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Reviews of Erickson's Previous Novels:
Changing His Game (#1) -- TBQ
Tied to Trouble (#3) -- TBQ
Leveling the Field (#4) -- TBQ
Trust the Focus (#1) -- TBQ
Focus on Me (#2) -- TBQ
Out of Frame (#3) -- TBQ
Strong Signal (#1) -- TBQ
Fast Connection (#2) -- TBQ
I'm going to do something a bit different with today's review: a quick bullet list of why I loved it. Plus some favorite quotes thrown in because you know how I am with quotes. :)
Why I Loved Overexposed -- And Why You Will Too!
- Thad identifies as demisexual (and gay, obviously). Demisexuals usually require an emotional connection to someone in order for them to feel/act on attraction. (This is a very quick definition and by no means complete, I'm sure.)
- This is only the second romance I've read with a demi MC; I hope we get more showing up, and not just in M/M (where I've encountered both), as we need more accurate representations of all things in our romances.
- Thad's also quiet, a bit grumpy at times, very intense, and a bit of a loner. He has his reasons for some of that, though a lot of that is just who he is, period. Basically you'll want to give him a giant hug through most of the book.
- Levi is carefree in comparison and sometimes does things without thinking about it first and ends up in a spot of trouble. Especially while on the trail. Luckily Thad is his own personal hero. :)
- You might recall Levi from book 3. He was on the cruise ship reality show with J.R.
- Both guys are on the Appalachian trail to find themselves, to get away from and forget their (recent) pains. It's very much a story about self discovery and finding peace, as well as love. This is a common theme in this series, as it is NA, and Erickson handles it perfectly.
- Compared to book 2, Overexposed isn't as "OMG, my feeeeeels" angsty. But there are still some twist-the-feels worthy moments here. Because it's Erickson and I'm pretty sure she likes torturing her characters and her readers. :P
- There are a lot of great scenes and lines -- another common theme with Erickson's novels. (Have I mentioned I love everything she writes? Ahem.)
- Some scenes are fun,
- Some are a bit on the steamy side:
- Note, it does get steamy than this quote, trust me. But I just loved this one for its simplicity.
- And most will make you happy sigh over these two guys. Examples:
And also this very important quote that everyone needs to remember:
Set in the wilderness with a bit of a "road trip" vibe, this is a beautiful story of one quiet man finding his own "moon" in the equally emotionally bruised ex-reality star. The epilogue was great, and I loved seeing the guys all together like that. I'm very much holding out hope that Matty, Thad's ex, gets his own book. As I told Erickson on Twitter, you can't tease readers with bits about his shitty run with relationships and such and NOT have us want his story told. :) I highly recommend this entire series, and you can read them out of order without too much problem.
4 1/2 STARS!
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Megan Erickson; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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You're probably tired of me raving about Erickson's books but they really are that great. I've yet to read one I didn't love. :)
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Until Next Time,
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