I leaned back in my office chair before typing a quick message.
Hi, this is Nick. Want to meet for a drink?
You’re up to something, Nicky. Do you need another bottle of Pinot?
My heartbeat doubled as a sappy grin pulled at the corners of my mouth. I stared at the text, wondering crazy things like…what was he wearing? Who was he with? Was he in the same state as me or was I having an obsessive episode worthy of a teenage girl with the hots for Harry Styles?
The last thing I need is your Pinot. I hesitated for a second then added, But I do want your ass.
My phone rang a moment later.
“Is this a ‘yes?’ ” I answered.
Wes’s hearty laughter was contagious. I chuckled as I swiveled my chair and rested my feet on the chair next to mine, waiting for his laughter to subside.
“You’re a charmer, Jorgensen.”
“Thanks. So…drinks? Sex? Does either sound appealing?” I asked in an exaggerated professional tone.
“Both sound immensely appealing.”
The low timbre in his voice sounded like the act itself. I gulped and clandestinely adjusted my dick, mindful of the gaggle of engineers on the opposite side of the lab.
“Good. When will you be back in the city?”
“Not for a few weeks. We’re busy wrapping up harvest. But you could always come here.”
“I don’t know. I had a very traumatic experience on my last visit. I’m not sure I should chance it.”
I kept my tone light, but the gears in my brain had started turning. Fast. Should I get a hotel room or was he inviting me to spend the night? This seemed premature. After all, we hardly knew each other. And I hadn’t been in a “more than once or twice” sexual arrangement with a man in a while. When I was, I hadn’t exactly been good at it. Actually, I sucked at it with women too.
Wes’s chuckle pulled me back to the present. “The weather forecast says clear skies and seventy degrees. Should be a different trip than your last one here. No pressure. Just think about it. In the meantime, tell me about your day.”
“There’s nothing to tell. I’m working in the lab.”
“I haven’t been in a research lab in a while. Has anything changed much in the last nine years, or is it the same sterile, windowless environment with monitors everywhere and a geek squad oohing and ahhing over interface network chips and connectors for the optical drive?”
Wes barked a quick laugh. “Fine. Then tell me something I don’t know…TV or movies? Salty snacks or sweet? And what’s your favorite band?”
Fifteen minutes later, we were dissecting our favorite concert experiences and had ventured into making a short list of all-time best songs. We’d just agreed it had to be done by era when one of the engineers tapped me on my shoulder to get my attention. I glanced at my watch and signaled I’d be right there.
“…if you break down the 1970s, you have to separate disco from pop and—”
“Isn’t disco technically pop? Wait. Don’t answer. Or save your answer for later. I have to go. I’m supposed to be working.”
“Me too. Come to Napa this weekend. Or don’t. It’s up to you.”
Leaning Into the Fall
Series ~ Leaning Into Stories (Book #2)
Release Date ~ 10th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He's made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.
Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself. However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.
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, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.
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