- File Size: 538 KB
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Finally Love Press (July 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HBWHLZ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Resistance (Village Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Coming out isn't easy for anyone no matter how open-minded the world is becoming to lifestyles outside the views of classic heteronormativity. I respected Mal for giving Rick time to adjust to the idea of his entire world -his village filled with all his friends as well as his family and his business- knowing he was a gay man. I respected Rick more for realizing Mal didn't deserve to be with someone who wanted him to hide his true self while claiming to care for him.
Resistance moves with the leisurely pace of life in a small village, calm, cozy, and complete with a few bits of gossip, rumors, and little disasters. I never wanted to leave the love story of Mal and Rick or the people of Slopy Bottom. I have to admit having two hopelessly lovesick men rescue baby ducklings in what amounts to the village green is the best coming out story I've ever read.
I was privileged enough to receive a complimentary copy of Resistance from the author through the MMRG Don't Buy My Love review program. I intend to add a copy to my permanent collection as I know I'll want to visit with these men and this village again in the future. I can't wait to see what happens next in Village Love!
But when he meets and falls for Malik, a Pakistani radiologist, Rick must confront his fears of coming out. Mal loves Rick's small village and from all signs, the people in the village are accepting of Mal as Ricks buddy from the city. They are even accepting that he's Muslim, but will they be equally as accepting if and when the boys should come out?
Malik has already come out to his family and while he's willing to conceal his sexuality for a while, he's not willing to resume any permanent residence back in the closet.
This was a fun read. The novella is relatively short and the angst is never too deep. The village and its inhabitants are charming as are the two romantic leads. I also found the story a bit of an education. Despite decades of working with Brits and several Pakistanis, I learned quite a few new details that I'd never encountered before.
Some have criticized the tale for the somewhat "too easy" way in which the main conflict is resolved but as with many things in small towns, hard problems sometimes become easier in a small supportive community.
I understand that this novella is intended to be the first in a series and that we'll meet a few more of the gay inhabitants of "Slopy Bottom" in the ensuing stories. I personally look forward to it.
*** Note: I received a copy of this e-book for free from the author in exchange for an honest and impartial review ***
The book is a romance and echoes the slow village in which it is set. I loved the atmosphere created here by Lillian. All characters are well defined and very believable. I could understand Rick's nervousness as he and Mal begin their relationship and I could understand that he was scared to out himself in the village. He's not the only gay but he feels that he would not be accepted if he were to come out. I do not want to spoil the book for others so I wont say anything here.
I thought the big rescue at the end was great. I have seen this sort of thing happen in real life so I was pleased to see it happen on page.
The book is well written and, as I suggested earlier, I enjoyed every minute of reading it.
There is a short prequel, Resonance, which I do recommend you read before starting this book as it tells the story of how Mal and Rick met.
Me - I am now going to read the next book in the series.
When we rejoin the two men, they’ve moved beyond the initial infatuation stage and started spending weekends together…well…sort of. Rick is still in a panic about Mal coming to his tiny village of Slopy Bottom because it is so tiny that everyone knows everyone else’s business. How will he hide that he and Mal are seeing each other if he comes? So he is making excuses right and left and going to London to see Mal instead of Mal coming to see him.
Then Mal surprises him by already being on the train out from London when he calls him. Rick can’t back out this time, and Mal arrives for the weekend. What follows is a series of weekends as the men get to know each other better. But will the residents of Slopy Bottom, who have known Rick all his life, understand what is going on? How will they react?
I’m really hoping we get some more of their story. This one ends in a great place, but I’d like more! What happens with Malik’s mother, sister and cousin? What is the story with some of the other men in the sleepy little village? Inquiring minds want to know! Well…at least this one does!
I highly recommend this story. If you’re in the mood for a feels good type read, it would be perfect.
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A little bit of a slow read, but it is deeply intimate. The relationship is very well developed.Read more