Title: Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into #6)
Author: Lane Hayes
Release Date: March 21, 2018
Page Count: 222
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 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.
““Wow,” he said in an awestruck tone. “It’s like you’re a member of an exclusive tribe.”
“Or just a big Greek family.”
First things first, this is the first MM book I have read, that gets the Greek stuff right, so 5 stars for that. I’m not just talking about translation and food and names (although thank you, Lane Hayes for not just using an online translator), but about other, deeper things too. Leaning into the Look feels very authentic regarding the Greek culture, the dynamics within a Greek traditional family, the importance of said family, and, in general, the way people just…get things done. A little exaggerated perhaps, but true nontheless. The scene in the end when Grant actually sits down and really talks with his parents felt like home.
Grant Kostas, the confident real estate agent and former underwear model, turned out to be completely different than what I expected him to be after reading the previous books in the series. Grant has fought a lot of demons in the past and he’s not as put together as he appears to be.
Miles is walking around in a pink feather boa, sneaking into people’s rooms, pushing others in swimming pools. He’s just…too much. Seems like Grant’s polar opposite, right? Hmm…not so much.
Grant comes from a big, traditional, boisterous Greek family. His parents expect him to settle down with a Greek man. This is where the main conflict of the story comes from.
I loved a lot of things about Miles and Grand’s “relationship”:
–Friendship. I loved how they opened up to each other and the little adventures they shared.
-Hot, hot, HAWT sex!
-The reunion in the end. Very well done.
-I also liked that all the guys from the previous books made an appearance.
So this should have been a true winner for me because Greek MC+ginger MC=Ele’s wet dream. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t love it and I have a feeling I’m going to be the odd man out. Reasons:
From the get go, I had a hard time connecting to the characters. It got somewhat better when we learn their backstory, but I never fully understood them. I didn’t understand (or buy) the reason they tried so hard not to be a couple. I didn’t understand Grant’s intentions or his weird proposal to Miles to be friends-roomates-fuck buddies. I got fed up with Miles’s mantra “you can’t handle me, I’m too much for you”. I desperately wanted Miles’s POV. I’m not the kind of reader who thinks dual POV is the only way but Miles was such a complex character and I never heard his voice. In the end, I felt I heard only what he wanted me to hear, exactly what he did with Grant at first.
I realise I might sound like I’m complaining too much, but in reality reading this book was no hardship at all. I did enjoy it, just not as much as other books by this author.