{Review & Giveaway} For Finlay by J. Nathan

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{Review & Giveaway} For Finlay by J. NathanFor Finlay by J. Nathan
Cover Art: RBA Designs
Publisher: Self-Published on January 30, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 214

Our Rating

5 Stars

Finlay Thatcher is a lost soul, guilt-ridden after the death of her twin brother. When Alabama's football coach gives her the opportunity to work for him, she knows it's her chance to move on, even if it means living her brother's dream.

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.



This book may be unsuitable for younger readers because it includes one or more of the following: sexual situations, drug use, abuse or violence, or other mature subject matter.

For Finlay by J. Nathan

You know how sometimes, when you read a book synopsis, you immediately know it’s just another version of a story you’ve read before?  That doesn’t mean you won’t read it, but it generally means that nothing in the story will surprise you, and any review you write will be based more on the quality of the writing and storytelling instead of any great surprise in the plot.  For Finlay is most certainly not one of those books.


The Verdict:  Still grieving the death of her twin brother, Finlay is doing what little she can to deal with the loss.  Cole will never graduate from the school he was so excited to get into, never live his dream of playing for his college team, and never be there to hear Finlay tell him she’s sorry for the last words she spoke to him.  So she takes a job as “watergirl” for the team Cole once looked forward to being a part of, getting as close as she can to seeing out his dreams for him.  But she’ll never get over losing him, and she’ll never forget the cocky football players who were smirking and smiling at Cole’s funeral.

It’s been two years since Cole was laid to rest, and Finlay’s finally in a stable enough frame of mind that she can enroll in college — the same one Cole should have been at.  Handing out water to the team at practices and games, the sight of Caden, the player who took her brother’s place on the team, still makes her blood boil.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t act like the jerk she knows he is, and the more he pursues civility, if not friendship or more, with her, the more she finds herself thinking about him without the hate she once felt.

Caden and Finlay’s relationship (not to mention how they got there) wasn’t at all what I expected. The author paced things out, making these two so easy to understand while not rushing the story.  And oh, how I wish I could tell you how that requisite drama near the end plays out, but that would be a terrible spoiler, and you really should read it on your own to see just how well the story is told.

For Finlay was everything I wanted but usually don’t expect in a romance novel, and I couldn’t believe how quickly I found myself saying, “Just one more chapter…” before finally going to bed for the night.  Caden is incredibly sweet, understanding, and fun, and while Finlay is obviously still grieving, she’s so easy to relate to and root for.  The chemistry between these two is unbeatable, both in vernal sparring and in the bedroom.  Their story is both realistic and fascinating, and there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down once you’ve started reading.  Definitely one of the most pleasantly surprising romances I’ve read in a long, long time.

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
4 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
  


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