Review Tour ~ Resistance (Village Love #1) by Lillian Francis ~ (Review)
Author: Lillian Francis
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design
Length: 53,600 words
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.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Resistance is book 1 in the Village Love series, however, I suggest picking up Resonance, a short story that shows us how Mal and Rick met and is currently free at ARe (until July 31st), because I have to admit I was feeling a tad lost until I did.
Rick and Malik met in Resonance when Rick had to go to a different hospital to get an MRI of his shoulder and they hit it off, deciding to start a long-distance relationship.
In Resistance, Rick and Malik are still going strong, however, they have a few hurdles that they need to get over if they plan on continuing their relationship. Namely, Rick's reticence at having Malik visit Slopy Bottom, the village where he's lived all his life and where he's the handyman. Rick is not ready to be out there, even if he is all for the PDA whenever he visits Mal in London. And Mal isn't ready to introduce Rick to his family, since he's not sure they'll be able to get past Rick's issues. Would they be able to find a happy medium and a way to get their happily ever after?
I adored Rick and Malik, they were very likable characters and despite them both doing some things that made me want to slap some sense into them, I couldn't just not love them anyway. They were awesome together and had the kind of chemistry and love you know it's everlasting.
The villagers were amazing as well, and having them interact with both Mal and Rick, gave the book depth and many scenes that had me laughing out loud. I'm very eager to find out who will get their book written next, Smudge, Adam or someone else entirely? Anyone it is, I'm definitely going to be waiting for it eagerly!
This was one of the most disarmingly charming British books I've ever read, it was funny, sweet, romantic with fantastic characters that I fell in love with. Definitely recommendable!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
About the Series
Resistance is book 1 in my new series, Village Love. Village Love is set in the fictional Sussex village of Slopy Bottom. I'll let Rick tell you how Slopy Bottom got its name.
“It’s one p, Slopy Bottom. The village has been there centuries. Local historians think it started life as Slope Bottom since the oldest houses are on the low slope at the bottom of a hill. The rest of the village spread out into the valley as the years went by but the name stuck. At one point the village was all but owned by a French lord, which could account for the mispronunciation, and it appears to have been Slopy Bottom ever since.”
Rick and Mal? Haven't you written about those characters before?
The simple answer is yes. Rick and Mal appeared in a one-off short story, Resonance. Resonance spawned this story which in turn spawned a whole host of storylines. As Resonance doesn't take place in the village it has been assigned as Village Love 0.5.
Do I need to read Resonance to read Resistance?
No. Several of my beta readers didn't read Resonance before working on Resistance and found it had no impact. However, Resonance is the story of how Rick and Mal meet and will obviously shed further light on their relationship.
Where can I buy Resonance?
Resonance is currently available at ARe and Amazon.
At Are it has been free on a semi regular basis since release. It is currently free until 31st July.
At Amazon it is 99p or the equivalent. Here's a universal link to take you to your local Amazon store. myBook.to/ResonanceL_F
Will there be more books in the series?
Definitely. I'm already working on Book 2, and Book 3 has been urging me to write it's opening scene in the last couple of days (I resisted, but I did make
some scrappy notes). I have very brief story lines, if they work out, for at least a Book 4, and maybe a Book 5. If you read a particular character that you like
drop me a line and let me know, I've undoubtedly got a plan to pair him with someone!
About the Author
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.