Book Review by Pixie: Leaning Into Always, by Lane Hayes

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Leaning Into Always by Lane Hayes

Leaning Into Always, by Lane Hayes
Series: Leaning Into Stories, Book 1.5
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. However, after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.

Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.


M/M Pairing
Gay/Bisexual Character
Contemporary Romance
Established Couple

This is part of the Leaning Into series by Lane Hayes. I read the second book after hearing rave reviews about it but just didn’t click with the characters. After realizing I read the second book of a series I went back and read the blurb for book one (Leaning Into Love) but was on the fence about whether or not to read it. I felt reading this ARC was a great compromise because it’s essentially a short about the two guys who fall in love in book one. I figured if I liked this enough I would go back and read the first book.

Sadly this book didn’t peak my interest enough to go back and read Leaning Into Love. My main issue was, Eric is just a ball of insecurity the entire book. His fiancé is apparently a surf god with glorious good looks that makes him attractive to both men and women. His laid back personality also makes him oblivious to the fact that an old flame who has returned to the mix is very much trying to rekindle what they had as kids. I was frustrated because it was just a constant ongoing monologue in Eric’s head that focused on either how great looking Zane was, how popular and athletic he was in high school, or Eric’s insecurity in returning home where he was a nobody.  Even when Zane caught on to what the issue was and asked if Eric trusted what they had enough to know Zane wasn’t the cheating type, Eric kept it up.

I do think if you have read the first book and enjoyed it, you should read this as well.


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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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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