Improper Fraction: V.L. Locey

 
Cover Design: Reverie Design



Length: 68,690 words



Blurb

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?




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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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Clever second chance enemies to lovers romance

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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It’s a clever approach to take to a romance between two people who knew they had something special but weren’t in a position to act upon it at the time – having to shoot someone will do that to your chances of happiness!

But RJ Scott manages to pull the narrative back from what could have been an overly dramatic and one-dimensional overly angsty storyline featuring dodgy prison escapees and insane cousins to deliver a really sweet second chance romance.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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From the opening scene of a cemetery at night to a farmhouse shootout, this book delivers on the spooky, creepy and thrilling plot points with a side order of violence wholly in keeping with the narrative.

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#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gawd this book is hot and sensual and steamy and erotic and all the other words you associate with a brilliantly crafted sexual romance.

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This book, while it’s hot enough to melt the polar ice caps, also has so much romantic love running alongside it, that it makes reading it an absolute joy.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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#ARC received from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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