Title: The Finn Factor
Author: Rachel Bailey
My Rating: A
Genre: New Adult
Main Characters: Finn and Scarlett
Release Date: September 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice...
It's been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He's safe, he's convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.
Finn knows exactly why Scarlett's boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she's brought home is nearly good enough. And he'll be damned if he lets some loser give her "kissing lessons." No. He'll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can't give her. And if he doesn't put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he'll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all...heartbreak.
I really enjoyed this book. It was just pure, good, fun, entertaining reading. The premise is great.
Finn and Scarlett have been best friends for four years and roommates the last year of that. After his parents died when he was 18, Finn doesn't get close to anyone any more. Except Scarlett. The circumstances of their meeting allowed her to sneak under his walls. She definitely has a special place in his heart which is why he won't do anything to jeopardize their relationship. But as her friend, no one is good enough for her. He's been sabotaging her dates.
Scarlett is on the driest, worst dating streak of her life. She's a chart girl so she's trying to figure out why this is and notices a trend. Four years ago, her dating record started going downhill. A year ago, it completely dried up. She thinks she's doing something wrong as she ages. It's her best friend who points out the other common denominator...the Finn Factor...and his presence in her life that just happens to correspond to her dating dips.
Friends to lovers is my favorite trope and this book was all things good about that trope. My heart broke for Finn. To take on such responsibility for his two younger sisters at the age of 18 has left him with issues. He doesn't want any more responsibility in his life. He basically gave up his life at 18 to raise them. But he cares so much about Scarlett. He just can't see what all that really means.
Then there's Scarlett. She was basically raised as a homeless gypsy...never staying in one place more than a year. She needs stability more than anything...the one thing Finn can't give her. Once his sister is done (she's 16 now), he wants to be free to do his thing. The exact opposite of what Scarlett wants and needs.
The book is perfectly well-rounded. The romance is fabulous, but there's a lot of side scenes/story lines to balance it all out. I loved the different family dynamics and how they've so deeply shaped both these characters. There were great little details in the story too...the dog, the paintings, the career decisions. All of it just worked for me and really, really well.
I loved, LoVeD, LOVED this book. This is officially my first time reading a Rachel Bailey book. I liked her style of writing a lot. She has a new fan right here. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more of hers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.