Title: Love is Found
Series: Only If Series #1
Author: R. Paone
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Released: November 16, 2015
“Love is Found” is the moving story about coming-of-age in suburban New York and discovering the broad concept of sexuality and love.
Based on true events of love, the story’s protagonist, Robert, finds himself thrown into the realization that upon entering graduate school he is beginning a new chapter in his adult life. Comfortable with being gay, he yearns for love but dwells on the ideal of being alone while being consumed by the world of academia. Upon starting a new job he meets a coworker, whom he begins an unlikely relationship with considering this man identifies as straight.
When sex is introduced and emotions run amok, the routine of Robert’s life is thrown into chaos with unexpected outcomes. Little does he know if his heart can survive the overwhelming desire and how this man will alter the course of his life just not now, but for the next decade.
The first novel in the debut “Only If…” series by R.Paone introduces the heartbreaking portrait of one young man finding love in all the wrong places while exploring themes of one’s sexual identity, passion, and nostalgia.
R.Paone started on this writing journey in June, 2014. From events that were beyond his control, he decided to start this new path in his life before my 30th birthday. It has been quite the journey mapping out this story arc. He has learned so much writing a novel in that it has been therapeutic and also eye opening as it evolves. He hopes everyone will enjoy what is to come from the "ONLY IF" series as I want this to be something anyone could reach for and say "that could happen to me." Stay tuned! Three fun facts about him is: he live in NYC, has a vast horror movie collection and has a great appreciation for Enya.
If a guy enters a relationship with another guy not knowing that the guy is in a relationship we usually place the blame on the guy who is in a relationship for two reasons...first that guy is lying by omission about being in a relationship. This has actually happened to me.
But what if both men enter into the relationship with the full knowledge that one of them is in a relationship. What then?
You gotta wonder sometimes which head is dictating the actions.
This scenario happens, not once, but twice to 29-year-old Robert, who ends up on both sides of the equation.
The story starts with Robert in present day, in a relationship with Chris. The author paints a picture of a couple in love, yet one is haunted by a past relationship. Readers will sympathize with Robert.
Suddenly the reader is transported 10 years in the past and learns all about the past relationship, this time with Robert and Mitch.
Both characters, where they be in a movie, would give Oscar-worthy performances. These characters are well-thought out and complex, as is their situation. The supporting characters are as well-thought out, but not as complex. They don't need to be. They're a good supporting cast.
Throughout this awesome story, readers will be tempted to think 'what would I do in this situation'. I know I did.
I give this story 4.5 stars out of 5, and recommend it highly.