Review: For Finlay

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For Finlay
For Finlay by J. Nathan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Fierce, funny and gorgeously written, J. Nathan expertly balances this sweet and sexy story about loss, love and finding happiness with the perfect amount of touching and heartfelt emotion.

Two years ago, Finlay Thatcher lost her other half, her best friend, her twin brother. Having Cole die thinking she hated him when in reality she was so proud and loved him has left her absolutely sorrowful until Alabama’s football coach practically drags her to work for her brother’s team giving her the opportunity to forge ahead. Getting past the guilt should be Finlay’s biggest difficulty, but then she meets Bama’s star quarterback who took her brother’s position.

Caden Brooks’ is living the college dream. He has droves of fans, a devoted girlfriend and a starting position in the team’s football team, nothing could possible trouble him, except for the team’s spitfire water girl who inexplicably hated him on sight but who he can’t seem to stay away from. Especially since they see each other at practice, share a class and bus rides, and they keep bumping into each other in the middle of the night due to their insomnia. Loving a challenge Canden sets out to break down her walls, but will he like the secret she has hidden behind them?

I read this in one sitting, I couldn’t put it this book down! The pace and flow felt effortless. Caden and Finlay’s push/pull, love/hate relationship kept me hooked from start to finish. They had great banter and chemistry and a shared past that brought tears to my eyes.

I felt so much for Finlay. First living under her brother’s shadow and then living with so much guilt over her attitude towards him. Yet she’s also strong and determined to pick up the pieces of her life. I was so happy she had an awesome roommate who had her back and that Canden sparked her witty personality. I was also delighted with her atypical water girl job.

Initially Canden may seem like the epitome of the American college quarterback, hot, cocky, with pro-football prospects and a gorgeous girl hanging from his arm. Even without the heart-breaking filter Finlay saw him through I could probably hate him too. But once you take off the hate glasses and start to get to know the man, there’s so much more to him. He’s not just charming to a fault, he loves his mother, is loyal and thoughtful. And for those of you keeping track, he hates dishonesty so there’s no cheating.

Canden and Finlay get off to a rocky start but their relationship is hooking and develops in a sweet, sassy and heartfelt way that made me laugh, smile and wipe away tears.

For Finlay is a standalone, New Adult Romance. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Give Me Books Promotions. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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