Author: Megan Erickson
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
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…
Out of Frame is the 3rd installment in Megan Erickson’s In Focus series. The first story, Trust the Focus, drew me in, and I will be with these boys until the end. Each installment focuses on a different couple, with cameos from those who have come before. They each also focus on a journey, both physical and emotional.
Out of Frame is set on a cruise ship. While it seems to operate unlike any cruise ship I know, I just suspended my feelings on that and enjoyed the ride. For many readers, you will find some familiar themes in this New Adult tale. Homophobia and fear are just a few. Much like TtF, one of our main characters, JR, lives in fear of the world finding out just who he loves. In JR’s case, he could end up with a girl or a guy, but the fact that half of his avenues to love have been forcibly removed weighs heavily. For Quinn, he has to decide how much he is willing to hide for the man for whom he has quickly fallen.
Out of Frame is about finding out who you want to be. It is about taking a hard look at where you are and finding the right path to where you want to be. It is about weighing other’s expectations and opinions with your expectations of yourself. It is about standing up for yourself and those you love. It is about independence, acceptance, and love.
Erickson has a another winner with Out of Frame. Please tell me Levi’s story is next.
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