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Audiobook Month : Leaning into Love by Lane Hayes Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend.

Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.

This first novella and the next one, Leaning into Always, are about the same couple, Eric and Zane. I love a good friends to lovers story especially when they’ve known each other along time. It’s that moment of realisation that their friendship is much more than that. This moment comes for Eric and Zane when Zane is helping Eric sort out his feelings for former lover and current business partner Nick. Eric is wary at first he doesn’t want to risk their friendship but Zane convinces him otherwise. Zane is perfect for Eric, so laid back and calming. Nick is one frustrating character in this story he just doesn’t know what he wants and his actions just cause more problems. The story is told from Eric’s point of view but there is a bonus chapter from Zane’s POV which made me smile. I was so glad the next book continues their story.
I must confess I didn’t take to Seth Clayton’s narration. There was nothing wrong with it per se I just wasn’t gripped by it. I ended up starting the story over again because I realised I hadn’t been listening to it. There just wasn’t a spark which kept my interest. It might be because Eric and Zane sounded very similar to me. It didn’t spoil the actual content of the story just my connection to it.

3 of stars out of 5

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