NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Leaning Into the Look by Lane Hayes

Author: Lane Hayes
Book: Leaning Into the Look
Series: Leaning Into, Book #6
Page/Word Count: 222 pages
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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.

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4.5✨s – Another wonderful addition to this series, which I’ve enjoyed a lot. Grant is the last of the original group of college friends who isn’t coupled up, a quiet, rather introverted guy. Miles is Eric’s assistant, who loves unusual ties with his designer suits and lace undies, an extrovert who gets a bit campy at times. (Yes, mantie alert!) Grant often finds him intimidating because of his sharp wit and quick commentary. An unexpected hookup sets them on a path to friendship with bennies and being roommates, in spite of some disapproval from the rest of Grant’s friends. I had a hard time figuring out why it was made into such a big deal for Grant to be with Miles at the beginning. Eventually, I got it.

I really liked the progression of the story as Grant’s complicated relationship with his father and family unfolded. His own mental and emotional issues affected his reactions constantly. It wasn’t defined but I assumed he had general and social anxiety, among other difficulties. Miles’s issues were much harder to figure out. Since Lane uses a first person, single POV, it made it difficult to gauge the reason for Miles’s reticence towards actually dating Miles. Complicating Grant’s life even more is Tom, the sleaze bag, and Talia, Grant’s cousin, excellent secondary characters although some of Talia’s advice didn’t seem that great. The entire ensemble of characters kept me reading, waiting for the other shoe to drop on poor Grant.

Grant and Miles had excellent chemistry and Lane wrote deliciously steamy sex scenes without going overboard. The closing chapters are heartwarming as Grant and his father come to some realizations about each other. Grant then has to convince Miles to believe in himself too. The epilogue ties everything together perfectly. I can’t tell if Tom might be a future subject for a story since he’d have to redeem himself but perhaps in the next series? I would say this can be read as a stand-alone fairly easily but I’d recommend reading the whole series!

About 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 were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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