Title: Perfect Day (New Milton #1)
Author: Sally Malcolm
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 13th 2018
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
First love conquers all in Perfect Day, a captivating contemporary male/male retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Love doesn’t burn out just because the timing’s wrong. It grows. It never leaves.
When Joshua Newton, prodigal son of one of New Milton’s elite, fell in love with ambitious young actor Finn Callaghan, his world finally made sense. With every stolen moment, soft touch and breathless kiss, they fell deeper in love.
Finn was his future…until he wasn’t.
Love stays. Even when you don’t want it to, even when you try to deny it, it stays.
Eight years later, Finn has returned to the seaside town where it all began. He’s on the brink of stardom, a far cry from the poor mechanic who spent one gorgeous summer falling in love on the beach.
The last thing he wants is a second chance with the man who broke his heart. Finn has spent a long time forgetting Joshua Newton—he certainly doesn’t plan to forgive him.
Love grows. It never leaves.
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This book is approximately 63,000 words
Edited by Kerri Buckley
”This is the beginning, Josh. This is the beginning of everything for us.”
But of course it wasn’t. It was the end. It was the last golden hour of the last perfect day.”
What an amazing little gem that was! I’m very glad a friend recommended it or else it would have gone unnoticed.
My friends know that I’m a complete sucker for second chance stories. Perfect Day embodies everything I love about the trope:
-A breakup followed by years of separation.
-The “OMG I just saw you again after all these years” moment.
-Glimpses of the past in the form of short and sparse flashbacks.
-TONS of UST, stolen glances, awkward but intense moments. Oh the angst!
-I love it when one of the MCs (the wronged one) holds a grudge and acts like an asshole (sue me). That was Finn.
-The writing. I normally prefer a grittier style in this kind of stories, but this worked very well. It had an eerie feel to it, maybe because it’s a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The prose should have felt purplish, except it didn’t.
The only reason I’m not rating this higher is that I felt that the “Liz” subplot went a little too far and then a couple short miscommunication scenes followed (thankfully very, very short). And although the epilogue was a lovely HEA it was a little bit too long.
The steam is low to moderate but the existing scenes, although somewhat muted, are very intense and sensual.
Overall, this was very nice and there was indication that there will be a second book. I’ll be reading it.