The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong #2) by Lane Hayes.

A few days ago, I did a post about The Right Words, the first book in the Right and Wrong series. In that story, we got to meet Brandon Good, Luke’s friend. Here he is the main character.

I enjoyed this more than I did the first book in the series, and the reason may or may not be a 13-year-old golden retriever.

Brandon lives in the present, he really really tries to convince himself and everyone around him that’s the case. Really tries. But when he comes face to face with the man who broke his heart many years ago it’s hard to stay convinced.

This is adorable. One slow step at a time Brandon finds himself by Jake’s side once again. It’s only to help out with Max, Jake’s dog, of course. Bran is not giving Jake a second chance, he isn’t…except…

A great reunited story!

Oh, and did I say Jake is a firefighter?? It seems like a point I should make LOL. It can be read as a standalone, no need to read the first one unless you want to.

The Wrong ManSuccessful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

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The Right Words

I’m a sucker for hurt-comfort stories so I thought I’d have me a little peek at The Right Words (Right and Wrong #1) by Lane Hayes.

Luke has managed to get out of an abusive relationship and is trying to build a new life for himself as an interior designer. He can’t believe his luck when he is offered to remodel Michael Martinez’s – the famous soccer player (the rest of the world calls it football, but whatever) – beach house.

But things don’t always turn out the way you first think, and Mikael’s girlfriend has failed to inform her fiancé that Luke is coming.

That’s not the only thing that goes wrong. It turns out the girlfriend isn’t a girl at all and he (the not girlfriend) is blackmailing Mikael. Things go from bad to worse and Luke is caught right in the middle of it all.

There are many things I liked about this story, the slow burn, the hurt-comfort, the friends around the main characters. Sadly, I didn’t like Luke all that much. He behaves like a child and more or less demands that Mikael should come out despite it meaning he might ruin his career (a bit harshly put maybe, but not too far from how it happened.)

But, when Luke wasn’t behaving like a spoiled brat, I enjoyed the story and I’m thinking I might just continue this series…

The Right WordsEscaping 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.

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The Reasons Why

I just poured myself a cup of coffee and headed over to Smashwords – they have a sale going. I wanted something short and quick that I could finish before I ran out of coffee so I picked up The Reasons Why by J.M. Snyder.

JMS-Books has a series of stories under 5k, so they’re usually between 10 and 15 pages, called Hot Flash. Here is a link to Smashwords that will take you to all the Hot Flash books, some are free now on the Summer Winter Sale.

So back to The Reasons Why. This is really cute. Eliot has been working all day, he has a headache and all he wants is to take a nap on the sofa and have a homecooked meal. When he gets home, his husband, Ben, hasn’t even started dinner.

I was chuckling at the opening scene, Ben is an author, and Eliot describes it at sleeping all day och playing around a little on social media. If you’re wondering, that’s not really how the life of a writer is, which J.M. with over 270 published books, of course, is aware of LOL.

But back to the story. Eliot is annoyed, he’s worked hard all day and all Ben has done is playing on his phone. That’s what he thinks until he finds a note where Ben has written why he loves Eliot. One note becomes two, and three, and four…

Super cute! It also made me realise I probably should do something romantic for my husband…soon.

It’s free on Smashwords till the 31st of July.

or you’ll find it here:

The Reasons WhyAfter a long day at the office, all Eliot Travers wants is a much needed nap before dinner. Which his husband Ben is supposed to make.

But when he gets home, Ben is playing a game on his phone and Eliot doesn’t smell anything cooking in the kitchen. As Eliot’s temper starts to rise, he wants to know what exactly Ben’s been doing all day long.

Ben tells him to look on the table by the stairs, where Eliot finds a note he missed when he came in. A note that reads The Reasons Why I Love YOU.

A second note on the steps leads upstairs. Then Eliot finds a third, and a fourth.

Note: This short story was originally published in the charity collection, Love Is Proud.

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