Series: In Focus #1
Published by Intermix Release date : March 17th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBT, New Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I saw that Megan wrote a M/M romance – I jumped right on requesting. I lover her writing – and her ability to bring out such unique characters – I just KNEW I would fall in love with this story. Another thing I love about her writing? She writes such realistic scenarios and REAL characters, without the common formulas that have become so frequent these days.
Best friends to lovers has always been an interesting troupe to read; one I find that has to be written almost perfectly for me to love. Mainly because I need to feel the deep connection as friends, and why it’s moving into the lovers category. Since the relationship is there, some of the tension and build up isn’t. But with Justin and Landry, I felt it. I could see their friendship, and why they had been close friends for so long. I could see the longing, the love the NEED for more and I just couldn’t get enough!
Justin and Landry are pretty close to the perfect couple. Yes, there was a lot of push and pull – considering Justin’s overall internal conflict, this is to be expected. But the overall build up of their relationship was just perfection. The “truth” came out a lot sooner than I anticipated – but again, with Justin’s conflict, I see why. It’s more than just admitting to your best friend that you are in love with him – and starting that relationship. It’s another to own it, to live your life how you want it and to take that course of action in your life.
This is why my love for M/M and F/F books are at a steady incline. Because not only do they have to admit to themselves their true feelings, there is so much added conflict and heart-break. That isn’t to say that M/F relationships are easy, because they aren’t. At all.
Another thing I must mention – is how much I loved the road trip portion, and what Justin was doing for his dad. It was beautiful. These two doing it together, FEELS. He felt such love and respect for his father and honoring him the way he did tugged on the heart-strings. I also loved Landry’s blog posts. This was such an interesting way to bring in his POV – which we didn’t get – and give the readers just a little bit more.
Megan also handled the sex in the book with grace. There was actually a really funny scene when it came to oral sex and allergies, that I couldn’t stop laughing. I hate it when sex over-rides the plot of the book, and while there were a few (which were GOOD) this didn’t happen.
My only small issue with the book was how much I felt like Landry changed after they got together. This could be because I didn’t get a good vibe from him to start, or because he didn’t have to fake his feelings for Justin anymore, but he seemed so different. Not always in a good way, either.
Overall I loved Trust The Focus. The personal growth, the relationship and the message behind the book was just beautiful – and I can’t wait to see what else Megan has in store for us next. I highly recommend!
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