Friday, July 17, 2015

[ARC Review]: "Focus On Me"

Focus On Me by Megan Erickson
Publisher: InterMix (July 21, 2015)
Series: In Focus, 2
Genre: M/M Romance (NA)

A sexy new romance from the author of Trust the Focus.

Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…

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Reviews of Erickson's Previous Novels:

Trust the Focus (#1) -- TBQ

Changing His Game (#1) -- TBQ

My Review:

Because he's light and he doesn't deserve all the dark that's in my head. I'm like a plant, though, and no matter what, I find myself leaning towards his light.

How do I describe Focus On Me? Specifically all the feels Riley and Colin gave me?

Everything about this felt right, and I wondered what had happened to me--that I was somehow falling for this man who looked like he'd stepped off a catwalk, who had demons and sad eyes and kissed like an angel.

I have to start by thanking Megan Erickson, again, for telling their story. What a beautiful, emotional story it was. I wanted to give Riley all the hugs in the world.

But there was one thing missing. 

"Look at me," I whispered.

He kept his eyes closed and didn't react to my words.

"Ri, look at me."

Still nothing.

I reached down and cupped his chin, my thumb pressing into the corner of his mouth, where my shaft slid in and out. "Baby," I said softly, my accent thicker with arousal. "I want to see your eyes."

He paused, then his eyelids raised as he pulled back. When only my tip remained in his mouth, his gaze met mine.

There was so much there, swirling and whirling, all his emotions--his need--right at the surface, and he knew it too, as the color rose on his cheeks. I saw why he wanted to keep it from me. And like the selfish bastard I was, I wanted it anyway. I'd asked for it.

Much like the previous book (Trust the Focus), Focus On Me has it all – sweet, tender moments; super sexy ones; a few laughs, and a lot of heartache, but it's worth it in the end. Riley goes through hell, but he survives it, with Colin by his side.

He smiled.

Not just a I'm happy to see you smile. Not a I missed you smile.

This was a I can breathe again, now that you're in front of me smile.

I'm sure my smile was identical to his.

I loved that Erickson didn't try to sugar coat anything. Riley had problems with depression, and even with all the love, fucks, and hugs from Colin, the depression wasn't going to magically disappear. Some authors, I'm sorry to say, seem to think love instantly cures all. No, it doesn't, but love can help a person to get through the tough parts, and there's no doubt that Colin was able to help Riley with that.

Now, there was a certain guy etiquette when it came to urinals. If possible, alays piss two urinal lengths apart. It was jusst courtesy, man. I didn't make the rules, but they've been there since the dawn of time. Hell,  cavemen probably had a system like, stand two woolly mammoth femurs away or something. They'd say it in grunts and shit. Like, two grunts and a bark meant, "Two femurs, bruh. Two."

Once again, my Kindle copy is full of highlights, above I've shared only a few. I look forward to whatever Erickson has for us next – but, please, can you go a little easier on my heart next time? (pause) Who am I kidding, that's why I love this series so much. Keep the emotions coming! 

4 1/2 STARS! 

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Megan Erickson; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.

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Go, pre-order this book NOW! And if you haven't read Trust the Focus, what are you waiting for? Just have some tissues and/or ice cream near while reading these two. All the feels. 

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on July 30th for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


Until Next Time,


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Sophia Rose said...

Good point about the realism in the story revolving around depression. I like the idea that it runs the gamut between sweet and hot, too. Nice review, Danielle!

The_Book_Queen said...

Yes, it's clear to see that Megan truly put a lot of herself into this book, making it just that much more special. :)