Title: Love is Found
Series: The Only If Series, Book 1
Author: R. Paone
Genre: M/M, Romance, Coming of Age
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 11/16/2015
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 along 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.
I really did feel for Robert in this story, and I will admit that I was really angry at Mitch. Robert knew he was gay, but didn't flaunt it around. He had his set goals in life, and knew what he was going to do when he went away to Graduate School.
He moves away from home, and his parents help him move. He does have a room mate, but he is a bit elusive when Robert first arrives. He has already made enquiries about working in a coffee shop, and it is there that he meets his co-worker Mitch.
He is strangely drawn to Mitch, but does not pursue anything as he knows Mitch is already in a relationship but with a girl. However, one night out together, leads to a kiss that Robert wasn't expecting and he literally runs away from Mitch.
Robert is totally confused by Mitch's actions, and when he returns home it is to meet his room mate Phil, and he finds himself confiding all his inner conflicts about his attraction to Mitch, that Mitch is already in a relationship and the kiss that Mitch just gave him.
Robert avoids Mitch for a while, which is perfectly understandable, as he is not sure what is going on. However, he agrees to go and talk to Mitch, and when he arrives, Mitch's girlfriend is just going away to visit her parents.....
What follows next is a week that Robert will never forget, but does this mean that Mitch loves him or not? Do they stand any chance of being a couple? Is Robert imagining that Mitch likes him? What will be the outcome?