Happy Release Day to Lane Hayes!
We are thrilled to have Lane Hayes with us today on the release day of her latest novel A Kind of Romance, book #2 in the Kind of Stories.
A Kind of Romance is the second book in my A Kind of Stories series. This is my homage to a good old-fashioned New York City love story. Certain places scream romance and to me, Manhattan has always been one of them. It’s one of those cities where anything can happen. You can be anyone you want to be. You can start over, make new friends, find a new rhythm and embrace the notion of possibility. I know my die-hard romantic side is showing, but it’s something I feel every time I visit the Big Apple. Possibility and hope. A place to expect the unexpected.
If you’ve read A Kind of Truth you may remember Benny, Will’s best friend. (If you haven’t read book 1, don’t worry, my books can all be read as standalones. J) Benny is a self-confident, out and proud gay man who loves bright colors and sometimes a little eyeliner. When Zeke Gulden’s father, George, suggests he ask the somewhat colorful man on a date, Zeke is mystified. There’s no way anyone in their right mind would think Benny and he would be interested in each other. They’re complete opposites in every way. Zeke is a conservative-dressing, serious Wall Street exec while Benny is… well, ultra-fabulous. However, sometimes the best things come from the most unexpected sources. And better yet, they encourage you to examine your life and take stock of what truly matters.
Everyone has their own ideas about what makes the best kind of romance. It may range from romantic gestures, like flowers and chocolates, long walks along the beach or holding hands as the sun sets. Perhaps it’s something subtler, like holding a door open or offering a coat when it’s cold outside. Our concept of romance is personal. It’s something that evolves over time with the one person who understands the significance of the gesture and the underlying meaning. My husband and I have been together for twenty-nine years, married for twenty- four in October. I can honestly say that over the course of the last couple decades, my idea of romance has matured and evolved. Like Benny, grand gestures don’t impress me. I don’t need diamonds or roses. An unsolicited cup of tea gets me every time! LOL, I’m easy! J
As any avid romance reader will tell you, it’s what inside that counts. A gentle hand on your head or a sweet smile from the person you love more than life itself is infinitely more meaningful than anything money can buy. In my opinion, the subtler gestures are the key to unraveling the mysteries of our own kind of romance.
Thank you so much for having me here today at Sinfully Gay Romance!
Lane Hayes xo
A Kind of Romance
(A Kind of Stories #2)
Author ~ Lane Hayes
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 6th June 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.
Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.
“For fuck’s sake… all I’m asking is for you to play a part for one night. If you think about it, we should be getting good at this by now. Between our pretend dates and the half-dozen times you’ve randomly announced we’re boyfriends over the last few days, I’d say it’s practically believable.”
“So ask me nicely,” I insisted with a teasing grin.
He growled and clenched his teeth before adopting a faux syrupy tone. “Will you please attend my cousin’s wedding with me, Zeke?”
“I’d be honored.” I waited for him to look into my eyes before I continued. “But we should probably practice at this boyfriend thing. You know… to get in the mood.”
Benny snickered as he leaned into me. “What do you propose?”
“That’s it? Just a kiss?” He licked his lips and inched close enough that our knees bumped.
“For now… yes.”
I reached out and ran my thumb along his jawline. His normally smooth chin was scruffy. I’d always liked scruff on a guy. Especially in the morning. Just the brush of my cheek against Taylor’s used to make me hard. And as the differences flickered through my mind, I realized my attraction to Benny had nothing to do with having a “type.” Benny was nothing like Taylor. One man oozed testosterone, and the other had the faintest smudge of eyeliner under his lashes. Maybe it was a simple matter of liking him. Benny was… refreshing. He made me laugh, and he didn’t shy away from a fight.
I pulled him from his barstool so he stood between my thighs. Then I tilted his chin and licked his bottom lip before covering his mouth. The connection was light, but damn, it was perfect. Thoughts of writhing naked with him in my bed flooded my memory. Maybe it defied expectation, but it was hard to ignore the physical pull. We fit. Like a puzzle piece or a missing song lyric. I licked his lips in a request for entry and deepened the kiss. I let my hands roam over his shoulders and down his back before resting them on his pert ass. When we parted for air, I ran my fingers through his hair and pressed a chaste kiss on his forehead.
“So maybe we should go back to bed… to solidify the arrangement. You know, like a handshake.”
Benny snorted and pulled out of my arms. “Way to ruin a moment.”
“You’re not sorry. I know what you’re doing. You don’t want me to get the wrong idea, so your plan is to occasionally say offensive things to remind me why I’d be a complete idiot to think you’d be a candidate for a ‘real’ boyfriend. Am I correct?”
If I was completely honest, I’d conceded there was an element of truth in his statement, but I’d been around the block a couple of times. Admitting it wouldn’t ingratiate me to him. I gave him a smug grin instead and smacked his ass.
“Don’t be rude. I’m a gentleman.”
“I know your type, Zeke. And you, my friend, are no gentleman.”
Book #2: A Kind Of Romance
Meet Lane Hayes
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest. Email: email@example.com
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