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.
Having said that, this is my least favourite of the three books in the series so far. Some of the magic of the two later books is missing here. I did come to love the men, but I found Michael’s quiet brooding and Luke’s somewhat sulky narration a little off-putting at times.
I’m also not sure the LA setting works very well for a football player. Football isn’t really an American sport and though Hayes tries to explain Michael’s global celebrity and the bigotry in football culture, she isn’t able to show us because Michael isn’t in Europe or Latin America, he’s in LA where they call it soccer.
But this is still a Lane Hayes story – and she writes beautifully. When her romantic leads do manage to connect, this story is wonderfully poignant. Her men are a little damaged, but they are beautiful and resilient.
It isn’t essential to read the three books in order, but if you love the other two books as much as I do, you will enjoy glimpses of Brandon and Alex before their stories start.
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.