Title: Leaning Into Touch (Leaning Into Series, #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 235 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
Beards and Commitment-phobia
I looked forward to this story about Finn and Josh. I liked Josh. I liked Finn. I had a hard time liking them together at first. So this one was a slow warm-up for me, but ultimately satisfying. You’ve got several different themes at work here: commitment issues, second chances, guilt wallowing, quirky MC meets professional type, a beard, the beard wants a sperm donor, miscommunications and misunderstandings, and denial, denial, denial.
I guess my main problem with this one was that I didn’t understand what Finn was hiding from! Even in professional circles, everyone knew he was gay because he slept with a lot of men in those circles, so why the beard? His uninvolved family wasn’t exactly close, either emotionally or geographically, and they weren’t hob-nobbing in the same social or professional pool, so why the beard?! Even when we get a little more background, I didn’t really get it, or at least the explanation didn’t seem to justify the pointless misdirection.
That said, the progression of their relationship made sense given the baggage. How Josh didn’t just run for the hills, I might never understand, but somehow I did get why he stayed. I mean, come on! Hot and Irish? Sign me up, too. But seriously, Josh—and us as readers—got to see a side of Finn he didn’t really show anyone else and it was something special. I was so relieved when Finn finally sacked up and stopped hiding from nothing, it just seemed to take too long for him to get there.
I got the chemistry, I got the feels—especially on Finn’s part—but I spent a lot of the book thinking Josh should do better. Ultimately, I was really glad he didn’t try. I’ve liked every book in this series, and this one is no exception, I’m just not sure this one is my favorite. Actually, I know it’s not, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. So what are you waiting for people? Snap it up!
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