LEANING INTO A WISH
LEANING INTO SERIES, BOOK 5
RELEASE DATE: 11.20.17
COVER DESIGN: Reese Dante
Ryan Haskell loves everything about the wine business. He’s fortunate to work at one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley doing something he enjoys with the people who are like family to him. But he could do without the good-natured intern slash former jock with the wicked grin who always seems to be in the way. Ryan isn’t sure why the new guy is under his skin when everyone else loves him. Thankfully he’ll be gone after the holidays.
Danny Meyers can’t believe his luck when he lands an internship at Conrad Winery. It’s the perfect temporary gig to wrap up his graduate studies. He’s left his dreams of tennis stardom on the court to focus on a new career and a new life. However, he didn’t count on the spark of attraction he feels for his prickly co-worker. When their tentative friendship blossoms into something more than either man counted on, they may have to change direction and lean into a holiday wish.
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“Yeah, I feel like I caught a butterfly and I don’t want to give you any room to escape.” He caressed my cheek then threaded his fingers through my hair and kissed me again. Slower this time and with care like he truly thought I might break or slip away. I hadn’t been handled with this much care in…well, ever. The gentle yet insistent tangle of tongues stoked the fire between us. We were chest-to-chest, hip-to-hip, but it wasn’t enough. My breath caught when he rocked his jean-clad erection against mine in a search for friction. I pulled back to gauge his expression before I climbed him like a cat testing a new scratching post.
And I saw Danny. My coworker. The hot intern who could charm any customer into buying an extra case or two of wine after hanging out at the bar longer than they intended because the wine was fantastic and the company was even better. What was he doing here with me?
A passerby let out a wolf whistle as he moved toward the SUV parked two spots away from me. “Get a room, boys,” he advised with a laugh.
Perfect timing. The small diversion was my cue to back up and regroup. Alone.
“I should go.”
Danny bit his swollen lip as he reached out to trace my jawline. Then he stepped aside to give me space to maneuver to the driver’s side. I opened my door and settled behind the wheel…just as Danny opened the other door and flopped into the passenger seat, crushing the remnants of the to-go bag lying there. He slipped the paper bag out from under him and held it up.
“Well, this is shocking. I would have taken you for a neat freak. Looks like I was wrong,” he said in a mocking tone.
“Don’t kick me out. I need a ride and it just so happens, I’m heading in your direction. I live in the same complex as you, other end, by the pool.”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“Small world, eh?”
“Stop pretending you hate me, Ry. You were sucking on my tongue a few minutes ago. You must like me a little.”
I turned on the engine and cast a bored look across the darkened car interior. “I don’t know what to think, Danny. I don’t know what your game is, and I don’t want to guess. So yeah, I’ll take you home but, do me a favor and just keep quiet.”
He held my stare but didn’t respond. I decided to take his silence as acquiescence. I pulled out of the parking spot and headed home. To the condominium complex where we both lived. How freaking bizarre was that? Why didn’t he mention it sooner? Perhaps it was slightly paranoid, but I felt like I’d been stalked or at the very least, punked. Now here I was, battling a raging boner and the only thing I knew for sure was that I was in over my head.
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 an almost empty nest.