#BlogTour — A Kind of Home (A Kind of Story) Lane Hayes + Guest Post & Giveaway
Title: A Kind of Home
Series: A Kind of Stories, #4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 23
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Length: 77k approximately
- Rock star
- light suspense
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 him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac 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. The man 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.
A Kind of Home by Lane Hayes
I love a romantic series. Writing and reading them. There’s something almost magical about stories that overlap and embroider one another to reveal intimate pieces of a community of friends and family. If the books are well-written, the characters feel so real that you’re tempted to look for them when you walk down the same streets you’ve read about. A reader told me they were in DC recently and couldn’t wait to run into Aaron and Matt from Better Than Good. What a wonderful compliment!
If you’re looking for the boys in the A Kind of Stories series, head to New York City! My third series follows Spiral, a rock band on the rise from their hopeful start in Lower East Side clubs in A Kind of Truth to their mega-sensation popularity in my recent release, A Kind of Home. With the exception of Book 2, A Kind of Romance, the band’s musical journey and their struggles to balance ambition with personal desire plays an important role in the series. In A Kind of Honesty, the momentum begins to shift and gather speed so that the band’s meteoric success and the associated security issues make sense in A Kind of Home.
AKH belongs to Isaac, the lead guitarist of Spiral. Isaac is overwhelmed by the stress of nonstop touring and can’t wait to get back home to NYC to a little peace and privacy. Unfortunately, home is equally chaotic when he finds his best friend from high school’s recently divorced brother is his “temporary” roommate. This is a multi-layered tale about old friends who unwittingly become much more than they ever dreamed. It’s an “opposite’s attract” story with a twist. The rock star is unexpectedly quiet and reserved while the guy baking delicious treats in his kitchen is the gregarious one. And the “friends to lovers” angle makes it even sweeter because there’s something special about discovering what you need has been there all along.
I hope you enjoy A Kind of Home and all the books in the A Kind of Stories series. Just a quick note… each book is a standalone, so there’s no need to worry if you read them out of order.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
Lane Hayes xo
“I’ve got it!” Adam sprang to his feet and waved his hand excitedly.
I gave him a weary sideways glance. “Whatever you’re thinking, stop.”
“No, it’s perfect. You teach me guitar and I’ll teach you how to bake something.”
“Not necessarily. When we can. The point is I’ll be here if you don’t feel like being alone. We can keep each other sane with wholesome diversions without having to ask ‘What do you feel like doing, roomie?’”
“‘Wholesome diversions’? You’ve been mainlining confectioner’s sugar again, haven’t you?” I quipped.
“Ha. Ha. Don’t overthink. I’ll keep my hands to myself. You’re safe with me. I promise. I just—we’re both adjusting to change. It might be helpful to lean on each other. That’s all.”
“Sure. Boston cream pie for a tip or two on how to play a couple Guns N’ Roses classics. What do you think?”
I lowered my eyes as I worked on the row of buttons on my navy shirt. I was touched. I couldn’t remember the last time someone stopped to notice my state of mental well-being and offered to ease my mind. I knew my friends cared, but they were going through the same things I was. All they could say was “Hang on. It’ll get easier.” Adam was offering something more—himself and his time. Platonically.
I wasn’t sure I trusted myself to keep us in the friend zone. Even now I wanted to tackle him to the bed and grind against him. He was solid, familiar, and trustworthy. Just what I needed to keep my mind off my troubles.
“Okay. You’re on.” I chuckled when he let out a whoop before I continued. “But we each get to choose what we want to learn.”
Adam mulled over my suggestion for a moment, then inclined his head. “As long as you know we aren’t making anything from a box.”
“And as long as you know I can only take so many run-throughs of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ before I’ll strangle you.”
Adam gave me a megawatt grin and then held up his hand for a high five. I slapped his hand and then rolled my eyes when he broke into a decent impression of Axl Rose’s version of “Patience.”
“Go,” I said, shooing him out of my bedroom. “I’ve got real-life bullshit to deal with. No more nonsense.”
“A little nonsense is good for you, Isaac. It’s what keeps you afloat so the bad stuff doesn’t drag you under.” He reached for my wrist and pulled me against him so our chests collided.
It was a slapstick maneuver that was too rough to be taken as a sensual overture. Until he backed me against the wall and lowered his head a fraction of an inch, stopping when his nose brushed mine. I held my breath, aware of my thundering heart. My world constricted to the smallest fragment of space. I occupied a place against a wall, covered by a man I’d known most of my life. Someone I cared about and, yeah, lusted after too.
Adam lowered his head again, and this time he didn’t stop. He pressed his lips to mine and went perfectly still as though testing my response. When I didn’t protest, he melded his mouth over mine, careful to keep the connection light. I reached out and ran a tentative hand along his cheek. Adam trembled and leaned into my touch, deepening the kiss ever so slightly. Then he licked my lips in a silent request for entry. I groaned when our tongues glided together and let him pull me under.
I broke for air and pushed his chest. This was ridiculous. We were friends only, and we were destined for heartache if we tried to be something else. “We can’t do this. I told you, I—”
Adam tugged at my belt loop and drew me against him. Then he rested his forehead against mine and went still as though he was wordlessly giving me control. I should have pushed him away, but I couldn’t. I fused my lips to his and moaned into the connection. I shivered when he moved his hands up my chest, then placed them on the wall on either side of my head. He nudged my chin with his nose until I exposed my neck. He traced my jawline with the tip of his tongue and then bit my earlobe before whispering in a raspy voice, “No repeats. I’ll behave. But I gotta admit… I really want to change your mind.”
A Kind Of Home is Isaac's story told from his POV and in Lane Hayes style she brings friction, angst, and the best chemistry you could ask for between two characters.
After touring non-stop with Spiral Isaac is ready to come home to peace and quiet and crash in the comfort of his own home. However, his plans go haywire when he walks in and his childhood friend, Adam McBride is living quite comfortably in his home.
Adam is just recently divorced and wanted to get away to a new town, start a new life, new job and think about his life and what he wants to do. He does a lot of soul-searching about his past mistakes and doesn't want to make the same ones again.
Isaac had a major crush on Adam when they were growing up but he's over it now and he offers to let Adam stay a while longer even though he's going a little crazy at the messes Adam leaves around the house.
These two were awesome together once Isaac let his guard down and started having fun and enjoying his friend. Adam was so patient and carefree and their kitchen moments were priceless.
Unfortunately, Isaac has a stalker that keeps him on guard although this is not the main focus of the book.
For me, Adam stole the show in this installment with his fun-loving, easy-going, personality and he was open and honest about what he wanted and went after it.
As always, Lane Hayes writes amazing relationship development showcasing the love between both men that feels real and pulls you into the story. The sexual chemistry and connection will give you goosebumps.
Another great addition to the series with a little drama that eventually gets worked out in the end.
* I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review from Indigo Marketing *
Meet the Author
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, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.