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?
This book was just what I needed right now. A mix of second chance romance, jock/nerd, and coming out story, Improper Fraction lets you root for the nerdy guy while also getting the satisfaction of a second chance story…oh, and to top it off? Friends to lovers. I just love when several of my favorite tropes all come together like this, especially when the story is as fulfilling as this one.
I try not to pick favorites with the characters from a couple, but O’Malley was a clear standout for me in this story. He was sweet, yet practical, and of course his nerdy side was what I was attracted to from the start. I could sure identify with him and his mind’s habit of becoming preoccupied and wandering.
I was just as angry with Garrison as O’Malley was, though for me it was harder to let go of that anger than it seemed to be for O’Malley. I totally understand why Garrison did what he did, doesn’t mean I was happy about it. But in the end, I just really wanted to see the two of them get their happy ending so I wound up rooting for him anyway.
The story was paced just right, and time passed quickly while I was reading without my realizing it. That’s definitely a good thing because it means I was totally absorbed in the story. This book also had some good supporting characters, from O’Malley’s father and Garrison’s parents and sister (his sister Emily is funny, straightforward, and totally supportive of her big brother!), to the nasty childhood and present day bully and nemesis, Crocker.
Improper Fraction was a strong 4-star read for me, and I would definitely recommend it to any M/M romance fan…particularly if you’re a fan of the tropes I mentioned earlier—which were all pulled off together quite nicely without becoming stereotypical. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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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