“I met a guy on the cruise. He showed me what it was like to leap and proved to me that I was someone worth betting on.”- Jay, Out of Frame
Synopsis via Goodreads: Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.
And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.
At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he’s bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams…
Quinn Mathers has always played it safe, followed the rules, and never strayed too far from the road to success. But with college graduation right around the corner, Quinn hopes to throw caution to the wind for the first time in his life before he enters into the world of adulthood. With his best friend, Jess Hartman, at this side, these two head off on a cruise to the Caribbean. But this is not your typical cruise. Members of the reality show, Trip League, are on board and that means Quinn may be getting a little more excitement than he bargained for. So when one cast member in particular catches his eye, will Quinn take the leap, or will he revert back to his old ways and play it safe?
This series just get better and better with each book and after finding out that the third installment in the In Focus series is set on a cruise, I WAS READY TO BOARD THIS SHIP! Out of Frame is probably the most entertaining book so far in this series since it does involve a reality television show, which of course means DRAMA! I’m not always a big fan of drama in books, but this kind was more on the funnier side with a lot of laugh out loud moments. One of my favorite things about this book was the friendships. Quinn and Jess are the best of friends and I love their dynamic and just how they communicated with each other. It was never a dull moment with these two. I also loved seeing Jay’s (J.R.) friendship with Levi develop into something deeper and they ended up actually becoming real friends instead of just friends for show because of they were on TV. Jay is not very trusting of people, so to see him open up and trust Levi with his biggest secret was a big step for him and kind of the turning point of this story.
Let me just say that Megan Erickson does an AMAZING JOB at breaking down stereotypes with characters that just say ‘eff it, this is me and I’m not changing for anyone’! I absolutely adored Jay and all the sacrifices he made in this book. All he ever wanted to do was act, but his agent told him that if he wanted to make it, he would need to be someone else. He’s a black, bisexual male trying to support his family, which includes a sick brother in need of expensive treatment. So he plays the role that everyone wants just to help his family out. I really enjoyed the moment where he finally showed the world the real Jay. I also loved the amount of support he received from his family. Family has been a consistent theme throughout these books so far and it’s one of my favorite things about this series because I rarely this in NA books. Quinn was also going through his own changes in this book as he decides to cut the cord with his parents and start his life on his own. He’s been supported by them for so long, but he’s ready to do things on his own which was exciting to see considering he’s keeps much of his feelings bottled up. As for the chemistry between these two, OFF THE CHARTS! OMG, THE ENDING WAS SO FREAKIN’ CUTE AND I WAS CRYING ALL THE HAPPY TEARS FOR THESE TWO! The wait was definitely worth it in the end.
If you guys haven’t checked out this series yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Out of Focus was another great installment and my only complaint was that I wanted more. A few more chapters to satisfy my little shipper heart. I kind of want a book with Jess and Casey, but considering this is an M/M series, I doubt that will happen. A girl can only dream, right?