Saturday, October 23, 2010

Out of Bounds

Title: Out of Bounds
Author: Viki Lyn
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-864-8
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Titan Douglas’ life has always been about football. After his pro career tanked, the now ex-player returned to his home in a small Arizona town. He never expected that years later, he would find the man who would change his whole life.

Part of Loose Id’s celebration of “Coming Out Day”, Out of Bounds by author Viki Lyn takes a look at how hard coming out can be for some people. The characters, Titan and Chandler, have a connection from the beginning; however, Titan is so far in the closet that I wondered just what kind of turmoil the author had planned for these two. The chemistry between them is, of course, intense and the reader can’t help but hope everything turns out for them. Yet, there were times when I wanted to tell Chandler to just walk away since I did not see Titan ever stepping out of the closet. Granted, Titan’s fears were understandable, however, I could not believe that he allowed Chandler’s problems to get to the point that they did.

Chandler is a successful artist who returned home after being dumped by his partner. He’s everything Titan is not. He’s openly gay, although he knows to be careful in his new environment. He’s outgoing and has no problems making friends. Watching as he got together with Titan was hard as I wanted to scream at him to stop. It’s not that these two did not have chemistry - they did - it’s just that you know that Chandler will end up getting hurt. I thought Chandler was a little too forgiving of Titan after his being gay becomes an issue for the town and Titan fails to support him. I seriously did not see any way that the author could bring Titan out of the closet and stay true to the character; however, the author wrapped the story up wonderfully.

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