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I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous two in the series but it was still a really lovely read. Megan’s writing is always exceptional so the book didn't disappoint on that front.
The characters were great but I just didn't connect with them as much as I had with Justin and Landry or Colin and Riley from the previous books. They didn't seem to have the same level of chemistry or emotional connection. The situation that J.R. found himself in was absolutely awful and I really felt for him. No one should ever be forced to pretend to be someone they're not and I can only imagine how heart-wrenching it would be to have to live a lie like he did, but I kind of felt like J.R.’s storyline kind of overshadowed Quinn’s. His experience in his past relationship was really horrible but it came across in the story as a little less important than J.R.’s issues.
I've seen a few other reviews mention that the characters seemed a little more immature in this book than the previous ones and I can totally see where they're coming from. You have to keep in mind though that the major plot line is that they're aboard what is essentially a party ship for a week while a reality TV show is filmed, so naturally the story is filled with an awful lot of drinking, silly adolescent games, and sex. I expected all of this as I went into the story so, for me, it wasn't a let down.
I did still enjoy this instalment to the series very much despite these little gripes and I loved catching up with the other couples briefly at the end. I would still recommend this to fans of the series or just people looking to try out a sweet M/M romance (all the books can be read as standalones but it's nice to read them in order so you can connect with all the characters).
I have a lot of this author's books and consider myself a fan. Having read the first two books in this series I let myself get put off by the relatively negative feedback for this one and only read it when I saw book 4 was imminent. I really wish I hadn't and had read it earlier. Yes, I will admit the setting of a reality show on a cruise ship is probably a "fluffier" setting that the previous stories, but both characters still had their own issues to work through. I liked seeing quiet Quinn from book 2 get his own story, plus the glimpses we got of all the other boys. I am looking to forward to reading Levi's story later this month and have already preordered. Another good read from this author.
... Buch :)! Klitzekleine Ungereimtheiten und ab und zu mal ein nicht ganz schlüssiger Plot tun dem Verlauf dieser Geschichte keinen Abbruch: tolle Persönlichkeiten, besondere Beziehung, witziges Setting - und ein wunderschönes Ende! Das wird sicherlich nicht das letzte Buch der Autorin gewesen sein, dass ich lese!
I thought this book was much lighter, but no less entertaining than the others in the series. The cruise ship element was interesting and helped me believe in the quickness of the love story. Quinn was adorable and I liked how this book showed him growing as a person to really look beyond his college years into what he wanted to do with his life. J.R.'s situation was tough to read about because I felt so bad for him. He is someone who wants to do everything he can for the people he loves, but often ends up losing himself in the process. As a couple, Quinn and J.R. were easy to root for and I enjoyed the way that they actually talked about things rather than just constantly making out. The social commentary regarding reality television was also interesting.
Out of Frame is the third In Focus book that I've read and I really liked it! The story is told in first person from the perspective of both main characters, Jay and Quinn. I always enjoy first person, and while this is a great way to get into the heads of both guys without resorting to third person, sometimes I found it a little confusing. Okay, I admit it, I'm not a young man anymore and maybe my short term memory isn't what it used to be..... :) Erickson began each chapter with the name of the character telling it, so I guess the confusion wasn't the author's fault.
Anyway, I often like romance stories where opposites are attracted to each other. Jay and Quinn are very different but alike in many ways too. The plot contains a fair share of tension but I likes how the guys dealt with it.
Out of Frame was proofed well, and the Kindle formatting was very good on my iPad. This book is definitely on my 'recommend' list for those who like this genre!
I really like this series and this author. This story, the third in the series, was not QUITE as engaging or gripping as the first two, but that's okay with me. It was about SPRING BREAK. How deep and angsty is it gonna get?
Quinn is the young man we met working in Colin's family bbq joint. His best friend is Jess, Colin's sister. (Colin and Riley were the MCs of book 2 in the In Focus series.) Quinn and Jess are going to go on a spring break cruise with hundreds of breakers as well as the cast of a reality TV show of 6 young people who travel the country having adventures that all get filmed.
Of course you can see it coming, Quinn connects with one of the characters from the show. I enjoyed their relationship and how sweet they were to each other. Really enjoyed the book, especially the great HEA.
I am hoping we get to see Levi's (gay character from the TV show) story in the next installment of this series!
"Life's too short to be something other than who you are."
This was a really sweet read about becoming your own person and basically...adulting. That transition can be daunting and scary, but with the right support system the steps are a little easier to take.
Jay and Quinn were so damn honest and cute together. The potential for drama was high, but thankfully the drama llama never boarded the cruise ship.
Quinn's friendship with Jess was almost a scene stealer, but they were no match for all the awwwww's between Jay and Quinn. Did I mention how cute these two are?
The epilogue brought together all the couples of the series, and I'm pretty sure I pulled a muscle in my face from all the smiling.
This was a really sweet, sexy, fun book. (Not to mention, yay for a bisexual main character!) Quin and JR are well developed as individuals and have satisfying character arcs over the book, and the romance between them also feels genuine and realistic. It hit just the right notes of love/angst/conflict. And the whole thing had internal logic, if that makes sense - I can't stand when books play up emotional drama or write in unrealistic character reactions just to develop the plot. Kind of a cheesy ending, but I can't really hold that against it too much given its a romance novel. Definitely recommend.
This is a very nice love story with likeable characters that have some complexity, although it is a romance so they are perhaps a bit too perfect (but hey, it's fantasy!). Happily, there is not too much angst, but there are some difficulties for the characters to overcome so there is a storyline which is a step up from some romances I have read recently. The sex scenes are fairly hot, and fortunately they are not the main point of the story but integrated into the storyline. The author has a good sense of pace and writes very fluently. All in all this book is an enjoyable, light read.