Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her release, The Right Time. She has also brought along a great giveaway! Please join me in giving Lane a big welcome!



THE RIDE home was quiet. I tried to start light conversation a couple of times, but my usually loquacious companion wasn’t interested. He kept his attention fixed on his phone or out the window. I let it go, but I hated his silence. It just wasn’t Alex. The absence of speech felt hollow and lifeless.

On the elevator ride to the ninth floor, I was hit with the memory of the first time we’d met. I’d been so annoyed at his careless chatter as though his happiness was an invasion of my privacy. A few weeks later, I was desperately wracking my brain for a way to coax a smile, even a weak one, from him.

“So, about that chile relleno. Any chance of requesting a mild chili pepper?”

Alex cracked a smile and rolled his eyes as the doors opened. I gave myself a mental fist bump and pulled my card key out as we made our way down the hall. Alex stopped at his condo and gave me a tepid grin.

“Mind if we take a rain check? I’m tired.”

“Rain check for what?”

He sighed and leaned heavily against his now open door. “Sex.”

I was too astounded to respond at his carefully irreverent tone. He made that one word sound and feel like a slap. I stood staring at him in shock until a fiery wave of anger made my blood boil ominously. I walked back toward him with my brow furrowed and my eyes narrowed.

“Are you fucking kidding me?” I shoved an angry finger at his chest. “Who do you think I am? You are a complete ass for thin—”

“Hey. Don’t be mad. I’ll keep my end of the bargain even if I didn’t follow through.”

“Shut the fuck up. I’m not interested in you pimping yourself out. Save it for some—”

I huffed in surprise as Alex launched himself at me, fusing his mouth over mine, very effectively shutting me up. My defenses melted at the slightest touch of his tongue against my lips. I opened to him, allowing him to take over. He groaned in appreciation and deepened the kiss, gliding his tongue along mine in a sweet dance that had me clutching at his hips for balance. He yanked me by the hand into his darkened condo, then closed the door and flung his arms around my neck. All instincts went on high alert as he ground his pelvis against mine and licked a seductive trail up my throat to my chin. My body demanded I take what he was offering, but I knew to proceed with caution. As perfect as Alex felt in my arms, something was wrong.

I gently disengaged from his hold and kissed his lips before stepping back.

“Tell me what’s wrong.”

Silence. I sighed and tried again. “Alex.”

He let out a growl of frustration and punched the wall before turning on his heels toward the kitchen.


The Right Time by Lane HayesWorkaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

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Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and their very old dog in an almost empty nest.


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