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Leaning Into the Look

(Leaning Into #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  589 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 267 pages
Published March 21st 2018 by Lane Hayes
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

In the previous books of this series, we saw Grant from the outside as the self-assured real estate mogul and former underwear model. Grant is tall, dark, and handsome. Also, Greek.

But in Leaning Into the Look, we see Grant from the inside. We see the man who wants to prove himself to his family, still sees the fat kid he used to be in the mirror, and really hates throw pillows.

The story is told from Grant's POV, and even though Miles is a fully fleshed out character, I desperately wanted
~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

My favorite of the series!

Grant and Mile's are hands down my favorite couple and story that has been put out by this author. I have been dying for a Miles story and was excited he was being paired up with the ex-model that seems so put together and confident.
Miles has had a rough time of it lately with his boyfriend dumping him and then him needing to find a new place closer to work. He's a bit of a mess who is trying to find out who he is outside of who he was in a relationship. He lo

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 are each other's match.

Some highlights:

-Fleshed out characters.

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

-Angst. It never felt overwhelming but was always kind of simm
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, my goodness, this was good.

I was worried when I realized I'd accidentally requested an ARC of book #6 in a series I haven't read yet. But it didn't matter at all. It reads as a stand alone and, if anything, makes me want to go back and read the other characters' stories.

It's just beautiful how friends and family are portrayed. "Real" is the word I want to use. I think I enjoyed the secondary characters as much as the MCs.

Grant and Miles couldn't be more different from each other, or more
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.25 Stars!

This one started a bit rocky for me. I wasn't 100% sure I was going to like Miles or Grant. I found Miles mildly annoying and I didn't understand why Grant didn't feel like he could be with "someone like Miles".

But they both grew on me and by the end I really liked them both. I was also pleased that there wasn't any OTT drama.

It's been awhile since I've read the previous Leaning Into books and I did have a bit of a hard time keeping track of and remembering who everyone was and how
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars*
"“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 d
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leaning Into the Look is Grant and Miles' story. It's sweet, it's loud, it's colorful, it will make you smile and it will make you want to keep reading.

Miles is a tough character to figure out. We never get his point of view and maybe that played its role, but I felt like there were many things about him that were left hidden. He spoke about his past and about his feelings but in a way that implied he held something back. I always felt like this character was incomplete, like something was missi
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another gorgeous addition to the Leaning Into series and my favourite after Nick & Wes' romance.

Grant and Miles were perfection, the absolute best person for each other, capable of dealing with all the crazy and helping each other find peace.

This book is also seriously steamy, with some explosive sexual chemistry and lots of action as Grant and Miles navigated their way from distant friends to proper friendship to roommates with benefits and then into the perfect soul mates.

There's very
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arcs
4.5 colorful stars to this beautiful couple.

Grant is part of the core 5 group, we met him since the very beginning but, did we really? he was always there but never said much, we knew he was a bit quiet and so freaking gorgeous but not much. Our curiosity was more than satisfied with his story.
He is a beautiful soul that had a lot of struggles in life, he works for the family company and just wants to be able to make decisions without people interfering in his life.
His world is black and whit
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the writing as always, but Grant is not the person I grew to love from the previous books. And neither of these MCs had a good reason for pushing the other away. Didn't make sense to me.
I really enjoyed this one.

We finally get Grant's story and get to see him find love. For the past 5 books in this series, he was kind of an enigma. We barely got him in the first few books, and still not much in Josh's book even though we got more of him, so I was curious to get more insight into him and his life.

This was from his POV so it didn't disappoint on that front. I felt for Grant because I identified with him - he was chubby, a little overweight as a kid into high school - although of
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

"Then let me fight for you too. Let me be the one who rescues you when you lose your way. When you doubt yourself, I want you to know you have someone who believes you're beautiful and strong and who loves you just the way you are."

Leaning into the Look was absolutely adorable. I loved, loved, loved Miles' character. Even though this was written in Grant's point of view, I never felt like he was in the background.

The chemistry between the two was hot. Their friendship, the sec
Fani *loves angst*
DNF at 38%

I had so many expectations for this one considering that the hero is Greek like me, but unfortunately it didn't deliver. So far I can't feel the chemistry between Miles and Grant, the situations "forcing" them to spend time together are ridiculous and over the top, I can see no reason why they can't be together and need to go to such extremes to hide their relationship, Miles is more of a caricature than a real person and Grant... well, he's a ball of nerves. I first met him in Josh's
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I usually avoid jumping into the middle of an ongoing series because I hate not knowing the history and inside joke among the characters. The only book I've read of this series was Book 1 and then I lost track of the series entirely. But guess what? This one works perfectly fine as a standalone for me. Yes, the previous couples did pop in and I don't know how much I miss out on Miles and Grant's history, but I still love it.

The book did have a slow start. Grant and Miles didn't have the

Well there's always a slump. Don't get me wrong, this book is fine, but it's my least favorite in the series. The couple, as a couple, are great, particularly Miles, a total sweetheart, who doesn't suffer fools gladly. Perhaps he's too willing to be used and discarded, it's what he's come to expect. Shame on the people who've treated him badly. Grant on the other hand had me holding my hands tightly to not smack him upside the head. But just a tap.

Grant is the gorgeous on the outside,
Miles and Grant come together out friendship and attraction and it grows to love.

Grant is used to being wanted for his looks and is a bit jaded and protective of himself. He is actually shy socially.

Miles is much more vivid but not as conventionally attractive and in a bit of a mess after his boyfriends dumped him.

There is a great pacing to this relationship and we get the lovely circle of friends. By far my favorite in the series because of the heroes.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m
This completely appealed to my crazy. There was something so messy about the entire thing that just had me fascinated.

I didn't get it but then I totally did. There was a lot that was missing but I don't know if it hurt the story or just made me want more. It to me is one of those books with faults but you kinda love it anyway.

Like I said, messy.

I love this series, a lot.

Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took me to about 50% to settle into the story but I loved the second half.

I didn’t have time to sit down and properly read a book for two weeks (!) because of RL stuff, so I’m really glad that I came back from my forced-hiatus to this book. I have to admit that I didn’t read all books on the series, but something in this book’s blurb attracted me.

The storyline is pretty basic, but the writing style and the characters are what made it really special. Miles and Grant have mutual friends and have known each other for years. For most of that time Miles had a crush of Gran
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
4.5 Stars. Yes, I always round up. Another wonderful addition to this series, which I’ve enjoyed a lot. Grant is the last of the original group of college friends who isn’t coupled up, a quiet, rather introverted guy. Miles is Eric’s assistant, who loves unusual ties with his designer suits and lace undies, an extrovert who gets a bit campy at times. (Yes, mantie alert!) Grant often finds him intimidating because of his sharp wit and quick commentary. An unexpected hookup sets them on a path to ...more
Emily Seelye
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc
I loved this, once I started reading this, I could barely put it down.

Miles has secretly (or not so secretly) been in love with Grant for years, but had a boyfriend. Once the boyfriend was out of the picture, they had a one night stand, and then circumstances had them moving in together (platonically, but with sex benefits). Living and spending all their time together, Grant’s feelings started to change.

There were some outside forces (mainly Grant’s family) that kept them from declaring feelin
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 6 in the series, but having not read the previous 5, it can be read as a standalone and it reads well.

Grant "Gio" is an ex-underwear model and easy on the eyes. He runs a real estate office as part of a bigger family company owned by his Father. Being Greek, family is everything and I mean everything! He is confident and self-assured, until he sees Miles and then he's a nervous nellie...

Miles is an assistant to one of Grant's BFFs. His recent breakup has him guarding his feelings b
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Good audio from Nick J Russo, but I must admit that listening to Grant dithering towards the end of the story made me want to smack him upside the head just as much as reading about it did. I liked his Miles voice, somehow confident yet at the same time vulnerable, and the slimy git in the story sounded exactly like a slimy git does in my head ;-). I do hope Nick changes his 'voice' for Geordie in the last of the series cos I didn't think it matched the character at all in Leaning Into the F
Joyfully Jay
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Leaning Into the Look is the sixth book in Lane Hayes’ Leaning Into series and I think it is my favorite one so far. The books focus on a group of college friends and Grant is the last one left of the five to have not yet found love. We got to know Grant a bit more in Leaning Into Touch, as he is Josh’s best friend, and so I was definitely eager to get his story. I was also intrigued by Miles, a recurring side character in the series who works as Eric’s secretary.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God this book, geezzzz. This book is extraordinarily written. The MC's are just freaking amazing. They are both so different and weird and just complicated. The relationship between the two of them develops beautifully and they are so hot together. The complexity to their relationship really is their own hang-ups and they project those hang-ups onto the people in their lives. Gio has issues with his family and so does Miles. Miles has self esteem issues and so does Gio. They balance each other o ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lane does it again

This series has definitely made to my top 10 MM series list. It’s addictive and sweet and amazing and just plain AWESOME! Miles and Grant’s story was sweet and sexy and just sad and happy all at the same time. Loved loved loved it!!!

Can’t wait for Geordie’s story!!!!
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

2.5 stars

I really struggled with a rating for Leaning into the Look. I started out interested in these two men, Miles and Grant, they were likeable and both clearly had some issues. I was looking forward to getting to know them and to share their journey of falling in love, dealing with each others' crazy, and hopefully working through the crazy together to a HEA. Grant was likeable, and sympathetic. He had plenty of issues, but I felt many were of his own making and could be resolved with a ser
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars
It's a beautiful story ❤️ I've love Mi from the beginning *_* I would have liked also Miles' POV
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars- Back among some of my favorite characters

One of my favorite series, the Leaning Into books follow a group of friends- some college buddies and others who are work associates- as they navigate life and love in San Francisco. I’m always happy to find myself immersed in this fictional world among characters I’d love to know in real life. The characters are fairly interconnected with close bonds of friendship you can’t help but admire, making this group of standalones a bit more special w
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4. 5 Stars

I’m absolutely loving this series, and Leaning Into Look is no exception. While this is book 6 in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone, but if you don’t pick up the first five books, you’ll be missing out on some great characters and their stories.

Although, at times, I absolutely wanted to knock Miles and Grant’s heads together, I really did love them. They are both a bit broken, something I love in characters, but together they were perfect and complimented one anot
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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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