Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Focus On Me by Megan Erickson

Title: Focus On Me
Author: Megan Erickson
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult (m/m) 
Series: In Focus #2
Main Characters: Colin and Riley
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: InterMix
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…


My Review:
I couldn't wait to read this book because the first book in this series was just so good. While I loved the first one just slightly better than this one, it was still an incredible book. 

This book features another couple of guys on a road trip traveling across the country. But this time, they don't know one another. Riley ended up in the middle of the desert, abandoned by a trucker, and Colin was the guy who saved him and offered him a ride. The story is told entirely from Colin's POV, so you know a lot about him as the reader. But Riley is a mystery. He's pretty quiet and it becomes obvious fairly early on that there is more to him than he is letting on. 

This is a great angst-filled read with so many little details that I loved. I loved that Colin's nickname for Riley is Catwalk, because he's dressed from head to toe in designer clothes. It's a great nickname. Riley has some issues and the way that the author unpacked those was beautifully done. All the problems with him felt very real. But Colin isn't without his problems too. He's on his way home after failing out of college...not an easy pilgrimage to make since he feels like a quitter and a failure. He quickly comes to view Riley as something that he won't quit on...a goal. I also LOVED that the story has emails from Riley to Landry (from bk #1). That's such a great way to see what's going on with him inside his head since we don't get his POV. It also ties this book beautifully to the first book in the series. 

This is not an easy book. It deals with some very heavy subjects, but the story never felt weighted down by depression. That's not an easy balance to maintain, but the author did it incredibly. The romance is deep and builds slowly between the two men as they spend about two weeks traveling. There are moments when I wanted to cry for both of these characters. It's such a bad place they find themselves, but this story is a testament on how the right person can make a huge difference. A small thing can have a huge impact on someone else...you just never know.

Both of the books in this series have been great. I definitely recommend either or both of them. They are heartwarming, heartbreaking, and are perfect for summer, since they both involve road-trips across the country.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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