Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Overexposed (In Focus, #4) by Megan Erickson

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...

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What I thought about Overexposed

So what happens when two men decide to use a hike on the Appalachian Trail to work out their individual problems, only to find that they have a spark between them that will either destroy them or make them whole again?

I was totally enthralled by this book within in the first few pages. Even though I haven't had the opportunity to read the first three books in this series, I jumped right into this one and finished it in a few hours, just because it was that engaging.

I love a story that relies on the two main characters talking to each other rather than having tons of external conflicts.  In this story, Megan Erickson does a fabulous job showing how Levi and Thad's relationship grows from a simple night watching the moon together to something much more. The setting provides enough conflict to keep it interesting, as did their limited communications with their loved ones back home.

Levi is trying to get over the loss of his sister, while Thad's reasons for hiking the trail are released to the reader more slowly.  But I've got to say, it's Levi who made this book sing for me, and I could so relate to Thad's feelings for Levi as the story progresses.  For me, that makes this a five-star read -- the emotions got to me early and went deep.  

I thought this worked very well as a standalone, although the epilogue had some characters I hadn't met yet, I didn't really mind that. I got what I needed from the overall scene and it was just a lovely way to end Levi's and Thad's story.

So, loved, loved, loved this. It was just the right size story for the circumstances and  I am definitely going back and reading books 1-3.  

About the Author

Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She's still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet... maybe because she never got there.

In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)

Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last

Mechanics of Love series
Dirty Thoughts
Dirty Talk
Dirty Deeds

Gamers series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)

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