Out of Frame by Megan Erickson
Release Date: 3/15/2016
Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus...
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...
Bella's 5 Star Review
I loved Quinn and Jay's story!!!
Quinn and his best friend Jess go on a cruise during spring break of their senior year of college. Quinn is ..... an old soul. His parents have ingrained the importance of looking at the consequences of any action he takes before he takes it. So instead of having carefree fun teenage years, he's forgotten to live in the moment and have fun. He's determined to do just that on this cruise.
JR is one of the celebrities on the cruise. When he signed the contract to be on Trip League, he agreed to play a straight guy, even though he's bisexual. He invented a girlfriend so that it didn't look suspicious that he didn't date much. The producers of the reality show like to portray JR as a hot tempered jerk...but of course there is more to him than that.
Quinn has a secret crush on JR. He can't help but wonder if the reality show has type cast the members and the more he gets to know "Jay" instead of "JR" the more he likes him. On a cruise ship of 1500 people, he doubts he'll even get the chance to meet him.
But he does. They meet and the chemistry is there. JR tries to deny his attraction to Quinn.
You know how that goes!!
Things I loved about this book:
~ Alternating POV - my favorite way to read. Quinn wears his heart on his sleeve. But JR is a tough one to figure out. I'm so glad we got to be inside his head.
~ Quinn. OMG. This character was amazing. Red hair, freckles, pale skin that flushes easily and an old soul who wants to be young and carefree. I loved Quinn and couldn't help but cheer for him to get a HEA.
~ Jay. Black, bisexual but stuck playing a straight man because his agent thinks that is the only way he will get work as an actor. He feels trapped and wants to help his family financially. I'm so glad his family was supportive. They wanted him to be happy. I wanted him to be happy too!!
~ Angst. I understood why Jay needed to keep his attraction to Quinn a secret. But I felt for Quinn. For once, he didn't want to be someone's secret. Ugh.
~ Supporting characters. I loved Jess, Levi, even Casey.
~ I also loved that we got to catch up with the characters from the previous books. They weren't main stars of the story, but it was great to see that everyone is still happy and doing well.
~ Vulnerability. I love it when the characters show their vulnerability. Jay and Quinn really became vulnerable to each other and you got to see them grow as people throughout the story.
Bottom line: READ THIS BOOK!! I love this series. Start with book 1: Trust the Focus!!