Overexposed, by Megan Erickson
Series: In Focus, Book 4 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: InterMix (Berkley/NAL)
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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…
Grief and Loss
This is not the book I expected for Levi’s story. After getting to know him in Out of Frame, honestly, I’m not sure what I thought his story would turn out to be, but what I got was something wonderful. There are moments in this book that made my heart squeeze. It would squeeze so tight that I wondered if it would beat right again. There were other moments when I felt like I’d never breathe again, my air leaving me in a whoosh to end all whooshes.
There was a moment when someone says…
“You’re the moon I get to see during the day”.
Or this other moment when…
He laughed softly. “You make me smile. That’s all you.”
“Nah,” I said. “I think it’s just us together.”
And this one time when I felt like I’d never see the light again…
“And damn, I knew it’d hurt, but I didn’t know it’d feel like I’m dying.”
Something Megan Erickson does really well is giving just the right words at just the right time to evoke the exact feelings she’s going for. In a book that is full of loss and grief, sadness and sorrow, nightmares and the push to move forward in life, she finds ways to shatter your heart a little, and put it back together better than it was. Overexposed gave me all the feels, but they were given softly when they needed to be. It was like I was being handled with care. Like the book knew I’d lose it if things got too rough at any point. I guess I would say it’s balanced really nicely.
There are a lot of happy moments, too. There were times when Levi would just talk and talk, kind of ramble on and I’d know… I’d just know, him being with Thad on the trail was meant to be. During these times, I could not keep the smile off my face. So many big smiles.
For fans of the series, you’ll love the Epilogue. For those of you trying your hat in this series for the first time, you’ll not be lost. This stands on it’s own well, while following the same themes of the rest of the series. My heart definitely shattered in this book. In the end, it was put back together lovingly. It was an incredible pleasure to read and is one that I’ll read over and over again. Highly recommended.
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.