Friday, March 23, 2018

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

Blurb:
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.


Dani's rating:


In the previous books of this series, we saw Grant from the outside as the self-assured real estate mogul and former underwear model. Grant is tall, dark, and handsome. Also, Greek.

But in Leaning Into the Look, we see Grant from the inside. We see the man who wants to prove himself to his family, still sees the fat kid he used to be in the mirror, and really hates throw pillows.

The story is told from Grant's POV, and even though Miles is a fully fleshed out character, I desperately wanted to see the world through Miles' eyes too.

Miles, fresh off a breakup, fiercely guards his heart. He wears a pink boa and jumps into pools at the most inopportune times.

Miles scares Grant. And the feeling is mutual.





But it turns out that two men who are all wrong for each other are the only thing that's right.

"I'm not who you need. I'm so . . . "

"Perfect. For me."

The conflict stems from Grant's parents pressuring him to date a Greek man and a secondary character named Tom who disparages Miles and tries to win favor with Grant. Fortunately, Grant doesn't allow Tom to wreck havoc and is willing to go after the man he loves, even if it means begging, Ding Dongs, and sneaking through the foliage like a burglar. Love is crazy like that.

I was so glad that the ending didn't deteriorate into a drama fest. There is some relationship angst, but it's very real and doesn't feel manufactured.

Leaning Into the Look is a beautifully written, relationship-driven story with complex MCs, a big focus on family and friendship, plenty of heat (the chemistry between the men is explosive!), and a satisfying HEA.

I think this book can be read as a standalone, although I loved seeing all the happy couples still Leaning Into each other.



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