Review & Exclusive Excerpt! “Out of Frame” by Megan Erickson

One of the hottest books of the year is coming next week… and I’m not just talking about the heat in the sheets! The third book in Megan Erickson’s In Focus series is out on March 15, and today I’m bringing you an advanced (spoiler-free!) review… and an exclusive excerpt from the novel!

So keep reading to check out this highly-anticipated book, and get ready to pre-order… because this is definitely the Spring Break book you’ve always wanted!

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Out of Frame, by Megan Erickson
Series: In Focus, Book 3 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Berkley NAL / InterMIX
Release Date: March 15, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
5-of-5

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Cover Reveal: Due Diligence, by Anna Zabo (Plus Excerpt & Giveaway!)

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I’m so excited today to bring you the cover reveal for Anna Zabo’s upcoming novel, Due Diligence! This novel is set in the same universe as Takeover and Just Business but is a stand-alone with a new  couple, and I can’t wait to read it.  While the novel isn’t out until June, Anna has also shared a brand-new (seriously sexy) excerpt with us! 

Of course, don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post… you could win a copy of Takeover or Just Business!

So without further ado…

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“A complex and beautiful romance.” — Book Review: Focus on Me, by Megan Erickson (Rating: 4/5)

Focus on Me is currently only $0.99 on Amazon.com!

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Focus on Me, by Megan Erickson
Publisher: InterMix/Penguin Random House (July 21, 2015)
Page Count: 204 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

Warning: Mental illness; suicidal thoughts.

Curious to find out more about Colin and Riley? You can check out an excerpt from this novel here!

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* I was given an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Summary: Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…

My Thoughts: Focus on Me was a brilliant novel about two opposite characters who manage to perfectly complement one another. Erickson deftly handled two very complex characters– Riley, a former model suffering from depression and anorexia, and Colin, a man who can’t seem to succeed at anything he attempts– and creates a complex and beautiful romance.

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Review: Just Business, by Anna Zabo (Rating: 5/5)

Just Business, by Anna Zabo
Publisher: Random House/InterMix (June 16, 2015)
Page Count: 266 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

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Cover Artist: Unknown

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Short & Sweet: Justin White doesn’t fit the corporate stereotype; his dyed-black hair, heavy eyeliner, and preference for jeans over suits makes him stand out among his piers. Eli Ovadia, the CFO for Justin’s new company, dislikes Justin’s mess and attitude, and he’s not one to hide his contempt. As Justin works to prove himself to Eli, he realizes that he can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli— and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom…

Warnings: Mentions of dubious consent and past abusive relationships.

* I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

My Thoughts: This book was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Bam, done, end of review. (But seriously, I could ramble for hours about how much I loved this novel, so I’m going to do my best to rein it in!)

After reading Zabo’s Takeover last year, I was ecstatic to see another book in the same universe announced for this summer. Just Business is, like Takeover, about two corporate businessmen who enter into an intense BDSM relationship, but that’s where the similarities end. Justin is a brilliant MBA student who’s taken a step back professionally after fleeing from an abusive relationship, while Eli is a successful, cold, and often terrifying CFO who has his own past demons to battle with.

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Coming Soon: “Focus on Me”, by Megan Erickson (Summary & Excerpt!)

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Coming Soon: Focus on Me, by Megan Erickson
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: InterMix/Penguin Random House
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Next week marks the release of the second book in Megan Erickson’s In Focus universe. Focus on Me follows after the first book in the series, Trust the Focus, but features new characters and is a stand-alone plot.

Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…

I’m really excited about this release, because it’s rare to find a novel that handles mental illness and eating disorders so deftly, and which focuses on the healing rather than the darkness. It’s a hurt/comfort relationship featuring two gorgeous men on a road trip across America, with fantastic characters and some smokin’ bedroom scenes.

The lovely folks over at Penguin Random House have offered me an excerpt to share with you! Keep reading for a great scene from the novel, as well as links for pre-ordering.

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Review: Yours All Along, by Roni Loren (Rating: 3.5/5)

A mini-review for Yours All Along, by Roni Loren (Random House/InterMix, June 16, 2015).

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Cover Artist: Unknown

What it’s about: Hunter and Devon were best friends in college before a car accident put Hunter in the hospital and tore their friendship apart. Now Hunter is a star MLB pitcher in Houston, about to get married to his beautiful girlfriend, and Devon is running a restaurant in Dallas. Hunter is going with the flow on his upcoming marriage, but he can’t stop thinking about Devon and the friendship they had in college… a friendship which had just turned into something more before his car accident.

Why you should read it: It’s well written. The characters are interesting, and the plot takes an m/m romance cliché (ultra-straight boy is ‘gay for you’) and puts a fresh twist on it. It’s a framed narrative, with most of the story taking place in Hunter’s flashbacks to college, while the beginning and end are in the present day, where Hunter is starting to realize how unhappy he truly is.

Why you should give it a miss: It’s a novella. If you follow my blog, you know that I don’t like novellas much, because they never seem to get the pacing right. Loren’s story isn’t any different. It starts off great, and the flashbacks scenes are perfectly paced to show the growing attraction between Devon and Hunter, and Hunter’s curiosity as he builds the courage to act. But the ending is rushed, and I felt cheated.

Overall: A good, quick read. Loren can definitely write, there’s no doubt about that, but it kinda fell apart at the end for me.

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