Review: A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes

Blurb:

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. 28120467But 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.

My review:

I think this is my favourite book by Lane Hayes yet. I loved her Better Than series, but this one was even better!

The book starts of with Rand who has just moved to New York to become a rock star. However, at beginning there’s some difficulty because Spiral, Rand’s band, lack a lead gitarrist.
When they find one, Rand isn’t really happy with him and wants him gone sooner rather than later. He’d prefer shy and quiet Will, his guitar teacher, to join the band.

Will comes from a really conservative family. Coming out has cost him the support of his family and he had to find his own way to pay for college. This is how Rand meets him again, this time as Billie, in a night club. For reasons I don’t want to give away (because it would spoil the whole book), Wills family wants him back again (and in the closet) as soon as he graduates. So a romance with the soon-to-be rock star Rand doesn’t fit in there at all.
They both decide on a temporary relationship until Will has to go back to his family and Rand records his first album. But even though they hadn’t intended it to happen, soon there are feelings, longings and dreams which simply do not let themselves be hidden.

The story is intense, multilayered, thoughtful and gripping. Even though there’s not a lot of twists and turns I couldn’t put A Kind of Truth down. I loved the opposites-attract played out here and I seriously can’t wait to read more in this new series.

I didn’t know beforehand that one of the characters was a crossdresser or I’d have started the book right the second it was available. It’s something I haven’t seen a lot in books but it is definitely something that fascinates me. And I have to say I LOVED Will and his fishnets.
I’ve seen a lot of reviewers who loved Rand, and while I really like him, for me it was Will who really captivated me. Hope to see lots of him in the next books!

A Kind of Truth is the first book in a spin-off series from Ms. Hayes’ Better Than series, so while you don’t have to read the Better Than books before this one, I’d really recommend you to because they’re just awesome and why not? 😉

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Review Tag: Celebrity / Famous Person Tag: Part of a series

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