OUT OF FRAME is a sensitive and positive portrayal of bisexuality in an interracial, New Adult, M/M romance about a gay man’s coming of age and a bi man’s coming out.
Quinn feels suffocated by his parents’ over-protectiveness and expectations. After he graduates from college, he has to choose between a job close to home in North Carolina or one across the country in Los Angeles. Quinn is indecisive because he’s never been on his own and he’s a little scared about becoming independent. Spending spring break on a cruise ship with his best friend Jess is his chance to test the waters, so to speak, of independence.
Starring in a reality TV show aboard the cruise ship, J.R. shoulders the burden of his brother Daniel’s hospital bills and his family’s mortgage. He’s an actor whose roles and opportunities have been limited because he’s not only black but bisexual. Having signed a three-year TV contract when he was nineteen that stipulated he had to act straight, he has been looking forward to the day his contract expires so he won’t have to hide his truth anymore.
I totally felt for J.R. and empathized with his struggle as a black bisexual man who has had to compromise all his life. I empathized with the pain and unhappiness he experienced having to keep his truth a secret. And I empathized with the conflict he felt between taking care of his emotional needs and taking care of his family’s financial needs and his brother’s healthcare.
I liked how supportive their friends were, and though Quinn’s eventual choice was predictable, I thought their happy ending was perfect. I liked how their relationship encouraged and inspired them to take those final, assertive steps toward independence. I have enjoyed every book in this series and look forward to reading Book 4.
*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.