Title: Leaning Into A Wish (Leaning Into Stories, #3.5)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 21st 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 130 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Leaning Into A Wish by Lane Hayes is the story of Ryan and Danny. Danny whom in the past hasn’t made the best impression (we all remember how he acted towards Nick in Leaning Into the Fall…) and is a bit of a grouchy bear at first. There’s a part of him that finds Danny irritating, but the other part of him can’t help but be drawn to him. With the help of Geordie, these two men see themselves falling for each other.
-Danny, Danny, Danny! He was so adorable! He were his heart on his sleeve, and the way he went about pursuing Ryan stole my heart.
-Ryan. I got a better sense of him since the story is told entirely from his POV. I let go of his past actions and found myself rooting for his HEA.
-Relationship development. Novellas are tricky, and I think it takes skill to write a successful full story in such a short number of pages and Lane Hayes did just that. As usual, we had a smooth transition from casual to serious.
-Ryan and Danny’s chemistry was off the charts.
-And the end left me with a happy smile on my face.
Can this be read as standalone? Technically, yes, but for maximum enjoyment, I think they should all be read. Well, at least Leaning Into the Fall.
If you’re looking for a holiday story that will wrap you up and whisk you away to a happy place then look no further than Leaning Into A Wish. 4.5 Sweet & Sexy Stars.