Quinn Mathers, a shy red-haired young man, is going with his best friend on a spring break Caribbean Cruise — in which the cast of reality show “Trip League”, including Quinn’s crush, the (supposedly) straight J.R. Butler also attends. Nobody know that J.R. is actually bisexual, and that he has to hide his attraction to men a secret because of the effing contract he signed before the show. But when they meet, attraction flies, and J.R. has to make a decision whether he should follow his heart or stay in the closet in order to assure his place in the show-business industry.
Out of Frame is the latest installment of Erickson’s In Focus series. This time, Erickson switches the open road with the high seas. I always enjoyed Erickson’s writing and this one is no exception. I loved both Quinn and J.R. — oops, sorry, Jay Ryan. The chemistry was definitely there, and I loved how they connect on the ship. I loved Quinn’s initial shyness while also trying to finally be independent from his parents and to live in the moment. I loved Jay’s loyalty and love towards his family.
For a story with someone in the closet, I didn’t feel like this is doused with angst though. The time frame is pretty short because the cruise only happened about a week — and we found out Jay’s family actually very supportive of his bisexuality, and later on his cast mates too. So it didn’t feel that heavy — well, to me anyway. Because of that, I loved it but I wasn’t as emotionally engaged like the first two books. It didn’t make me cry like I did with Justin’s admission of his feeling towards Landry in Trust the Focus or Riley’s personal fight with his mental health issues in Focus on Me.
Having said that, it is still a fun book to read. I definitely loved how the cruise changed the both of them for the better. Quinn is finally able to seize the day and decide that he wants to embrace the possibility in life, without worrying to much about the consequences. While Jay … ah, well, you know what Jay will do, right? The epilogue made me smile in satisfaction. Oh, and another plus point for this book (aside from Jay being a bisexual character) is the interracial relationship. Yep, love me some of those.
I can’t wait to read book #4, which features another cast member of “Trip League”, the darling Levi. So happy that it will be released this year, in September.
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Title:Out Of Frame (In Focus #3)
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: MM New Adult Contemporary Romance
Word Count: TBA
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin)
Release Date: March 15, 2016