Leaning Into the Fall (Lily G’s Audio Review)

Title: Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into #3)
Author: Lane Hayes and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Erotica, Bisexual, May/December
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

Despite being a mathematical/computer genius, Nick is socially awkward and clumsy. He finds it hard to read and respond to certain situations, including personal and business ones. His outbursts are sometimes unfiltered and he is seen by many as selfish. His best friend, business partner, and ex-boyfriend, Eric, gets him and offers him advice on how to behave in given situations.

Wes soon comes to understand Nick’s personality. There’s over a decade age gap between them, so Wes comes across as more mature and in control. He’s hot and sexy. He falls hook, line, and sinker for Nick and doesn’t try to change him. Indeed, he helps calm Nicky’s overactive mind. 

I loved their story and their romance. It’s humorous, uplifting, and downright steamy. Their scenes together were a joy to listen to. I laughed out loud at some of the things Nicky said or did, and their bedroom scenes are just sizzling. They’re perfect for each other.

It was also great to catch up with Eric and Zane after their honeymoon and see how happy they are together. I’m looking forward to Josh’s story next and finding out what’s going on with him.

I always enjoy Lane Hayes’s writing style, her well-crafted characters, and the situations she puts them in. Poor Geordie’s scene near the end and Wes and Nicky’s fallout scene had me in tears. Wow! Loved it so much!

Nick J. Russo’s narration made the story even more enjoyable. He packs so much emotion and expression into his work. Pacing and characterisation are both great. The mature, sexy voice he gave to Wes was delicious and matched the character’s personality spot on. The only niggle I have is the unrecognisable ‘Irish accent’ he gave to Finn.

I highly recommend this fabulous audiobook. Listen to Book 1 and 2 first so you get the background to EN Tech and Nick’s backstory.

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Audio copy of Leaning into the Fall provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men's feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.