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.
Source: ARC from Entangled Embrace via NetGalley
What a fun, cute contemporary this is, making the most of the friends to lovers theme. Scarlett is a bright, bubbly young woman who craves security and rational thinking – with a secret artistic side – while Finn is a smart, reserved guy with an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. Which is where this book begins – Scarlett despairing over her lamentable dating life, while Finn secretly revels in his success at keeping her safe.
I liked Scarlett, even if her stubborn refusal to even consider a different track in life when it’s clear she really doesn’t want to be an accountant is slightly irritating. But she’s so good for Finn and she fits so perfectly in his life. It’s easy to see why neither of them want to risk losing what they have – they’re essentially already married, just without physical contact. I liked Finn too, even if his emotional distance made me sad. Then again, taking on full responsibility for his sisters when he was just eighteen had to take a toll somewhere.
The opening section of this book is taken up with plenty of will-they-won’t-they moments as the inevitable unfolds, but once they did finally give into the obvious I spent the rest of the book waiting to see how it would fall apart, because the happiness arrives with too much of the book left to go for it to be over and done. As such I think I’d enjoy it even more on a reread since I would no longer be tense and racing through to see what happens (which is why I don’t read whodunnits). Even with my worries, I still really enjoyed the way the story unfolded and how the two of them developed new sides to their relationship while also appreciating what they already had.
But this book isn’t just about Scarlett and Finn, and there are plenty of intriguing side characters to enjoy – not least Scarlett’s parents and Finn’s sisters. They’re an eclectic bunch, especially when you throw in Scarlett’s teddy bear paintings and Finn’s interest in Mesopotamian flutes. I loved the lot of them.
So if you’re looking for something fun, flirty and enjoyable in all the right ways, then you should maybe give this a try. If you’re put off by the New Adult idea, don’t be – age is hardly an issue since both characters are mature and responsible, and any foolishness that strikes them occurs just as frequently in ordinary contemporaries as NA ones. In other words if you like a friends to lovers romance with a bubbly heroine and a somewhat emotionally challenged hero, then give this a go. It’s cute and I liked it a lot – I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.
The Finn Factor is out September 28th!
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