So so beautiful, this is a gorgeous romance

Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into Stories, #2)Leaning Into the Fall by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Nick, Nick with the lack of filter, you aren’t the arse you came across as in Eric’s book at all are you. No, you’re a beautifully brilliant man who doesn’t know how to shut off his brain.

This book reminded me a lot of the gorgeous film A Beautiful Mind, about John Nash, although that obviously centred on paranoid schizophrenia rather than Nick’s never specifically identified issue. It was more how Nick, like Nash, has scenarios running in his head constantly.

Lane Hayes’ style of writing just works for me. I always feel like I’m reading about people she knows and both MCs, even when written from a single POV, get given so much death and insight. There is always a wealth of detail given to the setting, I can feel myself walking the streets of the Castro with these guys as they live their lives in San Francisco.

And, on top of all the above, Lane references one of my all time favourite film moments in John Cusack’s boombox moment in Say Anything. (Seriously, if you’ve never watched this film, do so immediately!)

I loved Wes, he was perfect for Nick, he had the maturity and the self awareness to know how to help him deal with all the noise and interference. Together they were spell-binding, so so hot.

I also wanted to hug Geordie so much, I wanted to punch Ryan and I’m about to read an ARC from Lane which is hopefully going to redeem Finn and restore Josh’s heart!

This book is about finding the perfect person who can just help you switch off the world and be still. While Nick’s personality traits are never given a label, Aspergers is mentioned in passing and I want to just pop a comment here about how well I feel Lane dealt with Nick not “being normal” (in so much as anyone is ever normal).

His lack of brain filter and awkwardness in social situations was never used as a humour device (outside of with his friends, who love and understand him) and the reader is given a quite painful insight into how his own self-awareness makes him feel inadequate and awkward at times. And Wes doesn’t “cure him”, there’s no magic dick, just a man with the infinite patience needed to allow Nick to just be Nick, flaws and all.

It really is quite beautiful to see Nick being able to slow his brain down and just breathe for a while.

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