I remembered. Like peppermint candy or hot chocolate. I pulled him flush against my chest and slid my tongue alongside his, twisting and colliding in a passionate fusion.
When he gasped for air I pulled back only to have him grind his hips into mine and lick my jaw.
He swayed into me with a moan and lost his footing.
Will was sexier than he knew, which spelled potential danger for me. It was better to let the music take over for now.
First off, I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to answer these questions so me and my readers can get to know a little bit more about you!
Thank you for having me here to chat about my new release, A Kind of Truth!
Now for the hard part:
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I write at my dining room table. My dining room is actually one of my favorite rooms in my house. It’s painted in a soothing shade of pale silver and overlooks a small rose garden. I have an orchid plant on my table and a gorgeous piece of original art hangs on the wall in front of me. It’s a depiction of a scene from MOMA in New York City of museum-goers admiring a Matisse painting. Until I started writing full time a couple years ago, this room didn’t get used much. Not anymore!
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Yes. To some degree I can relate to all of my characters. Writers give a piece of themselves in every character they create. I would say I’m more like Will than Rand in A Kind of Truth, more like Paul than Seth in Better Than Safe and more like Nate in The Right Time. I tend to be more introspective, so the MCs I’ve written who spend time overthinking a situation?… that’s me!
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I was an interior designer before I realized I wasn’t actually “creating” anything new. I was more or less in the business of finding what my client needed and liked and then making it happen. Occasionally I had an opportunity to let loose, but it didn’t happen often enough. I learned that personality-wise, I need to be creating something I can control. If I couldn’t write I’d have to find a way to satisfy that part of me. I have no idea what it would be. I’m truly grateful to have found something I love doing.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Yes. Characters don’t always cooperate with the original outline. Lol! I’ve learned to be flexible during the creative process. I start with a plan but I’m better now about listening to my MCs too. I’ve deleted entire sections because in spite of snappy dialogue, sometimes they just don’t work. Editing is by far the hardest part of writing, so it’s important to keep that in mind and not become too enamored of every word you write. Not an easy task.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
Honestly, no. I love Rand and Will and I’m very proud of this story. It’s never easy to write book one in a new series, especially when readers are clamoring for more of the last one. I want to be sure to challenge myself as an author, and in the case of A Kind of Truth, I definitely did that. I’d never written a rock and roll story. And I’ve never written a character quite like Rand. I’m happy with the results!
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I’m inspired by everything, big and small. It can be travel, a song, a movie or straight up people watching! I usually begin with my setting and let the story flow there. A Kind of Truth is set in New York City. There is oodles to draw from in the Big Apple. It’s amazing!
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep doing my thing for now. I really enjoy MM Contemporary Romance. I could see myself dabbling at mystery and suspense but I know the most important thing for any author is to write what you’re passionate about. I’ll know when I’m ready to give something else a shot.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Southern California near the ocean. And yes! Location absolutely influences my writing. My second series, Right and Wrong, is set in my neighborhood or in nearby West Hollywood. My other series are set in cities I love (DC and NYC). I use my location as a source of inspiration and as a point of departure.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Classic literature. There are so many wonderful stories written in gorgeous lyrical prose that I feel are timeless treasures. Some of my favorites are Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. I could keep going…
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Hmm. Nothing exciting. I probably drink too much tea, but I’m not sure if that counts! Lol!
Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my questions. I wish you much success as a writer!!
Thank you for having me!
Lane Hayes xo
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 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 was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.