Title: Leaning into the Fall
Author: Lane Hayes
Series: Leaning Into Series, #2
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 228 Pages
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
“Love demands courage, patience, compromise, and trust. In return, it offers immeasurable joy.
It was time to surrender and lean into the fall.”
Leaning Into the Fall by Lane Hayes is book two in her new “Leaning Into” Series that follows a group of men who have been friends since college and are now living in the San Francisco area. The MC’s in this story are Nick Jorgensen and Wes Conrad. This story is told in a first person POV from Nick’s perspective and we have very limited insight into Wes’s side of the story. We met Nick in the first book of the series, Leaning into Love, as he watched his longtime friend/business partner/hook-up, Eric, fall in love and then get married to another of their friends. Nick doesn’t deal well with personal relationships and change even less so, so watching his friend move on in a direction that didn’t involve him – unsettled him. At the same time, Nick made a rash decision to propose to a business investor’s daughter – start planning the wedding – then leave the woman all before the first book of this series was over. So, to say Nick has some challenges is putting it lightly – he is brash and calculating yet at the same time he is a man who needs someone to stabilize him, comfort him, and bring all the pieces of his world together.
Wes Conrad, he is a man who knows how to get things done and currently that means running his thriving winery located in Nappa Valley. When he is confronted with the gorgeous, yet quirky, Nick Jorgensen who is yet again trying to return his custom label wedding party wine. He can’t help but wish he could take the man back to his place and show him a thing or two about accepting “No” for the final answer. Wes comes across as a dominant man in this story, not one who wants a man kneeling at his feet or walking to heel on a leash, but one who knows exactly what he wants and his personality is one that has a commanding tone to it. In short order. He has his life together, all that is missing is a man to enjoy it with him. “This is new but I know it’s special. You matter to me, Nick, and I can’t help thinking I finally have exactly what I need.”
These two men are perfect for each other – and much like Wes’ house and estate with its feng shui and order, Wes is exactly the type of man Nick needs to help quiet his mind which is always working on the next formula or interpreting calculations and equations where others see nothing but scenery.
Nick has never been in a long-term relationship, or ever been loved – he isn’t sure what love is beyond an emotion that can’t be equated and written out. He is afraid. He knows he is falling in deep with Wes but he isn’t sure that if he leaps – Wes will be there to catch him, no matter what. “Love isn’t calculated. It isn’t an equation, and it doesn’t always add up the way you think it will. You don’t get to cross out the wrong answers and force the one you want instead. You give and you take what’s given in return and then you trust.”
I loved watching these two as they fell in love. Ms. Hayes weaved quite the romance between the two and spiced it up with some very hot sex! Wes’ and his dominance follows him into the bedroom and he is once again exactly what Nick needs and Nick turns out to be his perfect counterpart.
“Love wasn’t about making a deal and keeping score. It was about taking a chance. And it was infinitely easier to do when you had someone you loved at your side leaning into the fall.”
Overall, this is a romance that will make you totally fall in love with Nick, yes our author is able to redeem him after his less than stellar introduction from book one of the series. You will love Wes, he is one of those men that is just what you would want in a dream guy. These two together are just the right mix. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series thus far, and the world that Ms. Hayes is creating for our characters is perfect. I cannot wait now to see who gets the next book in the series, I am hoping for Josh as he is a mysterious guy and I bet his story is one that will be amazing. In addition to reading about Nick and Wes, I did enjoy the brief cameo appearances by Eric and Zane – I am hopeful we can get more of their story at some point as I really loved them.
5 Stars to this installment of the “Leaning Into” series!! I am anxiously awaiting the next book from Ms. Hayes!
Review Copy of Leaning Into the Fall provided by Lane Hayes for an honest Review.