Friday, September 25, 2015

{ arc } review || THE FINN FACTOR by Rachel Bailey

Entangled: Embrace | September 28, 2015 | New Adult Romance


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.

{ review } .

Scarlett can't figure out why her dates are dwindling. What were three, four date adventures, are now lucky to even get to date two. When she decides it must be her kissing abilities (because that's when the calls stop, after they lock lips), she announces to best friend and roommate, Finn, that she's going to enlist the help of a client (who happens to be an actor) to give her kissing lessons.

Finn is not having it. He's super protective of his friend (if the scaring away potential boyfriends wasn't any indication) and refuses to let her kiss some strange guy who, let's be honest, isn't good enough for her either. So he volunteers.

(Gosh, I loved his flustered-ness after that first 'lesson').

They're friends -- they can keep it firmly in the friend's zone... Right?

I thoroughly enjoyed these two characters. I love a good alpha man, and making him slightly nerdy to boot was an excellent choice. I love his books all over the table study habits, and I love how much he cares for his friend. He's a good guy, but sometimes that comes at a cost to his own happiness.

To love her and lose her was unacceptable, so I'd held her at a distance with one hand, while holding on tight with the other to Best Friend Scarlett, as if that would keep me from being hurt.

I love that Scarlett wears her heart on her sleeve and is terrified of losing her friendship with Finn if things go wrong. I did, however, become momentarily annoyed with Scarlett, who felt like her life was ending because men wouldn't date her. I thought for sure she'd be at least in her mid- to late-twenties with that mindset, but nope... She was a fresh twenty-one. Girlfriend, you've got time.

End verdict? A fun, quick, spunky read with lovable characters. Easy to get lost in writing with believable internal & external dialogue. The in-between speaking parts weren't drawn out and boring; the story flowed extremely well. I wouldn't be opposed to revisiting Finn and Scarlett someday... maybe when Finn's sisters settle down..?

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