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review 2020-09-19 15:22
Un-Leashed by J. Haney, S.I. Hayes
Un-Leashed - S.I. Hayes,J. Haney

 

 

 

Un-Leashed by J. Haney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Un-Leashed will have emotions tied up in knots. From laugh out loud dialogue to a heart stirring storyline, Haney and Hayes have outdone themselves. Bennett is a broken man with a chip on his shoulder and an ache in his heart. Clover is an optimist with a sensitive heart and a sassy tongue. Add in two adorably mischievous dogs and sparks fly. Hayes and Haney add tempting to heartwarming with captivating results.



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review 2020-07-12 08:10
New Release Blitz - Out On The Serve

 

Title: Out on the Serve

Series: Out in College, Book 7

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: July 10

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 55K

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Friends to Lovers, College romance, Athletes, Volleyball, Humor

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Synopsis

 

Roommates to friends to lovers…

 

Elliot-

I need a roommate fast. Even a temporary one. Beggars can’t be choosers. Going pro after graduation has been intense, and time is precious. Thankfully, Braden seems cool. He’s a little quirky…and very sexy. Of course, I would never get involved with a roommate. That’s a bad idea. Isn’t it?

 

Braden-

Moving to Long Beach seems like a no brainer. It’ll be a perfect chance to wind down before grad school and a nice respite from my folks. Plus, my new roommate is a great guy. A little messy, but sweet. Gotta admit, I like him more than I should. And we’re off to a strange start when a mutual friend hooks me up with his ex. Elliot’s the one I want, but going from friends to lovers is a risk. We could end up out on the serve…or we could win it all.

 

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Ten minutes later, I tied a towel around my waist and opened the bathroom door to release some steam just as Braden opened his bedroom door. It might have been my imagination or wishful thinking, but I could have sworn he eye-fucked me before he met my gaze.

 

“Mornin’,” I said in a raspy voice.

 

“Good morning.”

 

“How’d you sleep?”

 

“Pretty good. Are you going to the beach today?” he asked awkwardly.

 

“Yeah. I’m leaving soon.”

 

“Hmm. I heard the swell is huge,” he said in a fast, clipped tone.

 

I crossed my arms and leaned against the doorjamb. “Yeah, I heard that too. There’s some big storm off the coast of Mexico.”

 

“Right.”

 

“Want to come with me?”

 

“To Mexico?”

 

I barked a laugh. “No, dork. To the beach.”

 

Braden chuckled. “Believe it or not, I’m going to the theater. Sophie talked me into trying out the assistant gig. Hopefully, it’ll keep me out of trouble.”

 

And there was the opening I needed. I wasn’t sure how to word it, though. The hint of unease between us told me that I should proceed with caution. We had to be on the same page and willing to try something new and—fuck. My window of opportunity was closing. Braden’s cheeks reddened as he mumbled a good-bye. I grabbed his wrist before he closed his door, ignoring the spark and sizzle that zipped along my spine.

 

“Hang on…thank you.”

 

“For what?”

 

“The cereal.”

 

“Oh.” He let out a half laugh and yes…his face went a shade pinker. Fuck, that was both cute and hot at the same time. “It was silly.”

 

“I love silly. I’m a huge fan of all things ridiculous. Ask anyone.”

 

“I believe you.”

 

“Good. So…let’s agree that this doesn’t have to be weird. We’re grown adults. Well, you are anyway. We can call it a celebratory kiss if you want and move on. What d’ya say?”

 

“Yes, okay. I’m—I’m sorry about”—he circled his wrist meaningfully—“everything. I overreacted.”

 

“You mean the part when you yelled at me for getting sand on the floor? I forgive you.”

 

“No, I was serious about that part.”

 

“I know. But don’t worry about the other thing. Boners happen.”

 

Braden sputtered. “I did not have a boner.”

 

“Liar. We both did. Might have been your mom’s fudge,” I teased.

 

“You think my mother’s homemade fudge gave you a hard-on,” he repeated incredulously.

 

“Dude, chocolate totally gives me wood. Or maybe she added a chemical substance that made us too relaxed.”

 

“Like what?” “I don’t know…weed?” Braden snickered. “Unlikely. My mom is very proper. I don’t think she even knows what weed looks like.”

 

“Hmm. You seem kind of proper too. Do you take after her?”

 

“Maybe, but I know what weed looks like,” he assured me. “My roommate in the dorms my freshman year was very fond of the stuff. We didn’t get along at all. He was a total—”

 

“Slob?” I supplied, quirking my brows.

 

“Yeah.” He shrugged carelessly. “I was probably overbearing, but in my defense, I come from a super rigid household. I’m an only child, and I was sick a lot when I was little. I had colic and sensitivity issues. I’d break out in rashes if I was in the sun for five minutes or if I ate citrus. My asthma was off the charts. I had a nebulizer at home, and I carried inhalers everywhere I went.”

 

“That’s a lot of information,” I said with a laugh.

 

He winced, then sucked in a deep breath. “Sorry. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. My geek is showing.”

 

“Ha. Nothing wrong with that. You like me, eh?”

 

Braden chuckled. Like I’d hoped he would. “What makes you think that?”

 

“You kissed me. Twice. We might as well get married and pick out His and His towels. Thoughts?”

 

“Great idea. Just don’t tell my mom. She’d have a heart attack. She was already worried I’d moved in with you because you were my…”

 

“Boyfriend,” I supplied.

 

“Yeah, except she has a hard time saying that word, so it comes out in a strained whisper like…boyfriend.” Braden modulated his voice to sound like a scared woman. He grinned when I busted up laughing, and I could have sworn a ray of sunshine burst through the wall of our apartment.

 

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Out on the Serve (Out in College, #7)Out on the Serve by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elliott needs a roommate in a hurry. His old roommate is leaving and he needs someone to take her place quickly. With Braden, he finds more in common than at first sight.

Braden and Elliott have more than just friends alike. They both love volleyball and sports. When they become roomies, there is so much more between them than meets the eye.

This story was a fun read. This series always has such varied and interesting characters. I found this couple very easy to relate to. Their story was compelling and the humor on point.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Meet the Author

 

Lane Hayes 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. 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, 2017, and 2018-2019 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.

 

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review 2020-07-11 05:40
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Out on the Serve - Lane Hayes

Elliott needs a roommate in a hurry.  His old roommate is leaving and he needs someone to take her place quickly.  With Braden, he finds more in common than at first sight.

 

Braden and Elliott have more than just friends alike.  They both love volleyball and sports.  When they become roomies, there is so much more between them than meets the eye.

 

This story was a fun read.  This series always has such varied and interesting characters.  I found this couple very easy to relate to.  Their story was compelling and the humor on point. I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2020-06-15 02:27
A Way With Words and A Way With You - Lane Hayes,Alexander Cendese

A Way with Words and A Way with You by Lane Hayes consist of two separate stories both of with make reference to characters and/or element from Felice Stevens series ‘The Breakfast Club’ and truthfully the only reason that I was aware of this was the disclosure at the beginning of the audio book and while I can safely say I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything in these stories for not having read that series. I am left wondering how if I’d read or listened to the Breakfast Club series…would I maybe have enjoyed ‘A Way with Words and A Way with You’ a bit more than I did, but it is what it is and I guess I’ll never know.

 

While I’ve given the audiobook an overall rating of 3.5 for the most part I found that I enjoyed ‘A Way with Words’ a bit more than ‘A Way with You’ and in fairness to both stories rather than do one big mashed up review of the audio book I’ve chosen to give each book their own mini review here so first of all lets start with what both stories have in common besides the author…

 

The narrator…Alexander Cendese. This audio book  is only my third time listening to this particular narrator (or more accurately my 3rd & 4th) so he’s a relatively new to me narrator and as with my previous experiences overall I found this to be a good listening experience. The character voices were distinct and unique giving uniqueness and emotion to the characters and their situations. Mr. Cendese is a narrator that I would not hesitate to listen to in future and look forward to enjoying more audio books narrated by him.

 

Now about the books…

 

Garnering a solid 4 stars from me ‘A Way with Words’ was the first story in this duology and it in fact turned out to be my favorite. Tony De Luca is a down to earth guy, with a big Italian family to meddle in his life he flies under the radar as often as he can especially when it comes to his sexuality or at least that’s how he rolled until he met a sexy guitar player on a street corner when he was going for lunch one day.

 

Remy came from a small town looking for a new life in the big city. He plays guitar on a Manhattan street corner during the day and tends bar at night. He’s out and right now more concerned with a steady job than a steady man until he meets a certain sexy Italian construction worker whose kind heart, soulful eyes and uniquely interesting way with words starts him thinking about other things.

 

For me, Tony and Remy worked as a couple. They were both down to earth and I could so easily imagine them as real people. Their relationship developed as a friendship before becoming something more. Things between them felt genuine.

 

I especially liked that in his heart Tony knew his family…especially his mother would still be loving and supportive when he came out to them and that Remy’s family was also a loving and supportive family. So often stories have family members that are the total opposite of this and while more often than it should be this is a sad part of the real world. It is sometimes nice to read a story that reminds us that there are also good, loving and supportive families out there.

 

I think I maybe would have liked a tiny bit more story for Tony and Remy but all in all it was a sweet romance with a nice happy ending and made for an enjoyable summer vacation listen.

 

‘A Way with You’ is the second book in this audio excursion and I have to admit if I was rating just this story, then my rating would probably be 3 stars at best. Thankfully, Mr. Cendese was present to bolster the characters with his expressive and solid narration.

Reeve Nelson is struggling to be successful in the Manhattan real estate market. He’s willing to give it his all. After leaving his small town and an ex-who-doesn’t-want-to-be-his-ex, he’s determined not to go back. He’s also Remy’s brother (yes, this was one of the best things about him for me). Reeve’s boss is making this all particularly challenging for him. Reeve’s not afraid of a challenge but he’s also not afraid of walking away from things when they’re not right for him.

 

Leo Rodriguez has a reputation as a ruthless businessman and he’s proud of it. He’s worked hard to get where he is, and he’s done it on his own terms.

 

These two men should have worked for me but for some reason they fell a little short of the mark and the highlight of this story for the most part were the moments when Reeve interacted with his family… especially Remy and Tony.

 

At the end of it all though I was left with one story that I quite enjoyed and another that was ok both narrated by a narrated with the ability to enhance a story with is vocal skills.

 

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An audio book of ‘A Way with Words and A Way with You’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2020-04-12 08:10
Audio Blitz - Out On The Ice

Title: Out On The Ice
Series: Out in College, Book 5
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Audio Release Date: March 30, 2020
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Enemies to lovers, College romance, Athletes, Hockey, Baseball, Humor
 

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Colby Fischer is a bad boy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder. As a senior at a Southern California college, he knows this may be his last shot. He doubts he’ll ever become the hockey legend he dreamed of being as a kid, but he definitely doesn’t want to be an accountant. Things get interesting when he’s asked to train the new intern at his step-dad’s firm, who happens to be the troublemaker from his econ class. And the one guy Colby can’t stand.

Baseball is Sky Jameson’s life. He’s happy to be back at Chilton for his senior year, but he’s burned a few bridges and has a bit too much free time off-season. He could use the money and something to keep him busy until his season begins. But his accidental crush on his prickly coworker could be a problem. Colby is straight and Sky is in the closet. Their timing isn’t great, but the intense attraction is hard to deny. With his final season on the hockey team in the balance, Colby may have to decide if he’s ready to come out on the ice.

 

Excerpt

 

“What position do you play?” Sky asked, pealing the label off his water bottle.
 
“Right wing. Forward. Think of soccer where the front line moves the ball down the field. We do the same with the puck.”
 
“I know how it works. I’ve watched a lot of hockey.”
 
“Have you ever played?” I asked.
 
“No. Baseball was always number one for me. Besides, hockey is kind of…rough. There’s always a fight. And the game moves so fast, it’s hard to see the puck sometimes.”
 
“Not if you pay attention.” I raised my beer bottle in a mock toast and grinned. “And I like it rough.”
 
Sky pursed his lips and stared at me…or maybe he was staring at my throat. I couldn’t tell. “Me too. But not on the field. It distracts from the game.”
 
“In hockey, it’s part of the game. If you can’t defend yourself, your teammates, and the ice, you have no right to be out there. Might as well take up ice dancing or something,” I snarked, only half kidding. “And no offense, but ice dancing is a hell of a lot more entertaining than baseball. Trust me, I know. I played Little League for a couple of years. I used to beg the coach not to put me in the outfield. Geez, you could take a fuckin’ nap out there some days, you know?”
 
Sky laughed. “Fuck you. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Baseball is a game of strategy.”
 
“Strategy my ass,” I huffed, smiling to take the sting from my words…even though I kinda meant it. “It’s one of those weird sports where everyone gets pumped when nothing happens. ‘Oh, it’s a no-hitter. That’s amazing!’ Sure…but nothing fuckin’ happened! No one hit the ball, no one rounded the bases, no one slid to home plate. No one had to even wash their damn uniforms! And you know why?”
 
“Why?”
 
“’Cause nothin’ fuckin’ happened,” I replied, taking a long sip of my beer as I let the sweet sound of Sky’s laughter wash over me.
 
God, he had a great laugh. It made me like him a little more. And yeah, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I liked Sky. He was smart, talented, easy on the eyes, and he had a sense of humor.
 
“That just proves baseball players are smarter than hockey players,” he taunted.
 
“Said no one anywhere ever.” I held my hands up in surrender when he flipped me off. “Hey, I’m kidding. I like baseball fine. I told you I follow the Tigers. I still have the jersey my dad bought me when I was ten. Dude, I’d wear it if I still fit in it. What’s your position?”
 
“Shortstop. I’ve played almost every position at one time or another but I like it the best. You gotta be quick, have a strong arm, and good instincts. I also have a long wingspan. That helps.”
 
“Makes sense. I don’t know about wingspan, but you gotta be quick in lightning fast hockey too with quick reflexes. Big ol’ quads help.” I smacked my thighs and chuckled. “Mine are kinda huge.”
 
Sky gave me a lopsided smile. “I noticed. It’s hot.”
 
“You think muscular legs are hot?”
 
“I do. Believe it or not, it wasn’t your sweet personality that made me look twice. It was your thighs.”
 
I snickered. “That’s weird.”
 
“Maybe, but it’s true. You always wore shorts to summer school. I used to come in a little late so I’d get a good look at you before I sat down. I purposely didn’t sit next to you because I knew I’d get caught staring. And the one day I did, you were the one who got caught.”
 
“Are you telling me that all this started because of my thighs?” I asked, narrowing my gaze suspiciously.
 
Sky nodded. “Basically…yes.”
 
We held eye contact for a moment then busted up.
 
And when our laughter faded, the mood changed all over again. I felt that same crackle of heat and sexual energy I always did when I was around him, but this time I knew what it was. And though I might have been unsure, I wasn’t afraid.
 
I leaned forward on my barstool and motioned for Sky to close the distance. He brushed his nose against mine. I held my breath and waited for him to make a move. Any move at all. When he blinked, I licked the corner of his mouth then pressed my lips to his and closed my eyes.

 

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Out on the Ice (Out in College, #5)Out on the Ice by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #5, in the Out In College series. This story can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Colby meets Sky in a summer class. They start as enemies, or so Colby thinks. Once they do get to know each other, the attraction intensifies and nearly burns him up.

Sky has no idea how to fix this confusion with Colby. It does not seem he will ever have a chance to be more. Is what he is feeling enough to take a chance on someone for a future?

This was a solid addition to the series. In the long awaited Hockey version, the MC's are both busy with their own sports and schedules when they meet in class. I loved the banter. I found the pace good, the heat at a good level, and the story read so good I could not put it down.  The narrator does such a wonderful job on all the voices.  They are so distinct and different, its almost like watching a movie from another room, where you cannot see the picture.  Makes for a fun listen and a solidly good read.  
 
 
***I voluntarily listened to this copy in exchange to give my own words and opinion to this audiobook.



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Purchase the other books in the Out in College Series

Out in the Deep (Out in College, Book 1)
Out in the End Zone (Out in College Book 2)
Out in the Offense (Out in College Book 3)
Out in the Field (Out in College Book 4)

 

Meet the Author

 

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 First Place winners 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.

 

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