Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Music is drummer Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for him to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when a handsome stranger in a dive bar turns out to be someone he might know, everything changes.
Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to tattooed rock star Tim, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.
This was another entertaining installment to this series. These two were very different from each other but a really great match. Their chemistry jumped off the page at the reader. They meet in Los Angeles while they’re both there on business. They have a hot one night stand and never expect to see each other again. Imagine their surprise when they see each other again in New York (where they live) and find out they have mutual friends.
Although they are attracted to each other, Tim is hesitant to get more emotionally involved. He’s just out of a really bad relationship and he has only been seen in public with women. He’s not sure what the media will do if he’s seen with a guy. Also, he was burned very badly in the past by his one and only relationship with a man. He’s scared to take another chance.
The love story is a slow build up. They initially start seeing each other just for sex, but scene by scene, they build a friendship that turns in to a love story. The author does a very good job showing the reader how they fall for each other.
There’s some drama towards the end with Tim’s ex and his overall refusal to admit he’s in a relationship with a man. Carter was great in this book. He was so patient with Tim but when he needed to put his foot down he did. I think these two were my favorite couple in this series so far.
This book was narrated by Seth Clayton and there is just something about the way he talks that bothers me. His cadence seems odd to me. I only listened to about 30% of this then I switched to the ebook. I have a friend though that just loves him so there is a good chance this is my issue alone. If you’re interested in listening to this I recommend you try a sample first to see if you like his voice.
This book is the third in the series and can be read as a standalone. There are appearance from both couples from books 1 & 2 but there is nothing that would keep you from enjoying this even if you haven’t read those books.
This cover was done by Aaron Anderson. I liked it a lot. It matches the other covers in the series really well and it’s eye catching. It’s also a good representation of the MC.
10 hrs 10 mins
Audible Audio, 11 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 7th 2016)
Original TitleA Kind of Honesty
SeriesA Kind of Stories #3
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
This story was a mixed bag for me. I really adored Benny’s character as well as all of the side characters. Zeke on the other hand was difficult for me to like until about 70% in to the book. He was rude and judgmental and often harsh. I really couldn’t see what Benny saw in him. Some of that may be personal tastes but I think some of it was due to the fact that we didn’t see a lot of the couple’s good moments on page. The story focused more on the difficulties they had and the sex scenes. I will say though that when Zeke stopped being a jerk and made some grand gestures he did those really well. They were very touching and romantic. By the end of the story I was on board with these two being a couple and I was happy with the hea.
This book was narrated by Seth Clayton and I really enjoyed his voices. I thought he did a great job with both of the main characters as well as all of the side characters. I always knew who was talking. I did have a pretty big problem with the audio as a whole though but it was not the narrator’s fault. The two MC’s “chuckled” 58x in this. I know this because it was bothering me so much that I pulled up the ebook and counted. Because of this the narrator was constantly “chuckling” through pretty much every scene the MC’s were in together. Even things that should have been serious sounded like smirking. I can’t blame the narrator because he was only doing what the story told him to but it really influenced my enjoyment (or lack thereof) of this audio.
Overall I enjoyed this and I would recommend the story. Even with the issues I had with it, I am still glad I read it and I will definitely be reading the next in this series. (Although this was book two in this series this can be read as a standalone.)
Cover art by Aaron Anderson is well done, works in design and color tone to capture a mood and pull you in.
Audible Audio, 10 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC (first published June 6th 2016)
Original TitleA Kind of Romance
SeriesA Kind of Stories #2 settingNew York City, New York (United States)