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Focus on Me--In Focus

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Focus on Me--In Focus

In Focus Series, Book 2
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A sexy new romance from the author of Trust the Focus.
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...
A sexy new romance from the author of Trust the Focus.
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...
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    Prologue

    Riley Sorenson,

    Is that your real name? Riley Sorenson? I really like it. Suits you. Okay, that was probably a really bad way to start an e-mail and you most likely get a lot of creepy people contacting you. Let me start over. My name is Landry Jacobs (which isn't nearly as cool of a name as Riley Sorenson, just saying), and this is going to seem really weird to write to you about this. But my therapist said I need to start closing chapters and opening up new ones.

    I guess this e-mail is a little bit of both.

    See, I had a crush on my best friend forever. But he's a guy. And I like guys. I mean, I like girls, too, but I want to kiss guys. Anyway, my guy friend was straight (or so I thought— hold on, I'm getting to that) and I made up a fake boyfriend so I didn't have to date other guys.

    And well . . . you were the fake boyfriend. I found your picture online and you have a nice face (excellent bone structure) and I thought, what the hell? And I called you Jud and showed my friend Justin pictures of you.

    And it was all fine until Justin told me he likes guys too, as in, wants to kiss guys, and in particular wanted to kiss me. And then I had to confess you were fake so I could finally kiss the boy of my dreams.

    So . . . that's it. Here's a picture of us.

    {Picture}

    That's what Justin does. He takes pictures. He's good, right? Anyway, I wanted to say I'm sorry. Even though you didn't know that all this was going on, it just feels weird that I used your picture and pretended we were a couple.

    And I thought . . . well, I thought everyone can always use a friend. So, hi. I'm Landry and I like art and tattoos and hot guys. Want to be my pen pal?

    —L

    Chapter One

    I tongued the toothpick in my mouth, squeezing it into the small gap between my front teeth before shoving it into the corner of my mouth.

    Leaning against the rack stocked with beef jerky and peanuts, I crossed my arms over my chest. I could have been out of here by now if this fucking gas station outside of Las Vegas in the Nevada desert took credit cards at the pump. Instead I was stuck in this shack, surrounded by overprocessed snack food, waiting in line to pay for my gas before I continued my cross-country trek.

    I was heading home. To North Carolina.

    Because I'd done what I always did when things got tough—I'd quit. I chalked up "failing out of college" on Colin Hartman's fail list. A list which was getting a little too long.

    I sighed, letting out a slow exhale. The guy in front of me at the counter wore tight jeans, some fancy boots that looked anything but functional, and a blue button-down shirt. Like clothes on a catwalk or something. I didn't know shit about fashion, but even I could tell Catwalk had money and class. I had a little of the former and not much of the latter.

    "Look, kid, I can't have you loitering here." The older man behind the counter scratched his beard, his eyes hard and judgmental.

    "I'm sorry." Catwalk's back was to me so I couldn't see his face. But when he talked, his voice shook and his left hand lowered to grip his thigh. His fingertips turned white at the pressure. "But the truck driver I was riding with told me there was a bus stop here."

    I stared at the back of Catwalk's head as the fluorescent lights overhead shone on his thick brown hair. It was a deep, rich brown. I'd never seen hair that color, and I wondered if he dyed it.

    The man behind the counter—his name tag said "Jack"—pointed outside and my gaze followed to a rusted bench....

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 8, 2015
    Erickson’s second road-trip romance (after Trust the Focus) is a tender treat. Colin Hartman, on his way home to North Carolina after a failed attempt at higher education in California, picks up hitchhiker Riley Sorenson, a former Armani underwear model now down in the dumps. Faulty gaydar leads the men to admire each other only in sidelong glances as they begin their journey. Of course, it isn’t long before they openly confess desire. As their passion flares, Colin can’t help but fall helplessly in love with the man he affectionately calls Catwalk. Erickson imbues handsome Riley with near-debilitating emotional issues, which refreshingly having nothing to do with being gay. Credible characterizations and a sensitive ear for the ways men talk about love and sex make this a delectable summer read. Agent: Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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