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Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me...
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...

189 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 20, 2016

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Megan Erickson

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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she's been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn't writing, she's either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or... thinking about writing.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

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Profile Image for ✦❋Arianna✦❋.
790 reviews2,503 followers
September 28, 2016


'Overexposed' is the fourth installment in Megan Erikson’s m/m series entitled 'In Focus' and like its predecessor it can be read as a standalone, although I highly recommend reading the other installments too since you don’t want to miss the awesomeness this series is. This fourth installment, was without a doubt, my favorite in the series with its perfect blend of sweetness, sexiness and drama. Megan Erikson always delivers entertaining tales that grab my attention from the very beginning and this fourth book in the series certainly did with its well done comfort/healing theme, two endearing characters and a very swoony romance.

“The kiss was rainwater and want, and all the words Thad wasn't capable of saying.”

Levi (character we met before in “Out of Frame”) was until recently one of the stars of “Trip League”, a travel reality show. He had always planned on moving in with Layla, his sister after leaving the show and also hiking with her the Appalachian Trail, but Layla died. Despite that, Levi decides to hike alone, to do this for Layla, to find who he is and what he wants to do with his life. He’s still grieving, but he knows at some point he will have to move on. Levi stumbles upon Thad a few days into his hike.

“I didn’t know anything about him, but yet I felt it, too, this draw to be near him all the time. Every day.”

Thad is a quiet, with a hard body and intense eyes man who tries to find who he really is and like Levi what he wants to do with his life . Thad is closed off, but all Levi wants from the moment they meet is to find out everything about the mysterious man. When the two men agree to hike together, their connection becomes stronger with each and every day, but what will happen when Levi will discover the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape?

“You’re perfect for me. You fill in all of my cracks, all the places where I’m not whole.”


'Overexposed' was well written, sweet, sexy, emotional and overall pretty perfect. I enjoyed the story-line a lot and I appreciated the fact the story wasn’t filled with too much overwhelming drama. Both main characters were fantastically portrayed, had so much depth and were so endearing. I liked the fact they were so different from each other and also how well they completed each other. They were good for each other in every way that counts and with every chapter and I fell more and more for them individually and together, as a couple.

"I'm not looking at the moon right now, Le," he said. "I'm looking at you. Those gorgeous eyes. Those lips. That body. You're the moon I get to see during the day."

Levi was a fun, sweet character I fell for from the beginning. I loved his loyalty towards his sister and the love he had for her, his sassiness and wittiness and also his relationship with his mother. I loved the way me made Thad feel, how he slowly showed him that he’s so much more than he thinks he is.

Thad was that kind of character I love to read about – a man of few words, broody who loves to growl. But Thad was so much more than that. He was loyal, caring, protective, supportive, a good listener and perfect in every way for Levi. I loved his character growth and how safe and protected made Levi feel as the story unfolded.

“I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
And then in front of God and everyone, he kissed me.”

I also loved how these two characters’ relationship progressed. Nothing felt rushed, both of them being so sweet and caring with the other. But they were also sexy and passionate and I have to say I really enjoyed the beautiful written sex scenes between them. You can feel the connection and chemistry between these two with every one of their sweet or sexy interaction.

Overall, a delightful read that I highly recommend!

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1,390 reviews652 followers
September 12, 2016

***4.75 Stars***

"I don't want you to be perfect. Perfect's boring. But you're perfect for me. You fill in all of my cracks, all of the places where I'm not whole. I can only hope I do the same for you."

"You do. You so do."

Where do I even begin with this book?! I thought it was going to be hard to top Trust the Focus, but damn this one managed to inch just a little bit deeper into my heart.

Levi and Thad are both on the Appalachian Trail to look deeper within themselves.

Levi needs to grieve the death of his sister Layla, move on from his reality TV life and figure out where his place is in the world.

Thad, similarly, has also lost his identity. He's looking to find the man he truly is and more importantly, the man he wants to be.

Levi stumbles upon Thad a few days into his hike. It's the middle of the night and he spots Thad sitting on a rock, gazing up at the moon. Thad notices Levi, quietly appraises him and simply scoots over to make room for him on the rock. And just like that, the two form an effortless companionship centered on a mutual respect and understanding that this isn't just a bucket list adventure for either man.

Thad is quiet and introspective, while Levi is more outgoing and social. Thad doesn't say any more words than are necessary, and Levi finds comfort and security in Thad's careful conversations. But it's clear to see that the feeling is mutual, and that Levi's chatter and stories calm something inside of Thad.

Their attraction to one another is constantly bubbling below the surface, and the sexual tension between these two grows as their time together on the trail goes on, until one night where the chemistry can no longer be denied.

The kiss was rainwater and want, and all the words Thad wasn't capable of saying.

But can Thad, who's accustomed to being guarded and stoic, handle the growing emotion that consumes him? What happens when a secret is revealed that rocks Levi to his core? But more importantly, what happens when they reach the end of the trail?

I absolutely loved the evolution of both of these characters. They helped and supported each other to become the best versions of who they were meant to become. Yes, there were bumps along the way, but no road worth traveling guarantees a smooth ride.

There was such a wonderful balance between Levi and Thad. They were equal parts caring and tender and passionate and explosive. I was glued to my kindle and completely absorbed in their journey. Nothing felt rushed or forced. There was the perfect amount of emotion, humor, steam and angst.

This was an honest and emotional story about hope and healing. It's about finding your footing, following your heart and opening yourself up to the vulnerability of love.

"You're smiling. Like a real honest-to-God smile."

"I'm capable of it."

"Well, I wasn't so sure."

"You make me smile. That's all you."

"Nah, I think it's just us together."

Even though this is book 4 in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. But, this whole series is great...so just go read them all....

***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***
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1,921 reviews3,444 followers
September 22, 2016
4.5 Stars!

Most definitely the best of the series!

I read these all out of order. I think I started with book 3, then book 2 and then book 1. Liked books 2 and 3, didn't like book 1. Needless to say I went in to this one knowing I would like it, but not expecting to love it.

And what do you know?

Not sure really what made this one stand out specifically. But both characters were likable. Again, the setting probably had a lot to do with it.

I liked that they were both out on the AT to "find themselves" or the version of themselves that they wanted to be.

None of the cheesy dialogue that popped up in the other books here and there. No dumb drama.

This was a quick read - clocking in at under 200 pages. Once I started, I had no desire to stop.

A great addition to the series? A great end to the series? Either way, I definitely recommend this one!
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1,169 reviews260 followers
September 19, 2016
Dear Book,

You were everything I hoped for and more-

Overexposed by Megan Erickson
is the story of Levi and Thad. We first met Levi in Out of Frame. In this story, he's no longer on the reality show and hiking the Appalachian Trail. While hiking the trail, he meets Thad. Quiet, intense, yet thoughtful Thad. What ensues is a romantic hurt, comfort, healing love story.

My highlights:

-The cover. It's gorgeous and drew me on right away.

-Levi and Thad. I fell in love with them. There's something special about their stories and backgrounds and how it molded each man. The character growth was excellent.

-Relationship development. This is the best Megan Erickson's ever written. The way she built the sexual tension between them and developed their fingers as they hiked together. Gah, so freakin great!

-Angst. Never overwhelming but enough that it will make your heartache and at least tear up. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a few times. LOL

-The romance!!!!

Y'all are in for a treat!

-The end. I need a book for Matty!

Any negatives?

Do you need to read the previous books? No, but you should. You'll be missing out. Seriously.

So do I recommend it?

I can't recommend this book enough. Overexposed took me on a beautiful journey of family, healing, and love that had me feeling butterflies in my stomach and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. 5 Stars!

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Author 50 books1,852 followers
September 9, 2016
Aaaah this book. It took a piece of me. If you liked Focus On Me, then I think you'll like this one, as it's similar in tone.

This whole series has my heart. I know I've said this is the last book, but I'll never close the door. So. Stay tuned.

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1,075 reviews611 followers
February 28, 2020
3.5 Stars

Levi and Thad were hiking the trail when they met each other. They both had their own reasons to go on to this journey but they had something in common; they were both grieving. Levi wanted to leave this journey a different person than when he started, a person who was less angry and could handle the world without feeling like one big exposed nerve. And Thad needed someone to help him to crack, to open up. They both needed each other a little bit. They were perfect for each other and fill in all of each other cracks…

Told in single POV, 1st person, it’s the fourth installment in the "In Focus" series but it can be read as a standalone. It’s a bit angsty and not a steady read for me. It started really good but then it fell flat. Another thing is I really wanted/needed Thad’s POV, hearing his story from Levi wasn’t enough for me, I really wanted o know what was going on in his mind! A few messages weren’t enough for me! All in all, it was an ok read and hope you enjoy it!
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September 26, 2016

This was a very sweet and fast read. So far it's my favorite of this series.

Levi and Thad meet, while both hiking the AT. Levi because he is grieving his sister, who dies while serving her country. Hiking the AT was something they were supposed to do together.

Thad, because he has lost his way and is dealing with a loss of his own. They both figured that hiking the AT would give them the answers they were searchig for. Instead it gave them each other.

I liked how these two were opposites. Levi was loud and talkative and out there. Thad was a it guarded and quiet.

Somehow these two fit like a hand in a glove :)

There wasn't any unnecessary drama. Just two men trying to heal and falling in love.

The steam was pretty nicem although my inner perv could always use some more ;)

All in all, a great read and I hope there will be more...like perhaps about Matty. 4,5 Stars from me.

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February 21, 2017
‘Overexposed’ works great as a standalone. I haven’t yet read the other books in this series, and I didn’t have any trouble.

It would be hard not to love both Levi and Thad right off the bat. With the story told from his POV, I could feel Levi’s grief every time he thought of his sister. And while Thad’s story is revealed more slowly, it was clear from the beginning that he had his own demons that he was dealing with.


The only window we get into Thad’s thoughts are a few texts he sends to someone identified only as ‘M’. However, those texts were enough to feel how lonely Thad was, and how much being around Levi gave him hope.

Levi and Thad become friends before becoming lovers, which I really liked. It happens slowly, as the two hike the trail and share bits and pieces of themselves with each other. This is one of those books where you really get to see the characters fall for each other.

And underneath the slow discovery was a sexual tension that leapt off the pages. The UST was killer! I was anxiously waiting for the two to give in. And once they finally did, it was hot.


However, both Thad and Levi have their hang-ups, which almost ruin their budding romance. When it looked like the two might not make it, my heart hurt along with them. But they do pull through, and it’s in a spectacularly romantic fashion.

“You don’t have to be perfect. Perfect’s boring...But you’re perfect for me. You fill in all of my cracks, all the places where I’m not whole. I can only hope I do the same for you.”

“You do. You so do.”

‘Overexposed’ has it all - two complex and well-developed characters, a sweet and heart-grabbing romance, a fair amount of angst and emotion, and the kind of well-written storytelling that will capture your attention.

I’d definitely recommend this book for all lovers of MM!

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1,366 reviews39 followers
September 27, 2016
Megan Erickson has outdone herself again. She has created two characters and a plot I absolutely adored. Levi and Thad are just amazing for different reasons.

Levi is naturally outgoing, bouncy, bubbly, charming, cute - well, anything you would expect from someone who's a reality TV show celebrity, just that he follows through in real life, too. Not that his time on TV has gone to his head. His normal upbringing has a lot to do with that, with his mum and sister rooting him firmly on the ground. Levi's good-natured chattiness, his 'high maintenance' and tendencies to act a teeny bit like a drama queen make him utterly endearing, and he just made me SMILE.

He is a genuinely nice guy, so when his sister gets killed in the line of duty he finds it difficult to cope. His way of trying to come to terms with her death is to go on the walk they both had planned before her death. On his own - even if he isn't the most experienced outdoor guy.

Right on day one he notices the tall, dark, brooding guy who seems to be heading the same way as he does, but he doesn't really think about the stranger until he meets him outside his tent in the middle of the night, sitting on a rock and looking at the moon.

What an original way to have two characters meet! Loved that first 'conversation' which is so symptomatic for what follows - Thad barely speaking and Levi babbling excitedly. XD

And yes, then there is Thad. Tall, strong, well-built, with all the gorgeous body hair and the scruff on his cheeks - sigh. So silent, so with-drawn, so blooming mysterious. He is an enigma that Levi wants to solve, wants to find out about more despite Thad's lack of communication skills. I loved the way Megan Erickson lifts the veil of mystery very very gradually and that by telling the story from Levi's POV only (with the exception of the very cleverly inserted texts between Thad and someone called M) we know as much about Thad as Levi.

Thad appears gruff and rough, and he doesn't speak a lot. He hardly opens up and doesn't give anything about him away for a long time. If you wonder how this can lead to two characters getting together - it works beautifully here! I adored Thad, and although we don't know a lot about him I was pulled towards him, just like Levi. He shows with tiny actions and some of the most romantic lines I have ever read in m/m romance what kind of person he is.
I near melted when
Or when he says things like:

"I'm not looking at the moon right now, Le," he said. "I'm looking at you. Those gorgeous eyes. Those lips. That body. You're the moon I get to see during the day."

Argh - I turned into huge puddles of goo when he came out with stuff like that! The main thing is that Levi can see who Thad is despite his quiet demeanour (and Thad opening up more in the second half of the book helps too)

"I'm closed off and broody and don't give enough." (Thad)
"You're quiet and caring and a good man." (Levi)

More sighs and ahhhs and tear-wiping. Riiiiiighht.

Of course all Thad's mystery comes with a secret that's pretty much soul-destroying for Levi when it's finally revealed. I was in tears when I found out. Argh. Beautifully done, Ms. Erickson. Beautiful anguish!

But in the end the two of them fit, whatever, and I can't help quoting this again, simply because it is just wonderful.

(Thad:) "I'm not perfect."
(Levi) "I don't want you to be perfect. Perfect's boring. ..... But you're prefect for me. You fill all of my cracks, all the places where I'm not whole. I can only hope I do the same for you."
.... "You do. You so do."

Ok. I may have swooned a little here. But that's how I feel. Totally LOVED this book, the MCs, the intense chemistry, the delicious heat and sex between them, the plot, just everything. Ah and not to forget the humour and banter.

"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." LOL!


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2,139 reviews434 followers
June 9, 2017
4 Stars

A devastating loss. A time to mourn. A chance to heal.

In an attempt to honor his sister’s memory, Levi embarks on the grand hiking adventure they had planned before her death. He’s not sure he can make it, but he’s going to try his damnedest. Not surprisingly, the trek is both more physically and emotionally taxing than he expected. However, he meets a mysterious stranger and eventually, they decide to continue their journey together.

Thad too, is using the extensive Appalachian Trail to possibly regroup, definitely to avoid the many difficult things that have plagued him of late. Despite wanting to be alone initially, he can’t resist Levi’s magnetic personality. Levi makes him feel things he’s never felt before, and he’s enthralled and scared at the same time, not sure what to do. Thad only knows he can’t let Levi go.

These two are combustible. It starts when they first meet, and it carries through their initial sexual tension and then in their hot culmination. They both have to face their demons and figure out what they want in life and with the other. Of course you know the effort’s worth it. Never fear, Erickson continues to deliver with this series, and I definitely look forward to other introduced characters getting their happy ending as well!
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1,572 reviews232 followers
March 11, 2018
Note (added 11/03/2018):

In light of recent events, I can no longer recommend this book to my friends (or any reader, for that matter).

However, my Goodreads review space provides me an opportunity to rate and review books, expressing how they made me think, feel, question, or react at a particular moment in time. Sometimes, I use my review space to share stories about my life or comment on the world around me, drawing comparisons between myself and the characters and plot lines that I read about. As such, they are a time capsule of sorts and the historian in me won't let me erase them from the historical record.

So I am going to leave my ratings/reviews intact, but reiterate that I can no longer recommend this book to my friends.

Originally rating and/or review:

Erickson’s stories of emotional journeys and self-discovery are a hit with me every time. This is a special series. Period.
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1,044 reviews226 followers
December 5, 2016
4.5 stars!

I absolutely loved this book loved loved it!
This is the second book I read in the "in focus series" I read the previous book, which I enjoyed as well. I'm all over this series though not reading it in order or anything read book 3 first, now book 4 but of course now I have to go back and read the rest of the series since I'm hooked.

"Overexposed" is the story of Levi and Thad, Levi, is heading for a hiking trip through the Appalachian trail in honor of the sister he just lost. On that trip he meets a brooding, and quite Thad, they start talking and decide to hike together.


When I started reading this book I thought it's gonna be a sweet and enjoyable read for sure. But it was more than that, I was surprised by the depth of the story.


Levi was such a great character, he was funny the way he cared about his hair gel and having great hair in the middle of nowhere, so funny! But so heartbreaking re leaving with him his memories of his sister were so emotional, having the special connection with your sibling is something I can totally relate with. Thad, was a mystery at first, but through out the story we start to learn about him and his past. He was a quite man he didn't talk much at first, but when he did it was intense his few words had so much meaning.


This was a fantastic read for me, it had the perfect amount of everything funny, emotional, sexiness, even adventure.
That epilogue was just perfect! <3
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March 10, 2018
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3,749 reviews443 followers
September 18, 2016
This was not the same Levi Grainger I met in Out of Frame.
This was not the story I would have expected from him.
This was so much better.

I feel so...sated. All warm and lit up and happy inside. This book was the perfect balance of light and dark, funny and heartbreaking, and blistering hot.

I loved Levi in Out of Frame—but this Levi? This Levi I did not expect. I felt sort of fiercely protective of him. I adored him. He is…complex. Sweet, funny, gregarious—but also deeply wounded, profoundly loyal, and so real my arms ached to reach out and hug him.

Thad. Oh, man. Y'all? I fucking love grumpy heroes. I fucking LOVE them. So, I basically never stood a chance against Thad. He's gruff and scowly and a little bit scary. The way Thad and Levi bounce off of each other is hilarious and heartwarming. Their dynamic is a bit yin and yang, and it works—it feels authentic and tender and sexy and...perfect, really.

It's a bumpy road. Tears were shed. Overexposed is a fast paced book and I maybe would have liked a little more time at the end—and yet, the ending is amazing. Wonderful. Hugely rewarding (particularly if you've been with the series from the beginning), and my heart is so freaking happy. This series is one of my very favorites, and Levi and Thad are a perfect addition. ~ Shelly, 5 stars


Levi Grainger is tired after living brightly in the red-hot world of reality television, and just needs a break. A break from his grief too—grief over the combat death of his sister, his best friend and one of the best people he knew in the world.

In her honor, and to try to find a way through his grief, Levi decides to take the trip his sister and he were to take together—a hike of the Appalachian Trail. Levi’s hoping by the time he hikes to Maine and then back down to Georgia, he’ll have some clarity as to what and who he is, what he wants to be, and to have found a way to live without his sister by his side. Little did he count on meeting gruff, gorgeous Thad Connors along the way.

But is Thad and their amazing connection what Levi needs right now? What happens when they’re off the trail and the truth as to why Thad is hiking the AT comes out—will their connection and start of a relationship be enough to see them through the rough patch?

From the very first words of this story, my heart and head was completely invested in Levi and Thad. Their ability to communicate with and without words—mostly Levi’s words and Thad’s actions—was impressive. I loved how their relationship developed and how they brought out the best and the worst in each other. I adored how Levi tried to fill up the spaces the silence left between him and Thad with his stories from the time he spent on Trip League—and I adored it even more when Levi realized he didn’t need to fill in the silence any longer.

I loved when Thad finally started opening up too—and flashing that gorgeous, panty dropping smile of his. Simply put, I just could not get enough of these two bent, not broken, men. ~ Missy, 5+ stars
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415 reviews129 followers
November 15, 2016
It's been months since I read this book and yet it still sticks in my mind, even if for all the wrong reasons. While I enjoy reading as escapism, I also really need my books to be based in some sort of reality. Unfortunately this book had so many moments that made me stop reading, thinking "Wtf??" that I could not enjoy it. You know you're having issues when you often feel the need to look up hiking and safety on the Appalachian trail while reading it.

The things that most stuck with me from this book sadly have nothing to do with the love story. All I remember is how many times the main guy managed to


We won't even get into the whole plot point about , because that was a whole other issue.

Unfortunately this book was a big miss for me because I could not look past the many plot elements that would get you killed (or at least seriously maimed) in real life.

Edited to add:

It may be my SFF origins speaking but I also feel that when a story is based on a Hero's Quest, which in this case was Finding Yourself in Nature, that nature should have a stronger presence in the story. While reading this, it often felt like the AT was just there as a minor backdrop to further the plot instead of the other way around. I didn't feel like I was there hiking and enjoying the scenery with the main character, and that really bothered me.
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September 21, 2016
Geeeeeezus! This woman's writing just gets better with each book. I absolutely devoured it.

The next book is obviously about Matty. I'm not sure how I feel about that. He rubbed me the wrong way but was oddly likable. Either way, I trust Megan to make me love him.

Read this book.
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2,003 reviews231 followers
September 20, 2016
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

As with the other books in this series Megan Erickson again puts her characters on a literal and metaphorical journey and takes the reader along for a wonderful trip. This time it’s hiking the Appalachian Trail as Levi Grainger (the seemingly flamboyant, out there gay character from the TV series Trip League that we met in book 3) sets out by himself on a trip that was meant to be shared with his sister. He’s taking this trip to remember and to escape.

When Levi happens upon the handsome, quiet Thad, the two decide to hike the trail together. Thad is on his own solitary journey, but since the story is told from Levi’s point of view, Thad remains mysterious for a while, only giving out bits of information and leaving hints behind in his text conversations with a very concerned “M”.

There is a lot of emotion bubbling under the surface for both men. Some of it comes out as sexual tension that they can’t ignore, other times it comes out as quiet conversation and confessions as they talk under the moonlight. As they forge a bond, neither knows what to expect from the future but they both want to stay together for the duration of the trip. For the most part both seem to have a steadying, calming influence on the other. Unfortunately, the emotions also make things bumpy at times. As feelings between them get stronger, there’s one secret that threatens to blow the whole relationship out of the water. Levi has barely put himself back together in the year since his sister was killed in action. Thad coming along was unexpected and perhaps too good to be true as Levi ultimately needs to decide if he can put his own fear and pain aside to stand with the man he quickly is falling in love with.

There are a lot of ups and downs here and the underlying story is heartbreaking, but while I may have shed a tear or two, it was not so heavy as to bring the feel of the story down. Both men are hopeful that this journey will change them and the fact that they find each other along the way is a bonus. Levi and Thad are very different outwardly, Levi rambles on as Thad listens and Thad provides food and safety for Levi, who isn’t much of a mountain man, but their individual pain is similar. They are healing each other and looking to come out of the trip each having dealt with the hurt they are running from.

Megan Erickson writes dialogue that is real, easily conveying the characters’ emotions and getting the reader fully engaged in the story. I didn’t feel like I missed out on knowing Thad by having the story told through Levi’s eyes only. It kept me wondering about him, and getting to know him just as Levi does completely worked for me. The Levi we see in this book is lost and quieter than the one introduced in Out of Frame, but even there we saw his caring nature in the way he helped Jay. There is still the fun, out there Levi in the way he tells stories once he finds out Thad likes hearing him talk, but he’s not the caricature that millions got to know on TV (except for his devotion to his hair products).

This story had a different feel from the prior books, possibly because Levi and Thad are a little older and a bit more world-weary than they should be at their age. I liked the new setting, their isolation during the majority of the trip allows for a quick bonding and dependence on each other that might have felt too fast otherwise.

This is a sweet romance as well as a touching story of overcoming loss and finding inner strength. Fans of the series will love catching up with the prior couples in the Epilogue. This story, as all the prior books, can be read as a standalone (but I would suggest reading all the other books because they’re just as good!) but you may be a bit confused as to all the men referred to in that one portion of the book. With sold pacing, loveable characters and a good balance of emotions, this is a lovely hurt-comfort romance that still allows for plenty of fun and hope along the way.


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Shelved as 'not-worth-my-time-and-money'
March 11, 2018
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2,067 reviews
October 5, 2016
Stunning book - two men haunted by the past find each other while hiking the AT. The connection and chemistry was strong from the start and the build from respect, trust, friendship and love was a journey that was just as hard as the hike. I loved these characters- Thad the loyal and silent sentinel looking for peace and Levi the enthusiastic and passionate bundle of energy looking for hope after the darkness. They were a beautiful pair - wish we had more hot scenes with them but alas I guess NA ?
Loved this for lots of reasons ❤️
Profile Image for Jessica Alcazar.
3,925 reviews446 followers
June 25, 2018
I already have FEELS!!

Full disclosure: I may or may not have PM'd Megan Erickson while reading this book and told her to fuck off! .. You've been warned :)

FIVE++ "You're the moon I get to see during the day" stars

The woman is a wizard with words. Just read the book. She gets it right. Every fucking time. Just exactly right....That's all I got for you.
Profile Image for Mandi.
2,300 reviews722 followers
September 27, 2016
It's no secret that I'm a fangirl of Megan Erickson's books. She just keeps writing these emotional, fun, sexy stories that I can't get enough of. Overexposed did not disappoint! There is sex in a tent and intense kissing up against a tree, y'all! What more could you ask for?

Levi was on a reality show that allowed him to travel around the world (you briefly meet him in the previous book - but this is a stand-alone). He was the token gay guy on that show and after a year of cameras in his face, he is happy to be living a normal life again. During the time he was gone, his sister and him decided that when she was done her deployment, and he was done his reality show, they would hike the Appalachian Trail together. His sister did a ton of research and they bought all their gear, and then his sister died in the Middle East, before she could make it home. Levi is absolutely devastated. To honor her memory, he decides to hike the trail on his own.

Told all in Levi's point of view, he is emotional and a talker and wears his heart on his sleeve. Hiking alone started well, as he could clear his head and think about things - but after a few days, he can barely stand the solitude. But one night, while having to go to the bathroom late, he sees another hiker staring at the moon. Later, he meets this same guy when he is grabbing a burger. They sit down to eat together.

This man is Thad, and let's just say Thad is a quiet guy. Like - really, really quiet. He grunts, and gives one word answers, but Levi is so lonely he doesn't care. They decide to hike together - and as they get to know one another, even though Thad rarely talks, he encourages Levi to tell stories.

He propped his hands on his hips and tipped back his head to stare into the sky, then he lowered it to focus on me again. "I'd intended to hike this alone. If I'd had my way, I wouldn't have talked to a fucking soul for months. But I like your stories, and you make me laugh. I've had to do a lot of things that I didn't want to do. And...right now all I know is I want to hike with you. So I wanna do that. If you're okay with it."

This frustrates Levi to some extent because it's hard to have one-sided conversations - but there is something about Thad and the way he looks at the moon every night. He has pain radiating off of him and Levi wants to fix it.

Thad's quiet intensity spills into his physical romance as well. There are bruising, hot kisses and very naughty things done in a sleeping bag.

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.

And beyond the romance, I love their conversations, and the way their relationship plays out. How Levi and Thad are dealing with different grief but still grief. Thad got hurt in a previous relationship and is terrified to show any vulnerability to Levi.

"Still want you. And it fucking terrifies me, because the last guy I wanted told me I wasn't enough."

My heart hurt, like a fucking cramp in my chest. I sucked in a breath, my eyes stinging with tears. "You're enough," I said. "You're so fucking enough. And no one else gets to tell you that you're not."

I recommend all of the books in this series. So fun!

Grade: B+
Profile Image for Alisa.
1,777 reviews174 followers
September 3, 2016
This was an excellent addition to the In Focus series. Levi has suffered a major loss in his life and has decided to hike the Appalachian Trail to try to sort through his grief. He's at a cross road in his life and has no idea what he's going to do once he's done with his hike. Along the way he meets another hiker, Thad, who appears to be as rudderless as Levi is. The two young men begin hiking together and slowly they begin to open up to each other. Both are in emotional pain and at first they appear to be each other's balm. Unfortunately things are more complicated than they seem.

I really loved both of the MC's in this story. We had met Levi before in the last book but we find in this that he is quite different than the glimpses we previously saw. He's a really nice guy going through a really hard time and you can't help but feel for him. Thad was intriguing from his first on page scene. He fascinated me and the author does a great job giving you bits and pieces of his back story which are like a following a trail to who he really is. The author uses text messages to an unknown someone that really just drew me in. I couldn't read fast enough to find out what was going on. There was some angst in this book but the situation felt really realistic. I felt that both guys reacted in ways I could totally understand.

I thought this was really well written and everything about it worked for me. The writing style, the plot, the MC's, the steam level, the romance, all of it. Really good stuff.

While this is the fourth book in a series this can be read as a standalone. If you're already a fan of this series I think you're going to really like this one. If you've never read it I highly recommend you start it.
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379 reviews44 followers
August 30, 2016
Let me just start off by saying...  I'm so sorry Megan Erickson, I have completely underestimated you. Overexposed was not my first book by this author. I've read three of her collaborative works with Santino Hassell (the extremely sexy and 5+ star Cyberlove series), and I have to confess... I gave him most of the credit, but two pages into this novel and I knew that Megan had just as much of a hand in bringing those unapologetically complex characters to life as Hassell did. And she proved it with this amazing story of two lost men just trying to find their way back home.

I was stunned the moment I opened this book, before I even got to the beginning of chapter 1. Megan dedicated this book to so many people with so few words, ones that I wish people said more often:

For anyone who's trying to start over. You're enough. You're always enough.

Overexposed was a very honest and raw novel. I caught myself tearing up a few times (towards the beginning of the book no less) which speaks volumes about her ability to write characters that are easy to connect with. Levi was gritty and real in a way that I haven't experienced in a book since... well, since I cracked open First and First.

"I told you I was fascinated by how you looked, but that wasn't enough for me to... want you. Then we started hiking together, and I guess the isolation just made it all happen so fast and I-wanted you. Still want you. And it fucking terrifies me, because the last guy I wanted told me I wasn't enough."

Such emotionally charged novels usually leave me feeling drained after a few chapters and I have to take a break for a while, but there was just enough laughter and happiness in this one to break up the sad, depressing moments so that I didn't feel like I was being overwhelmed or pulled down.

I absolutely loved Levi. He pulled me in from the first chapter with his cute (and slightly prissy) attitude and fierce loyalty to his sister and her memory. Throughout the book he grew as a person and, as a reader, experiencing his coming to terms with the recent tragedies in his life while so bravely and unhesitatingly opening his heart to a complete stranger gave his character a complexity that's extremely hard to capture as a writer.

I was a project, and Thad was studying for the best possible outcome. He wanted to learn me. Be good at me. No man had ever focused on me that hard before.

And Thad... wow, did I have mixed feelings about this character. We didn't get much insight into who he was throughout the book, as it was almost entirely told from Levi's perspective. The few pieces that we did get from him (at least in the beginning) were vague and confusing at best. He definitely had that air of mystery around him, which I simultaneously loved and hated at the same time.

There was so much more that I wanted to know about Thad that probably would have helped me understand his character and his decisions throughout the book, but he kept the Mr. Mysterious mask on until nearly the very end of the book, where everything fell together and made so much sense. Thad's that character with the tragic backstory that I'll probably think about two months from now completely out of the blue and still feel that discomfort and heartache for.

"You're enough," I said. "You're so fucking enough. And no one gets to tell you that you're not."

Despite his flaws, I found myself rooting for Thad to find happiness within himself (with or without Levi).

"I'm closed off and broody and don't give enough." He shot back quickly, and I knew those words had been said by someone else so often that he'd internalized them.

These two characters together were unbelievably sexy. This book certainly got a little steamy!

"Seriously, you've only done that once or twice? You... fuck, Thad, you sucked me like you loved it."

...and wow, Megan, you killed those erotic scenes! But I almost thought that their initial encounter together was a bit abrupt and sudden, like there wasn't enough build up and sexual tension between them yet... I don't know. It felt a little like something was missing for that first scene, but it was definitely present throughout the rest of the book.

"I'm not looking at the moon right now, Le," he said. "I'm looking at you. Those gorgeous eyes. Those lips. That body. You're the moon I get to see during the day."

These two guys completely broke my heart and then put it back together as they learned to come to terms with their pasts and move on.

Overexposed was a fantastic, heart wrenching, painfully bittersweet, and unapologetically real novel that I would recommend to all M/M Contemporary Romance readers.  I couldn't imagine giving this novel less than 5 stars, and although I did read this as a standalone, I will definitely be going back to catch up on the rest of the series.

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Reviewed by Jordan at Alpha Book Club.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the author or the publisher in any way.
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