Series: A Way With
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New York City, Bisexual, Office Romance
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Synopsis for A Way with Words
Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and, maybe, a little awkward, but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least, he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.
Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy by playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words.
Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but he knows keeping him will require courage. And truth.
Synopsis for A Way with You
Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy.
Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. But nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, however, the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.
A Way With Words Review
5 of 5 Stars
I normally don’t give novellas 5 Stars because they are never long enough and leave me wanting…but man oh man did I love this story. Of course, I would love to have more of them but I’m a HUGE fan of sweet and sappy and Ms. Hayes is an expert at that so I really had no complaints about the story.
I’ve become reluctant to read stories with closeted guys because I hate the angst and hurt caused between the men. And this one had a bit of that angst and hurt but thankfully it was short-lived.
Tony is socially awkward and says whatever comes to mind. He would rather avoid social situations than embarrass himself by saying something uncomfortable…the thing is, what he thinks is weird is actually really sweet and endearing; which is one of the things Remy likes about him. Tony is drawn to Remy’s beauty but its Remy’s strength and passion that keep Tony coming back. Tony’s internal struggle to be true to himself hits a pinnacle when he realizes how much he needs Remy. I absolutely loved how patient and gentle Remy was with Tony. He never pushed him to come out. He was just there for him while Tony worked through his decision.
We do get an HEA for them but I would love to see a follow up at some point to see if their big dreams happen.
A Way With You Review
5 of 5 Stars
No one does cute and sweet like Ms. Hayes does! Even her novellas make me smile big! Just like A Way With Words (to which this is a follow-up) this story felt complete which is hard to do with novellas. The characters were well developed and because of the length the little bit of angst didn’t have time to explode into something it shouldn’t. The writing fantastic as I’ve come to expect from her.
At first Leo seems like a completely closed of jerk. He’s intense and intimidating and Reeve just doesn’t want to work with him or for him. Reeve seems a little flighty and scattered at first but is surprisingly strong and trying to get his life on track. It’s Reeve’s strength that draws Leo in…and leaves him wanting more. The story took an interesting twist but I loved where it went. Leo and Reeve have amazing chemistry – both sexual and emotional. Reeve gets to see the real Leo, beyond the façade he shows everyone else. Leo lets down his guard with Reeve and is super sweet when they’re together.
This is absolutely a must-read (and quick). It can be read as a standalone but I loved Remy’s book just as much so I highly recommend that too!
The vocal performer’s New York accent is ON POINT. He put awesome emotions into the stories. My only little complaint is I had a hard time telling the difference between the main characters at times.
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.
Meet the Narrator
Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor and narrator. He has performed on Broadway (A View from the Bridge) and in regional theater, and has narrated numerous audiobooks. His television and film credits include the CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Best Man in the Dark, and Catskill Park.
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