Title: Out of Frame
Author: Megan Erickson
My Rating: B+
Genre: New Adult Romance (m/m)
Series: In Focus #3
Main Characters: Quinn and Jay
Release Date: March 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.
And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.
At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he's bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams...
College spring break is the theme of the newest installment for the Focus series. Almost the entire book takes place during the cruise where they are also filming the last episode of a reality TV show...all over the ship with live feeds and everything. The book features everything you'd think would be included in this...one-night hook-ups, crazy games and schemes, and a whole heck of a lot of drinking. While it was a creative setting for the story, I really wasn't a fan of the cruise theme.
J. R. is one of the characters from the show. He's black and bisexual, something his agent recommended he hide. He's done that for two years and is so ready for the show to be over so he can just be normal Jay, not the angry black guy missing his girlfriend that they falsely portray on the show. I hurt for Jay. He's doing all the wrong things, for all the right reasons. He's putting his family first, but there comes a point where he has to do what's right for him, too.
Quinn is about to graduate from college. He already has a job lined up. He's just trying to decide if he wants to take the position close to home where he can live with his parents and drown under their over-protectiveness or venture out to California, where he will have the chance to live life without a net. Quinn's relationship with his parents killed me. As a mother to a 21 year-old, I could both empathize and roll my eyes at their over-the-top requests from him. He's on spring break, he so shouldn't be calling them. LOL. There are some things parents should just stay out of...spring break is one of them.
I liked the overall theme of the book that was all about taking risks. Although they live very different lives, both these guys are taking the 'safe' route right now. They need something to push them to do more. Like all the focus series, these guys are in the process of finding out just what they are capable of and as a reader, I love watching that journey unfold.
There's also a great cast of characters, from Quinn's best friend Jess to J. R.'s castmate, Levi, who shows a great deal of empathy. I can't wait for his story.
While this wasn't my favorite book of Megan Erickson's I did still enjoy reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.