*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Trust The Focus is an m/m new adult friends to lovers romance. Justin is taking a trip with his best friend, Landry as they visit some of Justin’s father’s favourite places to spread his ashes along the way. Justin and Landry have been friends forever but it’s only on this trip that their real feelings come out.
“But damn, that’d been the best orgasm I think I’d ever had.
Because I pictured my best friend.
Who I’d be in close quarters with for the next three months.
I. Was. Fucked.”
This was my first book by Megan Erikson and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed Megan’s writing style and found the book flowed well and easy to read. I think Landry and Justin shared an intimate friendship from the beginning so I did struggle to believe that they were oblivious of each other’s feelings for the last decade but with that being said, when the truth all came tumbling out, I liked how the author dealt with it. There wasn’t a quick fix solution; feelings were hurt, minds were scrambled and hearts were vulnerable. It felt realistic and I’m glad it was portrayed in that way.
“I think we needed to feel what was wrong to know what’s right.”
I couldn’t help but want Landry’s point of view during certain moments in the story. Trust The Focus was very much Justin’s journey of self discovery but Landry had a few issues of his own, one in particular I felt could have been developed further. It was a serious issue, and I felt in order to do it justice it could have been explored more, rather than a side issue that was resolved very quickly.
Both Landry and Justin were sweet, all round good guys. The angst was low with the focus being on Justin and his own acceptance of his sexuality. I also liked how the relationship with his mum was handled; again it felt genuine and wasn’t tied up in a neat little bow.
“I knew I’d pick this over normal. I’d pick these moments over living someone else’s life. I’d pick Landry.”
I enjoyed the road trip theme and I loved the inclusion of Justin’s dad, along with the art and photography elements mixed in. Trust The Focus was a quick, sweet read. If you are new to m/m romances then this is a good one to start with.
“We were always meant to do this. This had always meant to be us.”
Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.
For more, visit meganerickson.org