Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ARC Review: Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Stories 1.5)


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.

Dani's rating:

This is the continuation of Eric and Zane's story, another stepping stone to their HEA. Eric is once again the narrator, and he's as in love with Zane as ever. The two are living the good life: planning their wedding and having explosive sex.

But a trip to their home town and Zane needing to work with his ex could change all that. Eric is jealous, and he's not wrong to be worried, at least about the ex's intentions (I wanted to strangle Dean; what a douchecanoe!)

Returning home makes Eric feel like the geeky, insecure kid he once was. He knows what he and Zane have is real, but he can't help but doubt just a little.

I'm always reluctant to read established couple stories if new conflicts are introduced. I don't like authors messing with their characters' HEA! But Lane Hayes doesn't write heavy angst and fuckery, so I trusted her to make it right. And she did.

While the men do have to deal with Eric's jealousy and have a few tense moments, Leaning Into Always is a sweet, sexy story that shows us how strong Eric and Zane's relationship really is. They are willing to communicate, compromise, and work through issues.

They'll be just fine. Always.

The spine-tingling connection was laced with familiar sensuality but underneath it was the sentiment of a million silly love songs and the greatest lines from my favorite poems. It was the promise of things we couldn't see but knew were there and would be if we trusted each other and leaned into always.

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An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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