Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane Hayes has come to talk to us about her latest release, A Way with You. She has also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving Lane a big welcome!
We were like each other’s therapists. We talked and listened and sometimes we were quiet. As much as I wanted to know Leo, I loved the silences too. I’d never enjoyed them in the past; I was constantly on a mission to fill the void. Just being in the moment was difficult sometimes.
“How was your day?”
“Good. We set a date to start filming next month.”
“We’re sticking with thirty minutes and showing two high-end properties. It’s been done a dozen times already, so I’m trying to think of ways to keep the script fresh. How’s the real estate game in Brooklyn?” he asked.
“Fabulous. In fact, I officially sold my first house in New York City today.”
Leo stopped abruptly and pulled me into a bear hug. “Congratulations, baby. That’s incredible!”
The “baby” thing was new too. He said it in bed all the time, but it had begun seeping into everyday life in the past week or so. And yeah, I fucking loved it.
I returned his embrace then stepped back to give him a big-ass grin. “Thank you.”
Leo laughed. “You look like you want to do a happy dance.”
I nodded then busted out one of my best G-rated club moves. Leo guffawed as I shook my ass in the middle of the path. Passersby chuckled at my antics, but I only had eyes for Leo. I’d do this all day and all night if he’d just keep looking at me like I was someone extraordinary.
I shimmied then posed with my hands in the air and at the last second did an impromptu cartwheel for my grand finale. A middle-aged couple paused to clap when I bowed, which sent Leo into a new round of laughter.
“Thank you, thank you. Try the veal. I’ll be here all week,” I said in my best stand-up comedian voice.
“You can even do cartwheels, eh?” Leo ruffled my hair affectionately as I dusted off my hands.
“Anyone can do a cartwheel, Leelo,” I snorted, trying a new nickname out for him.
“Sure you can. I’ll teach you.”
“Another time. I’d rather not fall on my ass. I’m not as graceful as you.” he scoffed.
“Ha! No one has ever called me graceful. I’m better known for making a fool of myself at whim. It gets worse when I’m hungry. What do you want for dinner tonight, <em>Leelo</em>?”
“Leelo? You just made that up, eh?”
I waggled my eyebrows. “Yeah, it’s cute.”
Leo huffed in faux annoyance and rolled his eyes. “We should celebrate. Let’s try the new Indian place around the corner from my building,” he suggested as he started a light jog.
“Okay. Or we could stay in. I was going to make Italian, but I could try something fancier.”
I barked a quick laugh. “Chili isn’t fancy. Besides, it needs time to simmer. I’ll make it for you on a weekend or when you can get off work earlier to give me access to your killer kitchen.”
Leo stopped again. I furrowed my brow and jogged backward. Before I could ask what the holdup was, he pulled a key from his pocket and placed it in my hand. “Come whenever you want.”
Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy.
Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. However, nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, but the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.
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 won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 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.
Lane has brought a $5 Amazon gift card and a copy of A Way with You to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 pm ET.
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