A Way with Words
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.

A Way with Words Details

TitleA Way with Words
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 20th, 2017
PublisherKindle Worlds
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary

A Way with Words Review

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    ~4.5~This is a gorgeous story about an out-and-proud musician and closeted construction worker. Tony sees Remy every day on his way to work. Remy plays his guitar on the street, and Tony thinks he's pretty good but needs words to go along with the music. So one day Tony stops and says, "Hey."Tony, the first-person narrator, is a simple guy; he likes his job and misses his dad, who passed away a year ago. He has a boisterous, close-knit Italian family, and not one of them knows he's gay. Tony is ~4.5~This is a gorgeous story about an out-and-proud musician and closeted construction worker. Tony sees Remy every day on his way to work. Remy plays his guitar on the street, and Tony thinks he's pretty good but needs words to go along with the music. So one day Tony stops and says, "Hey."Tony, the first-person narrator, is a simple guy; he likes his job and misses his dad, who passed away a year ago. He has a boisterous, close-knit Italian family, and not one of them knows he's gay. Tony is tired of pretending and living a lie. When his mother sets him up with yet another woman, one he happens to like but not THAT way, he reaches his breaking point. There's very little drama in this book. Tony and Remy are amazing together. Remy is so understanding, so kind. He never pushes Tony, never shames him. The one steamy scene sizzles like WHOA! I wanted more. Tony may not have a way with words, but Hayes does. Don't miss this romantic read about finding yourself and the one person who makes you "stronger, kinder, better." "You're my place ... I want to plant you a tree like this one in our backyard. You can sit in the shade in the summer and play the guitar and—""Where will you be?" he asked."Next to you. Always next to you."
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  • Barbara➰
    January 1, 1970
    Tony has been playing it straight in more ways than one, all his life. He’s deep in the closet and hasn’t been honest with anyone himself included. “Something was changing inside of me, insisting I shed the pretense and be real. I was like a turtle who’d outgrown his shell. I needed new shelter. A place to grow and stretch and be myself. My real self.” But he’s been eyeballing the guitar player on the street by his construction sight. One day the two actually speak and the attraction is clear Tony has been playing it straight in more ways than one, all his life. He’s deep in the closet and hasn’t been honest with anyone himself included. “Something was changing inside of me, insisting I shed the pretense and be real. I was like a turtle who’d outgrown his shell. I needed new shelter. A place to grow and stretch and be myself. My real self.” But he’s been eyeballing the guitar player on the street by his construction sight. One day the two actually speak and the attraction is clear. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars with this one. I enjoyed the romance between Tony and Remy. It was sweet and pure. I loved Remy. He was just what Tony needed. But I absolutely hated what Tony put himself through almost the whole book. His struggle was real, don’t get me wrong, and I hurt for him not feeling like he could be who he truly was with his family. But I wanted more time of them enjoying being together out to everyone. So, did I enjoy it? Yes...a lot. It kept my attention and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. I just wish it had happened a bit sooner.PS...Poor Karen...what happened to her? What did they tell her? I think she needed an explanation too.
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  • .Lili.
    January 1, 1970
    A Way with Words by Lane Hayes is the epitome of chicken soup for the soul. It's the story of Tony and Remy. Tony is deeply in the closet. He comes from a big Italian family that works together, live near each other, and are highly involved in each others' lives. He was somewhat ok hiding his truth until he saw Remy playing his guitar on the street. Self-assured, sexy, joyful Remy. Tony didn't stand a chance, LOL. What I loved:-The story telling. Novellas are incredibly difficult to write. It's A Way with Words by Lane Hayes is the epitome of chicken soup for the soul. It's the story of Tony and Remy. Tony is deeply in the closet. He comes from a big Italian family that works together, live near each other, and are highly involved in each others' lives. He was somewhat ok hiding his truth until he saw Remy playing his guitar on the street. Self-assured, sexy, joyful Remy. Tony didn't stand a chance, LOL. What I loved:-The story telling. Novellas are incredibly difficult to write. It's hard to find the perfect balance and to tell an entire story in a short number of pages. In my opinion, Lane Hayes managed to do just that. We were there for their first time talking, getting to know each other, experience their feelings for each other grow, feel their hurt, and the end.-The characters. Both Tony and Remy were well developed, and we saw Tony grow as the story progressed.-Chemistry. These two were both adorable and explosive together. -The story was the perfect feel good story with a sprinkle of angst. -The end was all kinds of awesome and left me smiling. Do I have any negatives to report? I don't. This was a lovely read and one I'm sure I'll re-visit.I can't recommend this enough I found myself smiling and not realizing that I was and having those giddy butterflies at certain points. I loved everything about this novella. 5 Stars! P.S. I hope to see a certain sibling in the future...
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Awwwwww, this was adorable.I’m normally not a huge fan of closet cases, but Tony was so sweet I couldn’t help but like him.Tony is 29 and comes from a big Italian family. He’s gay, but afraid to admit it, even to himself. His family is everything to him, and he is afraid to come out to them and possibly lose them, so he just tries to live his life under the radar.That is until he meets guitarist/bartender Remy, who plays his guitar on a street corner near Tony’s construction site every day. When Awwwwww, this was adorable.I’m normally not a huge fan of closet cases, but Tony was so sweet I couldn’t help but like him.Tony is 29 and comes from a big Italian family. He’s gay, but afraid to admit it, even to himself. His family is everything to him, and he is afraid to come out to them and possibly lose them, so he just tries to live his life under the radar.That is until he meets guitarist/bartender Remy, who plays his guitar on a street corner near Tony’s construction site every day. When the two strike up a conversation it is clear there is an immediate attraction from both sides.And before Tony even realizes it, the two of them meet up for lunch in the park every day..I loved how sweet Tony was. How he could say crazy things, but always the truth. And that’s another big plus in this novella, the dialogue. I’m such a sucker for interesting but every day interaction between MCs. Because that is what happens when you start a new relationship, you talk a lot to get to know one another. I really loved that here. Of course we also got a healthy dose of smexy times, so they got that part covered too.I also loved Tony’s family. They were just great. I could understand Tony’s reluctance to come out, but (view spoiler)[the only angst about that was in Tony’s head.. (hide spoiler)]Such an adorable feel good novella. This made me smile all afternoon.
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  • Renée
    January 1, 1970
    ~4.5 stars!~Loved it! Tony De Luca FTW!Hayes has a way of writing "aw, that's the sweetest thing" moments without the cheese. That's a hard line not to pass, but she does it. Every time. Tony is a member of a BIG, loud, in-your-business, Italian family. He gets set up on a monthly basis, usually blind-sided with random women appearing at Nonna's house on Sundays for lunch.Until he lays eyes on Remy playing guitar near his construction site. There was that "zing" of instant attraction and chemist ~4.5 stars!~Loved it! Tony De Luca FTW!Hayes has a way of writing "aw, that's the sweetest thing" moments without the cheese. That's a hard line not to pass, but she does it. Every time. Tony is a member of a BIG, loud, in-your-business, Italian family. He gets set up on a monthly basis, usually blind-sided with random women appearing at Nonna's house on Sundays for lunch.Until he lays eyes on Remy playing guitar near his construction site. There was that "zing" of instant attraction and chemistry. Tony fights his inner demons. He's scared, and Remy was very patient with him.The overriding niche of the story was that Tony was sometimes awkward with finding the right words to say. And he was....in the most adorable of ways. You could tell he was trying. And then he'd deliver these words that would just melt me....or Remy, as the case may be. "I can't find the right adjectives to describe a song. If you really want to know...I think you're the music." Because words are important to Tony, he's quiet and introspective. And tries to only speak when he has something important or relevant to say. And it's his deceased dad who finally gives Tony the right words. "No one knows what you don't tell them. You need to find your voice, son." Swoon-worthy novella with some hot, smexy times as only Hayes can do. Recommended!
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  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!Loved this one! At first I was a bit worried with Tony being so deep in the closet. But I loved how everything played out! This was a super sweet, make you smile kind of read!
  • Karla
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! "A Way With Words" was a cute and sexy read, the MC Tony/Remy were adorable together. Tony comes from a big traditional Italian family and he feels like they wouldn't understand him if he told them he was gay. Remy is out and proud when he meets Tony they immediately feel an attraction. I totally understood Tony and why he didn't want to come out. His family was nosy for sure but they were loving too he just had to see that for himself. Remy was such a sweetheart so supportive of Tony 3.5 stars! "A Way With Words" was a cute and sexy read, the MC Tony/Remy were adorable together. Tony comes from a big traditional Italian family and he feels like they wouldn't understand him if he told them he was gay. Remy is out and proud when he meets Tony they immediately feel an attraction. I totally understood Tony and why he didn't want to come out. His family was nosy for sure but they were loving too he just had to see that for himself. Remy was such a sweetheart so supportive of Tony he let him take the step for himself in his own terms. This was a quick and straight forward read with a lil bit of angst lots of sweetness. ❤️
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  • Len Evans Jr
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this book was just awesome. I am sitting here with clogged sinuses and wiping happy tears from my eyes. This story of Tony and Remy was perfection. Reading it was such a joy, their relationship and Tony's coming out to his family once he realized how completely he loved Remy was just so incredible. The way the author wrote this story was so very real and getting to follow along as they met, got to know one another was wonderful. Sometimes it amazes me how in just under 200 pages an author Well, this book was just awesome. I am sitting here with clogged sinuses and wiping happy tears from my eyes. This story of Tony and Remy was perfection. Reading it was such a joy, their relationship and Tony's coming out to his family once he realized how completely he loved Remy was just so incredible. The way the author wrote this story was so very real and getting to follow along as they met, got to know one another was wonderful. Sometimes it amazes me how in just under 200 pages an author can create something that feels so amazingly real and part of me. Love, loved, loved this story!
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  • Ky
    January 1, 1970
    A Way With Words is a coming out story for a man with a big Italian family that is always present in his life.Tony has struggled a lot with his sexuality. He has accepted that he is gay but he can't bring himself to share that with his relatives. No one in his life knows the real him and even though that makes him a little lonely at times he is content in his life.However, all that changes once he meets Remy, a music teacher who recently moved to New York and is temporarily working as a bartende A Way With Words is a coming out story for a man with a big Italian family that is always present in his life.Tony has struggled a lot with his sexuality. He has accepted that he is gay but he can't bring himself to share that with his relatives. No one in his life knows the real him and even though that makes him a little lonely at times he is content in his life.However, all that changes once he meets Remy, a music teacher who recently moved to New York and is temporarily working as a bartender in a hole-in-the-wall bar while playing his music in a street corner to pass his time.It's not a slow burn romance but it's not exactly an insta-love one either. They hit it off imediately and start dating but they get to know each other too before they start planning their future together.I liked Tony's big, meddling family a lot. They were loud and everywhere! Tony felt like they were suffocating him at times but I think that had to do with the fact he was lying to them about such a big part of himself.The epilogue was perfect and I'm very glad it was there. I liked the story a lot and I'm excited about the next book, A Way with You. It's an office romance with Remy's brother, Reeve. Gimme!
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this romantic tale of Tony de Luca, a closeted New York/Italian construction worker with a huge family trying to marry him off, and his Remy. 4.5 stars.
  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsReally sweet coming out romance.
  • Elsa Bravante
    January 1, 1970
    Todo muy muy superficial.
  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    A Way With Word melt my heart and kept a silly grin on my face the whole book. This is a story about coming out and being the real you. Tony is in his 30s and he’s been living a lie all his life. He’s gay and he struggles to keep this as a secret from his very large and noisy Italian family. He wanted to keep with the straight façade but his meddling family couldn’t stop setting him up with random women from time to time and he started to get sick of the lies he’s been telling and sick of preten A Way With Word melt my heart and kept a silly grin on my face the whole book. This is a story about coming out and being the real you. Tony is in his 30s and he’s been living a lie all his life. He’s gay and he struggles to keep this as a secret from his very large and noisy Italian family. He wanted to keep with the straight façade but his meddling family couldn’t stop setting him up with random women from time to time and he started to get sick of the lies he’s been telling and sick of pretending something he’s not. Besides, he can’t stop ogling the cute guy who plays the guitar for tips near his construction site. The moment when Remy and Tony you can’t deny the sparkles they ignite. Tony and Remy are the sweetest things ever. Tony is not very good with words except when he’s with Remy. Everything he said to him melted my heart and left me speechless. I’m pretty sure Remy and I agree that it was almost impossible not to fall for Tony who’s adorable, funny and caring. This was a pretty short book, fast paced and undoubtedly the one that has a way with words is Lane. Also, I enjoyed this story pretty much because Tony’s family reminds me of mine and that was super sweet. I knew without a doubt that my sexuality was part of my truth. Remy was part of my truth ~4.5~
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  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    January 1, 1970
    5 StarsTony has admired the cute street performer from afar for quite some time, and when he makes eye contact with the guitar player one day while heading back to the construction site he's working at, Remy introduces himself to Tony. The attraction is mutual and the two start a tentative friendship, but Tony is in the closet. Not only is he in the closet, but he comes from a big Italian family, quite a few of which he works with. He likes Remy, but can he hide their budding romance? And is tha 5 StarsTony has admired the cute street performer from afar for quite some time, and when he makes eye contact with the guitar player one day while heading back to the construction site he's working at, Remy introduces himself to Tony. The attraction is mutual and the two start a tentative friendship, but Tony is in the closet. Not only is he in the closet, but he comes from a big Italian family, quite a few of which he works with. He likes Remy, but can he hide their budding romance? And is that really fair to Remy?I absolutely adored this story. I loved Tony, but I simply adored Remy and the two of them together were pure magic. They belonged together and you could see it from the first page of their story. The chemistry between them is out of this world and the sex was sweet, passionate and loving, much like the couple themselves. I usually get extremely frustrated with closeted characters, although in real life I understand the need to remain in the closet, but, in books, it can be annoying. It was a conflict in the story, but it was done well and the author did a wonderful job at letting the relationship develop without having the issue of Tony being closeted take over the entire story. Yes, it's there and in your face, but it didn't feel overbearing as it often can in a story.Lane's use of dialogue between her characters is amazing and makes her books some of my favorite's to read. I LOVE dialogue between characters and I'm talking just normal everyday conversation like any two people getting to know one another would have. Lane's characters have it in spades and I could listen to Tony and Remy talk all day and never tire of it.Okay, I've babbled enough. This was a sweet, sexy and enjoyable read I couldn't put down. It's well-written and is paced well. Although it's on the shorter side, I still got a clear beginning, middle and end to the story. I absolutely loved this book and can't recommend it enough!!*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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  • Elsbeth
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*Very sweet.... Loved it. "Everything. I like the sound of that. But I gotta tell you, as long as I have you, I have everything I need.
  • Aeren
    January 1, 1970
    No sabía que esta novela era algo así como un fanfic (autorizado) de personajes de otra, pero como ya sabéis, a mi los fanfics me pirran así que eso sólo le sumó puntos. Es una novella sencilla y sin demasiada complicación, pero está bastante bien contada y situada, los personajes son amor y se empatiza mucho con ellos, tienen quñimica y en resumen, para una tarde tranquila en la playa es lo mejor. Le echaré un ojo al resto de la serie a ver lo que pillo.
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  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    This was so adorable and sweet! Tony and Remy were wonderful together from the beginning. Tony starts out deeply closeted but he's also a very sweet, adorable, kind guy who doesn't have the best way with words.But then he meets Remy and the words come so much easier with him. And it is the love he finds with Remy that eventually gives him the courage to come out to his large, overbearing, busy body family who are always trying to set him up with women.And oh man, Remy was so sweet, he was such a This was so adorable and sweet! Tony and Remy were wonderful together from the beginning. Tony starts out deeply closeted but he's also a very sweet, adorable, kind guy who doesn't have the best way with words.But then he meets Remy and the words come so much easier with him. And it is the love he finds with Remy that eventually gives him the courage to come out to his large, overbearing, busy body family who are always trying to set him up with women.And oh man, Remy was so sweet, he was such a wonderful guy and the one moment of somewhat angst between them almost broke my heart - when Remy had tears in his eyes and was trying not to cry. Ughhh, he is SUCh a sweetie that it hurt imagining it just like it hurt Tony. I loved their connection from the start, and I loved the contrast of how incredibly sweet they could be at the same time they could be incredibly hot together. These two just fit so well together, and I loved it. This is a fairly short story, but it packs a punch, with likable characters, two adorable MC's with a wonderful love story, and a great coming out story that, while it could have felt cliched, still didn't. It was written in a way that didn't seem overdone or boring. I appreciated that. Loved this, and these two adorable men in love <3 What a great book to kick off a new year in reading :D
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  • Truuss
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Tony and Remy This story looks light at first sight but when you look closer you find so much more.I loved this story... the way the words were used hit me.. they made me cry.Very lovable guys with beside them a beautiful family surrounding....Tony isn't out and is afraid of disappointing and rejection from his family. I loved Tony even when he thought his mouth did no good job...The way he was showing his adoration toward Remy *hearts in eyes* "Dating sucked" "Maybe this was love and 4.5 stars Tony and Remy This story looks light at first sight but when you look closer you find so much more.I loved this story... the way the words were used hit me.. they made me cry.Very lovable guys with beside them a beautiful family surrounding....Tony isn't out and is afraid of disappointing and rejection from his family. I loved Tony even when he thought his mouth did no good job...The way he was showing his adoration toward Remy *hearts in eyes* "Dating sucked" "Maybe this was love and this physical act was a language unto itself"I loved Remy with his beautiful curls. From the first moment he laid eyes on Tony he was sure "he is mine" Gosh Tony says the most beautiful things....A story written in a gripping way It made me emotional. Beautiful thoughts and expressions.It's refreshing sweet and also with layers. So glad I bought this one...
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis is a sweet and low angst novella and finding your voice and being true to yourself. Tony is a quiet, closeted construction worker with a big, overbearing Italian family. He is kind of a loner and socially awkward. He is anxious and fearful about coming out and what repercussions it would have on his life. Remy is a bohemian street performer and bartender who is out and proud. He is patient, kind, loving and easy going. He is happy with life, but also always looking to improve himse 3.5 starsThis is a sweet and low angst novella and finding your voice and being true to yourself. Tony is a quiet, closeted construction worker with a big, overbearing Italian family. He is kind of a loner and socially awkward. He is anxious and fearful about coming out and what repercussions it would have on his life. Remy is a bohemian street performer and bartender who is out and proud. He is patient, kind, loving and easy going. He is happy with life, but also always looking to improve himself. They make a great connection and match. Remy is the impetus that makes Tony realize he wants something more real. But can he even admit who he is really is to those he cares about in order to give Remy what he deserves and them a fighting chance?A short, sexy, swoony novella that can be read in one sitting and even gives us an epilogue.
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  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars – Followers of my reviews know that I don’t read a lot of novellas, because I generally feel like they’re lacking in some fundamental way that keeps the romance from being as effective as a longer version of the story could have been, mainly because romance novellas usually try to do too much in too little space. While it would have been nice to see a few more scenes in Lane Hayes’s novella, A Way With Words, it doesn’t suffer in the slightest from their omission. Instead, it is a sweet 4 stars – Followers of my reviews know that I don’t read a lot of novellas, because I generally feel like they’re lacking in some fundamental way that keeps the romance from being as effective as a longer version of the story could have been, mainly because romance novellas usually try to do too much in too little space. While it would have been nice to see a few more scenes in Lane Hayes’s novella, A Way With Words, it doesn’t suffer in the slightest from their omission. Instead, it is a sweet and quick, easily single-sitting read that really highlights how beautiful writing and a simple plot can allow a romance to shine through, even with only thirty thousand words.Part of the reason I think A Way with Words works so well is that the point-of-view character is so easily understood. I don’t mean that he’s simple, but rather his motivation is crystal clear almost immediately upon his introduction as a character in the book. Tony has always known he’s gay, but his huge Italian Brooklynite family that is constantly trying to push women on him makes him feel there’s no possible way he’ll ever get what he really wants. He simply can’t come out to them and be a disappointment or, worse, risk losing the family he loves so much. And even if he could keep a boyfriend completely hidden from them, that’s not the sort of forever he wants. This dilemma and its eventual resolution are easily a satisfactory drive for both the romance between Tony and Remy as well as Tony’s frequent interactions in the book with his family.Perhaps if I have to point to a flaw that kept this from being a higher rating for me is that the story leans heavily toward it being Tony’s story instead of that of both Tony and Remy. We do get to know Remy’s basic facts—we know that he’s a musician and why he moved to New York City and that he’s more focused on finding a real job that will pay for him to stay in the city rather than finding a soul mate—and the portrayal of their relationship is full of the sorts of warm and fuzzy romantic moments I love about the genre, but other than being a great, sweet, and understanding guy for Tony, Remy's character doesn’t add to the plot at all. That’s not a bad thing, especially in a novella, but it does make him feel less important, even though he’s half of the relationship.Even so, this novella is another wonderful example of Lane Hayes’s remarkable skill at weaving authentically gripping prose, particularly when it comes to dialogue. It’s so noteworthy that I always catch myself thinking at some point in her books that the lack of “white space” in many of her dialogue scenes—meaning scenes of dialogue where one character (or both) talks in long paragraphs instead of in back-and-forth single sentences, resulting in relatively little empty space on the page compared to the more common style of dialogue—don’t make them feel like long-winded, pointless passages. Instead, they are beautifully crafted and intimately revealing moments in the relationship that build me up for the feels to come.It’s worth noting that A Way with Words is part of a Kindle World, fittingly called Memories with the Breakfast Club, based in the setting of two series of books written by Felice Stevens, Memories and The Breakfast Club. I have not read any of the titles in either series, but since it did not hinder my ability to enjoy this book in the least, I can say it works fine as a standalone novella.I can quickly summarize my view of Lane Hayes’s novella, A Way with Words, in a single sentence: it made me happy. When it comes to romance, that’s really what it’s about, so this is definitely a recommendation, particularly for those looking for a single-sitting read with a lot of heart.And though I know it is truly cheesy to say it, I'm going to anyway: Lane Hayes really does have a way with words. (You may commence groaning now.)The author and/or publisher generously provided me a complimentary copy of A Way with Words in exchange for this fair and honest review.Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    Well the gist of this story is basically Tony trying to gather up some courage to finally tell his meddling family that he is gay. That's it.The trigger for this is because Tony meets a sexy guitar player, Remy, who turns his feeling upside down. The attraction is believable, Tony is cute when he is around Remy, though I'm not sure I can describe that Tony has a way with words during the early courtship *laugh*. The family members are chartering into irritating territory with the whole talks abo Well the gist of this story is basically Tony trying to gather up some courage to finally tell his meddling family that he is gay. That's it.The trigger for this is because Tony meets a sexy guitar player, Remy, who turns his feeling upside down. The attraction is believable, Tony is cute when he is around Remy, though I'm not sure I can describe that Tony has a way with words during the early courtship *laugh*. The family members are chartering into irritating territory with the whole talks about "settling down with the right girl" but since this is a novella I could push down my annoyance level a little bit.I highly appreciated the fact that Remy didn't push Tony to come out to this family. It's easy for us to tell people to be yourself and be brave, and just come out. However, for me, it's a personal thing, and nobody should be pushed by others if they're not ready to do so. So that's a kudos for Remy.The epilogue makes me smile. All in all, a nice easy read.
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  • ~Kristin~
    January 1, 1970
    *4 Stars*This was a very sweet story, with a side of spice. I'm not sure how Tony managed to pull it out, but he went from a character I was seriously wanting to shake to one I wanted to give a huge hug, he completely won me over. Remy is what every guy or girl is looking for in a partner, the proverbially unicorn, that perfect person made just for you. I very much enjoyed this one.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    Such a lovely and sweet story. I loved both MCs. Wish the book was longer.
  • Lost in a Book
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars”I was the world’s greatest actor who’d never get an award for his umpteenth season playing a straight guy.”A Way With Words is all about the struggle of Tony who is very much in the closet with the door bolted shut until he meets Remy. Tony is a construction worker in New York City. He sees the gorgeous and talented Remy busking on the corner for two months and after staring like a creeper one day, decides to say “hi.” After some awkward conversation, Tony learns where Remy works at n 2.5 stars”I was the world’s greatest actor who’d never get an award for his umpteenth season playing a straight guy.”A Way With Words is all about the struggle of Tony who is very much in the closet with the door bolted shut until he meets Remy. Tony is a construction worker in New York City. He sees the gorgeous and talented Remy busking on the corner for two months and after staring like a creeper one day, decides to say “hi.” After some awkward conversation, Tony learns where Remy works at night and this is where they meet up again. Tony is like a skittish cat during their early interactions. Luckily Remy is very understanding of his situation and provides a sort of oasis where he can finally be himself. There's some heat and chemistry to their interactions as they slowly build a solid foundation for a relationship. There wasn't much going on in the book besides Tony coming out and him finding his voice to tell his family. Tony does not have a way with words and fortunately for him, Remy offsets his awkwardness. I think awkward is an understatement for Tony's conversational skills. The constant rambling and bumbling through conversations while apologizing and the frequent admission that he doesn't have a way with words got old. Really. Quick.Tony is from a large Italian family that was loud and obnoxious. I come from an Italian family so I know that in the heart of chaos, you'll find crazy ass love with a helping of pasta and gravy and a side of well meaning intrusion. Tony's family was always around and very involved in setting him up with a good wife to make lotsa babies. The family trying to set Tony up was a big part of the story line. It was becoming unbearable for him to live a double life with his family and he has to decide if he will finds his words and tell his truth or continue the lie. This was a short and quick read with very mild angst. Novellas are hit or miss for me. When done right they can be an all encompassing story that is truly a pleasure to read. Unfortunately, this wasn't. There wasn't enough meat to sink my teeth in. The complete lack of confidence, never ending rambling and some very weird conversations on Tony's part detracted from the story instead of it being a device to propel it forward. The beginning held promise but I think it lacked substance to continue. There were a few sweet moments throughout. I liked Remy and thought he complimented Tony. If you are a fan of easy breezy novellas, maybe you'll like it. "Something was changing inside of me, insisting I shed the pretense and be real. I was like a turtle who’d outgrown his shell. I needed new shelter. A place to grow and stretch and be myself. My real self."Copy provided for honest review.
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    3.5* This is a fab short story set in New York and is part of Felice Stevens' Memories with the Breakfast Club. Unfortunately as its Kindle Worlds, it's only available in the US at the moment.As I have an ARC for the second in the series from Lane, I grabbed this at the same time to catch up on the setting.I loved Remy, he was just so chilled about his life's path and he had the utmost confidence in Tony making his own right decisions in order to live his authentic life. He never pressured Tony, 3.5* This is a fab short story set in New York and is part of Felice Stevens' Memories with the Breakfast Club. Unfortunately as its Kindle Worlds, it's only available in the US at the moment.As I have an ARC for the second in the series from Lane, I grabbed this at the same time to catch up on the setting.I loved Remy, he was just so chilled about his life's path and he had the utmost confidence in Tony making his own right decisions in order to live his authentic life. He never pressured Tony, but listened and offered advice and no judgement and for that, he stole my heart.Tony, on the other hand, he was a study in contrasts, able to talk to Remy about his life and feelings, blurting out whatever came into his head and so unwittingly charming without intent, but also panicked about what his Italian family would think if they knew he was gay.There's little to no drama in this, the MCs talk to each other and support each other through the sticky patches and it has a glorious epilogue.Now, on to book two!
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  • Leaundra
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Tony and Remy together. They were too sweet. I felt for Tony, his fear of the unknown. Loved their relationship!
  • Ele
    January 1, 1970
    That was absolutely gorgeous.
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    Whoops! I accidentally read Lane Hayes' contributions to the Memories with The Breakfast Clubseries out of order. And, while I didn't love A Way with You (I gave it 2 pretty ho-hum stars), I was instantly drawn to two of the book's secondary characters, Tony and Remy. They were just so damn happy together! How could a person not want to know how they got that way?! So I backtracked and decided to read A Way with Words this week. And boy, am I glad I did! This was a low angst coming out story tha Whoops! I accidentally read Lane Hayes' contributions to the Memories with The Breakfast Clubseries out of order. And, while I didn't love A Way with You (I gave it 2 pretty ho-hum stars), I was instantly drawn to two of the book's secondary characters, Tony and Remy. They were just so damn happy together! How could a person not want to know how they got that way?! So I backtracked and decided to read A Way with Words this week. And boy, am I glad I did! This was a low angst coming out story that gave me ALL of the warm fuzzies. Avid m/m readers have probably come across roughly a bajillion closeted characters that hail from a large, close knit, Italian (or sometimes Irish) Catholic family. Big, loud family dinners, bone-deep respect for a man's mother, and inevitable meddling aunts/uncles/cousins/grandparents are de rigueur in these types of stories. Even the plots all end up being variations of the same - the closeted MC finally meets someone special and they either a) get caught sneaking around and are forced to come out, or b) are so in love with the other MC that they just cannot bear denying that person in public for one second longer. This story is alllll of that and yet somehow Hayes managed to keep it feeling fresh.I think it was the honest and open communication between the two MCs and this low level feeling of "everything's going to be all right" that suffused the story that made it feel sparkly and special for me. Tony, the blue collar construction worker with a heart of gold, was just so damn endearing to me and when you combined him with Remy, a guy whose sweetness and understanding and general sense of joy seemed to radiate from his every pore, I was unapologetically hooked. Loved this one!
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  • *Kayley*
    January 1, 1970
    Cutesy, short story that will make you smile. It isn't the most swoon worthy, it isn't the most steamy and it isn't the most thought provoking - but it will make you happy and want to root for Remy and Tony. There were a few moments that took me out of the story (mostly because Tony's dialogue was choppy and odd) but for the most part I really enjoyed it. It was light and quick and I didn't have to think - so it was a winner all around.
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  • Amanda Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a warm feel good book! Perfect for my Saturday night.
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