Leaning Into the Look (Lily G’s Review)

Title: Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into #6)
Author: Lane Hayes and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: June 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 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 he’s gay; they just wish he’d meet a nice Greek man.

Miles Harrison is a fabulous redhead 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.

I simply adore this beautifully written series and the stories featuring this diverse group of friends. Each story is superb, with plenty of feels and humour woven into the storylines. Eric and Zane, Nick and Wes, and Josh and Finn are all loved up. Now it’s Grant’s turn to find his soulmate. Except he’s already met him. Miles is just fabulous, but Grant has been doing his best to avoid talking to Eric and Nick’s work colleague for months.

My heart went out to both Grant and Miles as we discover more about their pasts. We’d had glimpses of their characters in the previous stories. I always thought Grant was the quiet one, rather aloof at times, almost the odd one out in the group of friends. He’s a successful real estate agent and a former underwear model. He’s now dealing with an overbearing father and a business colleague who wants more than a working relationship. I loved how Grant rose to this challenge, asserted himself,  and stood up to both of these men. I also loved the angst this caused along the way, not only for Grant, but also for Grant and Miles as a potential couple.

Grant and Miles have very different personalities and physical features, but they just clicked. Yes, it was a little awkward at first, but their exchanges were often humorous. They moved from acquaintances to roommates quite easily. Their friends with benefits routine was fooling no one apart from themselves. I love how Lane Hayes leads them down this path and shows them falling in love, even though the characters are reluctant to admit it to each other. Their wonderfully steamy bedroom sessions made it clear their connection was more than just physical.

It was great to see the other couples are still very much in love and leaning into each other, as well as taking part in this narrative.

Superb narration from Nick J Russo as always. He provided great character voices with a range of emotions, perfect pacing and great storytelling of this fabulous story.

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Audio copy of Leaning Into the Look provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.

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