Seven days and counting until Leaning Into Always is here! This novella is part two of Eric and Zane’s story, which makes it Book 1B in my newest series. I know what you’re thinking…1B? It sounds like an apartment number. LOL. Thankfully, it’s not. I’ve never done a two-part opening for a series before but this time, I couldn’t resist. I loved Eric and Zane’s chemistry in Leaning Into Love and I knew their story had to continue. And because they’re the backbone and touch point for their group of San Francisco-based college buddies, it only seemed fair to give readers a further glimpse into their lives.
Eric and Zane’s story begins in Leaning Into Love, a ‘friends to lovers’ tale with my favorite ‘opposites attract’ twist. Zane is a former surfer turned professional sailor while Eric is a hopeless geek who’s made a fortune with the tech start-up he co-founded with his friend, Nick (from Leaning Into the Fall). In Leaning Into Always, they’re just a few months from saying “I do” when a trip to their mutual hometown inadvertently stirs up ancient insecurities. Suddenly the old labels that separated them as teenagers feel as significant now as they did years ago. Geeks and cool guys didn’t hang out then. Did they really stand a chance at forever now?
Mark your calendars! Leaning Into Always will be here next week on September 5 and Leaning Into Touch, Book 3 in the series, is scheduled for release late September/early October. Woohoo!
I’m going to leave you with a brief excerpt from Leaning Into Always and a sample from the audiobook of Leaning Into Love.
Leaning Into Always by Lane Hayes (September 5)
Lukewarm water sluiced over my skin and matted my hair. It wasn’t hot enough, I thought lazily. If I’d had the strength to change it, I would have but really…what was the point? I closed my eyes and let my mind wander to all the things I should have said or done differently that morning. I could have ignored Dean and finished my damn book. I could have gone bodysurfing and maybe even persuaded Zane to join me or—
“Did you wash your hair yet?”
I jumped and whirled around with my hand on my chest. “Fuck! You scared me.”
Zane chuckled. “Relax, babe. This isn’t Psycho. I’m naked and empty-handed. You’re safe with me.”
He held his hands high in surrender, inviting me to laugh at his exaggerated silly pose, but I couldn’t look away from his twinkling eyes and that beautiful smile. The one that constantly reminded me not to take life so seriously. Fuck, I loved him so much it hurt sometimes. I blinked back tears, hoping like hell the spray covered the evidence.
“I’m sorry,” I said in a shaky voice.
Zane’s smile dimmed. He reached for my face and rubbed his thumbs under my eyes then kissed my forehead, my nose, and finally, my lips. He pulled back before I could throw proof of my apology into a frenetic kiss complete with tongue, roving hands, and a gyrating pelvis. He bent to pick up a bottle of shampoo and poured a generous amount into his palm.
“I may have overreacted. I just—turn around so I don’t get this in your eyes.” He waited for me to comply before continuing. “You scared me, Er. You can’t do stupid shit like that. Next time, you wait for me. Got it?”
“Good. Rinse your hair.” He backed up to give me space under the showerhead while he washed his own hair and body. When he finished, he soaped up his hands again to wash my arms, chest, and back. Then he dipped lower to thoroughly bathe my suddenly hopeful cock and balls.
“What are you doing?” I asked lamely.
“Just making sure we get all the sand. It tends to burrow in uncomfortable places if you’re not careful, and I need to get to all of your places,” he hummed, licking my ear as he reached around to part my cheeks and tap a finger against my entrance.
“Zane, I—” My breath caught.
I rested my head on his shoulder and sucked water off his warm skin then lowered my hands.
And here’s the audio sample of Leaning Into Love (narrated by Seth Clayton).
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 a newly empty nest.
Books by Lane Hayes:
Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends, Better Than Safe, The Right Words, The Wrong Man & The Right Time, Leaning Into Love and Leaning Into the Fall, A Kind Of Truth, A Kind of Romance, A Kind of Honesty, A Kind of Home AND A Way with Words
**Coming Soon: Leaning Into Always and Leaning Into Touch