Friday, October 27, 2017

Review Tour: Improper Fraction by V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

Cover Design: Reverie Design

Length: 68,690 words


O’Malley Ramsey, math aficionado, grew up next door to Garrison Rook, All-American athlete. While O’Malley dreamed of numbers and kissing Garrison, Garrison’s tastes ran to home runs and hot chicks. During a family celebration the night before both young men were heading off for college, O’Malley joyously discovers that Garrison isn’t quite as straight as the star athlete had been pretending to be. Vows to return to each other quickly followed a few clumsy kisses in the old treehouse in the Rook’s backyard.

O’Malley came home to Garrison. Garrison never returned to O’Malley.

Four years later, the two ex-friends meet up at a summer camp where O’Malley is serving as a counselor. Garrison is desperate to make things right with his childhood friend, but can O’Malley, still nursing the pain and mistrust of Garrison’s betrayal, ever forgive or love Garrison again?

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Signal Boost Promotions for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Improper Fraction is going to be loved by those readers who can't get enough of the friends to lovers and second chances trope. O'Malley and Garrison were best friends growing up and first loves, but Garrison refused to come out of the closet and broke promises to Mal. Four years later he's ready to make it up but when Mal refuses to be around him, he ends up taking a job at the camp Mal works at to give them a chance to talk. Mal's heart has been broken and though his words say he's over Garrison, his actions don't.

I'm not a fan of reading books about teens/young people but I really enjoy the author and decided to give it a chance. This story is definitely about 20-year-old men/boys. O'Malley has graduated college and is trying to find a job as a teacher. He's working as head counselor at a camp he's volunteered through college. Garrison is playing baseball but decided to go with his little sister to summer camp to volunteer. Both men are beginning their lives as adults, kind of. They're in between.

One item I had difficulty with was Garrison volunteering at a summer camp. Summer is prime baseball time so it made no sense to me that he was playing, or at camp. And this discrepancy really interfered with my reading and staying engaged in the story. I found myself researching what time frame baseball season is in both the US and Canada. And they're during the summer. So, if O'Malley was on a minor league baseball team, even in Canada, he would be playing baseball or be in camp, or any of those other baseball things they have going on. Maybe I misunderstood the time of year they were at camp, but I don't think I did.

The characters in this story are really likable, and you can easily see the history between O'Malley and Garrison and their families. I loved the relationship O'Malley and his dad have, his dad is a terrific character. I loved the Professor who ran the camp. She was funny, quirky and very unexpected. Garrison's little sister showed more maturity than either O'Malley or Garrison and that was a nice change of pace as females are not always such great characters in MM books.

I would classify this story as a strong HFN, but it definitely does make you believe that Garrison and O'Malley will find their HEA.

Rating: 4 stars

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Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.


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