Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
I became of a fan of Lane Hayes after reading the Better Than Series and I was delighted when I saw a new series being started. The Right Words is the first book in the Right and Wrong Series and if the rest of the books to come are as good as this one we are in for a treat. The story follows a thread most of us will be familiar with in the genre, a closeted jock meets a man that has never spent a moment of his life hiding who he is, but what really drew me in was the instant connection I felt with both men.
Luke Preston has not long left a troubling relationship where he was being verbally and mentally abused. He is a shadow of the man he used to be, coping with panic attacks and randomly spouting poetry. His long time friend Brandon has taken him under his wing with an offer of somewhere to stay and help finding his first interior design job. When Luke finally found the courage to walk away from his boyfriend, who was also his boss, he lost his home, his job and everything he owned but starting from scratch is definitely the better option.
Luke’s first job is remodelling a house for an injured soccer player and he has been emailing his plans and ideas to his girlfriend and fiancé Jamie. The day of the first meeting to view the house and hopefully sign the contract doesn’t go quite as planned when the girlfriend is unavailable and Luke is met by a surly athlete who has no idea and nor does he want any work done on his home. Luke is one step away from a full blown panic attack as he sees his plans dying in front of him but he digs deep, sweet talks the owner of the house and leaves him a business card.
Michael Martinez is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury and has recently caught his fiancé with another man – ending the relationship there and then. The last thing he needs whilst wallowing at his own pity party is a sassy and good looking interior designer at his front door. He is brusque and rude as he sends the man on his way. When Michael has second thoughts about having his house decorated he employs Luke, apologising for his behaviour at the initial meeting. Luke can’t believe it’s the same man and he is also left stunned at how beautiful Michael is when he smiles. When Michael’s girlfriend Jamie turns up on his doorstep begging for forgiveness Luke’s thoughts take off in an entirely new direction after he gets over the shock.
Sexual tension is crackling between the pair and it is not too long before the lines become blurred with their relationship. Then follows all the usual drama about how damaging it would be to his career to come out and how his very religious catholic family could never accept it. The part that really drew me in was just how good these two men were together. They felt right from the start and Michael was very gentle and caring for Luke when his panic attacks loomed. Luke had every intention of walking away when the job finished but that thought becomes painful towards the end when he realises how far he has fallen.
When a blackmail attempt is made to out Michael Luke is left devastated and Michael is left with huge and life changing decisions to make. It is a credit to their relationship and to the kind of man Michael is that he takes on the bullies to save the most important thing in his life.
I must mention the secondary characters that were a hoot! Luke’s mum was great but the real star was his best friend Brandon who I believe we will see a lot more of very shortly.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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