Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This is a sweet romance, one that can be read as a holiday story or simply a continuation of the Leaning Into series. It features Ryan Haskell, a secondary character who in the past had a relationship with Wes before Nick came along and who was actively trying to break up Josh and Finn in their story. Ryan works in the Conrad Winery and is best at his favorite task: conducting tours and selling the wine that is now a part of his life’s work with a group of people he has adopted as his family.
Each year the winery hires interns and this year, Danny Meyers, a straight jock with a wonderful outgoing personality is driving Ryan crazy. Why? Well on the surface it appears he just rubs Ryan the wrong way when he jokes around or even just brings his bright personality into a room. Why should one guy be gorgeous, built, athletic, and personable all in one package? And to top it off, he keeps flirting with Ryan, even though he’s straight. Way to make a guy crazy!
Off and on throughout the story, the subject of wishes comes up. We learn Ryan’s greatest wish is to love and be loved in return. And we learn the value of believing your wishes can come true. When Danny realizes his own wishes and dreams are all centered in the Napa Valley and a career as a tennis pro is no longer really an option, he gets the help of Geordie, the co-owner of the winery, to help Ryan weave through the path of his own doubts so that Danny can help Ryan find that wishes can come true.
Though the story is short, the characters are well-developed and the situations are infused with humor and good intentions. There’s plenty of opportunity for the relationship to develop and there’s a really sweet ending.
This could technically be read as a standalone, since there are multiple recurring characters from previous books, but it will be a much better reading experience for those who have read one or more of the earlier stories.
I highly recommend this one to all lovers of contemporary MM romance and if you’ve already read the others in the series, this one is a win-win. Be sure to ask Santa for this sweet stocking stuffer.
Cover art by Reese Dante features a bare-chested man—mostly a torso shot—similar to others in the series, and set against a background of fields of grapes—one vine decorated with a Christmas wreath. By the style of the cover, it’s easy to link this book to the rest of the series, and it’s certainly eye-catching.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published November 20th 2017
Series Leaning Into Stories #3.5