Title: Focus on Me
Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.
Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option.
Author: Megan Erickson
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dirty Thoughts, Dirty Talk, Dirty Deeds, Tied to Trouble
Series: In Focus
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Trust the Focus, Out of Frame, Overexposed
Published by Intermix Source: Publisher
Published: July 21, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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I love a hot mess. It doesn’t matter if it’s the reasons for the relationship, the characters themselves or the lives that are going on around the characters. I love the messy lives that come to life in the pages of a good book. This is one of those. Colin and Riley both are a bit of a mess. Their views on themselves make them an even bigger mess. They could both use a little bit more self-esteem. Colin has just failed college to the point that he is making his last trip home to North Carolina from California. Riley feels that he has failed life. He has embarked on a journey to see and experience different things in hopes that one will make him feel. Colin isn’t in any hurry to get home and the sexy stranger looking for a lift is a perfect way to avoid the inevitable.
Good ole boy meets an underwear model straight off of a magazines page. Colin and Riley are complete opposites. They are from completely different backgrounds and heading in vastly different directions. Riley is definitely headed to a different place than Colin. Riley is fully aware of all of his problems. He just doesn’t trust the possible solutions. He’s perfected hiding the problems and making them seem smaller than they truly are. Colin is new to his life (problems) so he doesn’t notice things for what they are. By the time Colin really sees some of the big issues it too late for him to run. By that point Colin is already head over heels in love with Riley and will do anything for him. It’s that anything that Riley needs most at that point.
Since the author herself pointed this out I feel it’s okay to make the same comparison. Focus on Me reminded me so much of that nineties movie Mad Love with Drew Barrymore and Chris who played Robin at some point. Only this book is much better and so much hotter. Colin and Riley and their road trip of discovery and healing and falling in love is an amazingly good read. Neither one of them is in a place in their life where starting a new relationship is a good idea. The still see it through and make it work. The trying times they go through in the beginning just makes it so easy to see them making through for the long haul.
Justin and Landry from Trust the Focus have some unexpected roles here in the second installment of Megan Erickson’s In Focus series. You can still easily read Focus on Me as a stand-alone though.
Riley to Colin “In another life, Col, I-I think it could be you.”
Colin to Riley “I guess our timing is off, then, because I think it could be you too. In this life.”