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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.

©2016 Lane Hayes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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A sweet MM Romance! I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book in the beginning but I really did. What it lacked in steam, it made up for in sweet. I love when a couple says screw the world around them, their love is what matters and that was this book in spades.

The narration on this audio was great! He was a new to me narrator and I will be listening to more by him for sure!

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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, 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.

'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 that added to the angst. Will’s parents and the so-called family friend were hypocrites and their main role in the story was to add conflict and angst. Will's student loans became a major pivot in the book and was tied into him 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 heartless parents, to 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. The moment this all comes to a head is heartbreaking and Seth Clayton's narration is outstanding here.

Also Leah and Terry’s main purpose was 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 really 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 superb storyteller. 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 have been together. I'm glad Seth narrated all the stories in the series.

Updated review on July 18, 2021 after another listen.

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A+ narration, unforgettable characters

I'm very happy with this audiobook!!!!!!
It wasn't perfect... the narrator, Seth Clayton, while giving some charachters like Tim and Benny identifiable voices, has the MCs sound practically the same... there were a few times where I was confused by who was saying what. Seth also has some odd stops and starts in his sentences, which are noticeable throughout but not anything that bothered me, it just seemed odd.

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#1. HE SINGS!!!!!!!!!!!! Just a couple lines here and there but that was a first for me!!!! Holy crap!!!!! It's awesome!

He also adds in all kinds of goodies, expected and not. At one point he speaks while eating a cheeseburger and it sounds realistic and later he speaks while eating m&ms and they sound different and totally believable!! How?! And it doesn't even say Rand is doing that, it's just natural and feels right and keeps you in the story. Very cool!

He's also fantastic with expressing emotions when people are speaking... going from soft to yelling to excited to happy... it's all there and it's all conveyed.

OH, and his George?! He is INCREDIBLE! He somehow perfectly sounds like a middle aged friendly New Yorker.. you can HEAR his smile! There has to be a real life inspiration for that voice because it's just perfect!

The narration truly makes this story even more enjoyable. I love a lot about this book and while the story isn't perfect, add in this narration and it gets 5 stars from me.

I look forward to the audio of the rest of the series, even though no one can top Rand & Will <3

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MM Musical Romance

I liked this one quite a lot. It had grit and some interesting plot points. It also had music take a front row seat along with the romance. Will's character was super endearing and I think he would resonate with a lot of different readers in different ways. He was brave and unrepentant and he was so sweet and quite talented. Rand was trying to make it big with his band, and while okay will making some concessions to do so, when it was time to do the right thing, he was the first to do so. I loved that he did not give up on Will, and it turned out Will was not walking away either. I think the storyline got a bit cumbersome or something, as I did not love it. I also felt like some things were glossed over and that is perhaps why I could not fully immerse myself into this read. Still a great read and the audio performance by Seth Clayton was phenomenal.

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I loved this book and Seth is AMAZING!!

Ok WOW.. I just finished listening to Lane Hayes A Kind of Truth narrated by Seth Clayton. I read a Kind of Truth (KU/Whyspersync) like 5 years ago...I know I loved it then, but I forgot how much I LOVED it...This was my first Seth Clayton listen and most definitely not my last!! OMG he brings Lane's gorgeous words to life in the most glorious of ways!...2 NA musicians (22 and 25)..William is a geeky, quiet virgin, brilliant musician who loves to dabble in makeup and cross dressing but is unsure of himself and Rand, an aspiring, sure of himself, wanna be rock star..This is an organic love story about 2 completely opposite men who have never had a real relationship yet find themselves falling in love ...Seth absolutely nails every emotion narrating the most INCREDIBLE dialogue along with phenomenal get to know you conversation and banter, not to mention the seriously hot sex scenes This is a 9 hour listen that just flew by which is saying something for me since I have a hard time listening to longer audibles. A Kind of Truth is an amazing read and an equally amazing listen. I highly highly highly recommend!! On to A Kind of Romance also narrated by Seth Clayton!! I am completely ignoring my family this weekend!! LOL

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Worth the purchase

This story ticks so many of my boxes, and then some. It’s well written, and tugged at all my heartstrings. You will love Will and Rand. If you don’t, we can’t be friends.

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Hey, I found a new narrator to stalk! :D

This was my first book from author Lane Hayes and narrator Seth Clayton. Let me just say, I immediately went looking to see what else Seth narrates because he is fantastic, at least for this story. He was PERFECT for Rand. Just enough aloofness and stubbornness to his voice that made me really feel his character. The voices he gave each the characters were spot on too, including the female characters. Sometimes male narrators struggle with female voices and make them extra annoying, but I found his believable. I could picture each character clearly in my mind. The thing that I really liked was the way he acted too. The little things really added to the story, like turning away from the mic when a character was walking away, or making muffled sounds while talking with his mouth full, and... the biggest one... HE SANG! Rand is a rockstar so when the narrator actually sang his lines, I was thrilled! Everything about Seth's performance just allowed the scene to come to life in my mind in a way I can't even describe. It was great! I look forward to more in other books.

The story was well done and has encouraged me to try more from Lane. The characters were well developed and the plot on track. I HATED Leah. She prompted me to send a few vague pissed off messages to my friend who knew I was listening to the book. The supporting cast - band members, bagel shop owner, etc - were all well developed. At first, I was thinking this is going to be a super light and fluffy book, because the connection between the two characters was off the charts right from the beginning. But, she took us deeper and let us see inside both Rand and Will, even though it was only written from one POV. I felt their emotions, and enjoyed seeing their relationship developed little by little. I loved how playful they were with each other, but how they also understood each other and listened when it mattered. The scene with the magical M&M's were just one example of that. ;)

Overall, I really enjoyed this and am glad I finally dipped my toes into Lane's world. I think I'll venture a little further for a swim.

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adorbs!!!

so so soooo cute!! I couldn't stop listening to it the reader was amazing as well and whew was it smexy ;)

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Lane Hayes + Seth Clayton = Perfect Escape

I can't get enough of Lane Hayes's words and Seth Clayton's narration of her books. They provided the perfect escape from reality. Highly recommend it.

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amazing!

Thee storyline was great, the characters were great, I didn't want to stop. The narrator did such a good job.

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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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