Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Trust The Focus by Megan Erickson

Trust the Focus (In Focus #1)
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Title: Trust The Focus
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: In Focus #1
Version Reviewed: ARC, eBook
I received this book for free by the publishers in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

GoodReads Synopsis:
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 jumped straight into this book with super high hopes. It sounded absolutely amazing and definitely like something that I would be into and love reading.  I'm ashamed to admit that, even though it was a review book, it took me forever to finish Trust The Focus.

I'm a lover of photography and m/m romances and good road trip books, especially if there's an emotional tie to them. This book definitely had all of those features but I can't say that I was insanely impressed by it. The story itself was really good, the idea of what they were doing and why they were doing it was amazing. But I honestly felt like it was executed very well. The characters, which started off really strong and defined, seemed to fall flat once the story really started unfolding and I felt like everything became a bit too cliche. While I'm normally a sucker for a story about a person that is coming into their sexuality and finally understanding an admitting to themselves how they feel, I didn't feel any connection to Justin. I loved his background and his story but his character just seemed.... boring? He was even slightly annoying to me and the constant back and forth between him and Landry just didn't do anything for me.

While I can't say that I 100% disliked the book (it did have some decent parts) I was overall disappointed with the writing and feel like everything just fell a little flat.

Rating: 2 Stars

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