Title: A Kind of Romance
Author: Lane Hayes
My Rating: A+
Narrator: Seth Clayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: A Kind of Story #2
Main Characters: Zeke and Benny
Release Date: September 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This story was so fun. It's definitely an opposites attract story. Zeke is uptight and staid. Benny is flamboyant and outgoing. They seem a really unlikely couple which is why this book works so well as they become friends way before they even consider anything else. In fact when the something else develops, it's almost a surprise because they don't expect it either...even though the attraction is there and develops.
It starts out as an opposites attract and then morphs into a friends to lovers story...and both of those tropes were so well done. It was fun and I loved every minute of watching this romance develop and evolve.
I loved Benny. He's one of those characters who's just completely personable...everyone loves him. And even though he's not the type of man that Zeke would normally be drawn to, he can't help but be charmed by him, too.
My heart breaks for Zeke...he is so conflicted about his family. His mother was the one person who was totally in his corner, but now she doesn't remember him. On the other hand, his father regularly belittled and put down Zeke growing up. Since then, his father has changed, but Zeke can't forgive him and he truly resents how loved and revered his father is in the LGBT community. It's not fair that this isn't the father he had growing up. Seriously, Zeke's pain hurt me in this book. I felt so much heartbreak for him.
There were so many elements to this story that made it phenomenal in every single way. I adored it so much. It was a phenomenal audiobook, too. Just a great book all the way around. I HIGHLY recommend it.