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    This series has hooked me on the author

    I've read my fair share of rockstar romances. Admittedly many of the plotlines are those I've encountered before, but I still have a soft spot for the ones that deliver great characters and banter. The Kind of Stories series has been precisely that and this release may be my favorite yet. While A Kind of Home is the fourth full length book of the series, they can easily be read as standalones or out of order (I read the third book first). I loved so much about this one. The writing flowed easily, making it a quick read that was hard to put down. The pacing kept things moving, but I never felt rushed or that I was missing details, insights, or getting glazed over emotions. The dialogue wove into the narrative seamlessly. Each character's voice came through and reflected their personality and the banter made it such a fun, enjoyable read. Although the conflicts weren't necessarily new, old friends becoming lovers and an obsessed fan for additional angst, it never felt tired. There were enough switch ups to keep things fresh and me engaged; and surprisingly, the obsessed fan mystery added a nice edge to it that had me guessing. I absolutely loved these main characters, individually and as a couple. Once again, it's a case of opposites attracting with the closed off, more pessimistic Spiral guitarist Isaac and the upbeat Adam who's looking for a new start following his divorce. I found both men relatable and interesting. Together they made me smile so much my cheeks hurt. The physical chemistry matched their emotional connection, and I enjoyed watching them discover each other as they grew individually. Adam and Isaac's relationship progressed at a natural speed, and Miss Hayes did a great job at conveying their emotional development as things became increasingly serious. A Kind of Home was a very well balanced romance with some angst that resolves fairly easily featuring great characters, good humor, heat, and a smooth style. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    4.1 Enjoyable ~> Rockstar / Bisexual / Interracial

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < A man stands in what appears to be a high-rise home. He's shirtless, standing sideways with arms crossed. The room looks barren. Beyond that, it appears there's perhaps a balcony overlooking a large city. Overall nothing too eye-catching, colors are subdued. Title font is large and bold. Synopsis interested me. This will be the first book I've read by Lane Hayes. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> First-person: Isaac's POV A small-town boy becomes an international rock god. Isaac grew up a mixed-race boy adopted into an affluent white couple's life, never feeling completely loved, comfortable, or good enough. Coming out at 17 reinforced the unloved feeling and he moved to NYC with dreams of joining a rock band. Now he's the guitarist for one of the biggest rock sensations since the Beatles. Adam turns to Isaac for a place to crash. He's had it all... high school quarterback with the head cheerleader girlfriend that he later married and a great job at her father's company. But things didn't work out, and now he's divorced, homeless, and jobless. His younger brother insists that Isaac will give him a place to crash and enough time to regroup. The two men had a childhood history that already bonded them in a basic way, added to it was a special chemistry that allowed them to see they could become more. It was a slow, cautious buildup but once the fire was stoked, there was no extinguishing it. The cast expanded to the rest of Spinal and some staff employed by the manager and recording studio, a pair of detectives, a pair of bodyguards, some family, and a few oddballs. The secondary cast were never overwhelming but they lent a strong presence and helped to beef up the plot where it was needed. The dialogue and character interaction were good. The plot was interesting and kept me guessing. The story flowed smoothly, with only minor areas that a little on the sluggish side. There were minimal conflicts but they were resolved in a timely manner. Predictability was a non-issue. The conclusion was solid and satisfying enough. This was the first piece I've read by this author and found it to be enjoyable. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4 Singular mild violent encounter. ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from @IndiGo Marketing and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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