Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.
Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…
In Focus is quickly becoming one of my favorite 2015 series. So far these books have been overflowing with emotion… humor, heart break, love, confusion, pain. At times the intensity of those feelings is crushing. I can’t imagine anyone walking away from these books not feeling something. The characters grab you while your reading and don’t let go for quite some time.
Colin put everyone’s feelings ahead of his own. He also didn’t have a very high opinion of himself. He felt like a failure, which wasn’t how other people saw him at all. He was compassionate and caring. He just hadn’t found himself yet.
Riley was broken. There really isn’t any other way to put it. He was in search of something… anything that would make him feel. With Colin’s help he came close, but it still wasn’t enough.
The relationship that formed between Riley and Colin wasn’t exactly healthy. Riley wasn’t being honest with anyone, including himself and Colin wasn’t prepared for the emotional roller coaster that was Riley, but he loved him regardless. He wanted to be there for him, to support him and to love him. Sometimes love isn’t enough, but it’s a start. Sometimes asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s the first step finding a way to help yourself.
The book is definitely focused on Riley and Colin, but the supporting characters are just as amazing. Conlin’s family was amazing, especially his sister. Riley’s parents were not what I expected. The prologue was a fun introduction and insured readers that Justin and Landry from Trust the Focus would make an appearance or two… which brings up another point…
One thing that I really love about this series so far is the author’s unique POV approach. Although the story is told completely by Conlin, readers still get bits and pieces of Riley’s POV. I know that some readers don’t like more than one POV in a story, but I personally enjoy more than one. In Justin and Landry’s story, readers got Landry’s POV from his blog entries. In Focus on Me, readers got Riley’s POV from his messages to Landry. I loved that little twist and it broke up the story nicely.
Colin and Riley’s story was hard to read at times, but it was honest and real. There were tears, but there was laughter too and most of all hope. The best kind of HEA ❤