Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into Stories #6) by Lane Hayes

Leaning into the Look CoverTitle ~ Leaning Into the Look

Author ~ Lane Hayes

Published ~ 23rd March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Grant Kostas made a career based on his looks before joining his family’s real estate firm. He may not love his job but he’s better at sales than he thought. And when he’s poised to bring in the biggest account of the company’s history, even his father is impressed. Unfortunately, the extra attention highlights Grant’s personal life. His parents accept that he’s gay. They just wish he’d meet a nice Greek man.

Miles Harrison is a fabulous red head going through a rough patch. Between getting dumped by his long-term boyfriend and finding a new place to live in the city, he’s nearing his wits end. He’s not sure why he thought rooming with his boss’s friend was a good idea. Miles has had a crush on Grant for years. However, he knows attractive people aren’t always pretty on the inside. As the two men grapple with external problems, they form an unexpected bond of friendship and trust that feels like the real thing. The only way to know for certain is to let go of fear and lean into the look.


Jay’s Review

Do two crazy opposites really attract?

Grant and Miles have known each other for awhile. But Miles has always made Grant a bit nervous. Miles is his best friend’s assistant and is quick with his quips, verbally passing over Grant’s head many times, leaving him a few steps behind. At a party that Grant is not particularly happy to be attending, being hit upon by a rather obnoxious guy, Miles falls in to Grant’s lap to help him get out of the situation. Some confusion later and in a twist of fate, they end up in bed. What seems like a one night stand soon develops in to something more.  As Grant’s overbearing Greek family come to visit to follow up on his part in the family business, Miles becomes more entrenched, with Grant impulsively inviting Miles to move in as a roommate. Miles is still a ball of fire with mercurial leanings that continues to make Grant uncomfortable but also starting to really grow on him.

The two men both have issues and pasts that they consider ‘strange’ and they begin to explore with each other as they try to navigate the minefield of feelings, especially working hard to not hurt themselves emotionally. They develop into friends with benefits but there is an underlying current that there is more to their dynamic. Can they really balance each other out? Can they get past their own issues and the others? Can Miles finally put color to Grant’s black and white world?

I’ve not read the other books in this series, but it’s easy enough to follow as Grant is part of a circle of friends that are getting to the stage in their lives of finding partners to fall in love. Miles is an interesting character and his over the top antics could almost be perceived as annoying, but somehow he makes it work, many times to Grant’s dismay and amusement. Grant is also not the perfect person either, as he has a past that seems to paint all that he does and sometimes pulls him down. As they navigate to try to make themselves fit together, all the while fighting, it makes for a very amusing read.  There’s lots of sexy times but the depth of the feelings attached become deeper as they find out more about each other. A serious conflict makes them finally assess their lives and where they are headed as individuals and together.

I really enjoyed the book and now will likely backtrack to the others in the series to find out how all of Grant’s friends came together as MCs. Hayes has created a top 10 favorite character in Miles, almost charming the pants off of even me. Hayes never fails to write the lightness and flow of relationships that have just enough grit to make the characters shine on the page.

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Meet Lane Hayes

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 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 was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.




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1 comment:

  1. I'vve really loved all the books in this series! Grant and Miles kind of unseated Eric and Zane as my favorite couple, but they are all so wonderful!