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Beautifully powerful and moving romance from Sally

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautifully moving and powerful book from Sally.

When I was a teenager, historical romances were where I was at, before I switched to my first love of Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Paranormal and they remain right at the top of my list for the genre of book I love to read the most within the MM world.

So it was such a joy to pick up this book and have a reading experience which was not only authentic to the time period, but which brought ALL the feels, both good and bad, set as it was in the closing stages of World War I and then 20s England.

Everything about this book felt utterly believable, the unimaginable horror of the frontline conflict, the fears about being a man who loved differently, even Olive and her desire to go outside her rigid class structure and change the world.

The men who came back from the War were changed, but so too was the society they left behind, none more so than women. Those of the upper classes who had found new meaning in the many convalescent hospitals, and those of the working class, who stepped into the jobs their fathers, brothers and husbands had vacated.

Sally Malcolm perfectly depicts that world, the old men with their Victorian sensibilities who couldn’t understand how the world had changed, the brave new world that grew from that massive loss of life.

And firmly anchored at the centre are Captain Ashleigh Dawson and his batman Harry West, and I fell for them both and I rooted for their love with every fibre of my being.

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Glorious Restoration romance from Rebecca Cohen

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Historical romance is among the most difficult of sub-genre to get right imho.

Too much detail and it becomes more of a factual experience, too little detail and you might as well read a contemporary romance.

Setting a book in the Restoration period of British history is a bold move and Rebecca Cohen’s talent ensures the reader gets a treat which is not only a delightful romance, but a top quality setting pitched perfectly.

I’ve loved all her Crofton series so far and this one was a wonderful addition to the collection.

James, great-grandson of Anthony, the first Earl, isn’t your usual feckless noble, he’s already been helping King Charles II’s court recover after the Great Plague and the Fire of London.

Adam is a fascinating character, son of a famous soldier, a supporter of Charles’ father during the English Civil War, and general man of all talents.

He’s acting as a minder to a younger son at court when their paths cross and we then get a delicious slow burn friends to lovers romance with a side order of dashing highwayman and dodgy dealings at the ancestral home.

Everything about this book just worked for me. I’d have happily read about James and Adam indefinitely 😁

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: The Last Kiss by Sally Malcolm

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Universal Link: mybook.to/TheLastKiss

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 81,000 words

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Blurb

A tender and triumphant story of forbidden love in the aftermath of war

When Captain Ashleigh Dalton went to war in 1914, he never expected to fall in love. Yet, over three long years at the front, his devoted batman, Private West, became his reason for fighting—and his reason for living .

For Harry West, an ostler from London’s East End, it was love at first sight when he met complex, compassionate Captain Dalton. Harry knew their friendship wouldn’t survive in the class-bound world back home, but in the trenches there was no point in worrying about tomorrow…

Now, gravely wounded, Ash has been evacuated home to Highcliffe House, his father’s Hampshire estate. Bereft of Harry, angry and alone, Ash struggles to fit into the genteel world he left behind. Meanwhile, Harry, broken-hearted, doubts he’ll ever see his beloved captain again.

But when the guns fall silent and Harry finds himself adrift in London, a desperate hope carries him to Highcliffe House in search of work—and of the officer he can’t forget…

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About The Author

Sally Malcolm was bitten by the male/male romance bug in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. Her stories are emotional, sweetly angsty , and always have happy endings.

She also writes tie-in novels for the hit TV shows STARGATE: SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS. To date, she’s penned nine STARGATE novels and novellas, and four audio dramas.

Sally lives in South West London with her American husband, two lovely children and two lazy cats.

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