A Way with Words
Series: A Way With Stories Series
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Release Date: June 22
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Length: 24k approximately
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New York City
Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.
Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but keeping him will require courage. And an end to keeping secrets.
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Excerpt“Yeah, that’s no fun. But it’s good to make new friends.” He gave me a sideways grin. “Like us.”
“Yeah, except you make me sweat,” I admitted with a half chuckle. Then I added, “In a good way. I like you.”
Remy hummed softly and sidled closer to me, resting his thigh against mine. “I like you too, Tony. You make me smile.”
We stared at each other for a long moment. All those funny details came rushing at me. Things I never noticed about other people. The gorgeous halo of curls, the shape of his eyes, the freckle on his cheek and those luscious lips. The lone bulb above the back door illuminated him in a yellowish light that shouldn’t have been flattering but I had a feeling Remy would look good with a paper bag on his head. Wait. That didn’t make sense. I furrowed my brow and cocked my head just as Remy set his arm over my shoulder and pulled me forward.
My heart raced when the tips of our noses brushed and our breath commingled visibly in the cool air. With a courage I didn’t know I possessed, I angled my head and slowly touched my lips to his. Just a touch. He had room to pull away. Hell, he even had room to punch me if I got this totally wrong. But when he purred softly and licked the corner of my mouth, I knew we were on the same page.
I cradled the back of his head and gently threaded my fingers through his hair. I held him like he was a fragile flower or something. Then in my typical bull-in-a-china-store style, I plunged my tongue between his lips. Remy gasped at the onslaught but he didn’t miss a beat. He wrapped both of his arms around my neck, drawing me close as he glided his tongue over mine, twirling and sucking feverishly.
I didn’t know how long we made out on that stoop but I could have done it all damn night. He tasted incredible and he felt even better. I loved the way he pressed his chest against mine and those sexy noises he made drove me wild. I wanted more than we were able to do on a cigarette break. Much more.
We broke for air and eyed each other, looking for clues. Or maybe that was just me. I couldn’t be the one in charge of directing traffic here. I was out of my depth. He had to tell me what came next. I’d never figure it out on my own. Remy caressed my cheek and smiled before leaning in to nibble on my bottom lip.
“I have to go,” he whispered.
“Okay. I’ll see ya ’round.” My huskier than usual voice didn’t mesh with the casual vibe I was going for.
Remy pulled back with a smirk. “That’s all you’re going to say? “See ya”? Don’t you want my number or something?”
“Um yeah. Yeah, I do.” I pulled out my cell and handed it to him. “Put it in. My hands are shaking.”
This time when he smiled, I felt it deep inside me. The butterflies in my stomach fluttered like crazy but in a good way.
I was so excited when the Memories with the Breakfast Club Kindle World was announced, and A Way With Words is the first of the novellas that I’ve read. Guess what? I LOVED it! This story was just the right amount of sweet and sexy, and even though it is novella length I still felt like I read a full story and didn’t miss out on anything…it just fit into a very quick couple of hours which was perfect for me.
Tony is just a wee bit in the closet—he’s well aware he’s gay, figuring that out as an early teen, but doesn’t want to risk alienating his HUGE Italian family, many of whom he sees every day, or at least every week at work or family gatherings. When he meets Remy—a super sweet, easygoing, talented man—he’s intrigued, and quickly realizes he likes him..likes him quite a lot actually. Remy understands why Tony is not out, and he’s okay with not pushing him to go public before Tony is ready.
But Tony’s family keeps pushing him to “find a nice girl”, and they’re not at all subtle about it. It keeps wearing on him, and they really are not the type of family to take no for an answer…or at least if Tony says no, they just gloss over it and keep pushing. That’s the only part that irritated me, because no matter what Tony said, they paid no attention and just kept on at him, and he just wasn’t at a place yet to push back and tell them the truth.
Tony and Remy together—wonderful, sweet, hot as heck…and everything felt right and comfortable. Their chemistry is obvious, and just the thought of that coming apart if Tony didn’t come out in the end was troubling to me. It made for some good tension, along with the anticipation of Tony finally admitting who he really is to his family.
A Way With Words is a perfect story for the Memories with the Breakfast Club Kindle World, and you don’t need to have read the Breakfast Club series to enjoy this story—it is a true standalone. I’m giving this one 4.5 stars, and I highly recommend this to any fan of coming out M/M romance…or just M/M romance in general. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.