Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blog Tour: Leaning Into A Wish by Lane Hayes (Reviews + Giveaway)

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RELEASE DATE: 11.20.17
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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.


5 Stars!!!

Ryan is determined to survive the next few months working with Danny Meyers, who is a flirt and gets under Ryan's skin like no one else. Yes, the man is gorgeous, but he's not even gay or Ryan's type, is he?

I adored Ryan! He was so prickly and determined not to give in to his attraction to Danny, even if Geordie kept pushing him in that direction. I wasn't sure what to feel about Danny at first, he was a bit of a mystery, even if he kept flirting with Ryan, but once I learned more about him, I fell head over heels for him. He was so sweet and I loved how he pursued Ryan. They were just perfect together, complementing each other in the best of ways. Their chemistry was off the charts and they were sizzling hot, but my favorite part was their banter and how much fun they had with each other.

I loved catching up with Geordie, Nick and Wes and I hope this is not the last we'd see of them.

All in all, this was a brilliant holiday novella and a fantastic addition to the series! I was ecstatic that Ryan and Danny got such a lovely HEA. Just perfect for the holidays!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4.5 Stars!

I’m glad Ryan was able to win me over in this story because, honestly, I didn’t quite care for him in Leaning Into The Fall. This time, I found him to be funny, cute and just on the right side of sweet and snarky. However, while I liked him immediately and wanted him to get his HEA, it took a bit before I fell in love or truly connected to him. His self-deprecating and oblivious mindset sometimes had me wanting to shake him and scream “For the love of God, wake up!” Of course, Lane is an incredible writer and I adore her stories, so in the end, Ryan really won me over.

Danny was a different story though. I fell head over heels for the flirtatious, determined and funny man. I loved how he worked so hard to get Ryan to open up and how he kind of insinuated himself into Ryan’s life. It was funny and honestly, charming.

I really liked the friendship they sparked before the romantic relationship began. It was fun to see how prickly Ryan began to soften and open up. It was also refreshing how from the start Danny displayed this need to actually get to know Ryan. Combine that with the great chemistry they both had and it was apparent these two were perfect for one another.

I liked that this was a fast and easy read without much angst. It’s kind of nice to see some of my favorite characters from this series too. I adored Nick and I loved the glimpses of him and Wes. Of course there’s also Geordie who I love and so desperately hope gets his Happily Ever After soon, he definitely deserves it.

Overall, I definitely recommend Leaning Into A Wish.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

Leaning Into a Wish Teaser 1
I rolled my eyes then turned toward the bar area set up outside on the terrace. And immediately ran into Danny. I frowned and glanced back into the kitchen, wondering if Geordie somehow set this up.
“How’d you get out here so fast? I thought I saw you inside a second ago.”
“Keeping tabs on me? I’m flattered.”
“Don’t be. I’m on a refill mission.” I held up the empty glasses in my hand in case he needed proof. “Excuse me.”
“Ah. That’s important. Hey, be ready at nine a.m. tomorrow. We can use the courts at your condo complex. I’ll bring an extra racket and balls. You bring you.” Danny grinned before stepping aside to let me pass.
“Wait a sec. How do you know where I live?”
“I followed you home, memorized your license plate number, wire-tapped your place—nice boxer briefs, by the way—and rummaged through your trash. I’m gonna recommend you eat less Nutella. Too much of a good thing can end up being bad for you.”
He pursed his lips and held my stare. The intensity was overwhelming and so was he. Yeah, I figured he was messing with me, but the fact he got even a few things correct was disconcerting.
“How do you—”
Danny threw his head back and guffawed. The hearty sound rang through the terrace, garnering a few curious glances our way. “Dude, I was kidding. But…I do know where you live. See you on the court. And Ry?”
“Don’t be late.” He winked before turning on his heel and heading inside.
I watched him through the open doorway. The contrast of standing in the dark while peering into the well-lit house made me feel like a voyeur. I couldn’t tear my gaze from him. Straight or gay or whatever he was, Danny was fucking hot. And when a sexy man who moved like a panther casually brought up your underwear preference…it did things to a guy. It made me want to do things to him too.


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.



  1. I haven't read that many but, yes, I do like them!

  2. I enjoy holiday stories because they help me get in the mood... Otherwise I find it very difficult to feel the joy

  3. I like any good story. Unfortunately many holiday ones aren't up to the usual standard, but those that are, are really enjoyable. - Purple Reader,
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  4. Love holiday books.