Title: A Kind of Truth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Lane Hayes
Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock 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.
A Kind of Truth is a great music/rock story that shows just how hard it is to hang on to your convictions when following your dreams. The author has taken two main characters, each strong in their believes, but with totally different dreams and brought them together. Rand is the lead singer of his band but he doesn’t play the bass as well as he needs to. While the band does have a bass player, he’s not very good and is more interested in drugs and groupies then in practice. Out of desperation Rand decides to take a few lessons which is when he meet Will. Will is a hard working student who has had to do some over the top things in order to complete his education. He has no desire to join a band, and the last thing he wants is a boyfriend, yet when he meets Rand things in Will’s life begin to change.
I loved the way in which the author brought these two together. They don’t instantly fall in love, even though there is a strong attraction, as both have issues to overcome. Rand’s issues are easy to understand. The creative differences Rand has with the rest of the band members, as well as the fact that Rand is bi-sexual, both of which could mean making it or not, have him wondering if he will ever become the star he longs to be. Will’s issues are just as easy to understand, yet are so much harder to overcome. Forced to come up with a way to cover the rest of his education on his own Will ends up doing things he is not proud of. Yet at the same time, these things show him that there are things he enjoys that are hard to come to terms with.
The problems these two face soon become intertwined, leading both young men to make some serious decisions. I liked the way the author has both of them coming to the other’s rescue, and I especially loved the way Rand takes on Will’s parents.
A Kind of Truth was a well written story that is sure to bring Lane Hayes many new fans. I for one will be keeping my eyes open for more from this author.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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