Audiobook Review: Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into #3) by Lane Hayes

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.

Listening Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Reviewer: Shee Reader

The story starts slowly with getting to know Nick, and then the awful day he took the wine back to the winery where we meet Wes. It took me a while to warm up to both the men (and even Russo’s narration) but warm up I did! I ended up loving both men and was quite tearful at Nick’s growing up and coming out story. The fact that both MC’s were three dimensional characters with plenty of flaws and human nature was such a source of joy to me, and made it all the easier to lose myself in the story. The main thrust of the tale was the two men falling for each other and working towards a healthy relationship. There were bumps in the road, some form outside the relationship, but some from the men themselves with was so relatable that I loved it. Another great feature if the story was the lovely network of strong friends and healthy relationships.

The narration was quite superb, with lovely characterisation, Nick isn’t my favourite narrator ever, but he does a lovely job with this book.

The writing is engaging, easy to get lost in, funny at times and able to bring a tear. With the high quality HEA, all in all this is an enjoyable book. I will be getting the other book is the series as I loved this one so much!

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