Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he'd planned to do with his sister.
His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs.
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, Out of Frame
Published by Intermix Source: Publisher
Published: September 20, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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I now have a new favorite in Megan Erickson’s In Focus series and it’s Overexposed. Readers meet Levi in Out of Frame. He’s one of the cast members of Trip League. He is now a year past that and just kind of in limbo trying to figure out what he is supposed to do now. He was supposed to hike the Appalachian Trail with his sister Layla. She didn’t make it back from her last deployment alive and Levi is a bit angry about that. He knew how much this meant to her so he does what any good brother would do. He strikes out to hike the Appalachian Trail in her memory.
The last thing Levi expected was to find a hiking partner and friend on the Trail. A few days into his journey that’s exactly what he finds in Thad. Thad is out on the Trail doing a bit of soul searching of his own. He’s quiet, keeps to himself, but wants to travel with Levi instead of the solo journey that he’d been on. Thad is tore up over something and he holds all in. He does very little history sharing with Levi. The sharing of the journey opens doors though and that is what makes this story so incredible.
I loved Overexposed. Levi and Thad are both at a crossroads in their lives and them meeting on this epic hike was so poignant. They both went into this hike knowing they were looking for something yet not knowing exactly what they were looking for only to find it in each other. It makes for a great story and an even more amazing love story.
Overexposed had a different feel than the other books in the series. I boxed the others as new adult, male male romance. The college boys that are the three previous couples fit nicely in that box. Thad and Levi just don’t fit there. That aspect didn’t make me enjoy it any more or less it’s just an obvious difference that I wanted to point out.