Author: Megan Erickson
Narrator: Marc Bachmann
Cover Artist: unknown
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 02/16/2016
Length: 07 hours 58 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
I originally reviewed Trust the Focus when it was released as an eBook back in March of 2015. I am simply reprinting my review here. Though I will say, I loved Justin and Landry more on re-read than I did on first read, and I loved them a lot the first time around.
Friends-to-lovers, road trip, and photography? Yes, please. I couldn’t resist picking up this title by new-to-me author Megan Erickson.
You can’t help but love Justin and Landry. Justin is trying so hard to be what his politician mom wants and needs, to the detriment of his own wants and needs. Landry just wants to be there for Justin as he has always been. It is clear from page 1 that there is some serious chemistry between these two. The story is told in first person from Justin’s point of view, so we don’t know what is going through Landry’s head. We do, however, understand that Landry loves Justin just from observation. If only Justin was as clued into his best friend.
I love road trip stories. I don’t know why. Maybe it is the close quarters that force the main characters to confront their feelings. You can only run for so long when you are traveling the country in an RV with only a pull-out couch to sleep on. Confronting his feelings and fears is exactly what Justin has to do. Landry has some fears of his own that have to be obliterated.
Over the course of one crazy summer they fight. They laugh and mourn. They come together and split apart. They grow up. They are not perfect. They don’t declare their undying love and ride off into the sunset. They have to deal with the realities of the changes in their status. It isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it is down-right heartbreaking. In the end, however, you just want the best for these two. I love that the best isn’t necessarily what everyone expects it to be.
This is the first time I have listened to a Marc Bachmann narrated title. I have mixed feelings on his narration. In the end I enjoyed the narration overall. However, there were a few things that niggled at me as I was listening. Pronunciation was pretty good. Inflection was adequate. However, he had an accent that didn’t fit the characters. Even more, that accent was not consistent throughout the narration. Sometimes it would be thicker than others. Since Trust the Focus is told in the first person, this inconsistency was a bit offputting at times. There were also times I was unable to distinguish between who was speaking during sections of dialogue.
None of these issues were enough to ruin the story for me, however he would not have been my first choice to narrate this title.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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