Rand O'Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should 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.
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"There's lots to relish in this story..."
There’s lots to relish about this story. I particularly like single POV narrative, so that was a plus. Rand comes across as a strong character who knows his mind and can stand up for himself and what he wants for his band. For much of the time he oozes confidence and takes control of situations. I like that he is bi and that after he falls for Will he is not seduced or tempted by the viperous Leah.
Will’s character is interesting. He’s an adorably shy geek and a highly talented musician. He’s also a sexy cross-dressing virgin who becomes the bold Billie. When he wears the make-up, wig, fishnet stockings, and high heels he’s transformed, becoming more outgoing and confident. I love how Rand and Will embrace and celebrate this cross-dressing side of his character. In fact, I would have liked this aspect of the story to have been explored more fully. Did Will decide to use the clothes and make-up as a prop to become someone else or was it a reflection of his true self?
‘Love is like a bagel’
“It’s a never ending circle. No two are exactly alike, and best of all they come in many flavors.”
Although both guys are sort of in the closet at the start, their friends and band members soon realize something is going on between them. But for most of the story they have to keep their relationship a secret. I enjoyed the chemistry between Rand and Will, how they spoke to each other, and their explorations into a relationship neither of them had experienced before. There’s lots of banter and fun times for them. I loved how Rand cares and looks out for Will, as well as the sizzling sex scenes.
I was happy with the resolution and ending of the story, although I would have liked more book time spent on the events that were raced through in the epilogue when everything was hunky dory.
There are several aspects of the story I didn’t particularly care for. I couldn’t get my head around the massive student loan Will had racked up and this was a major point of the book. It was all tied into the idea of being ‘bribed’ into going back in the closet and returning home after he’d finished his schooling. I wanted him to stand up to his cliched wicked parents and I grew more frustrated with this ongoing issue. Why not tell them ‘no’ and make his own way in the world with his caring and loving new boyfriend? I didn’t want him to give up his happiness with Rand in New York. Will’s parents and the so-called family friend were hypocrites and their main role in the story was to add conflict and angst.
And Leah and Terry’s only purpose seemed to be to add conflict and ramp up the angst for both Rand and Will. I found Leah especially infuriating. But then she was meant to be. Rand should have told her to take a hike sooner rather than later. All the time I kept telling myself she’d get her comeuppance. I’m still not entirely clear on her motives. What did she want— a famous rock star husband, the money he could potentially earn in the future, or just a route to PR stardom?
Seth Clayton is a relatively new narrator on Audible. He did an excellent job and he has a fine singing voice too. I enjoyed his narration and the pace he set throughout the story. He made each character’s voice distinctive, which seemed to suit their personality. The ‘break up’ scene was superbly narrated by him. I had to go back and listen to it several times, and each time it brought tears to my eyes. This scene in particular shows how much these guys love each other and should be together. I sincerely hope Seth narrates the next story in the series.
Enjoyable story with a great narration. I especially loved the great happy voice with the slight giggle the narrater gave Rand when he was especially happy, it conveyed so much.
"5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!!"
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.
A Kind of Truth was absolutely fabulous! Rand sums up exactly who he and Will are to each other at the end of the book… “The geek and the rock star wannabe. The loud mouth and the quiet soul who speaks through music.” Fortunately for Will, Rand isn’t the stereotypical rock star who is looking to sleep his way to the top or through the groupies. Nope, once Will inadvertently catches his eye and then accidentally snares Rand completely with his occasional penchant for dressing up, Rand has eyes for no one else. Actually, until Will caught his eye, Rand had eyes for no one at all because he was on a mission to make his band, Spiral, the next big thing in rock and roll. Rand knows himself well enough to know that he has to keep busy and limit distractions if he wants to have any hope of fulfilling his dreams, and nothing compares to the level of distraction that a relationship brings – especially when his bisexuality could be an obstacle on his path to musical fame.
Although Will and Rand are just outside what I consider to be the typical age range for new adult novels, A Kind of Truth has a new adult angsty feel to it. Granted, the more we get to know Rand, the easier it is to understand why – his impulse control is severely hampered. I don’t mean that in a bad way because Rand isn’t malicious about it. Rather, it is more reflective of the exuberance of youth; a leap before you look mentality. While I believe Will is the younger of the two, he’s more cautious about his approach to life – with, as we come to learn, good reason to be so. These are two men who should not work and, based on Rand’s inner musings when they first meet, would not normally work because Will isn’t the kind of guy that Rand is usually drawn too. But their shared love of music provides a much sturdier foundation for a relationship than one would expect. In short, Rand and Will complement one another’s differences beautifully. And while their relationship is fraught with misunderstandings, a partner who does not listen (Rand), a partner who has a hard time making himself heard (Will), and outside forces on both sides set to keep them apart for their own gains, Rand’s impulsive nature and Will’s realization that he deserves to live his life for him, make for a bumpy, yet beautiful ride.
This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to narrated by Seth Clayton and I must say he did a wonderful job. He managed to annoy me perfectly when Rand was being obnoxious. He made me cry when Will gets caught in the crossfire. I laughed when I was meant to and I cringed in the same way. Clayton used little touches that made his performance even more enjoyable by making me feel as though I was listening in on Rand and Will’s life – scenes when a character is talking with his mouth full, spot on “happy drunk” scenes, acapella singing when Rand is moved to perform, and just his overall conveying of Rand and Will’s emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed Clayton’s performance and feel he brought Hayes’s characters and their story to life in a delightful way. A Kind of Truth was an enjoyable audiobook and I look forward to listening to Clayton again bring Hayes’s work to life in the next book in the series, A Kind of Romance.
"Fabulous, definitely worth the read"
I loved this story. It was sweet, honest, down to earth, the narrator was really good, the story was interesting, I highly recommend.
This book was lovely and I enjoyed the narration.
I liked both MCs, especially Will, and I was happy with the ending. Rand got on my nerves with his choice to not tell Will certain things, especially the ones regarding Leah. Leah's part in this story was bigger than it should be and went too far. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
"Nice and engaging story"
I liked the single POV and continuous narration which you don't see that often anymore, the growing fad seems to be switching POV's which can get difficult to follow if not for a good narrator. I also really loves the depth and life each character is able to get across to keep you interested and rooting for them
Mmm Kind of similar to a few other musician stories I've read but it really does have it's own voice and story
I enjoyed Rand I don't know if I really got connected with his portrayal of Will though
I thoroughly enjoyed the story even if at times it seemed to slow down or maybe a tad formulaic. Would definitely relisten!
Book: A Kind of Truth
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Seth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars
I have loved so many of Lane Hayes books so getting to listen to my first audiobook I jumped on the chance of it being a book I know that I loved of hers. I mean who doesn’t love Will and Rand?! Now as I said this was my first audiobook since typically I like “hearing” them from my own internal voice than someone else’s but Seth Clayton really changed that for me in this book!
Seth has the ability to give every character a unique voice, one that fits the character perfectly! We all go through what we think a character's looks like or sounds ike and sometimes it's hard to move past our own personal views. But this narrator was able to give me a voice to each character that had fit that character. My favorite was George because, oh wow, was that voice spot on!
What giving the listener such a varied amount of voices does is creates a better more complete story because now we can take our visuals and the sounds of their voices and really get a full picture of each scene and even more so the emotion that is being played in that scene. When Will chuckled at Rand over the furniture store scene or Rand’s emotion bleeding through his voice when Will was leaving or just the overall voice he gave Rand or Benny added a layer to connecting with the characters that I didn't have before. All of it just gave me a better love of these characters and this story.
I will definitely be looking for more of his narrations in the future and really hope Lane Hayes continues to use for this series and maybe others!
"Story and Narrator were fabulous!"
Yes, loved the characters, storyline and narrator.
I haven't read anything like this in the M/M genre. This was awesome, the hot rocker, and the cute nerdy musical prodigy.
He was amazing. Loved how much he put into the performance. You could feel that he really loved doing this. He was superb with Rand's voice. Loved how he did the singing towards the end of the book. Fabulous!
Upcoming rockstar and the Geek!
A few reviewers commented that Seth Clayton is a new narrator. Well I though he was terrific and can't wait to hear more from him.
Great story but even better narration. Seth Clayton is fantastic!!! I would love to hear him more often. He drew me into the story better that anyone else could have. He made me fall in love with the characters.
I was on the fence about getting this audio, for one simple reason. I’m not a rock god/star/music/ whatever you want to call it fan.
And the blurb definitely suggests it’s all about music. But I enjoy Lane Hayes books and I enjoy the narrator and it wasn’t very long so I jumped in.
So as the title suggest, this is book one, so a lot of characters and building of parts, places, where they fit in. Not overly complicated, and we absolutely focused on Rand and Will mostly, but we did get a fair share of the other band mates and the boyfriends and girlfriends that will be tagging along.
Rand was a rebel is whole youth, so him making a band and moving to NYC would be a natural progression in his life. He was able to bring band mates with him to NYC but they lost one along the way, and that’s where the trouble/drama starts.
Will, left home to go to NYC, now about to graduate he has some decisions to make. About his life, his future and whether to bow under the pressure of his father and family.
Rand and Will have this insta connection I’m not sure they realized to start. They both knew, and the reader knew something was going on, but what? So as the meeting continued and we learned more the time together was more special.
The twists that were thrown at them along the way made for a great tale, and by the end even though they got the HEA they wanted you can feel, that maybe we haven’t seen the last of those two bad guys?
"Rand & Will, sighs. A great narration from Seth."
I love this series (Benny's story comes out later this month). In virtual newcomer Seth, Lane and Dreamspinner Press have found a narrator who not only voices a multitude of US accents really well (I loved George) but also has a pretty good singing voice. I have to admit I thought Rand was a little full of himself at the start, but quiet, shy and modest Will won my heart pretty much straight away, and when I discovered the double standards his parents were quite prepared to accept in themselves but no-one else, I was really rooting for the pair of them AND for Spiral. Leah and Terry?? Well, the less said about them the better as far as I'm concerned. An awesome audio book presentation, and I hope Lane asks Seth to narrate Benny's story when the time comes.
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