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Out Of Frame is the third book in Megan Erickson's In Focus series, and easily my favourite of the four. The setting is amusing and unique - a cruise ship filled with college graduates and the cast of a high drama reality TV show. Throw a unvoluntarily closeted actor with a bad reputation and a shy and slightly awkward graduate with a secret crush on said actor in the mix of a place filled with alcohol and partying... well, you can imagine how it goes. It's funny and sweet and heart-wretchingly lovely, I absolutely adored this book.
Quinn and his best friend Jess are celebrating their senior year of college by going on a cruise...and not just any cruise. They wanted to see the cast of Trip League. Jess is looking forward to seeing Casey, the hot jock of the reality show, while Quinn has a secret crush on the show's temperamental J.R. (Jay), the guy that is known for getting in fights. Or at least that's the way the producers of the show portray him. Each of the six cast members has been labeled to fit a certain stereotype. J.R. is bisexual, but he signed on for the show and kind fills the role of a black, straight man (they already had a gay cast member), the show is nearing the end of their year long season, they only have a few months left and J.R. is anxious to see the end. He joined the cast to help earn money to pay for a surgery that his sick brother needs, and he doesn't want to break any rules and risk losing his income.
Jay spots Quinn before the ship leaves port...and he's fascinated with the red haired, freckled college boy (they're the same age). But, he knows he has to stay away. Fate seems to be against him though, because circumstances keep bringing them together. But for Quinn, those same circumstances means fate is on his side. Jay is drawn to Quinn and is soon making efforts to escape the camera crew and live cameras set up around the ship so that he can spend some time with Quinn. Quinn doesn't want to be anyone's secret, but he understands Jay's reasons, and he's willing to do what it takes to be with Jay. He believes that Jay is his soulmate.
Jess and Quinn were quite funny, I think they'd be friends that anyone would be happy to have. Quinn is supposed to be shy, but he really loosens up once he has a few drinks. J.R's fellow cast members were also interesting. Jay is sharing his room on the cruise with Levi (the gay cast member). I liked that the cast seemed real. They had their disagreements and different personalities, but they were also like family and they were there for each other. I really enjoyed the party the last night on the cruise and the efforts that Jay's friends made on his behalf (don't want to give anything away).
I'm not going to give anything else away, but I will say that the epilogue is one year later. I always like when we get a little insight into how my favorite couples are doing once things are settled in more.
I read the book in one setting and it'll be one I visit again. I've enjoyed this series a lot, I want to spend more time with all of these guys. I have plans now to go back and read Trust the Focus again. Justin and Landry are so sigh worthy. :)
Highly recommended gay-bi interracial young adult (21+) romance that felt genuine in important ways for current readers of all ages.
It helps to have read the first two (Trust the Focus, and Focus On Me, I've read the first and should've read the second, rectifying next) but it isn't necessary, except for the Epilogue in this one.
If you go into this setting (cruise ship, college spring break) knowing the odds of attraction, it might annoy you. But if that bugs you, why are to reading romances? Real love can be hard to find, and complications can defeat anyone, particularly when information's withheld.
The stakes for J.R. are high, the caution Quinn has learned is hard to get past. The author's use of all the characters really makes this story. It helps a little to read these in the order they were written but it isn't necessary, except for the bonus chapter.
Five stars: Well written, well edited, instantly engaging characters (all of them), good plot. Love the duel POV.
I haven't read the Focus series, the previous two books before this one, but Out of Frame reads nicely as a standalone. People from the previous books make cameos, and they make me want to read their own books.
But this book is about Quinn Mathers and J.R. Butler. Man, oh man, I swear. Megan writes THE best boys out there. I loved the discovery of yourself as the message to this book.
We meet Quinn as he and his best friend Jess are boarding a cruise ship for spring break, where a reality TV show is filming which JR is part of the cast. The other cast members of the TV cast are fun and interesting. I loved Levi. You'll see why once you read the book.
But the struggle? JR is portrayed as the angry black guy on the show. The angry black, straight guy. And he's not exactly straight. But he's done the show for the past 3 years and his contract is almost up, meaning he won't have to hide himself anymore, being a bisexual. He's kept it all under wraps until he sees Quinn.
Quinn is used to being the wallflower. the person that blends into the crowd. No one sees him, until JR sees him.
Watching their relationship bloom from a reluctant friendship to something more and to see them come into their own people. I loved their relationship, I loved them as a couple. I loved Quinn and JR.
This book, the writing, the characters, the story, everything they had to overcome put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading. Read this and you will get lucky like they do too.
This was the series that made me fall in love with Megan's writing, sh always makes me fall into the story right away and this time was no different.
Quinn feels a little trapped in his life, he has decisions to make about his future an he is afraid that in that process he is going to hurt the people that love him, so as an attempt to get his head cleared up before make those decisions, he and Jess take a week long cruise full of spring breakers and the cast of a reality show!
In this cast we find JR Butler, the brooding guy who is edited to be a not so nice person and a bit of a homophobe but in reality, JR is bi, only he can't say anything because he fears and also been told that if he decides to come out his career is over and he kind of needs his career to work in order to help at home.
So from the moment they meet, the attraction is mutual, only JR can't act on it and Quinn is confused because JR is straight.
In that week long cruise they both find more that just a person to care about, they find their own voices, the ones they need to let speak out loud and finally take control of their own lives.
Megan Erickson won't accept my marriage proposal. So I just love her from afar. And I read all of her brilliant books. Like this one. Another freaking incredible love story. Its creative and charming, hot, and gave me all the feels in the world. This is what I expect when I read something from Megan Erickson and she always delivers. I fell madly in love with Quinn and J.R. They were so freaking endearing and it was impossible not to root for them. I cried like a baby at the end because oh my goodness the feels were too much. I am not ashamed. The storyline was different and intense and I was completely swept up in it. I definitely didn't want it to end. And I didn't know which guy I wanted for my own because they were both so freaking amazing. Another gold medal, slam dunk, touch down, and all the epic things. LOVED IT.
The third book of In Focus series is another great book. Even though the second book is my favourite still this was so good. Hot and sweet. The characters are great and the story good and it gave me some good laughs. Quinn is a cute shy guy who meets the star in a reality show and gets to know him in a different way then all the shows fans. Megan's books will always have a place on my book shelves. So if you haven't read any of her books now is the time to start.
I love bi representation, and I love Megan's other books, so I was excited for this one. I was not disappointed. I loved watching Quinn and Jay get together, and it made my heart so happy to see Jay figure himself out. This is probably my new favorite in the series.
I loved this story. The guys were precious with each other. I loved how in the end the people that mattered were standing together. The ordeal with the parents was familiar to me but at the end of the day they were great parents because they cared. This book was cute, funny, sexy and emotional. Read it!!