Melissa reviews Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm Published August 13th 2018 by Carina Press, 63,000 words.
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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Why I read this: The cover and blurb got my attention.
This was an emotional story, so much more than I was expecting. Finn and Josh were truly in love and it was unfortunate that they found each other when they were so young and just starting their lives. Josh was scared of the future and what it would do to Finn if Josh followed him out to Hollywood. And he was afraid of losing his family by coming out as gay and NOT doing what his father expected – going to college for an MBA. Josh wanted to be a musician, whatever way he could.
I was so heartbroken when these two broke up, and Finn was devastated. But so was Josh. Finn didn’t see that and now, almost 9 years later, Finn is bitter and angry with Josh over what happened. It’s only later he realizes how hard he was being on Josh. I loved this dynamic between them. This is how you write a story about teenage loves seeing each other again after a bad breakup.
Finn wasn’t kind to Josh, he wasn’t easy or interested in reconnecting with Josh. But his feelings wouldn’t stop cropping up and that just made him angrier. I love a good emotional read, and this one certainly tugged at my heartstrings. My eyes may have gotten a little misty when they each recounted their memories of that long ago summer where they were deeply in love, and then the break up. I understood where both of them were coming from, and who knows if Josh made the right call all those years ago. They will never know what would have become of them had Josh been in Finn’s life as he was trying to make it as an actor. I’d like to think they needed the time apart to be able to really appreciate what they have now as adults. When they were kids, they didn’t have a care in the world, believing their love would carry them on in Hollywood – even if they had no money, no food, or a place to live.
I do recommend this, and it’s not too angsty for those who don’t like that type of story. Their is just the right amount of angst to show how much these two really loved each other, and how hard it has been to be apart. Their reunion at the end was super sweet. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll say it’s a nice long epilogue and you get to see them being happy together for more than just a few paragraphs (like you get in a lot of romance endings). Extended happy endings really work for me because thru the whole book we see the MCs struggle to find each other and then to only get a few minutes of their HEA isn’t satisfying enough. Perfect Day will for sure tie a nice pretty bow on the tumultuous story.
4.5 stars/9 pots
Sally Malcolm was bitten by the m/m romance bug in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. It’s fair to say she’s obsessed with the genre. Her first m/m romance, “Perfect Day,” will be published in 2018 by Carina Press with a follow-up out later in the year.
She’s also the author of eight Stargate novels and novellas, including the hit “Apocalypse” trilogy. She has penned four Stargate audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, including Stargate SG-1: “An Eye for an Eye” starring Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, and Cliff Simon.
When she’s not reading, Sally hangs out on Twitter @Sally_Malcolm and reviews her favorite books at http://www.sallymalcolm.blogspot.co.uk. She lives in South West London.