Title: Leaning Into Touch (Leaning Into Stories, #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 5th 2017
Page Count: 235 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.
Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.
It’s no secret that Lane Hayes is one of my all-time favorite authors. She’s one of the best when it comes to developing relationships- sensual, sweet, with some angst sprinkled in. Leaning Into Touch gave us just that.
The story takes place one year after Josh decided to end their
nonrelationship. He knew that for him his feelings were more than casual whereas with Finn they were. They ran into each other on Josh’s last day at his museum job. In that instant, all those feelings came flooding back- or never went away. They both decided just to be “friends” but the pull was too strong, and despite Finn’s objections about being out of practice in relationships, work, and another “relationship” the two give in but agree to keep things casual.
I had some conflicting emotions about this book. On the one hand, I loved it.
-Josh’s positive personality, his ability to see the best everyone was something lovely to read especially in these hard times we find ourselves in where’s it’s easy to allow cynism to take over.
-I loved the moments between Josh and Finn whether they were just relaxing together or it a more intimate moment. Their chemistry was palpable on every page of the book.
-The story had a nice, smooth pace.
-I enjoyed the secondary cast: Josh’s dad and Lars plus catching with the rest of the guys.
-And the epilogue which is something else than Lane writes well. She writes some of the best.
My only niggle was Finn. The story is wholly narrated from Josh’s POV, and I do think that LH did an excellent job bringing Finn to life despite us not getting his POV yet I found myself not entirely connecting with him. There were times I told Josh in my head, “Walk away, Joshy.” But that sexy Irishman would pull him and me back in. LOL I guess, I just really wanted Finn’s POV. We did get an explanation for what makes him tick, but I wanted a more in-depth inside than just hearing the words spoken.
On a side note: Can this be read as a standalone? Kind of. Technically but I think you’ll have a better reading experience if you read Leaning Into the Fall first. That’s where Josh and Finn’s story started.
All in all, I thought Leaning Into Touch was a fantastic addition to the Leaning Into Series. It’s about family, trust, and finding your way in life. 4 Stars.