Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Reeve Nelson arrives in New York, ready to set the real estate world on fire. He’s got the experience from having co-owned his own business with his ex-girlfriend, though it was in a small town and nowhere near the complexity or the pricing of life in the City. Hired by Leo Rodriguez to be his assistant as Leo prepares a new home real estate show for a major network, he eventually finds out that he was primarily hired because of his connections to his brother’s fiance’s family and their business, DeLuca Construction.
Remy and Tony DeLuca from A Way With Words both make an appearance in this story as Reeve relies on his brother for a shoulder to cry on when his dreams stall out and he experiences a major crush on his arrogant, ruthless boss. Their tension and sexual chemistry explodes one night when Reeve has had enough and confronts the big man. Thinking he has nothing to lose since he’s about to quit, Reeve gives him a verbal lashing, but to his surprise, Leo responds by kissing Reeve, and things get hot and heavy from there.
This story is fairly short—probably novella length—so much of the relationship development takes place off page. However, the author does keep us informed about what is happening in their lives as they go through the summer as friends. Reeve now has his own business in Brooklyn, where Tony’s family has more connections and Remy makes sure Reeve gets referrals, but he and Leo are still having sex, still spending hours talking about everything from their past to their likes and dislikes, and still sharing experiences on day-trips, hikes, runs, time at the gym. In other words, they are becoming very important to one another, and slowly but surely, each man begins to realize how much he is falling in love.
I always enjoy Lane Hayes’s writing and this story is no exception. I wish I had known about the first book, however, as I think it would have enhanced my pleasure in reading this one since the characters from that story are featured prominently in this one. Nevertheless, this can be read as a standalone.
This book takes two very different men on a journey of discovery and by the time they realize their importance to each other, rather than have their life circumstances turn against them, something very romantic and magical happens and big, gruff, “ruthless” Leo does something Reeve never expects. It’s definitely a romantic story with a capital R and is the perfect length to pick up when you need that special book to brighten your day.
Cover art by Reese Dante depicts a photo of a businessman ripping open his suit jacket and shirt to expose his muscular chest. It’s certainly attention-getting, though I would have liked to see some tattoos on that chest to match the description of Leo’s chest in the story. [fans self]
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 95 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Kindle Worlds
Original TitleA Way with You
SeriesMemories with The Breakfast Club settingManhattan, New York City, New York (United States)