Gabbi Reviews: Leaning into Touch by Lane Hayes

Title: Leaning into Stories, Book 3: Leaning into Touch

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 262

Characters: Josh Sheehan, Finn Gallagher

POV: 1st

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.

Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.

Review:

Leaning into Touch is the fourth book in the Leaning into Stories series. I confess that I have not read any of the other previous books, and although I plan to change that in the near future, I thought this story could easily be read as a stand-alone book in the series.

To my knowledge,  Lane Hayes is a fairly new author to me and to say that I enjoyed her easy writing style and well-told storytelling ability is an understatement. It was very easy for me to get wrapped up in the lives of these characters and get wrapped up into the story Josh had to tell.

Since this is Josh’s story, we get to know him the best. Josh is an easy person to like. He’s intelligent, witty and he has a snarky way with words that I found myself really appreciating. Though Josh has many things going for him, he is at a crossroads in his life in many ways. Between the uncertainty of his career and the surprising change within his immediate family, Josh is often faced with fear and self-doubt. What I liked about him is his ability to face issues head-on, even when it isn’t always an easy thing to do. Josh is one of those few characters that I read about and instinctively know that we’d be friends in real life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way…but there is no harm in wishing, right?

We get to see what kind of man Finn is through Josh’s eyes and as Josh learns it himself. I admit, there were times I wasn’t sure about Finn because of the situation he’s fallen into with a close female friend of his, but I held onto the hope that Finn would let down the wall he had built around his heart and let Josh in.

The chemistry between Josh and Finn is an undeniable one. Their physical attraction and sexual desire were very intense at times and I loved every minute of it! Whew! Be prepared to sit under a fan when these two are getting it on because it really gets HOT at times! *fans self*

The best thing about this story was the genuine respect they had for each other. As a reader, I loved how they really seemed to like and admire one another. They have a strong bond between them and to me, that makes a well-written romance novel.

Leaning into Touch is a sexy, well-told story that left this reader wishing for more. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

Highly Recommended!

Here are The Leaning into Stories in book order:

Leaning into Love

Leaning into Always

Leaning into Fall

Leaning into Touch                         

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Title:  Leaning Into Touch

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #4

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher:  Lane Hayes

Release Date: October 5

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 80k words

Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Humor, Second Chance, Friends to Lovers, San Francisco, Office

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Synopsis

Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.

Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.

Excerpt

Finn smiled and fell into step beside me. It seemed quieter on the street than it was earlier; there wasn’t as much foot traffic. Typical for midweek, I supposed. I breathed in the refreshing night air, loving the faint smell of the ocean. I shivered and crossed my arms. So much for enjoying a leisurely stroll. It was cold as fuck out here. I picked up my pace, but Finn pulled at my elbow to stop me.

“Are you daft? Where’s your coat?”

“I f-forgot it at the last bar. It’s okay. I’m cl-close.” I visibly shook when the wind whipped up the sidewalk, sending a scrap of newspaper flying by us like a paper airplane.

“Let’s go back and get it.”

“No, my friend will give it to me later. Or her friend will. I’m almost h-home so—what are you doing?”

“Put this on, then.”

Finn shrugged his suit coat off and set it over my shoulders like a cape or a cloak. He was two inches taller than me and far more muscular. It was like being wrapped in his warm, cologne-scented embrace. The gesture was so chivalrous, it left me speechless for a moment. I knew he was just being kind, but I couldn’t contain my smile.

“Thank you,” I said. “Are you sure you won’t be too cold?”

“Where I’m from, this is a summer breeze. You need it more than I do. Now tell me about your mates. I’m relieved to know you weren’t out drowning your sorrows on your own tonight.”

I snickered at his paternal tone. “I’m not above it, that’s for sure, but no…I was with my work crew for one last happy hour. Marley insisted. She was the redhead with the awesome curls I was with this morning at the museum.”

“I remember. She’s the one holding your jacket for ransom, eh?”

“Yeah. She’s on a mission to find the perfect man for me,” I huffed, making sure he saw my eye roll before we turned the corner to my street.

“Has she ruled out women? You’re bi, aren’t you?”

“Honestly, I don’t know what I am anymore. I had girlfriends in high school and even in college but after the first time I was with a man, I haven’t been interested in anything but dick.”

Finn laughed. “Good to know.”

“What about you?” I asked, leading him down a brick path and up a short flight of stairs.

I leaned against the bright red door as I fumbled for the house key in my front pocket. In my head, I was planning a cinematic-worthy good-bye. Something lighthearted but sincere before we parted for the last time. It would have been a helluva lot easier to concentrate if he wasn’t standing so close and looking at me like I was the last brownie on the buffet table. I cocked my head and waited for him to break the spell.

“I like it too,” he said in a husky voice I hadn’t heard in far too long.

I gulped and licked my bottom lip as he moved in, bending slightly to brush his nose against mine. He surrounded me in every possible way. The heat of his body and the warmth of his coat draped me in a seductive cocoon. I felt woozy with a rush of desire so intense, I would’ve swayed on my feet if he hadn’t been standing so close. I set my right hand on his hip to steady myself and leaned in…just as he pushed away.

Finn let out a ragged breath and swiped his hand over his stubbled chin. “Fuck. I forgot how bloody difficult it is to walk away from you.”

“Then don’t.”

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Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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Lane Hayes has stopped by to talk about her Newest Release and to answer some Burning Questions!


Hello Friends! We are thrilled to welcome the fabulous Lane Hayes to our little corner of the world. Lane has stopped by to briefly talk about her new book, Leaning Into Fall and answer a few naughty questions!!

Welcome, Lane! Thank you for being here.:) Can you give us a quick description of your new book, Leaning into Fall?

Leaning Into the Fall is book 2 in my newest series. This story belongs to Nick, who some readers may remember as Eric’s best friend in Leaning Into Love. Nick isn’t the easiest guy to understand. His thoughts move at light speed, making it difficult for him to communicate sometimes. Wes seems to get him though and thus begins a slow dance and a lean into the ultimate fall. Sigh…. I love a May/December romance! I’m currently working on book 3 in the series, which should be released this summer. It’s so thrilling to be immersed in the San Francisco setting with a group of guys I’m kind of crazy about! 

Now, what about Lane? How about those interview questions no one ever asks?

Do you write naked? NO. All caps! Lol. I like to write in my pjs, though. Is that scandalous?

Have you ever been in trouble with the police? No.

Have you ever gotten into a bar fight? No. See above.

Do you drink? Smoke? Yes and No. I love wine and the occasional margarita. I’m not a smoker.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility!

What costume would you wear? I don’t think I’d have to wear anything at all if I was invisible. I could wear pjs all day like I do when I’m writing. 

Thanks again and Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

Want to know more about Lane Hayes?

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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Start your weekend off with a great read! Lane Hayes is stopping by and has an AMAZING NEW RELEASE to check out!

 

Title:  Leaning Into the Fall

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #2

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher:  Self-Published

Release Date: March 10

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: Approximately 77K words

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Bisexual, humor, San Francisco, May to December romance

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Synopsis

Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He’s made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.

Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself. However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.

Excerpt

Wes led me to a small room at the opposite end of the building filled with barrels. The temperature dipped at least ten degrees here and the strong scent of fermenting wine was offset by the smell of oak. I moved toward the round table in the middle and glanced up at the tower of barrels. Each was labeled and dated, but as far as I could tell, the order wasn’t chronological. I categorized and filed the numbers in my mind in an attempt to solve a mystery that probably wasn’t so mysterious after all.

“These are special reserve wines. The best of the best. Theoretically anyway,” Wes said, picking up the long-sleeved plaid shirt draped over one of the chairs at the table.

“What do the numbers mean?” I asked, running my fingers over the printed tag on the barrel.

“It’s an internal code that basically tells us exactly which vines yielded the harvest. Some have information about soil disruption or weather flux. Of course, once the wine is fermenting that information is no longer significant but—”

“Where are the dates on these labels? Isn’t timing everything in the wine business?”

“Some might argue timing is everything in every facet of life.” Wes regarded me curiously before pointing out the dates in the middle of the tag. “It’s all here. See?”

“I don’t understand your system,” I said, stuffing my hands in my back pocket and staring up at the barrels.

“It’s an internal system. You’re not meant to understand. It’s for us only. The same way you wouldn’t explain the science behind how an advanced operating system works to one of your clients. They might say they’re fascinated but they aren’t really interested in the details. Same goes for wine. People come to tour the winery every day. They want to know about grape varietals and blends and some even ask about topography, weather and the fermentation process. But the true science of wine making confounds them. At the end of the day, truth is in the bottle.”

“In vino veritas.”

Wes smiled as he pulled his shirt on. “’In wine, truth’,” he translated. “Different context, but yes… truth. Are you going to tell me why you’re here or do I have to break out a bottle of Pinot to get the real story?”

Wes’s wolfish grin spread slowly across his handsome face as he closed the distance between us. He tilted my chin with his forefinger and stared deep into my eyes as though he was trying to read my mind. Or devour me whole.

“You look like you want to eat me,” I said before I could stop myself.

“I do. I want to do lots of things to you. Is that why you’re here? You want me to eat you, Nicky?”

“You invited me.” My eyes drifted shut when he ran his fingers along my jaw then splayed his hand behind my head and tugged my hair.

“I did. I’m glad you came.”

“Well, we were in the middle of listing our all-time favorite bands or artists by decade. That’s not the kind of thing you can leave for a whole week. It’s important.”

“You’re right. What were we thinking?” He licked my bottom lip in a sensual line from one corner of my mouth to the other. “We’ll have to continue that discussion later. I want to do other things first.”

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Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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3/15 – Love Bytes Reviews

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3/17- Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

3/17 – Books, Dreams, Life

3/21 – Joyfully Jay

3/21 – V’s Reads

3/21 – Divine Magazine

3/21 – The Novel Approach

3/23 – Prism Book Alliance

3/23 – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

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3/29 – Alpha Book Club

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3/29 – Boy Meets Boy Reviews

3/31 – MM Good Book Reviews

3/31 – Dog-Eared Daydreams

3/31 – Reviews by Tammy and Kim

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Lydia Reviews: A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes


Title: A Kind of Truth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Lane Hayes
Pages: 230
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

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.

Review:

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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Better Than Good by Lane Hayes


Title: Better Than Good
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 180
Characters: Matt Sullivan, Aaron Mendez
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

Aaron Mendez doesn’t believe in labels, and he’s leery of straight curious men. He makes it clear that he’ll hide his fabulous light for no one. While Aaron can’t deny the attraction between him and Matt, he is reluctant to start anything with someone who is still dealing with what this new label means—especially when that someone has a girlfriend.

Review:

To my knowledge, this is the first book I’ve read by Lane Hayes and it definitely won’t be my last. From the first moment Matt and Aaron met, there was a sizzling chemistry between them that simply wouldn’t be denied. I thought the author did a great job at allowing their relationship progress at an even pace.

I thought that Matt was a very sympathetic character. Throughout the novel, he goes through a lot of personal growth. Although he was hesitant about his attraction and feelings for Aaron at first, once he decided that Aaron was the man for him, I enjoyed his determination to make their relationship a strong one.

I also understood Aaron’s hesitance. He’d been burned before and I liked that he wasn’t going to change who he was to please Matt. I thoughts these men really had a strong friendship, attraction and the emotional connection they had was off the charts!

If you are looking for a sweet, sexy and well-written read, then Better than Good is definitely the book for you! This is a perfect book for those craving a sexy, summer read.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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