Title: For Finlay
Author: J. Nathan
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Finlay and Caden
Release Date: January 2017
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Caden Brooks is Alabama's star quarterback. He's got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who'd do anything to hold on to him. And a future in the pros. He's getting along just fine until Finlay steps into his life, despising him at first sight and pushing his buttons like no other.
Unfortunately for Finlay, and her attempt to keep Caden at arm's length, there's nothing Caden loves more than a challenge. The problem with this challenge is she comes with a secret that has the power to destroy everything.My Review:
Read the description for this book...this is an emotional story and it lived up to my expectations and even surpassed them from that blurb. There's a lot of layers to the hurt in this one and at the heart of it all is Finlay.
Finlay grew up the twin sister of the star football player. From the time he was 4, no one doubted that Cole had football in his blood, and he excelled at it. By the time they were seniors in high school, she was sick of being known as his sister. No one cared who she was...so she resented him and didn't hide it. So when he went to the University of Alabama to be their first string quarterback, he didn't leave on the best of terms with her. And that's how it ended between the two of them, because then he died.
They were twins. To say Finlay harbors grief and guilt over her brother's death is putting it mildly. When the book starts, it's two years after his death and Finlay is starting her freshman year (at the age of 20) at Alabama, trying to live up to Cole's dream. No, she can't be on the football team, but she's one of the assistants so she works and travels with the team for all the practices and all the games.
The only player that treats her decently is Caden...but she hates him. She saw him celebrating at her brother's funeral. He was the second string QB, so when Cole died, Caden became the star. Everyone on campus worships the ground he walks on and all the furor is over whether he's heading to the NFL draft this year or next.
The thing is...Caden has no idea who Finlay really is. He just knows she's a really cool girl who doesn't put up with him or any of the other players. Oh, and she knows more about football than most the guys do. She fascinates him.
This book was so good. Everything about how the story unfolded worked for me. I loved the twin aspect and how the situation would be so hard for a female twin. I grew up with Texas football fanatics and am married to an Alabama boy. I get how football is king and how the QB of the team must be treated like a god. Heck, in Alabama, I'm sure the entire team is treated that way. Those players are gods to their college.
Caden doesn't understand what's going on for a long, long time throughout this story. That added an extra layer of suspense while reading. When would he find out? How? I'll admit, I never could have predicted how it all played out. So many twists and turns. There's also a great supporting cast in this one, from Finlay's roommate to the intriguing other female assistant, the jerk Grady, and the casanova...the receiver and I can't remember his name, but I think J. Nathan plans to write his book next. Personally, I can't wait.
So, if you didn't get the gist of this review...if you like sports romance or new adult romance, you need to grab this book immediately. It was a fabulous book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.