Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He's made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It's the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor's daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn't relationship material.
Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes's laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can't fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn't get himself. However, when Wes's past collides with Nick's present, both men will have to have to decide if they're ready to lean into the ultimate fall.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won’t lie, Miss Hayes is my go-to author when I need some happy, and I’ve really come to adore the group of friends featured in the Leaning Into Stories series. And now, I have a new favorite. Though I didn’t set out to skip Nick’s story, I ended up reading the series a bit out of order, which worked fine as all of these books can be read as a standalone. With the Leaning Into Stories holiday novella release date fast approaching, I decided to remedy that. Funny enough, I think reading Nick’s story after the others gave me the opportunity to appreciate the character development in Leaning Into the Fall that much more. In the other books of the series, Nick comes across as slightly oblivious to social cues and generally self-involved. Oft-referred to as “the absent-minded professor” by his friends, it’s clear his attitude isn’t mean-spirited on his part. However, it didn’t necessarily endear him to me either. While I always expected there was a lot more to his character, I hadn’t anticipated just how well developed his character would be in Leaning Into the Fall. The raw emotion, confusion, and frustration Miss Hayes tapped into telling this story was incredible. She truly made Nick’s character come alive, allowing the reader to experience his ups and downs right alongside him. I don’t know that Nick was technically a character in need of a redemption, but it felt a little like that. The amount of growth he went through in this book made it a story that will be impossible to forget. Although Nick stole the show for me in this book, I can’t deny that Wes was an equally incredible hero with an interesting story. I loved how he approached Nick’s moments of genius and uncertainty, and the steady presence he provided proved that he was the perfect partner for Nick. Beyond that I liked watching his personality really shine as he and Nick found their way together. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of this romance so much. Though this wasn’t a love story teeming with angst, it certainly felt like every good moment was earned. I expected this book to explain a bit more about Nick’s personality, but I never expected to end up loving him (and Wes) as much as I did. Leaning Into the Fall is one of those books that caught me completely off guard, even choking me up at times with the intensity and honesty of the emotions as Nick tried to navigate his relationship with Wes. If you love stories with more eccentric characters who have an incredible depth to them, I highly recommend this title.