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 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.
©2016 Lane Hayes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"No great accents, but great story"
Benny is a fabulous 23 year old who works both for his family’s pizza place and at the Gulden family bagel place. In between he sews fabulous costumes and hopes to one day make it big on Broadway doing just that. He agrees to a date with Mr. Gulden’s son to placate the kind gentleman and to yank on Zeke’s chain a bit.
Zeke is the only gay son of Mr. Gulden and he’s never felt close to his dad. All his brothers went in to business with their dad, but Zeke struck out on his own to Wall Street where he’s found fortune but still no luck in the love department.
After recently being dumped spectacularly by his ex, Trevor, Zeke is NOT in the market for a relationship and if he was it would NEVER be with someone so OBVIOUS as Benny. He makes no bones about it and though he offends Benny, he agrees to a date to shut his dad up.
When one “pretend” date, leads to another and another, it becomes clear that Zeke may not exactly be so certain what his “type” really is… Benny isn’t willing to put all his eggs in Zeke’s basket and is hedging his bets as well… But after attending a wedding for Benny’s cousin, things are beginning to look a lot less “pretend” and more “forever after”.
This is an absolute WIN! Just like a Kind of Truth, there is a deeper story than just the love story (though that alone is fabulous!). In this case we get Zeke’s rift with his dad, his loss of his mother and his own inner acceptance of himself.
Benny is more or less a solid, unflappable force, who only brings good things to Zeke’s life and acts as an anchor to help him from going adrift.
The steam is less than I’d expect, but perfect nonetheless. Most of the story is the delicious slow burn and the snarky comments between Zeke and Benny. I’m hoping Carter’s story is next as he seems like a yummy enigma waiting to be explored. (It was!)
I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it. (I hope that whoever they find to do the audio has a great grasp of Brooklyn accents!)
4.5 of 5 stars
Seth Clayton narrated the first book in this series and he is an excellent narrator. His voice is really smooth and easy to listen to. He has great timing, good pronunciation and does a lot to bring these characters to life.
He subtly differentiates the different characters but doesn’t do any dramatic accents, but he does give each character a unique voice. In this case, I was disappointed. I’d pictured some very strong Brooklyn accents and the story is rife for some stereotypical New Yorkers. He doesn’t do any such thing.
That being what it is, if you don’t have that preconceived notion, I think you’ll enjoy his narration very much. It’s easy to get lost in his story telling and become immersed in the language.
4 of 5 stars
Overall 4.25 of 5 stars
I am a bagel lover, the grandson of Brooklyn and son of a difficult man. This book caught me coming and going. The characters are believable, the plot plausible and the story enjoyable. Thanks for a great read.
"Emotional and moving story"
A perfect example of opposites attracting, although it’s not an insta-love story. The friendship and affection build slowly, progressing through their dialogue and spending time together.
Benny is a lovely colourful character. He’s adorable, bubbly, and full of fun. And although Zeke calls him “too swishy” and ‘’too gay”, Benny gives as good as he gets. He’s the ideal buffer for Zeke.
And poor Zeke, indeed! He’s coping with the breakup of a cheating relationship, his father’s unforgivable treatment of him when he first came out, and the loss of his mother’s comfort. He finds it difficult to forget and let go of the hurt. No wonder he’d buried himself in his work. Benny soon brings joy to his life, even if Zeke is reluctant to accept this at first. There’s definite character growth for him over the course of the book. He moves on, forgives, and decides what’s important in his life.
The fabulous chemistry soon sparks between the two of them. Zeke falls for Benny almost against his will. From the start, he is proclaiming that Benny was so not his type. And yet gradually, he becomes fond of aspects of Benny’s character, physique, and sense of dress.
“You give yourself away every time you look at him, anyway.”
“How do I look at him, smartass?”
“Like you don’t want to look away.”
As I listened to this very enjoyable story, I did wonder why they didn’t accept they were really boyfriends, but I suppose that wouldn’t have worked for the story. They are pretend boyfriends, yet are possessive and want to be exclusive. They begin the ‘relationship’ to please Zeke’s father, but then didn’t tell him much about their relationship or spend much time with his family. So I didn’t really get that point. I also didn’t understand the way Zeke's father was sure they’d be good together. He seemed to take on the stereotypical role of a Jewish mother, which was surprising considering his past treatment of Zeke. Chapter one irritated me because of this, although he proved to be right in the end. The only point of the father’s accident (that he recovers quickly from) is to bring Zeke and Benny together in the first place as his mystery illness isn’t really mentioned again.
Zeke’s revenge plan is often mentioned, but he never really goes through with it. He just winds up Clay and makes him sweat a bit. Zeke isn’t heartless enough to ruin the guy’s marriage. So a plus point for him. I wondered why Zeke has phone calls with his ex. Because he thinks he's up to something, yet he never twigs what he is up to in the end. Plus I’m not sure why Taylor pursues Zeke when he's the one who had been unfaithful and dipped his wick elsewhere.
I was eagerly awaiting the angst and fall out between Zeke and Benny. When it happened it was a little predictable, but still good. Why he couldn’t tell Benny exactly how he felt, I don’t know, but then we wouldn’t have had the lovely angsty days when they are apart.
These are all nit-picking things. I actually really adored this emotional story. I especially loved the dialogue, the banter, and chemistry between Zeke and Benny and the sizzling hot sex scenes. The scene over the pool table was super steamy! The poignant scenes between Zeke and his mother were beautifully written as was the ‘break-up scene’ and the one with Abe’s concern for his brother. It was also great to see Will and Rand from #1. They're still cute and happy with each other.
This is a well-crafted and moving story. I love Lane’s writing style. It’s ideal for an audiobook—not too much angst, plenty of humour, a sweet romance, and smoking hot loving.
Seth Clayton’s lovely narration is perfect. He has such a happy voice, but is capable of a range of emotions and distinctive character voices. Great job.
"Definitely A Kind of Romance"
I fell in love with this book. It has everything I want in a book. A beautifully written romance with the bonus of family and forgiveness. I actually purchased both the Kindle and audible, because I like to read at home and listen when on walks or driving, but Seth's narration was so good, I found myself just wanting to listen to the story. He made it even better!
Yes, awesome story, fantastic narration.
Loved the chemistry between Zeke and Lenny.
I loved both Zeke and Benny, can't choose.
Love this series. Love Lane Hayes as a writer and Seth is one of my favorite narrators. He has such a sexy voice.
"Great Audio Narration"
I am a big fan of Lane Hayes and her different series and this book was no exception. The great narration just enhances and already engaging story. I love Seth Claxton's voice and his accent for the many characters in the A Kind of series. Highly recommended!
"Nice supprice with awesome narration"
This is a very even storie with great characters and a fantastic narration. This audio is a re listen often .
"Another winner from Lane and Seth...."
Really enjoyed Zeke and Benny's romantic tale as narrated by Seth Clayton, and 'twu wuv' triumphs in the end but I think you'll find the adjective is self-deprecating NOT self-depreciating ...not sure whether that's a Seth problem, or whoever wrote the script for him to narrate from [I suspect the latter]. Once I would've excused as a mistake, 3 times is not. 4.5 stars from me.
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