Title: Out of Frame
Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.
And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.
At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he's bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams.
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, Focus on Me, Overexposed
Published by Intermix Source: Purchased for Self
Published: March 15, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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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.