Perfect Day (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Perfect Day
Author: Sally Malcolm
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 13, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 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.

Ooh, I adored this story of second chances! Josh and Finn are young passionate lovers who plan to go away to California to start a new life together – Finn as an actor and Josh a concert violinist. But when the moment comes, Josh reneges and remains home with his dysfunctional family. Eight years later, they meet again when Finn's brother buys Josh's familial home in New Milton.

Malcolm writes so beautifully and emotionally of Josh's regret when he sees Finn again and finally realizes he threw away his chance at happiness. The longing and sense of loss Josh feels is just gut-wrenching as it registers that Finn will never forgive him and is heading into a new relationship.

Joshua still mourned what he’d lost in Finn, and nobody knew it but him. Not even Finn. Crazily, he wondered what would happen if he just said it out loud: ‘Finn Callaghan is the love of my life.’

The chemistry here is intense and the emotional richness of the sex scenes particularly moving. I adored almost everything about “Perfect Day” … except for the subplot about Finn’s involvement with Joshua’s friend and fellow teacher Liz. Without giving away too much, it went too far, and then was resolved quickly with a HEA for Liz in a matter of a few sentences. But other than this, I loved the book and give it 4.25, let’s call it 4.5 stars, and give “Perfect Day” a recommended read.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader