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...
***ARC provided by NetGalley for review***
Overexposed is book number four in the In Focus series by Megan Erickson and I was very happy to receive a copy to read for review.
Levi Grainger was going forward with the plans he had made with his sister to hike the Appalachian Trail. He was making the trip alone though because he had lost his sister while she was on deployment in the army. At a loss with what to do he wanted to honor her and try to figure out what to do with his own future. Levi meets Thad on a late night bathroom trip and the two begin to hike together. Thad and Levi become close, but Thad keeps one secret that could end any hope of a future with Levi.
I thought Overexposed was a great continuation of the In Focus series. As with the rest of the series, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone book, although there is some time with previous characters in the epilogue. It fits into the series very well, it is a more New Adult style book, but not a completely light and fluffy story. The story line itself has a more serious side to it.
Ms. Erickson creates a world and pulls you right into it. I could very easily find myself out on the trail with Levi and Thad. They were well-developed characters with very age appropriate personalities and actions. I don’t think I was very surprised by Thad’s secret since we were made very aware how Levi felt about his sister’s death, but I think there had to be some sort of tension to their relationship and that fit the story line very well.
Overall, I really liked Overexposed. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a New Adult aged read that has a bit of a serious side, but a happy ending. I gave Overexposed 4 out of 5 stars.