on September 20th, 2016
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2), Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1)
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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...
I’m such a huge fan of Megan Erickson’s In Focus series, and I have to say that this is probably my favorite. We were introduced to Levi as being the token gay guy on his reality show on the last book. In his book, we learn that he’s much more than that, the producers simply edited him that way. He’s just your average guy who needs a break from reality, so he decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, just like he always planned to do with his best friend/sister. Unfortunately, his sister recently died while fighting over in Afghanistan, but he feels like he still has to hike the trail in her memory. Anyway, this was such a lovely book! Both Thad and Levi were such well developed characters. I highly recommend this book if you want a beautifully written romance that will stick with you for a long time after reading.
Levi was such a fabulous main character. He’s suffering a great deal over the loss of his beloved sister, and I really identified with him. As anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close to them knows, we all deal with grief in different ways. Levi’s way was to do something that brought him closer to his sister, since this was something that he was only going to ever do for her in the first place. Levi ends up being pretty ill prepared for the trip, but thankfully he discovers Thad! Before I talk about him though, I want to say Levi is just incredible. I wanted to hug him over and over again throughout the novel.
Thad is a rather mysterious character to say the least. The entire book is told through Levi’s POV except for some texts at the end of some chapters that are between T and M. T is clearly Thad, and these are texts from someone back home. For a lot of the book, these texts are truly the only form of insight into the mind of this guy. From the time that he and Levi randomly meet in the woods, he never has much to say. Sometimes I’m not a fan of these characters because they are so closed off, but in this case, it completely worked. Thad is the only character I’ve ever read that identifies as demisexual. This means that you have to have a strong emotional connection with someone in order to do anything sexual. This makes them on the asexual spectrum. I felt like this was important to include because more people need to be educated with these terms.
As a couple, Thad and Levi are basically amazing. It starts off with Thad saying nothing to Levi as they journey on together. Levi is one of those people that just needs to talk at pretty much all times. So Thad just silently listens as Levi tells him stories. Slowly though, they do get to know each other more and I loved seeing their relationship develop both emotionally and physically. However, there’s naturally a huge roadblock that creates some drama between them. In some books, I tend to hate the drama. In this case, the drama completely made sense. I felt like Megan Erickson couldn’t have written it any better.
Overexposed is my favorite book in this entirely memorable series by a wonderful author. I have no clue why I haven’t written reviews for the other three books in this series, probably because I started it kind of late, but I still thoroughly enjoyed every single book. You don’t have to have read the others in order to enjoy this, but I do recommend it since there’s an incredible scene at the end that reunites all the couples. Read this if you’re looking for a fast paced M/M romance!