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. But there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. 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
"You always smell so good," he whispered as he tasted my skin with his tongue.
"Yeah?" I swayed my hips a little, pushing back into him as he rubbed my hardening cock through my jeans. "What do I smell like?"
... "You smell like mine."
Southern boy Colin Hartman, recent college dropout, stops at a bumfuck gas station in Nevada, wanting to pay for his gas and leave. He doesn't count on Catwalk, who looks like he just walked off a runway with his big brown eyes and jeans that fit his tight ass like second skin.
What can Colin do but offer the stranded boy a ride?
Riley, former underwear model and Landry's pretend boyfriend from the first book in the series, may look like he belongs on a catwalk, but he's filled with secrets and hurts.
Trust The Focus, the first book in this series, is one of my favorite books of the year thus far. Focus on Me is equally brilliant.
This is a road trip story about two men in their early-20s searching for answers to questions they haven't asked.
Riley, depressed and disconnected, just wants to feel.
"I set off on this road trip to simplify and to find something that made me happy. Hell, made me feel anything, really ... You wanna know what finally brought everything into focus?"
... "What?" I whispered, licking my lips as he came closer ....
"This guy who talks like a hick, always has a toothpick in his mouth, and who's hung like a horse."
This is not an easy story, but it's a beautiful one.
Colin, who is the first-person narrator of this novel, quits everything. But he doesn't quit Riley. He wants to take care of Riley but soon realizes he's become an enabler. And Riley, sweet Riley, has been wounded and lost for so long.
Focus on Me is sexier than the first book. It has sharp edges and dark corners. It shatters, and it heals.
Erickson tackles an important topic in this book, one that's often swept under the rug. But her approach is subtle, never heavy handed.
The story is tinged with sadness, but in the end, JOY wins.
How could it not when you have two supportive families, an awesome little sister, pig paraphernalia, a Jeep named Butch, a guest appearance from Jus and Lan (HELL to the YEAH!), steamy kisses that mean EVERYTHING, and a stray part-lab-part-something mutt named Dallas?
He smiled. Not just a I'm happy to see you smile. Not a I missed you smile. This was a I can breathe again now that you're in front of me smile.