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Author: Rachel Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Embrace, Entangled Publishing
Published: September 28th, 2015
What a fantastic, heartwarming, funny, tear-jerker, friends to lovers romance – you run through the whole gamut of emotional responses whilst reading this delightful, well written and engaging story! This is one of those books you rarely come across that will stay with you and is definitely a keeper as far as I’m concerned – complex, well written characters that develop through their experiences in the story and a roller coaster plot with so many twists and turns, ups and downs, you just hope the safety mechanisms are all in place to ensure a safe journey to the end and beyond!
Scarlett Logan can’t work out what’s going wrong with her love life. She’s taken a break from studying accountancy and is working as a receptionist but something is wrong, she doesn’t seem to be able to sustain a long term relationship – indeed she’s not even getting to a third date. She decides to analyse the situation, collecting all the data and making a spreadsheet to help her do so and makes a horrifying discovery . . . and determines that the remedy is for her to learn how to kiss properly.
She discusses this with her housemate and best friend, Finn Mackenzie, who actually volunteers to do the teaching after hearing she was going to ask an actor client to help her.
Finn is such a great character! When he was eighteen his parents were tragically killed so he stepped in to bring up his two younger sisters, acting as their parent as well as their big brother. He’s wary of letting anyone else in to his heart except for Scarlett, who is such a special friend. Mind you she might not be quite so happy if she learns that Finn knows the real reason Scarlett is on a romantic slump – he’s vetting her boyfriends and letting them know if he doesn’t think they are good enough for her! As far as he’s concerned none of them have come anywhere near to being good enough.
He doesn’t want some actor teaching her, he’ll protect her and do it himself. Little do either of them know what this will start! The chemistry between them is explosive but neither want to risk their friendship for a fling that may not last. Can they overcome their fears and explore the possibilities? Will their friendship survive if they do? Can either of them survive the torment of their mutual attraction if they don’t give their love a chance?
As well as Finn and Scarlett, there are such a great range of characters in this story -Scarlett’s hippy, nomadic parents, Finn’s delightful sisters, both of them also have great colleagues! Their journey to their HEA is definitely not a smooth one – there are so many emotional hurdles for both of them to overcome that, at times, you wonder how on earth they can overcome them and if they might not succeed in doing so.
The Finn Factor is a fantastic fun romantic read and is definitely a five star read for me, no hesitation whatsoever. If you enjoy friends to lovers romances or ones with great family turmoil, you’ll love this superbly crafted story by an author I will definitely be looking out for in future!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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