5 Stars for Resistance (Village Love #1) by Lillian Francis #MM #Romance @LillianFrancis_

CoverTitle: Resistance (Village Love #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Lillian Francis (Finally Love Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 5, 2016 – 150 pgs


How long can you wait on a promise?

After his first night with Mal, Rick broke the habit of a lifetime and invited the sexy radiographer to spend the weekend in the sleepy English village he called home. Rick isn’t in denial but he’s afraid to reveal his sexuality in the close-knit community that has known him since he was a babe in arms.

The sex is amazing but equally Mal loves lazy days spent in the garden at Slopy Bottom, and every precious moment he spends with Rick. For Mal the village quickly becomes an oasis of peace, far from the noise and grime of life in London, a slice of tranquillity with Rick at the heart. But Mal has defied his family and his religion to be true to himself, and there is no way can he join Rick in his self-built closet, no matter how comfortable it is…

Rick is afraid revealing the true nature of his relationship with Mal will change the way his neighbours see him. He adores these people, this village, and he can’t face the thought of losing everything over who he chooses to sleep with. When the alternative is giving up a man who has slotted perfectly into his life—a man who he might just love—it’s no choice at all. But, knowing what has to be done isn’t always as easy as putting it into practice.

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Despite the title, there’s nothing particularly challenging about this story of Mal and Rick falling in love in a sleepy English village. It’s pure romance stuff: hot sex, family issues, internalized homophobia. But while the story feels familiar, it doesn’t feel old fashioned. Rick and Mal inhabit a modern world. Francis shows us that world with tenderness and depth.
She didn’t have to make Mal “Malik,” a gay Muslim trying to get along in a world that doesn’t quite know what to do with him. She didn’t have to make Rick less than perfect, less than educated, less than heroic. She did anyway. The story is richer for those details. She offers neither assimilation nor ostracizing, but instead a world where people are treated well when simply present. No litmus test required.
Resistance gets better as it goes along. It twists from two blokes getting it on into a true tale of a relationship where the only enemy is fear.
It’s also a quick read, which I always appreciate. It’s a wonderful book to spend a day with. There’s a prequel available, totally worth checking out.
C. E. Case


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Lillian Francis is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cosy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write.


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