Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Improper Fraction
AUTHOR: V. L. Locey
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 179 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2017
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?
I start with a confession. I am a sucker for good titles. A unique title can grab me and doesn’t let go until I have a more thorough look. That being said, I had to know what Improper Fraction was all about. Next thing I saw was the cover, a powerful image by no other than Dan Skinner, so I dug in with gusto and a general curiosity. The blurb promised a fun read of young love and a from best friends to enemies to lovers troupe and I wasn’t disappointed. I had a great time reading about Garrison and Mal and their entertaining journey to happiness.
The story is told from Mal’s first person point of view. The writing is solid, the plot-line well built with a good amount of twists and turns, a bit of heartache, a bit more inner struggles on Garrison’s part, and some unexpected, exciting events added to the mix. I enjoy reading about teachers and athletes, so if you are like me, you’ll have a great time.
Mal and Garrison have a solid foundation, a real friendship that was built throughout their years together as kids. Even their fallout a few years back couldn’t shake that base that much so they were able to build a new kind of relationship together. I knew in my head how much they mean to each other but I just couldn’t feel it at times. They have some very emotional scenes together, and also plenty of fun sexy-time, but the depth of their feelings just didn’t always come through.
The writer deals with quite many very important issues and all are done well, with compassion and heart.
This is an entertaining love story of an openly gay math teacher and a partly closeted baseball player who have been friends forever. If you wanna know how they find their happiness, read Improper Friction and find out. Have fun.