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This pains me it really does...I adored the first two books in this series. Absolutely adored them, and I had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to them.
Right from the get go I had problems. I didn't like J. R.'s name, at all, and irrational or not, the space between the initials irritated the hell out of me. I'm sure that's the point, but it seriously got on my nerves. The reality show premise...the whole cast of a reality show plus members of the general public on a boat together...not really feeling that. Throw in the 'live stream cameras' and I was pretty much done.
So the set up aside...I really liked both J. R. and Quinn, I liked them separately and together but damn are they immature?! In fact all the characters are and appear much, much younger than we're told they are. J. R. and Quinn are 22 and 21 yet they read soooooo young. Like teenagers. Very young teenagers.
But...it's Megan right?!?! The writing is, as always, flawless. I adore her style and the way she weaves a tale. Unfortunately this one just didn't work for me and I was disappointed. Having said all that I will certainly look out for book 4.
I love that Goodreads keeps me informed that authors I’ve previously read have a new title coming out for me to enjoy. When I saw that Megan Erickson had a fourth book releasing in her In Focus series I couldn’t help but wonder how I missed the third. I immediately purchased Out of Frame so that I could read it. It didn’t take me long at all to realize why I hadn’t already read it. I hate reality shows.
The third installment in Erickson’s college boy romance series can easily be read as a stand-alone, just like the others in the series. I believe at time of release I just planned on skipping this one. I read it. I can honestly admit to not hating it. It does paint the picture as to why I hate reality shows though. They’re fake. That’s J.R.’s biggest hate of his life. He’s stuck acting a part. He is stuck in a contract for a role in a show. The show has cast him as a straight black man. In reality Jay is a bisexual man who would do anything for his family. At the moment that anything is playing a part for just a short while longer, until his contract is up.
For his last college spring break Quinn and his best friend Jess have decided to take a cruise on board the Coastal Mia with the cast of Trip League. Quinn isn’t too concerned about having any fanboy moments in the presence of the cast members. The only member of the cast he has eyes for is straight after all. He’s the shy wallflower that will never be noticed by any camera. That is how he talked himself into getting on board the cruise ship. All it takes is one encounter with J.R. for Quinn to realize that staying out of sight is not an option. The days are flying too quickly as Quinn and J.R. are hiding from cameras for just one more kiss, a few more minutes alone, or a night locked in ones cabin.
All in all there was a sweet story here. My distaste in reality television took away some of the enjoyment. The couples from the past books have very tiny roles. One of the characters of the next book had a significant secondary role here. I’m looking forward to Overexposed.
This is a good story, but didn't have the maturity in the story line that connected with me. I think the staging with the Reality TV show characters, party cruises with college students and deception was a bit Bravo channel for me.
This book was OK. Not nearly as interesting and involving as Focus on Me, a kind of prequel to this book. The characters and situations in that book were much more involving and complex. The characters in this book were likable but a bit dull. And the situations weren't as interesting as the first book. I highly recommend Focus on Me, however.