Release Blitz ~ Overexposed (In Focus #4) by Megan Erickson
Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail…
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…
For a moment, we locked eyes, and the air between us crackled with the promise of what could come next if we let it. I didn’t breathe—didn’t move—because this rubber band tugging at us could snap any minute, and I had no idea which way it would go.
Thad’s jaw clenched, then his hand shot out and gripped the side of my head. I sucked in a breath as he pulled me toward him. The heat of his palm seared my scalp as he closed the distance until our mouths were inches away. The tent was filled with panted breaths, pounding hearts, and every cell in my body was screaming want want want.
I licked my lips, the very tip of my tongue brushing his, and that was the last encouragement he needed, because then Thad slammed his mouth onto mine. His body crashed along with it, so my back slammed onto the ground and Thad landed on top.
But I didn’t care about any of that, because Thad was devouring me. His mouth moved against mine, opening me up, demanding to be let in, and I obliged. Thad swept his tongue inside, kissing me like he couldn’t get enough, would never get enough, like kissing me was better than breathing.
Kissing Thad was better than breathing.
I held on as best as I could, clutching his broad shoulders, the muscles shifting beneath his skin. With his knees, he spread my legs and slotted himself between them, grinding his hard cock against mine.
It was a frenzy of tongues and lips and saliva and good, hard, need-you-now kind of sex. Thad broke the kiss to suck hard on the skin along my jaw, and I arched beneath him as he hit the spot below my ear that always got me going.
My cock was achingly hard, my balls already drawn up tight, but I needed something more. Thad’s hands fumbled between us until my boxers were shoved down. A fist wrapped around both of our cocks and began stroking them together.
My brain short-circuited, my lungs screamed for air as I gasped at the firm grip. Thad wasn’t fucking around. This was down and dirty and about getting off on each other.
My hips churned with each stroke of Thad’s hand; his hip bones dug into my inner thighs as each stroke shoved my legs further apart. I had no time to imagine what we looked like, what we sounded like, because Thad bit down on my shoulder, hard, and I came like a fucking rocket. I couldn’t even cry out, as I pulsed soundlessly in his hand. His hips froze on one more powerful thrust, sending my head smashing into the side of the tent, and then he let out one small groan against my skin.
I squeezed my eyes shut, relinquishing my grip on Thad’s shoulders, belatedly noticing my nails had etched crescent-shaped marks in his flesh.
He rose off of me slowly, his eyes skittering away, not meeting mine. He grabbed my pack of wipes, and cleaned himself, then me, wordlessly. I bit my lip, unsure what to say. What did one say when they were dry-humped in the middle of the night by a man who spoke in sentence fragments?
Nothing apparently. Because Thad rose, pulled on a pair of pants and a shirt, and with one last look at me, left the tent.
Without a word.
*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. *** Levi Grainger needs a break. A break from being in the spotlight as a reality star, from the heartbreaking death of his only sister on her last deployment. It was her dream to hike through the Appalachian Trail with him, and he figures doing it on his own is as good a way to try and come to terms with her loss as any other. His solitary hike is interrupted when he meets Thad, who is silent and intense and makes him feel safer than he's ever felt, and they decide to travel together. They grow closer and Thad starts opening up to Levi as the attraction between them sizzles. Thad has a secret, though, one that can potentially break the trust Levi has placed in him. While Trust the Focus remains my favorite story in the series, Overexposed is now my second favorite. I just loved the connection between Thad and Levi. Perhaps it was the setting, the solitude, the fact that they just had one another, but I adored seeing Levi slowly crack through Thad's defenses and the way their relationship progressed. Their chemistry was magnetic and while I loved their very hot scenes together, I also couldn't get enough of how much they were helping each other with their other issues. While the book is told almost entirely in Levi's POV, Megan Erickson provided us with the texts between Thad and his ex, Matty, to show us the change in him as he started to fall for Levi. There were a few instances in which I wanted to shake some sense into the two of them, but ultimately, they made it all work in a very satisfying way. I loved the fact that Thad was demi-sexual, I've always felt fascinated by that particular denomination and I think it was done in a very realistic and believable manner. It was also lovely to see the couples from the other books here, all happy and interacting with each other. Overall, a fantastic addition to the series, I really hope we get more books in it, as I just can't get enough of these guys. Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!