• Out of Time, into You

  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jay Bell, the out-and-proud author of Something Like Summer, delivers another emotional escape into the world of gay love in this upbeat novel.

After graduating high school, a freak accident whisks Reggie Valentine back in time to the 1950s, where he meets Daniel Parker, a sweet and wholesome guy his grandmother used to date. Reggie learns that Daniel is not only closeted but unaware that two men can fall in love or even marry. They soon form a bond that is shrouded in secrecy, and as their feelings for each other intensify, leaving becomes unthinkable. But can their relationship survive in a bygone era where attitudes about race and sexuality are so old-fashioned?

Out of Time, into You tells the unforgettable story of two young men and the incredible love they feel for each other as they struggle to find their place in the universe.

©2021 Jay Bell (P)2022 Jay Bell
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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One of Bell’s best

This one was exceptional. The topic of race and sexuality was carefully tackled during the supposed ‘good old days’ as a love transcended time. It’s hard not to feel deeply for the characters and want the best outcome for them. The ending is satisfying and believable - ageism is a thing that needs to be nipped in the bud too.

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So Good!!

I finished this story a week ago, and I still cant stop thinking about it. Jay bell did an outstanding job with this one. They way he seamlessly blends the past with the present is perfect. I feel in love with all the characters in this book especially the main characters. It felt like each character that was introduced had enough depth that you are not left with many questions. Also the way elements of black history during the 1950's are introduced felt very well researched and handled with the gravity it should be. I throughly enjoyed this book and I can't recommended it enough.

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Enjoyable Moments. Meant well, fell short.

I'll start by saying I love pretty much all of Jay Bell's books; they are character-driven with just the right amount of everything, except this time, he took on more than he was prepared to explore. The story would have played better had he just explored homosexuality during the 50s. The inclusion of an interracial relationship added a level of complexity that he didn't address. Because he didn't explore any of the conflicts they would have faced during that time, it created a distraction and reduced the couple's believability factor. Racism and homosexuality in the 50s were not fun and were met with hate, making the reality for a couple like Reggie and Daniel virtually impossible to exist. Although I admire what he tried to do, it came across as two all-American white guys dealing with being gay in the 50s. The book would have been a little more believable in the areas of race and gay had it been set in the 70s. Time travel held its own for the most part. The purpose for it was clear. Sure, there were holes so big you just fell into them, but they were innocent holes, so you didn't care. The book felt like a cross between Leave it to Beaver and the Brady Bunch. I applaud him for trying to move things forward in the world of race. The fact is racism is evil and messy, and glossing over it, however, well-intentioned, comes across as someone burying their head in the sand and not acknowledging the reality that still exists today. I would have rooted for Daniel and Reggie more if their struggle truly explored what a gay interracial couple may have gone through in the 50s. In the 50s, Black people and White people did not go to supper clubs together, and White people, I'm sure, didn't go to Black Jazz clubs on the other side of town with their Black friends. I loved that he wrote it like that, but if you want to take on race relations on any level, especially in the 50s, you have to create a reasonable amount of reality; otherwise, the plot isn't believable. The ending was satisfying and, oddly enough, plausible given everything. The book should have been 8 or 9 hours. The story wasn't strong enough to be as long as it was. The narrator was OK, but his Daniel's voice was just stereotypical and so was he. I enjoyed the Reggie character and his Grandmother.

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Jay Bell Has Done It Again!

This story is so sweet and wonderful. I loved the time traveling aspect and I loved the character development. Stand alone as it may be, our Jay always has a trick or two up his sleeve. Kevin Free, as always, is a genius in bringing Jay’s words alive. Sometimes, though I have to stop myself and figure out how William got to the 50’s to court Ben ;)

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Another emotional journey from my favorite Author!

The chemistry between Daniel and Reggie is electric!

The only thing that has me disappointed is the fact that this is a stand-alone novel and that I won’t be getting more of Reggie’s story!

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Go ahead and get it, don’t wait!

I’m not sure why I waited as long as I did to purchase this title. I knew with Jay Bell weaving the story and Kevin R Free narrating it was sure to be compelling, and it was! I guess I was a little hesitant on what introducing a time travel story line would do to the collaboration in addition to it being a standalone, but I shouldn’t have waited. After a couple chapters in, I was hooked, and what was better, I had no idea how the author was going to tie everything up. It could have gone several different ways, in fact my plea is for the author to write a few different endings and let us choose our own adventure! :) This definitely isn’t a sci-if story—if you might like a gay version of the romance side of Back to the Future, this is for you.

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Wonderful storytelling

I enjoyed this immensely. The comparison and contrast of modern day against the ancient walls of the 50s… especially with massive consideration for the perspectives of sexual orientation and race… is very well done. Thought provoking, highly entertaining, exceptionally well produced audio… great stuff.

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Thought I had the end figured out ...

after first quarter of the story ...and then it wasn't quite like that(well they tried). Don't want to spoil.
Happy that Jay's book get Kevin's narration, great match.

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Great book to reflect about lost love!

This book had me laughing, crying, and hoping for the best. Jay Bell writes the most beautiful stories that make you feel as if they were written about you. Kevin R Free is an amazing performer and narrator, love how he brings you into the story and keeps you there.

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loved it!

Not going to lie at first I wasn't really into the book but after the first chapter I was invested, I loved it, the story was great and enlightened me on the hardships of past LGBTQ youth. great book!

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  • Andy S.
  • 08-03-22

Beautiful story

This is a beautiful story that had me laughing and crying throughout. The narrator is excellent and tells the story lovingly. I would highly recommend.

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  • Rafal Nycz
  • 04-21-22

I hate you Jay, I cried whole afternoon

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you so much for it. ❤️❤️

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  • Shawn Johnson
  • 02-20-22

Another amazing story from Jay Bell

This story is really touching, it's both a beautiful love story (mixed feelings on the ending) which doesn't shy away from the ugliness of the past. The characters are believable with and are brought to life with amazing voice acting.

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  • Riley Maloney
  • 02-01-22

wish it never ended

I loved the story and the way the characters interacted, truly amazing and a love story to capture the heart