Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
Book 3 in the Right and Wrong series has everything we have come to expect from Lane Hayes with an added dose of angst.
We’ve met Alex before as he is Michael’s best friend from book 1. His life until recently revolved around 2 things; football and family and they were, and still are to some extent, very intertwined. His Latino family is old school, particularly his father, and expectations are high. His father would like to see Alex settled down with a wife, family and picket fence – the fact that Alex is gay doesn’t count as they don’t speak about or acknowledge that fact. Alex no longer plays football but owns his own high end and successful gym. He is a good looking gay man with a different man in his bed on a regular basis. Life is for having fun and if he doesn’t slow down he won’t have to make a commitment and if he doesn’t make a commitment he doesn’t have to face his father and the world at large. When he tried once before to come out it ended badly and the saying once bitten twice shy applies to how he feels about trying it again.
Nate Erickson is divorced, successful and relocating to Santa Monica for work for a few months. A college romance and subsequent battle with his now deceased parents sent Nate on a path in life that never allowed him true happiness and he has been flailing ever since. A one off hook up with a drunken friend last year only increased his fear of becoming involved with anyone as he is still living with the repercussions of that event. Nate works long hours and hates to socialise. When he rents an apartment from Alex and they subsequently become neighbours his peace and quiet are hijacked by the boisterous and sexy man.
Nate and Alex are really good together. They build an amazing friendship together and have a lot in common. When their friendship becomes more even then there are similarities as they both share a lot of the same fears. Both men know there is a timeframe attached to what they are doing but neither man is ready to face what happens when Nate has to return home. The biggest fly in the ointment for me was Julie. Oh my god that woman was annoying and so totally not clued in to how Nate felt as she kept throwing herself, embarrassingly, at him and appearing at the worst moments.
Although neither men were ready when they first met as the weeks and months roll on it becomes clear that things are going to have to change as their feelings deepen. Miscommunication will cause a blip but in reality it is the right time for both these men to get their happy!
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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