Title: Leaning Into Always (Leaning Into Series: Book Two)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self-Published/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 100 Pages
At a Glance: This was a quick and easy read, not a lot of angst, and I was sure Eric and Zane would be okay at the end.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: 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 his best friend, the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. But 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.
Review: Leaning Into Always is the second part of Eric and Zane’s relationship. They are getting married in about four months, and in the midst of all the wedding preparations and the work load of their jobs, they have to navigate around an ex.
In this second installment, Eric deals with inferior feelings leftover from when he was in school, with insecurities and with jealousy. Zane is his usual laid-back self—except for when Eric does risky things. Then Zane becomes snappy, brooding and really, really cold. I actually liked seeing their first real fight. And, of course, the make-up that followed…
This book is a bit longer than the first one, but I still think of it as a short story. It was quick and easy to read. There was not a lot of angst, even though it was dealing with jealousy over an ex who unexpectedly re-entered their lives. I was sure Eric and Zane would be okay at the end, and I never doubted Zane. I couldn’t wait to see when Dean would reveal his true colours, though. I’ll just say that he eventually did, and it wasn’t pretty.
Even though this is part of a series, and has the same main couple as the first book, I think it could be read as a standalone. In the beginning, we are given all the information we need about the characters, and a lot of the things that happened in the first book are mentioned here as well. I didn’t think it was necessary to read through all that again, but I guess this way the author made certain that the reader wouldn’t miss anything in the story.
However, having said that, even though you wouldn’t be lost if you start with this one, I advise you to read the beginning of their story, Leaning Into Love, first so you get to know the characters better and will be able to enjoy seeing them again in this book.
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