Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Leaning Into Always
SERIES: Leaning Into Stories Book 1.5
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 100 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. However, after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.
Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.
Zane and Eric’s story is a tale told in two halves. The first instalment was when they got together and made the transition from friends to lovers in Leaning Into Love. This is their conclusion and it gets a bit choppy on the way as past ghosts and insecurities raise their head.
The guys are planning their wedding and working every hour of the day but they still find time to make each other feel special. The story is told in Eric’s voice once again which works well as he is the one with the biggest insecurities. A trip home opens old memories, not all of them good, and Eric finds himself struggling – this is made worse by Dean, an old lover of Zane’s, constantly flitting around in the background.
Dean’s is not a nice person and seems determined to play games. He was the one part of the story I didn’t like – for me he took up too much page space and I ended up angry with Zane for not seeing him for who he really was a lot earlier. This is Eric and Zane’s HEA and they do get there eventually. Eric is even stronger at the end of the book as he has no further doubts about who he is and what he means to his new husband. He knows he is number one – now and always.