Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ARC Review: Out of Frame (Out of Focus 3) by Megan Erickson

Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus.

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.

Dani's rating:

Megan Erickson is three for three with this series. The In Focus books are AMAZING!

Unlike the second book in the series, Out of Frame can be read as a standalone. You won't get as much out of the epilogue (which is swoon worthy), but it won't take away from Quinn and Jay's story.

Quinn, the awkward ginger who's had a crush on his best friend's older brother for ages, is finally doing something wild and free. It's his senior year. It's spring break. And he's going on a cruise, not just any cruise either but one featuring the stars of a popular reality TV show.

Sheltered by his overprotective parents, Quinn overthinks everything; he's so busy worrying about the future, he loses the NOW. But for the next seven days, Quinn is determined to live in the moment and not think of the gorgeous, contentious, and very, very straight J.R. Butler.

J.R. (Jay to his family) isn't so straight, nor is he an asshole. He's a bisexual guy who signed on to play the angry, straight black man on reality TV. Jay's younger brother has sickle cell anemia, and Jay needs money to help his family with the medical bills. His agent has made it clear that if Jay comes out as bi, his career will be over.

Jay has two months left on his contract, but he cannot resist the sexy redhead with the freckles and bright blue eyes. Jay and Quinn have chemistry from the first moment they meet, but Quinn thinks Jay is straight and Jay is terrified of being outed.

Megan Erickson's writing is sharp and accessible, and both Quinn and Jay (this book is told in an alternating first-person POV) have distinct, complex personalities.

I loved Quinn's bestie Jess, who has his back always, and Jay's close-knit family, particularly his brother who wants Jay to live for himself. The other cast members of the reality TV show were also a lot of fun. Levi was my favorite, and I really hope we get his story.

Out of Frame is sexy, fun, and romantic. It's about two different men who really see each other. It's about family and friendships and allegiances. It's about forbidden kisses, salacious games of beer pong, and a little bit of luck.

Life happens out of frame. We just have to take a chance, leap, and fall together.

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Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled, "This could change your life."
~Helen Exley

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