Monday, November 16, 2015

Release Tour + Review + Teaser + Giveaway: Love Is Found by R. Paone

Title: Love Is Found
Series: Only If Series
Author: R. Paone
Genre: M/M Romance
Publish Date: November 15, 2015
Review Source: ARC

“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.


First off, I am going to start by saying that this for me was a tough book to get into and to read.  Now, I am not saying that is not a good book, just that for me it was one of those stories that I just had a hard time being able to get emerged into.  I had a hard time following the story and relating to the characters.  Now, that being said, for you as a different reader,  you may find this book wonderful.

We start the book with Robert in present day at home after spending the night in with his current boyfriend Chris.  He has woken up early and has time to set and reminisce about his life several years prior when he was in graduate school.  He is thinking back to when he apparently met Mitch, who still holds a very special place in his heart and even soul.

Mitch is Robert's coworker at the coffee shop in Buffalo.  Seems that Mitch has found himself attracted to Robert, but is not sure how to deal with his developing feelings.  Also, Mitch is involve and classifies as a straight man, so the desires that he finds himself having are a bit unsettling in not knowing how to relate and to handle.  

Now,  as I stated in the beginning, for me this was a story that was hard to read.  Again, I am not saying that it is a bad story, in fact, it has some points that make sense in the fact that as young people we struggle with trying to identify who we are and what direction we want to take.  This book brings that to light.  It also allows us to see what it is like when you move to a new area and are starting over when it comes to meeting people and making new friends.  Even as adults it can be quiet trying as it was when we were in school and just meeting people for the first time.  Not only is it about new starts and discovering yourself, but it is about growing up, remembering those special moments, and how each of those moments can direct in who we become later in our adult lives.  For what it is worth, I hope that you as a reader will take the chance to see if this is a book for you.  There are many points in the book that are good take a ways.  I also want to say thank you to R. Paone for sharing is work with me, that takes a lot of courage for an author to share with us their blood, sweat, and tears.  And, in this case, some of his personal memories if I am correct.

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.


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