• Starting from Scratch

  • Starting from Series, Book 2
  • By: Lane Hayes
  • Narrated by: Michael Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Starting from Scratch

By: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Dean
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Charlie Rourke is an ultra-fabulous human whirlwind on a mission to launch the next biggest band in the world. However, he might have taken on more than he could handle when he signed on to manage Zero. Promoting a rock band and finding gigs shouldn’t be hard. They’re a talented group with a ton of star power. If Charlie can find the right record label, he’s sure he can help them get to the next level. The only problem is the skater boy slash bassist with a quirky sense of humor. He’s annoying and silly, and he’s exactly Charlie’s type. Except, he’s straight.

Ky Baldwin isn’t afraid to switch things up. He loves a challenge as much as anyone, but Charlie doesn’t make things easy. Zero’s manager is a force of nature with a razor-sharp tongue, a quick wit, and a no-nonsense attitude. Ky can’t stop thinking about him. Winning over Charlie becomes Ky’s pet project.

But, when the ice between them thaws, neither is prepared for the intensity of going from enemies to lovers. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to start from scratch and take a chance on the unexpected.

©2019 Lane Hayes (P)2019 Lane Hayes

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Love Charlie and Ky

I’d love to meet this group of guys if they really existed. Charlie balances Ky in every way. Their love was beautiful in its imperfections. Michael Pauley nailed the narration as always! I’m looking forward to seeing if Declan and Teagan end up together. 😉

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Great Narration and a Wonderful Read!!

Michael Pauley is a great narrator who brings the story to life.

I love the world Lane Hayes has created and I have the highest praise for the first book of the series featuring Justing and Gray, but for me, there were a few stops and starts between Charlie and Ky that I didn't understand. They are both great characters; Ky knowing exactly who he is and what he wants, while Charlie is blunt, sometimes mean without a brain to mouth filter, and doesn't know how to deal with his lusting for Ky while he's managing the band, Zero. Their relationship had so many moments of I won't but I want to, I got whiplash from Charlie changing his mind.

But in the end, Charlie and Ky are such wonderful characters that I rooted for them to find their happiness together. The secondary characters are great, but ultimately not as great as the first book in the series.

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I enjoyed reading Starting From Scratch but listening to it, was even better!

Starting From Scratch is one of the hottest , sweetest and quirky , friends to lovers , M/M, Rock Star Romance I read in 2019 . And now, I am adding listened, to the statement above.

Michael Dean narration was exciting, enthusiastic and engaging. And his performance of the hot AF, explicit - dirty-smutty and utterly delicious sexy times were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

This audio is so hot that I almost feared of self combustion 😉😁😍

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I love Ky and Charlie!

I read this book originally when released as I'm a huge fan of Ms. Hayes.  I've included my original review of the book but added my thoughts on the vocal performance.

As you can read in my review below, I loved this book but for the conflict scene between Ky and Charlie.  Listening to the book actually helped make that part of the book a bit more bearable.  Simply put Michael Pauley IS these characters.  His voice for Ky - gah!  I could listen all day.  The vocal performance was perfect!  

Oh man, this book was totally getting 5 Stars from me until conflict scene…I read it 3 times and still don’t understand what happened. The argument between Ky and Charlie STILL has me scratching my head.

Nevertheless, this is a fantastic read. Honestly, the jury was out on Charlie at the end of book one for me, but I liked him in this book. I absolutely love that what you see is what you get with him. He lives and loves big and doesn’t apologize for it.

Ky…Ky surprised me. I love his free spirit and how well he balance’s the always wound tight and anxiety-ridden Charlie. My favorite thing about Ky though is his attraction to Charlie…strange as that sounds. His intense feelings and the pull he felt to Charlie’s chaos when everyone else usually runs melted my heart.

Ky and Charlie’s banter is endearing and while they spat at each other occasionally it was clear they were fighting attraction and not a true dislike of each other.

Again, the build up around Ky’s dad outweighed the payoff and conflict in my opinion but I still loved the book.

I’ve loved this series so far and I REALLY hope Tegan’s book is next because I’m all in with these guys!

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Another fantastic book from this killer combo

I love the guys Lane created in this series. I loved Charlie from the last book and couldn't wait to hear his story and I was eager to hear about Ky too. She always manages to work in such great life lessons for the reader that really resonate with me while still managing to write a funny and sexy story. Michael was perfectly cast for these books and he does a great job!

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A thrilling enemies to lovers!

This is book 2 in the Starting from scratch series and can be read as a standalone.

Charlie and Ky were so sexy together. Their chemistry was off the charts and so intense

I loved the flirty banter and seeing their relationship develop from frenemies to lovers was thrilling.

Another amazing addition to the series.
The narration was enjoyable and engaging!

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