4 Stars for The Right Words by Lane Hayes – #MM #Football @Dreamspinners @LaneHayes3


Title: The Right Words (Right and Wrong #1)
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Publication Date & Length: December 12, 2014 – 204 pgs


Escaping 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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Luke and Michael made an unlikely team.  You have Luke who loves his job, to design and make beauty out of texture, color and space. Then you have Michael, who also makes something beautiful, but it’s with fluidity, grace and a ball.
I really liked how Luke was able to read people in this story.  He also had his close friend helping his gain more self confidence after a somewhat abusing relationship with someone that Luke had idolized, loved and ultimately been betrayed by.  I understood that aspect, but what I didn’t understand were the panic attacks.  It seemed that they were supposed to come at times where Luke was under enormous stress, but they kind of didn’t track that well for me.
Then, because this story is only Luke’s POV, it definitely left me wanting Michael’s side of things too.  I do feel it would have been more complete had I had both POV’s because Michael’s actions didn’t always match his words.
The fear that Michael has is real – I understand fear.  It drives people to do strange things.  However, I also understand love and when you don’t believe in love, your world shrinks down somewhat.  You’ve lost a part of this world that can make the impossible seem possible.
While I wanted to pummel Michael’s bad leg over and over again for his actions in the end, I do believe that everything worked out the way that it should have.
The story didn’t leave me with warm fuzzies, more like cautious optimism, however, I did enjoy it well enough.


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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 a 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, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest.


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