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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Quirky sports romance with a mathematical twist

Improper FractionImproper Fraction by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this little quirky not quite a straight up sports romance with its little mathematical twist.

I know nothing about math, so some of the references went a little over my head (okay disclaimer I failed my maths O Level so badly I ended up with a CSE Grade 4 – that’s like a drop of about five levels into failure!) but it didn’t affect my enjoyment.

There’s friends to lovers, there’s a falling out, there’s second chances, there’s a bit of enemies to lovers there’s a lot of humour and a fairly realistic examination of the conflicts both internal and external that LGBTQ+ people go through when living with their sexuality.

O’Malley (yes I was thinking of the cartoon cat too every time I saw it written) and Garrison (of troops, yes that was in my head as well) were a perfect pair though, humorous names aside.

I loved how Mal was brave enough to let Garrison back in again and I adored how sure the baseball guy was that he absolutely was in love with his childhood best friend.

This is a new adult book but written with a believable start to a HEA that I truly could see lasting a lifetime.

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

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Truly scrumptious friends to lovers romance

Adam's Song (8 Million Hearts, #1)Adam’s Song by Spencer Spears

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fabulous friends to lovers romance which – like toffee sauce down the side of an ice cream sundae – brings a little drizzle of sweetness to a sharp bite.

While this is truly sweet at times, there is also an edge to the friendship between Adam and Ben which is caused by quite realistically depicted anxieties and fears on the part of Adam and a slow dawning that his feelings for his best friend might be a but more from Ben.

There is a proper slow burn to this one too, it’s a long book but every bit of the story felt necessary and earnt its place in the narrative.

When the smexy times come they just add the sprinkles on top as Ben fully embraces his newly developing feelings. Virgin sex is handled with care and with plenty of emotionally driven feelings.

The world building is excellent too and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the secondary characters which help prop up the narrative in this one.

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

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Hot, hot, hot like the Spanish setting

Summer HeatSummer Heat by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the Spanish setting, this delightful summer read from Jay is full of dry heat and steamy encounters.

It’s light, a perfect beach read with a friends to lovers romance that just sits on the right side of sweet without being cloying.

Adam and Finn somehow never got it together when they first met as students and instead slipped into best friend status. When Adam finally splits from his older boyfriend after five fairly uninspiring years together he asks Finn to come with him on the holiday he’d had booked as a surprise for his ex.

And, under the red hot sun, things take a different turn as a holiday fling threesome stirs up feelings both men have kept hidden away.

While things happen in a relatively short time, I believed in their romance completely. The ground work was laid down well for their slide first into hooking up and then, following a specific incident, to move into love.

With a deft hand, Jay has crafted a lovely summer romance and Garrett Leigh’s beautiful cover fully reflects the gorgeous-ness to be found inside.

#ARC provided by the author in return for an unbiased and fair review.

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Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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Anthology romance now released to kick off new series

Leaning Into Love (Leaning Into Stories, #1)Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my absolute favourite in the It Was Always You anthology released late last year.

I loved Eric and Zane. I’d never read Lane Hayes before but have a few of her books on my to be read list and this was a perfect introduction to her work for me.

Eric and Zane were perfect together, the secondary characters helped flesh out what was in essence a very short story and I loved the whole relaxed San Francisco vibe which ran through the story. Hopefully it won’t be long before Lane releases more in this new series.

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Absolutely perfect Christmas romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So when this first starts you get the idea of Rudy, a shy 24 year-old and think you’re going to get a romance all about him falling in love and you’d be right.

We do get to see Rudy fall in love but as this is Jay Northcote, it’s never just what’s on the surface, there are always beautiful layers to peel away.

The layers in this book come with Zac, the new guy at work who has caught Rudy’s eye and left him tongue tied and all twisted until a night on the tequila results in an invitation to spend the festive season at the family farm in Devon.

Zac has never had a family and he’s unsure of himself, hesitant to get involved but slowly, as surely as night follows day and Christmas traditions inevitably lead to too much food and cheesy games, his walls start to crumble.

Jay weaves the usual magic I’ve come to expect from his talented pen and, as my dearly beloved is a Devon boy who lived in a thatched former 16th century corn mill, all rambly and chilled with huge fireplaces and a cider apple orchard, this book was like so many of my own Christmases down there over the years, I kept expecting to bump into someone I knew within the pages.

Beautifully written, if Holly doesn’t steal your heart because of all she symbolises, well I guess we’re not likely to be friends anytime soon 😉

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