Book Name: The Right Words
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125719.Lane_Hayes
Author Name: Lane Hayes
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 her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.
Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
Excerpt from The Right Words by Lane Hayes
“One day at a time,” he repeated thoughtfully, making an obvious effort to steer the topic toward something more pleasant. “Well, I don’t have anything better, so… I’ll go with that too.” Michael’s smile lit his entire face. It was a beautiful thing to witness. He was handsome always, but wow… what a smile.
“Was the picture of us good at least?”
This time he laughed out loud, a sweet, musical sound that made me chuckle along with him.
“Yeah, very hot.” He reached over and pulled me into his side effortlessly. “Look, I wasn’t trying to send mixed signals this week. I know I haven’t been around like I said I would. I… Jamie isn’t going to go away easily. This has been a weird blow to add to an already fucked-up situation, but… I like you and I do trust you.”
“You like me?”
He gave a small half chuckled and shrugged. “Un poco.” He translated when I gave him a blank stare. “A little.”
“I like you a little too.”
I couldn’t help my response at being near him. I curled into his side like a cat begging for attention. Michael wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek and my chin. I didn’t want a “friend” kiss, though. I wanted what he gave me Friday night. I wanted “that kiss.” I intercepted him when he leaned in to peck my temple and stuck my tongue out to trace the corner of his mouth. He groaned and accepted the invitation, diving and thrusting his tongue inside my mouth to stake his claim. His right hand traveled down my throat and came to a stop over my left nipple. He rubbed at the sensitive flesh through my tight T-shirt and squeezed hard when he heard my moan of approval.
I arched my back into his touch but kept my mouth fastened to his. I didn’t want to lose this connection. He bit at my chin and sent kisses down my neck as his hand dipped down to my belt and came to rest on my hardening cock. I whimpered and scooted on his lap to straddle his thighs.
“Is this okay? Am I hurting your knee?”
“It’s good, honey. Really good.” Both of his hands splayed flat on my back and circled to the front to pluck at the fabric of my T-shirt. “Take it off.”
I didn’t have to be told twice. I was burning up. I yanked it over my head and tossed it aside before I began working on the seemingly endless row of buttons on his dress shirt.
“Fuck. Help me get his off you. I need to feel your skin.”
I barely recognized my voice. I sounded breathless.
When Michael finally leaned forward to let the fabric slide from his shoulders, I met him halfway to feel his skin against mine. Heaven. He was simply beautiful, with finely toned washboard abs and gorgeous skin. It was smooth like mine but much darker. Olive against golden. I loved the contrast and I was anxious to explore. I let my hands roam, over his chest, down his stomach, and back again. My fingers itched to palm his cock through his worn jeans. Instead I fused my naked torso against his and ground my aching cock against his equally hard member. We both hissed, and the kiss became something more like sex.
Pages: 204 pages
INTERVIEW WITH LANE
VP: What show from your childhood would you love to bring back?
Bewitched! There are shows I probably liked more but it would be kinda cool to see a modern-day Samantha. I loved how hard she tried to be “normal” when it was obvious that the best and most interesting thing about her was the side she tried to hide from the pubic. The concept is very timeless.
VP: If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Sweden. Lol. We talk about travel constantly in my house and Sweden is one of the countries my oldest son where is interested in doing a study abroad program. Maybe that’s why it’s the first place to spring to mind. I’m part Swedish too (& look it). I think it would fun to see where my ancestors came from.
VP: Which of the four seasons suits your personality?
Autumn. No hesitation. I love changing seasons, so yes, I love spring too but there is something special about the fall. The way the air smells, the cooler nights and changing colors. Or maybe it’s the excitement of the approaching holidays. I’m not sure but hands down, I love fall!
VP: Describe your favorite reading space.
I probably read most in bed.
But my second favorite reading space is a comfy leather chair in my living room nestled by the fireplace. I have a view of the entire room but still have the illusion of being burrowed in a quiet, private hideaway.
VP: How did you come up with the title of your book?
Great question. I’m usually half way through the writing process before I begin to think about the title. In The Right Words, Luke is a literature buff. He has an appreciation for beautiful words and is calmed by them in times of stress. It occurred to me the phrase “the right words” has the potential to mean different things depending on the people, places and situations involved. In Luke and Michael’s case, finding the right words is a matter of taking a risk for what ultimately is the most important thing in life… love.
Tour Dates: December 12th – January 6th
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