Leaning Into Always (Lili’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Stories, #1.5)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 100 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 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.

Leaning Into Always is part two of Eric’s and Zane’s story we first met them in Leaning Into Love. At the beginning of this story, everything is smooth sailing. Their businesses are flourishing, and their relationship is as strong as ever. They decide on a trip back home to visit each other’s parent’s, and while there Zane will take care of some business. Unfortunately, this deal will bring him close to his ex, whom Eric hates. Not only because it’s Zane’s ex but because he brings back to a time that Eric would rather forget.

Some highlights:

-Eric’s inner monologue. It was funny, heartbreaking, and sweet.

-Zane & Eric. These guys are too fucken adorable together and sexy as all hell!

-Relationship growth. These guys are in it for the long haul, and it shows in the love and respect they have towards each other. When issues arose, they were mature, talked and listened to what each had to say.

All in all, I just loved this novella. Sequels to established couples are tricky. I got upset when a couple’s HEA is messed with, but I think Lane Hayes did a great job here. Going into Leaning Into Always I didn’t think it possible to love Eric and Zane more than I already did, but I do. 5 Stars!

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Galley copy of Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Stories, #1.5) 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
-Age gap

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