Title: The Finn Factor
Author: Rachel Bailey
Published by: Entangled Embrace; September 28, 2015
Format/Source: Digital ARC provided via Netgalley for review purposes.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
I’ve had an incredible track record with Entangled books, so I already had a feeling I was going to love this book. I am a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers book and this one did not disappoint. I started reading this book right before bed and ended up staying awake all night to finish it, because I could not put it down.
Scarlett and Finn are the best of friends. They are extremely close and share everything with each other, including a house. Their friendship was seriously the best. When Scarlett comes home after another failed date, she sits down with Finn and tries to figure out what’s wrong with her. Finn, obviously, tells her that she’s perfectly fine, but she’s determined to figure it out. She comes up with her kissing as the reason she can’t land a second date. She deduces that she is a horrible kisser and tries to come up with a plan to fix it. What she doesn’t know is that Finn is actually the reason she can’t land a second date. If he doesn’t approve, and of course he doesn’t, he chases them away.
Scarlett decides that she need help learning how to properly kiss and without knowing why, at least not at the time, Finn volunteers, because if someone’s going to teach her, it’s going to be Finn.Of course, they’re both drunk when they’re deciding this and when they actually get to the kiss the next day, when they’re both sober, it’s incredibly awkward. They try to remind themselves that they’re friends and that it means nothing, but it doesn’t work out too well. The kiss turns out to be epic and they both quickly realize that they might not want to be just friends anymore.
Finn does not have a very good track record with dating and he is absolutely terrified of messing things up with Scarlett. She is also hesitant to start a relationship with Finn if it means their friendship is on the line. They have their different reasons for wanting to protect their friendship, but the chemistry and attraction is too much for either of them to ignore.
I loved Scarlett and Finn, both separately and together. I loved their friendship and relationship. They have both been affected by how they grew up and they are having to deal with their circumstances. Their experiences have shaped them into the people they are now. Scarlett’s parents moved her and her brother around, so she craves stability. Finn lost his parents at a pretty young age and is the guardian of his two younger sisters.
I absolutely adored the romance. The relationship was believable and natural. I was rooting for Scarlett and Finn from the very beginning. I loved they way they handled the conflicts. I also really loved the relationship between Finn and his sisters and how protective he was of them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a pretty quick read with a really cute friends-to-lovers romance and has two characters that I absolutely adore. The writing was beautiful and I enjoyed the dual points of view. This was my first time reading Rachel Bailey, but I know it won’t be the last.