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    Emotionally charged

    This is the second book in the In Focus series and it is absolutely as emotionally charged and gripping as the first (Trust the Focus). This m/m love story deals with issues that affect people of all backgrounds and is a great lesson in trust, hope, and the power of love. Colin and Riley first meet in a convenient store/gas station of all places and start a cross country journey that will change both their lives most definitely for the better. This is a great book and one I highly recommend.
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    Lost my focus

    Colin and Riley meet at a gas station. Riley needs a ride and Colin is heading out his way. Colin has failed out of college and is headed home to help with the family restaurant. Riley seems to be running away from his career as a model. Colin and Riley are attracted to one another right at the gas station. Colin is afraid to say anything since he thinks Riley is hot enough to be on the cover of a magazine, he would not want him. Also, he believes he is straight and would not be interested since he is a guy. Riley has a lot of his past to get away from. He also has a bucket list he is trying to check off. Thinking he will end his life at one of the stops - he is not very careful. Colin picks up on this and confronts him. Now that they are friends, he takes this very seriously. Riley and Colin fight and Riley leaves. Colin is depressed and goes to find some company for the night Upon return to the hotel room, he gets the surprise of his life! This is such a sweet story about love and loss and help. I found myself eager to turn the page. Every scene with Colin and Riley is worth reading. I could not put it down!
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    Sexy and emotional romance

    This is an emotional and sexy story of two men, finding each other on the road to their uncertain futures. Colin has quit school and is heading home. Along the way he picks up Riley, a hitchhiker with one goal - to get to the ocean, while hitting a few landmarks along the way. The attraction between them is visceral and it's not long before they are taking advantage of their alone time together. But Riley has problems, and they aren't the kind that Colin can fix. Will they be too much for this new couple to handle? I really enjoyed this story. It's the second in a series, and has a more emotional kick to it, with the topic of depression and its effects a key part of the plot. The story is told from Colin's point of view, with the occasional voice of Riley heard through his letters to Landry (a character from the first book in the series, Trust the Focus). It's obvious to the reader, and to Colin, that Riley is having issues. He's happy one moment, quiet the next and it's clear that things are not going well for him though he tries to hide his emotions from Colin. He uses sex as a distraction, one that Colin isn't above participating in and the result is some hot and heavy scenes between them. But there comes a point in the story where the Colin knows that sex isn't going to solve Riley's problems and makes some decisions that have a key effect on their new and burgeoning relationship. At times, this was definitely a tearjerker, and I felt for Riley in his depression. I thought the way the topic was handled was very adept and that the story went along a realistic path for Colin and Riley in terms of how it affected their relationship. Seeing as it's a romance, we get our happy ending of course, but with the reality that there is no magic fix for mental illness and that patience, love and understanding will be needed for their relationship to last. There were some nice cameos of Justin and Landry from the first book in the series too. 4 stars for this touching and emotional story.
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    Sometimes the Journey Home Takes Unexpected Turns

    ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover: A shirtless young man is seen through a rainy window or lens (or so it appears). No clear focus on this one, just on the outskirts of focused, but it makes the eye look harder to find detail and characteristics that may or may not draw us in. The synopsis is a little more vague that the first book in the series, no less interesting. Looking Deeper: First person POV, from Colin's perspective - except the emails... those are written to Landry from Riley. In a wonderful surprise, Landry's fake boyfriend is afforded his own story. The intro (prologue) was superb; LOVED IT! Although FOCUS ON ME can be read as a stand-alone novel, I'd suggest reading TRUST THE FOCUS first to fully understand the background and history between Landry and Riley, but the email exchanges are a fun treat to those who've read the first book. Colin finds Riley at a gas station in the middle of nowhere and offers him a ride as it seems Riley's been stranded. They begin an epic cross-country road trip, filled with detours, that allow to strangers the time and opportunity to become more - if they allow it. Once again, Ms. Erickson delivers a story packed full of raw and turbulent emotions while throwing some fun elements and quirks into the mix. The chemistry between Colin and Riley was not quite as magnetic as Justin and Landry's, in my opinion, but it was still good. Speaking of... Jus and Lan do have a few scenes in this book other than the emails that Ri send to Lan. There were not a lot of significant secondary characters, other than them, but Jess is a wonderful addition to the cast - providing a little insight and advice as only a sibling can. The plot was pretty good and it flowed quickly and smoothly. There were several conflicts along the way, but many of them were only patched if not ignored. The predictability was relatively minimal. There is not an "Epilogue" persay; however, the last chapter does serve and read as a closing document. ---------------------------------------------------------- Heat Level: 3.75 ~ Score: 4.0 ~ Stars: 4 ----------------------------------------------------------

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