Sunday 13 September 2015

The Finn Factor By Rachel Bailey (2015)

                           The Finn Factor By Rachel Bailey                           

                           Entangled Publishing, LLC 

                           Entangled Embrace

                           New Adult, Romance 

                Publication Date 28th September 2015



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.

A fun, romantic read that will certainly appeal to the college age set.
The story centres round two best friends who are secretly in love with each other but are too afraid of ruining their friendship to do anything about it. Scarlett tries to date but is ignorant of the fact that Finn is scaring each guy away at the first available opportunity, leaving her confused and frustrated. This made me laugh especially as there was no shortage of men wanting to date her but I wish we had seen these events taking place, rather than being referenced to, before the whole kissing lessons debacle began.
             Finn is a really nice character. He has a lot to deal with in that he is the sole guardian of two younger sisters after the death of their parents and he takes that responsibility very seriously. He also feels a responsibility towards Scarlett. Scarlett has hippies for parents and she didn't have a permanent home while growing up as they constantly moved from place to place. Living with Finn is her first experience of having the security of a real home.
           There is a lot more to this story than just Finn and Scarlett fighting their attractions for one another. Their situations are much more complex. Their background stories, while adding depth and emotion, also lends the reader to sympathise with the two characters and their fears of starting a relationship with each other. At the same time you can't help but cheer them on and yell at them to get on with it!

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