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Leaning Into Touch

(Leaning Into #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  678 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Lane Hayes (first published October 4th 2017)
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Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus
Calling it!

Time of death at 40%, the moment i spotted THAT other THING that will be the source of drama llama in the book. And i just can't deal.


It is me! not the book! As the years progress, our book tastes change. Mine have clearly changed. Lane hayes books are among the 1st books that i read when i started reading MM and i loved them but lately, i just can't connect. Ugh! sucks, because i have most of her books.


I couldn't feel the connection between the MCs, and i know i will not because Jos
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Josh and Finn's story begins a year after their break up. But can you break up with someone if you were never together in the first place? Six months of dinners and sex, then a year of silence.

The first time Josh sees Finn again is on the last day of his job as an assistant museum curator. Finn walks in with a gorgeous woman on his arm—and she's wearing a ring on her left hand.

Finn assures Josh that the "engagement" with Scarlet is fake, a sort of friendship with benefits (i.e., being each oth
~4.25 stars~

I've been dying for Josh's book ever since he was introduced in Book 1 of this series. He was just such a good guy, but funny and snarky too. His story can be read as a standalone, however.

Josh is an art museum operations guy, and his current stint at a museum is coming to an end. While he figures out what to do next, in walks Finn Gallagher.

I hadn't seen Finn in over a year. In fact, I was pretty sure the last time was the morning I crept out of his bed to avoid a repeat of
I read this series completely out of order starting at the end, then reading the beginning and now I'm working on finishing the middle. As each book can stand alone perfectly fine, I didn't have any problems with following the plot. If you don't like spoilers I think it's better to read them in order as all the couples appear in later books so you learn things about them that could be considered spoilers. If that's not a problem for you, have fun and mix things up!

About "Leaning Into Touch", I
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, lane-hayes

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 floodin
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
Another great addition to the series.

Josh's inner monologue was a bit repetitive at times. But I loooooooved Finn!

And I would really like a book about Lars and Josh's dad, I found that story-line really intriguing.

Lane Hayes is a definite auto-buy author for me!
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, best-of-2017
I love Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (especially the movie version with Colin Firth!). I love how he seems like a horrible man on the surface, but once you get to know him, you find that he is a deeply private man who almost cares *too* much. And he's selective. He doesn't let everyone in--just a rare few.

In some ways, Finn reminds me of Darcy. He seems like a ruthless business man who is incapable of long-term relationships due to his closed-off nature, but slowly over time, he begins to open
Antisocial Recluse
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
Lane Hayes has written a lot of stories that I’ve enjoyed, but can be hit or miss for me at times, with some characters I don’t enjoy or connect with much. Josh and Finn’s story was more of a miss for me for those reasons. I liked Josh’s character well enough as loyal friend, easy going, glass-half-full attitude sort of guy. I didn’t like his extended indecisiveness or tendency to ignore things. Finn, I never quite understood but my final impression was a sleazy, opportunistic man, in both busin ...more
I didn't think I would like this as much as I did. *Happy Surprise*

Josh is one of OG five friends that comprise the stories in the Leaning Into series. To outsiders he would appear to be a bit of an underachiever, as compared to his friends. He switched from engineering to a career in Art, which he pursues, but not with zealotry. He's that underappreciated, but pivotal member of every group: easy going and low angst. In the previous book Nick used him as bait to wheedle information from Finn Gal
3.75 stars

I struggled with this one. I think it ended up being my least favorite of the series just because of how hard it was to connect with Finn. This was a case where only one POV was not helpful. In most of Hayes's books, it isn't too big a deal, even though I do prefer dual POV. But usually even with one POV, we can connect with the other MC because he's open with the POV MC, or if he isn't at first, he becomes open with him quickly.

That didn't happen with Finn. We don't find out why he's
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars for this yummy audiobook!
Josh Sheehan and Finn Gallagher met a year ago at a party and really hit it off. That started up a friends-with-benefits plan for a bit, but Josh’s friends warned him off Finn–who they said wasn’t the type to settle down. Plus, that’s exactly NOT the type of man Josh wants. He’s looking for a partner, like his pals have all found. Still, seeing Finn and his female fiance at the museum where Josh works–on his very last day of employment–seems like kismet. And ru
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.

again really?

I guess my main problem with thi
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I liked this a lot, although I thought the attempts to shoehorn the title in were a bit awkward.

I didn't always totally get Josh's motivations, or Finn's for that matter, but ultimately they were adorable together.

I still think Eric and Zane are my fave couple from this series, though.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
somehow hit all the spots I needed it to - 3.5* rounded up

This kept showing up on my amazon suggestions and while I knew I had read the first one I just could not remember how I felt about it. Thankfully it was one of the 20% of books I have actually managed to get around even writing about and all I said was that it was pleasant but forgettable but I might read book 2 if i remembered. Clearly I did not remember. So while in theory I knew these characters I really did not and I do think it work
Fani *loves angst*
A very nice story between two very interesting MCs, with a bit of angst, a bit of drama and well written dialogues. Without being anything extraordinary, it was engaging and emotional and I enjoyed reading it, in a period where I have more DNFs than read books in my roaster. My first in the series but not the last.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
First I couldn't get into it, then after quite some time my next try was successful in I finally finished it. But honestly, this didn't work for me. The whole time I wondered what both MCs saw in each other and in the end I felt as if half of the problems weren't solved. Mmmpf.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. It's like Lane Hayes knows exactly what I like. It is rare for me to read one of her books and not come away feeling satisfied. This book was no exception. In fact it was my favorite of the series so far. ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Blooming heck Lane kept the tension going with this one right to the (I was worrying it would be bitter) end before she pulled out a finale of epic groveling and a truly beautiful epilogue.

Finn was a hard character for me to get my head around, on the surface he was all Irish and charm and sexy swagger, but he kept hurting Josh, never deliberately mind, and it was easy to see that he was running so scared.

But Josh is such an open and cheery and optimistic person that every time Finn crushed his
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Wow, not at all what I expected. Not at all.

I am really, really torn over this book and am very unsure how I feel. On the one hand, as she always seems to do, the author gave me more than I thought I'd get and there was so much more emotion than I thought there would be. But, on the other hand, I don't know if I fully grasped what was actually happening between Josh and Finn. No, maybe I just didn't really get Finn. No, they both kind of confused me.

That does not mean I didn't love them because
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in this series! I have come to love this little group of friends.... Josh, Grant, Nick, Eric, and Zane. I was really looking forward to this story because Finn intrigued me. I wanted to know more about the sexy Irishman that Nick and Eric thought was up to no good.

I loved Josh and his big heart. I loved that he was patient with Finn and all his demons. And Josh's dad was a hoot! Would love to know more about him and Lars. I will definitely continue on with this series,
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 Stars ***

My favourite of the series so far. I liked that their relationship was hard fought and kinda coated with the grit of real life.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been crazy about getting Josh and Finn’s story for a while now, and wow did Lane deliver!
I just loved it, it’s emotional, happy, funny, beautiful and sexy as fuck!
Barb ~rede-2-read~
**4.5 stars**

When Josh Sheehan bumps into his former lover, Finn Gallagher, he knows it’s a bad idea to pursue the sexy Irishman, but his libido overrules his head and he jumps back into lust with very little thought for the consequences. Once they satisfy their immediate needs, he knows he has to let Finn go again before they get too heavily involved. And that works—until Josh’s father lays a heavy load of angst on him in the form of a secret he’s kept for over forty years.

It’s Finn Josh think
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars

I’ve been looking forward to Josh and Finn’s story for some time now and Lane didn’t disappoint me, although she did keep my stomach in knots throughout almost the entire story. Some stories you can sit back, relax and just enjoy the ride, this wasn’t one of those books. Not that it wasn’t a great read or enjoyable, it’s just loaded with turmoil and tension. You want happiness for the characters, but you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for it all to implode and go t
Amy B.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

This is a 4 star series for me- I like Lane Hayes’ writing and characters too much to be less than 4 stars, but yet this series is missing that extra something that her Starting From series has.

I’ve found with this series that I don’t much care for the MCs when they first appear (Nick from book three, Finn from this one, and Ryan who is the MC of book five), but they grow on me in their own book.

This is a second chance story- Finn and Josh had a six month casual fling that meant more t
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
We met Josh in the previous installments of this series and at that time he was so excited to get to oversee a project in the museum he works for as an assistant curator. Alas, by this time, the project is coming to an end and because Josh doesn’t speak French, he is about to be out of a job. To add to the insult of the day, he runs into Finn, an ex he hasn’t seen in a year. If truth be told, ex-boyfriend title won’t work because all they did is do dinner and have sex and repeat. Finn doesn’t do ...more
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I cannot recall the last time I was interrupted so many times while trying to listen to an audiobook – some people are very lucky I didn’t have weapons handy. In fact, it took me three days to listen to Leaning into Touch and none of that had to do with the story or the narration, but rather life intruding upon my time. Each time I was interrupted, I couldn’t g
Leaning Into Touch is the third book in Miss Hayes’s Leaning Into series. The series follows a group of college friends now in their thirties as they settle into life and find love in San Francisco, California. While each couple’s story can be read as a standalone, there’s a good amount of character overlap between books with introductions to characters in the previous books, making these ones that really are best read in order.

There was so much I loved about Leaning Into Touch, from the author
Joyfully Jay
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Leaning Into Touch is the fourth book in Lane Hayes’ Leaning Into series (counting the short story Leaning Into Love that was originally part of the It Was Always You anthology and is now available as a standalone). Josh is one of the group of friends central to the series, and we met Finn in an earlier book as a business colleague of Josh’s friends Nick and Eric. We got hints that the guys were seeing one another back then, and now we get the full story of their
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Lane Hayes loves a good romance! She’s the bestselling author of the Out in College, Starting From, Better Than, A Kind Of, Right and Wrong, and Leaning Into Series! Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). All things she can find in sunny SoCal where she lives with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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