Leaning Into A Wish (Lily G’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into A Wish
Author: Lane Hayes and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

If you’ve been following the Leaning Into series you would have already met Ryan. In the previous stories, he has come across as grumpy, serious and somewhat of a loner. His life and family is the winery. He’s been unlucky in love and interfered in both Wes and Nick’s and Josh and Finn’s romances, not making him a popular character with readers. In this holiday novella, Ryan gets his chance at his HEA, although at the start he strongly resists falling for Danny, the annoying yet gorgeous intern at Conrad Winery. Danny’s outgoing nature helps to wear him down, along with some assistance from Geordie. I enjoyed the friction and banter between the characters and cheered when they moved from the flirty banter to boyfriends. We are treated to a few steamy scenes and some special romantic moments as their love blossoms. Time is short for them and Danny’s parents help to throw in some angsty moments with regard to  his future.

Leaning Into a Wish is one of the shorter stories in this lovely and well-written series but it worked. It’s #5 out of 7 in the series but the final audiobook to be published. It could be read/listened as a standalone, but I’d recommend listening to Leaning Into the Fall first to gain more insight into life at the winery as well as Geordie, Wes, Nick and the other characters.

Nick J Russo once again performs this story rather than just reading it. He does a great job in creating the various voices for each character, portraying the required emotions and setting the right tone for each scene. 

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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.