Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Way with You by Lane Hayes Release Blitz

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.

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Yeah, this was my idea but I wasn’t prepared to be this close to Leo again. His mere presence overwhelmed me. He smelled so good. I wanted to bury my nose in the collar of his button-down shirt and just…breathe. I told myself Leo was a regular guy like every other guy here, but truthfully, he wasn’t the least bit ordinary. Even in executive chic, Leo turned more heads than the shirtless bartenders. And when he smiled at the young man next to me who offered him his stool, he added another admirer to his list.

I’d never been around anyone who changed the temperature in a room simply by entering it the way he did. It wasn’t his appearance either. His height and sharp sense of style might garner a second glance, but his true appeal was innate. It was in the way he spoke and moved. He didn’t mince words or waste time. He was concise and direct and acted with purpose. I got the impression Leo Rodriguez had a reason for everything he did, including wanting to meet with me.

Leo perched on the vacated stool and then hooked his thumb at me when I didn’t reply. “He’ll have a martini too.”

“No. I mean, yes. But with olives, please. No onions.” I thanked the bartender then swiveled to face Leo, accidentally bumping his knee.

I muttered a quick apology and cautioned myself to pull it together. Leo wasn’t my boss anymore, for fuck’s sake. I just wished he didn’t make me so anxious.

Commence the nervous chatter.

“Onions? No one orders onions,” I snorted. “And vodka-soaked onions are especially gross.”

Leo’s lip curled on one side like a pirate. “When was the last time you had a vodka-soaked onion?”

“Uh…well, never,” I admitted with a frown. “But it sounds gross.”

“Chocolate covered scorpions and braised frog legs are gross. Onions aren’t in the same zip code.”

I made a face and shivered. “Have you actually eaten those things?”

“Yeah, and actually, they’re not so bad. Chocolate hides the taste of anything, even insects, and frog legs taste like chicken. But you never know unless you try.”

“No thanks.”

Leo tsked playfully. “You have big opinions, a big mouth, and a hot temper, Nelson. No wonder I like you.” He nodded his thanks when the bartender delivered our cocktails then raised his glass in a mock toast. “To onions.”


“We sure as fuck ain’t drinkin’ to olives,” he quipped.

I chuckled at his comedic expression then sipped my martini while I wracked my brain for a non-confrontational topic of conversation to stall the inevitable one.

“What do you have against olives?” Weak. But it was better than nothing, and Leo seemed willing to play along.

“Nothing. It’s a texture thing. I don’t eat them if I can help it but I love olive oil. And tapenade is cool as long as those little suckers are chopped really fine. Otherwise, olives are a hard pass for me. Everyone has a food like that. What’s yours?”

“Kidney beans,” I replied quickly. “I like them in chili but not in salad. I have a great recipe for spicy chili that requires multiple glasses of water on standby. My grandmother made it when we were kids and”—I stopped to take a gulp of my drink before braving a look his way—“I’m sorry. You make me nervous.”

“Why, Reeve?” he purred, leaning into his elbow on the bar next to mine. “Is it because of last night?”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this book – it is always interesting to read a romance set in a less common scenario; here we have some insight into the world of estate agency, and also a fledgling TV project.

There can be some dissonance in romances which have a bisexual lead, but the strength of character of Reeve, and the alpha male Leo ensure that we have no doubts about their genuine attraction for each other. There were lots of twists and turns which I was not expecting, and I really enjoyed them. From Leo's rise in fortunes, to the familial links which nearly destroyed everything, there was plenty to keep the reader on their toes plot-wise. The explosive chemistry between the two men was also exploited to its fullest, and yet there are some lovely, romantic, and caring moments too.

Thank you, Ms. Hayes, for a really good read.

A Way with You is a perfect example of why I don’t understand why some readers automatically eschew novellas, saying they’re too short. Hayes has crafted a novella that is jam packed full of story, steaming forward in such a way that its page count is irrelevant because the story is complete. You have lust that turns into affection that turns into more, giving Reeve and Leo a satisfying happy for now ending. Added to that are some seriously hot sexual encounters that will leave you fanning yourself as you try to cool down before the next scene. Never fear, it’s not all smooth sailing as Reeve has some major baggage from his failed marriage that boils over into his professional life that leads to the “snap” that moves his relationship with Leo from professional to personal – and, man, was that a HAWT scene!

I have not read any of Felice Steven’s The Breakfast Club series, which the Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World is based on, so I can’t comment on how well it fits or if any of the characters in A Way with You appear in any of Steven’s books. With that said, Reeve and Leo’s story stands on its own wonderfully… except that you may find yourself wanting to grab Hayes’ other contribution to the Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World, A Way with Words, which is Remy and Tony’s story – Reeve’s cousin and his fiancé. At least, that’s what happened to me when I went looking for their story. So if you’re looking for a well written story that will suck you in and make you forget that you’re reading a novella, and is full of emotion, romance, and seriously hot sex, then you may want to give A Way with You a try. It’s certainly earned a spot on my re-read shelf – what am I talking about, I’ve already read it twice.

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 won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 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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