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    Reviewed by Pixie This is an enjoyable story of two men trying to put the mistakes of the past behind them and starting anew. I’ll be honest and say first of all that this book ended up not being my cup of tea, while I thought the storyline was good and the last part of the book was great a lot before that either annoyed me or just felt lacklustre. First off I thought (based on timelines) that O’Malley and Garrison were supposed to be 22yrs old but based on how O’Malley acted in his own mind I’d say he was 16yrs old, Garrison I’ve given a little more leeway as he’s been struggling with his sexuality but his past actions still miffed me off a bit. O’Malley’s lack of empathy for Garrison’s situation really stuck in my craw and I wanted to tell Garrison he was better off looking for someone else. Garrison is terrified of coming out and it shows in his actions, but I can’t decide if he really was gay like he finally declared or bisexual (he still liked sex with girls), I think that could have been handled better rather than just the final declaration that Garrison made. I did end up liking both characters and the situation they found themselves in, but the story did seem to get drawn out for longer than it needed to in the middle. There is some excitement involving homophobes that adds a little action to the book and it ends up bringing O’Malley and Garrison fully together and Garrison more out in the open. I’d recommend this story to those who love friends to lovers coming out stories, tension and conflict, a dash of angst and a very happy ending.
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    This one wavered between 3-3.5 stars for me

    This one wavered between 3-3.5 stars for me I’ve previously enjoyed some books this author co-wrote, so I figured it was past time to read a book she wrote alone. Improper Fraction began with a prologue that checked all my boxes and I settled in for what I presumed would be a fantastic read. For me this book didn’t live up to my expectations. I liked both main characters and was excited for the best friends to lover and nerd/athlete trope combination. I was also immediately drawn to the humor included in O’Malley’s point of view. However, Improper Faction ended up employing a couple of my least favorite storylines and I was less enthused about the plot for a good part of the book. After such an intriguing prologue and surprising first chapter, I was wondering where Improper Fraction would go and what would bring Garrison and O’Malley together again. However, the reconciliation felt way too easy, using the “I shouldn’t but I can’t resist” storyline and it simply turned me off. Sadly, I thought it made O’Malley look a little weak. I will say that while I didn’t love the way this couple suddenly came together, I did like them once they were together and I liked seeing O’Malley’s conflicting emotions of wanting to be supportive of a closeted Garrison while not wanting to hide their love. I think the way things moved forward with the relationship worked well once they decided to try and I enjoyed much of the romance between these two. My other issue was the oft-used homophobic bully in a small town. It’s no secret that bigotry and hate is alive and well, but whenever a book follows a predictable storyline, I’m less enthused. So yeah, I wasn’t crazy about how this minor plotline played out, BUT I did like how it ended up pulling the couple together in the end and made the “coming out” aspect of the storyline more believable. Improper Fraction ended up being a bit of a mixed bag for me. Although I wasn’t crazy about some storylines, I did like the characters and how well they understood one another. I also really liked the humor interwoven into O’Malley’s narrative. It made him incredibly personable. The pacing was up and down for me, but I think that was primarily due to the storylines losing my favor a bit in the middle. All that said, I truly enjoyed this author’s writing tone/style. It had a light-hearted element to it that made it an easy, enjoyable read, without glazing over emotions. I’ll definitely read more from this author going forward. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    Such a good friends-to-enemies-to-lovers story.

    Wow, Improper Fraction really hit me with all the feels. It's been a little while since I've read a story with this trope – childhood best friends, one gay, one not-so-straight and they have a falling out. When O'Malley discovers that his best friend and secret crush, Garrison, isn't as straight as he always thought, the two make a promise to each other. Unfortunately, Garrison doesn't hold up his end of the deal and O'Malley is devastated. But life goes on and Mal finally accepts that he and Garrison are no longer even friends and moves on to other guys – lots of other guys. When he and Garrison meet up four years later things really get interesting. Have you ever read just the beginning of a book and knew that you were going to love it? That's how it was for me with Improper Fraction. The story has a nice long Prologue and after reading it I just knew the rest of the story was going to hit me hard – in a good but heart-wrenching then happy way. The blurb/synopsis really tells you everything you need to know. I actually felt that I would love this story just from reading the blurb, but I've felt that way with other books and then been very disappointed. Not so with Improper Fraction; in my opinion the blurb is spot-on and the book delivers everything I expected after reading it. I wish I didn't believe that parts of this book depict how life really is for gay men but, unfortunately, I'm sure that it does. Rest assured that the story has a happy ending and the epilogue was just what I needed. I read way too many books to remember details about all of them but this one will stay with me a bit longer than others. I almost forgot to mention that the story is told in first-person POV, by O'Malley. The only thing that could have made this book any better would have been to get Garrison's POV in at least a few places. In the end that didn't matter to me because I really loved the story. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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