Title: Overexposed (In Focus #4)
Author: Megan Erickson
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Page Count: 177
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…
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…
YES YES YES YES! This was a beauty, classic Erickson full of feels and smex and all the happy smiles.
So. For the actual review now.
Honestly, I should stop feeling surprised with this author’s ability to write. Damn! This story BLEW. MY. MIND!
I didn’t particularly like Levi from book 3 –in fact, book 3 was disappointing to me overall. I am so glad that the series bounced back with this one. Potentially my top favourite of the series so far, Overexposed is more than an adventure book. Yes the main protagonists meet while hiking the Appalachian Trail and there’s a lot here about wilderness, and tents, and surviving. But there is so much more than that.
I love that the author used this hiking adventure, painted as a solitary, individual, life experience for each MC respectively, as an allegory to journeying through life, growing, and learning about oneself better.
Levi wanted to do this with his sister but, after her death, he promised he would go through with the hike in her name. Thad…is a mystery for about half the book. We don’t know why he’s hiking. We don’t know why doesn’t say much. We don’t know why he loves silence but craves Levi’s non-stopping talking. All we know is that he is the quintessential hot broody hero who becomes very protective of Levi.
Okay, Levi needed a lot of saving on this hike. Was it all realistic?
But who cares, right? I got my hero fantasy going with macho man Thad rescuing Levi left right and centre. It was sweet. Plus, we got to know what the deal with Thad was at the 50% mark or so and let me tell you, I almost started bouncing from excitement at the thought that there was still half the book to go!
Now for the steam.
But there was also so much emotion involved. The guys made out a lot but when they got to business, it was all sweet and tender and every romance fan’s dream come true. Loved it!
If I had to nag about something, it would be getting just a teeeeeny bit more at the end. But, rest assured, the HEA is brilliant and seeing the guys from the other books was a treat.
Can’t wait for more.