Leaning Into the Fall (Lili’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into #2)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Release Date:
Genre(s): March 15th 2017
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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.

In Leaning Into the Fall, we get Nick Jorgensen’s story. If you read Leaning Into Love, he was Eric’s ex-boyfriend. To me, he across as selfish and ruthless willing to do anything to get the deal. I was interested to see how Lane Hayes would redeem him in my eyes and redeem him she did. You see, Nick’s brain doesn’t work the way many’s do. He’s a numbers guy; his brain is always going. In the story, Nick’s trying to figure out a code to ink a deal, and in the midst of this, he’s suspicious of many around him. It’s during this time that he meets Wes. Wes is older, settled. Right from the start, they had instant chemistry, and despite his paranoia, Nick goes with the flow, and Wes understands Nick more than anyone ever has.

My highlights:

-Nick. Lane, you did it. Not only did you show me how his brain works, but you also had me feeling compassion for him, and you had me feeling paranoid like him, lol.

-Wes. I loved his even keel personality and his patience.

-Relationship development. This is always my favorite part of this author’s stories. She never rushes it; she just allows feelings to develop naturally over a period.

-Narration. I’m a big alternating POVs girl but being in Nick’s brain was perfect in this instance. It was pivotal in giving the reader an insight into his mind.

-And the end. ♥

**Side note. Lane, I need Geordie and Josh. Please!

Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, but to see the outstanding job she did redeeming Nick you should read book 1.

Lane Hayes is an auto-buy, auto-read for me. I don’t read blurbs for her books- I just read them. She always delivers. If you’re looking for a sexy love story to get lost into pick up this book and if you’ve never read her- whatcha waiting for! I can’t recommend her enough. 4.5 Stars.

“Think of love as a stage of grace; not the means of anything but the alpha and omega, and end in itself.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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Galley copy of Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into #2) provided by Lane Hayes in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant