Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes back to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, A Kind of Home. She has also brought along a great tourwide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Adam glared at me. “You look like you’ve swallowed a lemon. Which part is bugging you? A lack of cooking courses in your hometown, or the fact I now know how to make a killer fondant?”
“Definitely the fondant. I didn’t know you knew what the fuck fondant was.”
“As a matter of fact, I’m a fondant genius. My cake-baking skills are exemplary, but my cookies… they’re fucking perfection.”
I stared at him incredulously, then shook my head. “I don’t know how to touch that. If I’m honest—”
“Feel free to lie,” he quipped.
I snickered and smacked his arm playfully. “There’s no need. I think it’s awesome. It’s just unexpected. I’m glad we didn’t place a bet. I’d have lost my shirt. I never would have guessed. You’ll have to stay here now.”
“You probably need the kitchen to practice, and I rarely cook anyway. Plus I’ll be out of town a lot.You can pay me back in cookies. Assuming these don’t suck.”
“They don’t. I appreciate the offer, but you may regret your Jack-induced invitation in the morning. We can talk about it tomorrow.”
I narrowed my gaze. “I’m not drunk, asshole. I wouldn’t suggest it if I wasn’t serious.”
“Thanks. I may take you up on it. But back to you… what’s your secret?”
I reached for my glass and swirled the amber liquid before lowering my voice provocatively. “You don’t want to know.”
“The creepy voice won’t work. Talk.” Adam raised his glass in a challenge before taking a healthy swig that would have made my eyes water.
“I was going for mysterious,” I said with a frown.
“You failed. Come on. It’s confession time. Let’s hear your secret.”
I couldn’t help being charmed by his boyish enthusiasm. He reminded me of the teenage version of himself. He’d been quick to tease the shy kid poring over homework with his little brother. I’d appreciated his kindness, though I hadn’t known how to reciprocate. The McBrides overwhelmed me with their nonstop chatter and inside jokes. Especially Adam. He was dazzling. I became a tongue-tied mess whenever he walked into the room. I couldn’t believe no one had noticed.
The combination of strong nostalgia and equally strong whiskey made me reckless. And a little too honest.
“I had it bad for you when I was a teenager.”
Adam’s forehead creased in confusion. I was about to slug his arm and tell him to lighten up like I was playing with him, but I figured it would be more fun to watch him squirm first. I smiled insipidly and braced myself for his reaction. Any second now he’d throw his head back and laugh before assuring himself and then me that he knew I was razzing him. I was tipsy enough to extend the torture, but I’d probably let him off the hook at some point and tell him I was joking. Even if I wasn’t.
For now… I wanted to play.
Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.
Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.
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