Title: Overexposed (In Focus, #4)
Author: Megan Erickson
Expected Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 224
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…
Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.
His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
For a story dealing with loss, this book was not all gloom and doom. In fact, the cheery and optimistic tone – on top of story-line – was what draw me to this fourth installment to In Focus series. I also loved the characters, Levi and Thad; both going on AT hikes for – unbeknownst to them – same reasons: losing someone dear to them through violent death.
I liked how the author made instant connection between these young men plausible. And the leisure pace of the story that brought them closer together. Having barely ever hiked myself, this kind of adventure captivated me. Added in the characters’s self struggle to make peace with themselves, and afterward with each other, …Levi and Thad truly had my heart twisted reading their yarn of story.
It was the abrupt smutty portion that thrown me a bit. Not that I begrudge MCs in book some sexy times, I just felt the step from almost stranger to more was too abrupt. Perhaps I should have just thought: hey, they were young and young men had high sex drive or whatever. Well, to each their own I guess.
The discontent aside, I loved this book. I did think the last chapter was a rather mad dash – considering the earlier pace of the story – and the epilogue not to be necessary other than connecting the pair to other couples in the series. Other than that, I thought this was a brilliantly written tale filled with mixed emotions.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.