Gabbi Reviews: Leaning into Touch by Lane Hayes

Title: Leaning into Stories, Book 3: Leaning into Touch

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 262

Characters: Josh Sheehan, Finn Gallagher

POV: 1st

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4.25


Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.

Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.


Leaning into Touch is the fourth book in the Leaning into Stories series. I confess that I have not read any of the other previous books, and although I plan to change that in the near future, I thought this story could easily be read as a stand-alone book in the series.

To my knowledge,  Lane Hayes is a fairly new author to me and to say that I enjoyed her easy writing style and well-told storytelling ability is an understatement. It was very easy for me to get wrapped up in the lives of these characters and get wrapped up into the story Josh had to tell.

Since this is Josh’s story, we get to know him the best. Josh is an easy person to like. He’s intelligent, witty and he has a snarky way with words that I found myself really appreciating. Though Josh has many things going for him, he is at a crossroads in his life in many ways. Between the uncertainty of his career and the surprising change within his immediate family, Josh is often faced with fear and self-doubt. What I liked about him is his ability to face issues head-on, even when it isn’t always an easy thing to do. Josh is one of those few characters that I read about and instinctively know that we’d be friends in real life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way…but there is no harm in wishing, right?

We get to see what kind of man Finn is through Josh’s eyes and as Josh learns it himself. I admit, there were times I wasn’t sure about Finn because of the situation he’s fallen into with a close female friend of his, but I held onto the hope that Finn would let down the wall he had built around his heart and let Josh in.

The chemistry between Josh and Finn is an undeniable one. Their physical attraction and sexual desire were very intense at times and I loved every minute of it! Whew! Be prepared to sit under a fan when these two are getting it on because it really gets HOT at times! *fans self*

The best thing about this story was the genuine respect they had for each other. As a reader, I loved how they really seemed to like and admire one another. They have a strong bond between them and to me, that makes a well-written romance novel.

Leaning into Touch is a sexy, well-told story that left this reader wishing for more. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

Highly Recommended!

Here are The Leaning into Stories in book order:

Leaning into Love

Leaning into Always

Leaning into Fall

Leaning into Touch                         

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase Leaning into Touch

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