Reviewed by Danielle
SERIES: In Focus #4
AUTHOR: Megan Erickson
LENGTH: 177 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2016
Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…
Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.
His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…
This is a book I have been waiting for. When I fell head over heals for this series by accident and read book 1,2 and 3 in one go I was so excited to find out part 4 was coming this fall.
When I finally got my hands on it I didn’t wait for a minute and dived in …
And then WHOA…I didn’t see that coming! The prologue grabs you right away and squeezes you.
We follow Levi on his tribute to his sister in hiking the trail they were supposed to do together. On his trail we get acquainted with Thad…silent, solid, mysterious Thad. When Levi meets Thad there is something there and those feelings makes them both continue to hike the rest of the trail together.
While we follow Levi on his hike progressing though the book, we get more and more glimpses of what happened to him and to Thad, stories that you need to find out for yourself during the reading of this book.
Author Megan Erickson shows her class in this story by making sure that despite the wonderful series she has written this is again a completely different story than the other three books. While we did get a glimpse of Levi in the previous book there is, besides the epilogue, no reference to the former books. It is absolutely a standalone book. Which for me personally, I always regret, as I really like to see the characters out of the other books. Despite the epilogue at the end of this story, which was nice but for me came totally out of the blue.
Some things I kind of regretted not seeing played out more was the demisexuality of Thad and his transformation to the open & kind lover. For me this could have explored more thoroughly. To be clear this doesn’t take away of the story but just something that I noticed when the story was done.
The gentle way different aspects of both their lives were being written combined with gentle bonding and sexuality makes this book a really enjoyable addition to a truly wonderful series.
Despite the blurb this story isn’t an angsty story. Yes there is some trauma coming from both characters but it is portrayed beautifully and gently exposed.
You cannot help but fall hard for both these amazing men and their stories.
Megan Erickson seem to wrap up this series with this 4th story but I wouldn’t mind to read Matt’s story and in the process of that see some more Thad and Levi! *hint*