Leaning Into the Look (Lili’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into #6)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 21, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 222 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

Lane Hayes is one of my go-to authors; she always writes beautifully crafted relationships and Leaning Into the Look is another example of this. In this sixth installment of the Leaning Into series, we have two complicated men who aren’t what they seem to be at first glance. They’re also different- yet perfect for one another.

Some highlights:

-Fleshed out characters.

-Exquisite relationship development. It felt very natural and genuine.

-Angst. It never felt overwhelming but was always kind of simmering under the surface.

-The drama never felt contrived, and it was understandable why these feelings were present.

-Chemistry. WOW.

-Epilogue- Lane Hayes always delivers those warm fuzzies.

My only niggle is that I so wanted Miles POV. Don’t get me wrong Grant was an excellent narrator, but Miles was just as complex as him, and I would’ve loved to be in his head too.

All in all, Leaning Into the Look was an outstanding addition to an excellent series. It’s a story of healing, family, friends, trust, and falling in love. 4.75 Stars rounded up to 5.

P.S. I AM READY FOR GEORDIE’S BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Galley copy of Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into #6) provided by Lane Hayes in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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