LEANING INTO A WISH
LEANING INTO SERIES, BOOK 5
RELEASE DATE: 11.20.17
COVER DESIGN: Reese Dante
Ryan Haskell loves everything about the wine business. He’s fortunate to work at one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley doing something he enjoys with the people who are like family to him. But he could do without the good-natured intern slash former jock with the wicked grin who always seems to be in the way. Ryan isn’t sure why the new guy is under his skin when everyone else loves him. Thankfully he’ll be gone after the holidays.
Danny Meyers can’t believe his luck when he lands an internship at Conrad Winery. It’s the perfect temporary gig to wrap up his graduate studies. He’s left his dreams of tennis stardom on the court to focus on a new career and a new life. However, he didn’t count on the spark of attraction he feels for his prickly co-worker. When their tentative friendship blossoms into something more than either man counted on, they may have to change direction and lean into a holiday wish.
I rolled my eyes then turned toward the bar area set up outside on the terrace. And immediately ran into Danny. I frowned and glanced back into the kitchen, wondering if Geordie somehow set this up.
“How’d you get out here so fast? I thought I saw you inside a second ago.”
“Keeping tabs on me? I’m flattered.”
“Don’t be. I’m on a refill mission.” I held up the empty glasses in my hand in case he needed proof. “Excuse me.”
“Ah. That’s important. Hey, be ready at nine a.m. tomorrow. We can use the courts at your condo complex. I’ll bring an extra racket and balls. You bring you.” Danny grinned before stepping aside to let me pass.
“Wait a sec. How do you know where I live?”
“I followed you home, memorized your license plate number, wire-tapped your place—nice boxer briefs, by the way—and rummaged through your trash. I’m gonna recommend you eat less Nutella. Too much of a good thing can end up being bad for you.”
He pursed his lips and held my stare. The intensity was overwhelming and so was he. Yeah, I figured he was messing with me, but the fact he got even a few things correct was disconcerting.
“How do you—”
Danny threw his head back and guffawed. The hearty sound rang through the terrace, garnering a few curious glances our way. “Dude, I was kidding. But…I do know where you live. See you on the court. And Ry?”
“Don’t be late.” He winked before turning on his heel and heading inside.
I watched him through the open doorway. The contrast of standing in the dark while peering into the well-lit house made me feel like a voyeur. I couldn’t tear my gaze from him. Straight or gay or whatever he was, Danny was fucking hot. And when a sexy man who moved like a panther casually brought up your underwear preference…it did things to a guy. It made me want to do things to him too.
4 of 5 Stars
OMG…this is the sweetest holiday read yet and I loved it! Ms. Hayes is one of my auto-buy authors; I just love her writing! Even though I would love to see more of these two, this felt like a complete story and was low angst which I appreciated. I have a hard time giving a novella 5 stars but that’s the only reason it didn’t get 5 from me.
Ryan wasn’t anyone’s favorite but we get to see him in a new light and I kind of love him now. He’s sweet and can be fun loving when he lets go of his stuffiness. He’s a great friend to Geordie and just what Danny needs (even though he won’t admit it at first).
Danny is awesome. He grew up trying to fulfill someone else’s dream until it became too much for him. The pressure his parents put on him is too much. He’s finally going to live for himself and go after what he wants.
These two are pretty perfect for each other and I hope we see more of them in future books of the series.
ABOUT 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.