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

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“A cupcake? Really Josh?”

I shot Finn a dirty look and headed straight for the cupcake shop. I supposed it was technically a bakery. They sold cakes and cookies too, but they were known for their cupcakes. And their long lines. I turned in the doorway and gestured to the Starbucks across the street.

“You coffee, I’ll cupcake. Grab a table there and I’ll meet you,” I instructed, pushing the door open before he could argue.

Fifteen minutes later, I set my box of goodies on the table he’d commandeered at the front of the store and flopped gracelessly into the vacant chair opposite him.

“For you,” he said, sliding a large cup across the table.

“Thank you. And this…is for you.” I popped open the box with a Vanna White hand motion and then handed him a fork. “Chocolate Peanut Butter and Red Velvet. Dig in.”

“Wouldn’t you rather have lunch first?”


“You’re like a kid sometimes,” he said affectionately. “Come here. You’re already wearing your chocolate frosting.”

I leaned across the table, expecting Finn to wipe a smudge I had zero interest in addressing while a chocolate cupcake was calling my name. He met me halfway then licked the corner of my mouth and kissed my lips.

“Um…th-thanks,” I stammered around a mouthful of cupcake.

“My pleasure. You’re not going to cross the bridge, are you?”

“What?” I asked with faux surprise. “Are you doubting my endurance?”

“Never. It’s just that you tend to stall when you don’t want to do something.”

“You noticed that, eh? Well, no. I don’t want to ride across the bridge. It’s windy, I’m tired and honestly, I’m kind of scared too.”

“Why would you be scared?”

“Seriously? Being suspended above the ocean with a piece of metal separating you from a sheer drop into shark infested waters on one side or a gory run-in with a semi-truck on the other does not sound like my idea of fun. Rain check?” I fluttered my eyelashes then picked up my cup and raised it in a toast.

Finn chuckled. “All right. Another time. I know you aren’t ready to tackle the hills home yet, so what do you want to do after you eat your cupcakes?”

“They’re for you too. Have a bite.” I dipped into the red velvet and held it to his lips. He rolled his eyes and finally opened his mouth and sucked. Maybe I was dehydrated from our bike ride, but I swore I saw stars. I gulped as I pulled my hand away.

“Delicious,” he agreed in a seductive, low voice that made my workout pants feel a size too small.

“Don’t do that,” I whispered. “We’re too far from home to do anything sexy, so behave.”

Finn winked then took a sip of his coffee. “All right then. Where to next?”


Leaning into Touch CoverJosh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.

Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.


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 a newly empty nest.

Books by Lane Hayes:

Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends, Better Than Safe, The Right Words, The Wrong Man & The Right Time, A Kind Of Truth, A Kind of Romance, A Kind of Honesty, A Kind of Home, A Way with Words, Leaning Into Love, Leaning Into Always, Leaning Into the Fall, Leaning Into Touch

Coming Soon: Leaning Into the Look

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