Out of Frame : In Focus

  • by Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by Marc Bachmann
  • Series: In Focus
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perpetually shy Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend, Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise. And it won't be just any cruise. Onboard are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young 20-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show's beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately he's straight - or so the world thinks. At 19, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there's no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera's frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he's willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he's bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams.

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Review: Out of Frame, by Megan Erickson

Erickson continues to write great books in her In Focus series. Out of Frame was no exception. In fact, it was more enjoyable than I was expecting.

I wasn’t too keen on the reality show and cruise ship aspects of the book, after reading the description. Those are just two things I don’t normally have interest in. But, it’s a book written by Megan Erickson. I had to give it a chance, especially since I loved the first two books in the series. The two aspects of the book that I wasn’t expecting to like may be the two that made this story as good as it was.

Being on a cruise ship, the characters were limited in where they could go, who they could interact with, and what they could do. Add in the cameras, fans, and script of a reality show…you get a difficult to develop relationship between two characters needing something good to happen to them.

I think if I went into more detail about why Quinn and J.R. were so great, and why I liked them together, this review would end up being too long. Plus, I want to leave readers with things to discover for themselves. Just know, like all Erickson’s characters, there’s a great deal of depth to them. Even the secondary characters. (Maybe Jess could get her own spin-off?)

Out of Frame takes to the seas for a road trip of a different sort. But it still continues on in a series full of memorable moments with memorable characters. I’m confident that when I get to the 4th book, Overexposed, the magic will continue.
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- Robert Zimmermann

beautifully written and narrated

Jess is Colin’s sister from book 2. Her BFF is Quinn, a shy, bookish ginger. They’re both on Spring Break from their last year in college and both are determined to have a rip roarin’ good time.

They pick a cruise in which a crew of reality tv stars will be filming – Jess has a crush on Casey from the show and Quinn on JR. But mostly they just want to enjoy spring break, regardless of what happens with the tv personalities.

JR has been stereotyped as an angry, straight, black man on this “reality” show and he HATES it. He’s nothing like the man he’s portrayed as, and is tired of hiding his true nature and his bi-sexuality. But… he signed a contract and though it’s about to expire, his agent has him headed for other auditions that demand JR stay in the closet – and JR NEEDS the money so…

When JR sees Quinn something in him just shifts. He suddenly can’t keep the secret he’s had all these years for one more moment. Though he’s well aware of the risks he is compelled like nothing before to pursue something –ANYTHING- with Quinn.

Quinn, who has been burned by a closeted boyfriend before, knows his heart is bound to be broken, but can’t say no to the enigmatic JR (aka Jay).

In time, both men have to face the music and decide what the future will bring – no matter who it hurts.

**

This is another beautifully written and narrated story by the team of Megan Erickson and Marc Bachmann.

Megan has a gift for giving us angsty new adults and showing us in their time of growth. Her sex scenes are hot without dominating the storyline and the feels are strong and feel authentic and possible.

Though I “pictured” JR’s voice as a little more gruff than it was portrayed in the audio, I loved, loved, loved Quinn’s cute little drawl!
(The epilogue is great – we get to catch up with the previous MCs from books 1 and 2!)

If you’re a fan of the series this is a must – though you don’t have to read the books in order to appreciate the magic in each one.

Highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars
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- Morgan A Skye

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio