Blog Tour and Giveaway: Leaning Into The Fall: Lane Hayes

Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into #2)
Lane Hayes
Pairing: Male/Male
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Release Date: March 10

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.

We met Nick Jorgensen in Leaning into Love as he is CEO of a network security firm with his best friend and former lover, Eric. He is a quirky code genius who is unfiltered, impulsive, and socially awkward. He believe in numbers, cause and effect, karma, and connections. He has single-minded focus and the rest of the world can just be static. His tendency to get into things impulsively has left him now with a cancelled wedding and more enemies. Not to mention that he also hurt his friend and business partner. He is known for wanting things to go his way, and being concerned with his own needs.

Wes Conrad runs a winery in Napa now, but he used to be part of the tech world. He is older, funny, smart, laid back, but has an alpha edge. Circumstances bring them together a couple of times and their chemistry cannot be denied. Wes understands Nick's quirks and issues. He likes figuring him out. He provides a calm and balance, while also encouraging Nick to truly live life outside of the lab. While Nick makes Wes feel even more vibrant and needed.

But Nick is not easy to handle. He runs on the paranoid side and is always trying to find causes and connections. He has difficulty trusting, letting go, and believing in himself and others. It is hard for him to see the difference between coincidence and possible conspiracy. And with so many possible variables and connections it is easy to get caught up in possible outcomes.

It is told only in Nick's point of view and it was interesting delving into his mind. He just thinks differently than others. He thinks he is broken and has issues with self worth. But the people that truly know him, do understand him and have developed ways to deal with him. And Wes is trying to be one of those people, but they are an intense pairing with strong personalities. And their worlds seem to have multiple associations.

I liked Nick even though sometimes I wanted to shake sense into him. But it was easy to see how his thought processes worked. I felt like Wes' character was also well developed and I liked him despite not getting his point of view. 

Nick has trouble with emotions and concepts that are not concrete. Love is hard because it is felt and real and cannot be calculated. It involves trust, compromise, surrender and being willing to fall and hope that someone catches you. This is all foreign to Nick. And Wes is more mature and not interested in playing games. He is more of an all-or-nothing kind of guy.

Can Wes deal with all of Nick's drama, idiosyncracies, and reservations? And can Nick fully trust in Wes and be willing to take a leap of faith and risk falling?

This was a humorous, romantic, and passionate love story between two men with differences in personality, perception, and age. I really loved Nick and Wes together. They had the potential to be the perfect counterbalance. The story gradually built with tension and a bit of mystery.

I enjoyed getting more with Eric and Zane from  Leaning into Love, as well as their friends, Josh and Grant. Their dynamic group is fun and supportive. It also introduces some business associates adding some mystery and drama, and some new characters from Wes' world with Geordie being a big stand out. The scenery alone between the winery and San Francisco also added interest. I am looking forward to more from this series. I am hoping Josh is next because I really liked him in this one.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
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.”
Exclusive for Reviews by Tammy & Kim for Leaning Into the Fall by Lane Hayes

Music plays an important part in our lives. We listen to the radio in our cars. We hum along to commercial jingles and songs we hear when we’re out and about. Music influences our moods and provides a soundtrack we aren’t always aware of. It’s omnipresent and universal. So it seems silly not to occasionally reference the melodies a character has in their head or hears in the background. I do it all the time.

In my recent release, Leaning Into the Fall, my characters have in depth discussions about music they like and their personal top 10 charts by era. It’s the sort of thing my husband and I would break down in detail when we were first dating. Finding common ground in music is a non-threatening way to share pieces of yourself without feeling overly vulnerable. In LITF Nick and Wes have an age gap, which makes the music topic interesting because generally speaking what you like is largely influenced by the era you came of age. Funny enough, Nick and Wes both love Radiohead. J

Leaning Into the Fall is book 2 in my new series set in San Francisco. It’s not about music. It’s about accessing the most private pieces of yourself and giving them to someone you trust in the hope they accept you as you are. It’s about taking a leap of faith and leaning into the ultimate fall. *sigh… Damn, I love romance novels! As with all of my books, this is a standalone. You don’t have to read Leaning Into Love first, but it’s fun to recognize some of the characters you meet in book 2.

Thank you so much for having me here today.

Happy Reading,

Lane Hayes xo

*Just for kicks, I’m going to include this 30 Day Music Challenge list too. Enjoy!

Day 01: Your favorite song
Day 02: Your least favorite song
Day 03: A song that makes you happy
Day 04: A song that makes you sad
Day 05: A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06: A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08: A song that you know all the words to
Day 09: A song that you can dance to
Day 10: A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11: A song from your favorite band
Day 12: A song from a band you hate
Day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14: A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15: A song that describes you
Day 16: A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19: A song from your favorite album
Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25: A song that makes you laugh
Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27: A song that you wish you could play
Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29: A song from your childhood
Day 30: Your favorite song at this time last year
Leaning Into Love (Leaning Into #1)
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Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend.

Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.
Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. She is the bestselling author of the Better Than Stories series and Right and Wrong Stories and the new A Kind of Stories series. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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