Author: Megan Erickson
Publisher by: InterMix
Published on: March 17, 2015
Genres: LGBTQ Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Format: Physical ARC
With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
We were always meant to do this. This had always meant to be us.
Trust The Focus was a sweet, yet emotional, new adult novel about falling in loving, admitting who you are, and you finding your happiness.
I really didn’t know much about Trust The Focus going into the book. When I found out that it was not only a friends to lovers story but a M/M novel, I was so excited.
The smile that socked me in the gut and brought me to my knees because he didn’t know how badly I wanted that kiss I’d never taken.
Justin and Landry just graduated college and plan on headed out on a three month road trip. The two of them had been best friends since middle school and this trip is special to the both of them. Justin’s father recently passed away and they planned to stop at his father’s favorite sites and spread his ashes.
This trip wasn’t just about celebrating his father but it also gave the two a chance to reconnect their friendship. Their friendship always brought a balance to each other’s lives and until recently, they had always told each other everything. Over the last year the two had started to drift apart and Justin desperately wanted them to get back to the friendship they once had.
All of me knew I was kissing a guy, and years of ache inside me screamed this is right.
Justin has been struggling with identity. He loves photography, just like his father had, but he majored in political science just to please his overbearing mother. He’s always done what his mother wanted even though it was everything he hated. His one act of rebellion was taking this trip with Landry.
Playing baseball, photography, and his friendship with Landry are the only things that made Justin feel free. Over the years Justin realized that his feelings for Landry were much more than friendship, he came to realize he was in love with Landry. But Justin was too scared of disappointing mother and effecting her political career, to ever admit the truth that he was gay.
Landry was gay, out, and proud of who he is. Justin was always the one person that keep him calm and sane. Yet Landry began to struggle with his own feelings for Justin. Little did he know that Justin was also struggling and how it would change them when the truth came out.
“We’d crested that hill, but we were still falling. I didn’t know yet what waited for us at the bottom. There were breaths and limbs and heartbeats but I didn’t know whose was whose.”
There are several different elements to the story. Not only did Justin have to struggle with his feelings for Landry but he also had to struggle with coming to terms with his father’s death. It was a delicate balance and it was filled with so many varying emotions. It’s hard to not only admit the truth to yourself but to others a well, and Justin had to tread that line and deal with the aftermath. I enjoyed the build up and chemistry between the two of them. At times I did grow frustrated at their lack of communication and how they could blame each other, but it all worked out in the end. The story was sexy and sweet, and it felt realistic.
But as Landry’s curls tickled my neck, his hand curled around my hip, I knew I’d pick this over normal. I’d pick these moments over living someone else’s life. I’d pick Landry.